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2012 Chelsea Art Walk
Thursday, July 28 | 5-8pm
“The Chelsea art world stays up late (well, later than usual) this Thursday, offering a smorgasbord of summer group shows, openings, artist talks, and open studios. See some of our picks below, and check the Web site for a complete list of the goings-on.” - Chloe Wyma
Metro Pictures (519 West 24th Street)
Mercifully, this show is isn’t about rigid doctrines held by a religion of organization. It’s about dogs. Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer brings together artists including Allora/Calzadilla, Olaf Breuning, Jack Goldstein, Richard Hamilton, Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Jim Shaw, Haim Steinbach, Mungo Thomson, Rosmarie Trockel, William Wegman and Christopher Wool to investigate the inextricable relationship between men and their proverbial best friends. Note: Nina Beier’s “Tragedy,” a performance wherein a live dog plays dead as it lies on a rug. Tragedy, will intermittently occur throughout the exhibition. On view through August 10, 2012.
Whitney Museum (945 Madison Avenue)
“This retrospective of the Japanese artist takes care to highlight the more subtle side of her practice, with early paintings, collages, and performance documentation. But that’s not to say that it neglects the artist’s bombastic spot paintings and sexually charged nude happenings. The show demonstrates the sweep of a diverse career which has most recently produced a series of brightly-colored paintings reminiscent of a looser Keith Haring, on view in the final gallery.“ — Kyle Chayka
On view through September 30, 2012.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue)
This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. Rineke Dijkstra is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. On view through October 8, 2012.
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
MoMA P.S.1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue)
This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement. On view through October 1, 2012.
Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language
MoMA (11 West 53rd Street)
A group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond. The work that these artists create belongs to a distinguished history of poem/objects, and concrete language experiments that dates to the beginnings of modernism, and includes both the Dada and Futurist moments as well as the recrudescence of Neo-Dada in the late 1950s, and international literary movements like concrete and sound poetry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. On view through August 27, 2012.
Constructs, Abrasions, Melons and Cucumbers: Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal
Bortolami Gallery (520 West 20th Street)
The exhibition aims to underline the artists’ contrasting ways of “mis”-leading the audience’s first reading of their work. Though forty-two years apart in age, both artists are interested in challenging the potential of their chosen mediums: Kasten presents complex sculpture as photography; Beal incorporates architectural elements into sculptural works, as well as transforming natural objects into humorous constructs. On view through August 3, 2012.
Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration
Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street)
The Neue Galerie is joining in the international celebration of the 150th birthday of Austrian Modernist Gustav Klimt by mounting a large-scale exhibition of major paintings, drawings, and never-before-seen photographs. The show coincides with several Viennese museum exhibitions, including shows at the Albertina, Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Museum, and Wien Museum, each shining a spotlight on different aspects of the artist’s work and life. On view through August 27, 2012.
Chelsea Artwalk 2011, courtesy of Chelsea Artwalk