"We are talking big; we are talking enormous," Marina Abramovic gushed (in her signature monotone) at a private announcement on Friday in Venice, describing the size (140,000 square meters) of the future Marina Abramovic Community Center Obod Cetinje. The institution will be dedicated to performance, dance, theater, opera, music and film. Set to open in 2013 in the town of Cetinje, Montenegro, the building will host an exchange program for young and international artists, an archive and a performance and rehearsal center.
First it was Berlin; then Detroit joined in. Now, for the second year in a row, New York kicks off its own Gallery Week. NYGW features nearly 60 commercial galleries and non-profits. In an effort to bring greater public awareness to art spaces throughout the city, participating venues will extend their hours throughout the long weekend (May 6–8). NYGW is packed with solo exhibitions, panel discussions, artist talks, film screenings and just as many satellite events.
We've compiled a list of what we think will be the highlights of NYGW week and beyond.
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
"Flight" by Liz Magic Laser
Times Square, Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets, New York
Tuesday, May 3: 12pm and 1pm; Friday, May 6: 7pm, 8pm and 9pm; Saturday, May 7: 1pm, 2pm, 8pm and 9pm
Liz Magic Laser's work is often laced with wry humor, which we will no doubt see plenty of in "Flight," a sequence of live re-imaginings of clips from films like Battleship Potemkin, M, Niagara, American Psycho and 28 Days Later. On three different days at the large red staircase in Times Square, Laser will choreograph six professional actors performing a series of chase scenes from these legendary movies. Free and open to the public.
If the Armory Show were cut down to a fourth of its size, moved to a less tedious location, and featured the most dynamic galleries with a mix of emerging and emerged artists, it would look more like Independent.
Now in its second year, Independent hosts 40-plus international galleries. Conceived by gallerists Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook of Hotel, London, the fair is spread out over three floors of the old Dia Center in Chelsea. It is testament to the mistake made when the non-profit moved out and gave up its cavernous urban space.
Art in America presents its curtain raiser to the New York art world's March Madness, the 2011 edition of Armory Week. Here are just some of the off-site highlights to hit this week.
Filling three floors of the former Dia Center space in Chelsea, the INDEPENDENT offers the quality of a blockbuster fair without all the fanfare that can sometimes overshadow the art. Last year it debuted to unanimously favorable reviews, and its second installment features some of today's best international galleries: Approach, London; Andrew Kreps, NY; Sutton Lane, London, Brussels, Paris; Johan Konig, Berlin. March 3–6. 548 West 22nd Street. Free.
Mixed Media. Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Extraction, the most recent series of mixed media collages