Digest March, 2019

Who did say that in March it is necessary to freeze? Let's spend the last day of winter together? We have prepared for you 6 events that will be in New York soon.


1. “Mapplethorpe”, Guggenheim Museum, from March 15.


Hope you fill find time to stop by at the new exhibition at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on UES and see“ Mapplethorpe” from March 15. The exhibition contains a few photographers who have obtained the mythic stature of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), whose style imparted an austere, almost brutal, beauty to controversial subject matter. Mapplethorpe’s large-format, black-and-white photos (produced, more often than not, within the controlled environs of a studio) reflected his life as a gay artist working in the Downtown demimonde of post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS new York—a period when the utopian promise of sexual liberation gave way to the fear of plague. Indeed, Mapplethorpe seemed to find a connection between eros and thanatos in almost all of his photos, from floral still-lives to homoerotic celebrations of the male body. Those images and more are recalled in this two-part retrospective marking the 30th anniversary of the his death.


2. "Real Unreality” by Joan Miróat, MOMA, through June 15.


When you will celebrate St. Patrick's Day on 5th Avenue in Midtown, don’t miss the opportunity to see Joan Miróat MOMA and enjoy his cool show "Real Unreality”. Earning international acclaim, Miro’s work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and declared an "assassination of painting" in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting. The Spanish artist's works are on display through June 15.


3. “Combustion” by Jia Aili, Gagosian, from March 7th.


Gagosian offers another incredible exhibitions Jia Aili “Combustion” from March 7th on West 21st Street. The exhibition includes twenty-nine paintings from the past ten years, grouped into four sections to trace the evolution of Jia’s oeuvre. A central figure in contemporary art in China, Jia creates dynamic compositions that both emerge from and challenge art historical assumptions in the context of a rapidly changing world. In his epic tableaux, which move between genre painting, portraiture, fantasy, and abstraction, he reflects on the dramatic modernization of society while probing the vulnerabilities of the existential human condition. New meaning emerges out of this interweaving of disparate narratives.


4. Elad Lassry, Gallery on 555 W 21st St, through April 6th.


Not so far from Gagosianat 303 Gallery on 555 W 21st St you can find Elad Lassry’s exhibition, where artist shows photographs and sculptures that alternate between flat experience and dimensionality. Black and white photographs of ski sets and boots bear signs of erasure or intervention, and outtakes from an imaginary fashion shoot are pieces of information suggesting systems much larger than themselves. The exhibition is going to be through April 6th.



5. 31 Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.


Remember the Armory Show? We were impressed, now we can not wait for the next one. From March 28 to March 31Affordable Art Fair (New York Spring) will be at Metropolitan Pavilion,

125 West 18th Street. The very first edition of the Affordable Art Fair launched in London’s Battersea Park in October 1999. Now Affordable Art Fair hold fairs in 10 cities around the world including London, New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Brussels, Singapore, Milan, Stockholm and Melbourne. Each fair is filled with a creative smorgasbord of artist performances, innovative talks and tours, hands-on workshops, kid’s activities, live music and irresistible restaurants and bars; making them an ideal day out with family and friends. It’s no wonder that since our humble beginnings, over 2.5 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, taking home over 485,000 pieces of artwork to loving new homes. We are looking forward to meet you there.


Author: Irina Chistikina

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