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Art Digest January, NYC 2020

Updated: Jan 16, 2020

How fast time flies!

2019 was full of great exhibitions in New York, and we hope you have visited all of our recommendations.

Here is the list to begin the new decade and new year.

MOMA PS1 currently presents "Theater of Operations The Gulf Wars 1991–2011" the exhibition of American-led military engagement in Iraq over the last 30 years.

It has had an indelible impact on contemporary culture and the work of artists around the world. This large-scale group exhibition examines the legacies of these conflicts beginning with the Gulf War in 1991, featuring over 300 works by more than 80 artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, as well as those responding to the war from the West.

The artists in Theater of Operations were also impacted by significant cultural change during this period—including the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet, and new media and military technologies. The wide range of perspectives included in this exhibition attests to the rich artistic traditions of contemporary Iraq, with artists working under conditions of war, embargo, and occupation placed in conversation with those responding to these wars from afar.

MOMA PS1 "Theater of Operations The Gulf Wars 1991–2011"

David Zwirner is pleased to present works by Bill Traylor. Born into slavery, Traylor spent much of his life after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation working as a farm laborer in rural Alabama, and, later, as a shoemaker and factory worker in Montgomery. In 1939, at approximately the age of 85, having never previously trained or studied art in any formal way, Traylor began making drawings and works on paper using gouache and other media. Though he continued to make art for the remainder of his life, Traylor was most prolific between 1939 and 1942, creating a body of work that offers a unique and rich registry of his life, experience, and insights. Organized in collaboration with the Foundation, the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at the self-taught artist’s distinctive imagery, which mixes subjects and iconography from the American South with a strong formalistic treatment of color, shape, and surface. As part of the Foundation’s broader philanthropic mission, proceeds from the sales of its artworks will benefit the Harlem Children’s Zone as well as the Foundation itself. The Harlem Children’s Zone is a pioneering nonprofit that has created a cradle-to-college-to-career network of programs designed to tackle all the problems that keep children from achieving self-sufficiency and the American dream. It provides 14,000 children with academic, personal, and career support so that today’s newborns can become tomorrow’s college graduates. It also works to strengthen the families and neighborhoods around those children to change the odds for the entire community of Harlem for good.

Do not forget to schedule your visit at The Noguchi Museum’s collection installation "Noguchi: Body-Space Devices" — a group of about thirty works that motivate and modulate our physical understanding of space—is reconfigured as a set for Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release, a performance-based collaboration with artist Brendan Fernandes, who works at the intersection of dance and the visual arts. The installation was developed with architecture and design collaborative Norman Kelley, with chair fabrication by Jason Lewis. Costumes by Rad Hourani.

Performances schedule:

Saturdays, 1:30 pm and 3 pm on January 18, and 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2020

Address: 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, New York 11106.

Noguchi: Body-Space Devices

The upper floor of the Shed presents an exhaustive survey of Denes’s work "Projects refuse to accept apocalypse as inevitable" from the 1960s to the present day — drawings dotted with mathematical figures; anatomical studies and finely rendered graphs; and records of her efforts toward land reclamation and environmental remediation.

This comprehensive survey exhibition brings together over 150 works spanning her 50-year career.

Agnes Denes rose to international attention in the 1960s and 1970s as a leading figure in conceptual, environmental, and ecological art. A pioneer of several art movements, she creates work in a broad range of mediums, utilizing various disciplines—science, philosophy, linguistics, ecology, psychology—to analyze, document, and ultimately aid humanity. Denes turns her analysis into beautiful, sensual visual forms, poetry, and a philosophy that she has developed over the course of her career.

The Shed "Agnes Denes"

Let us know where you want to go, and we will try to catch up with you there.



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