Art dealer Casey Kaplan firmly believes that galleries are more than just shops. As the initiator of New York Gallery Week, Kaplan said at last night's press preview for the second annual event, "Galleries offer tons of incredible exhibitions free of charge. We want to motivate the public to participate in the gallery scene, and there are many ways to do so that aren't just commercial." The premise is similar to Gallery Weekend Berlin, but Kaplan also cites as inspiration the coordinated efforts of Midwestern art institutions like the Walker Art Center.
This year's NYGW, which runs from Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8, boasts the participation of 53 galleries and 11 not-for-profits, both numbers up slightly from 2010.
After more than 10 years at the Dallas Museum of Art, Bonnie Pitman has resigned, citing unspecified health problems. Her current role will end in May 2011, but she'll continue to work with the DMA on special projects through April 2012. Pitman also plans to assist with the museum's search for a new director. Current curator of European and American art, Olivier Meslay, will serve as interim director.
In the early '90s, Marilyn Minter was emerging on the New York scene when she suddenly found herself ostracized for a group of paintings based on photos from hard-core pornographic magazines. Sexual activity, especially fellatio, is the subject of an explicit series from 1989 called "Porn Grids," which offended viewers and incited brutal critical reviews—the New York Times wrote that her "anatomical displays not suitable for discussion in a family newspaper" made poor comparison to the "sexy" images of Rauschenberg and Rosenquist. Though porn was a short-lived source for her, she's maintained threads of provocation and sensuality in all phases of her career. Strong similarities tie her early work to more recent images of plump, moist lips and curled tongues fondling jewelry or food.
Minter made a major comeback when three of her paintings were included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Recently her friend, dealer José Freire, remembered the controversial early paintings, and encouraged Minter to test the waters for a second time: A solo show, "Paintings from the 80s," opens at Team Gallery on Thursday.
Collage and acrylic on paper, thread, string, plastic lid
48 x 30 ¼ in.