Coterie Preview: The New York Scene

Whatever preferences one might have for art, food or after-work fun, Manhattan is all about options.

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WWD Coterie issue 09/15/2010

As any showgoer can attest, New York is all about options, especially the city’s cultural and dining scene. Whatever preferences one might have for art, food or after-work fun, Manhattan can match all of the above and then some. Here, a glimpse of some of the city’s newer sites.


The economy being what it is, most working folks aren’t rushing out to bolster their art collections.

But Charlie Adamski and Charlotte Perrottey, coheads of Christie’s Sept. 19 “First Open” postwar and contemporary art sale, insist there is a conservative way to buy art. While Yayoi Kusama’s and John Baldessari’s finery might be a reach for some, the pair offered five tips for all:

1. Determine your budget before you get started.

2. Do your research. Hit the galleries, auction houses and museums. Read online databases, art blogs, gallery listings and exhibition reviews.

3. Shop intelligently and consider your sources. There are many different types of galleries, art fairs and auctions. Visit those that offer art within your budget.

4. Spend wisely. Buy the best examples of what you like with what you can afford. This may mean only buying one or two pieces a year, but building a great collection takes time.

5. Express yourself. Collections reflect the collector — buy what you love.

SO MUCH FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES: Twenty-five years after he died, Andy Warhol is still tearing up the art world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will examine the mop-haired artist’s influence over the past five decades when “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” opens Sept. 18.

The 150-piece exhibition includes the work of Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons and Christopher Makos, who offered, “I always thought you had to be dead to show at the Met, but apparently not.”

The work of another influential artist, Gordon Parks, will be celebrated with two exhibitions at the Howard Greenberg Gallery starting Friday. Born into poverty in rural Kansas, Parks, the youngest of 15 children, worked odd jobs before buying a camera and teaching himself how to take photos. Color prints from his 1956 “Segregation Story” will be on view for the first time since they were produced from transparencies found earlier this year in a storage bin at the Gordon Parks Foundation. Greenberg will also show the lensman’s “Invisible Man” photos, which were first published in Life magazine upon the release of Ralph Ellison’s novel by the same name.

In Chelsea, Andrea Zittel’s first solo show debuts at the Andrea Rosen Gallery starting Friday. Widely known for her A-Z series, the Rhode Island School of Design grad will display woven blankets, watercolor drawings, paintings, new furniture and a video Power Point, among other things.

Nearby at David Zwirner’s gallery, James Welling’s “Overflow” explores photography’s ties to painting. For his ongoing Wyeth series, Welling traveled to Maine and Pennsylvania in pursuit of subjects and places painted by the artist Andrew Wyeth.

And starting Sept. 16, downtown gallerygoers will soon have another stop to make. The new space P opens Sept. 16 at 334 Broome Street with “Process 01: Joy,” featuring work by Chauncey Hare, Christine Hill and Karel Martens. Founder Prem Krishnamurthy, cofounder of the design studio Project Projects, wants P to take many forms. Given that, every day at 6 p.m. — as if to symbolize punching a time clock — the pages of Hare’s books on view will be turned to show new images and texts, which are meant to reflect on the shifting pressures of life and work.

As the name suggests, Temp, the just-opened, noncommercial art and performance space in TriBeCa, will be all about change. The 4,500-square-foot location is geared for performances and installations such as the inaugural “Working On It,” which houses site-specific work from 12 artists who recently have delved into “the real world.” Next up is a show curated by Lisbon-based Joao Simoes, who was part of the team that curated the Portuguese Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale in Venice.


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