Volume 81, Number 15 | September 8 - 14, 2011
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Image courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, NY and the artist

“Soundsuit” (2011: wicker chair, xylophone, beaded basket, pipe cleaners, vintage doll and embellished found objects). See “Nick Cave: Ever-After.” 

After summer hiatus, galleries return to form
Cave, Resnick, Rothenberg among the essentials

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN

CHELSEA
Jack Shainman Gallery: “Nick Cave: Ever-After.” This exhibition will feature several new “Soundsuits,” Cave’s famed body of work that could recently be seen at the Seattle Art Museum. Reflecting Cave’s background in dance and performance, these sculptural bodysuits camouflage the body and provide it with an otherworldly form of disguise. Beads, decorative ornaments, vibrant textiles and buttons are some of the materials used, which turn each movement into sound. Sept. 8-Oct. 8 (513 W. 20th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) Call 212-645-1701 or visit jackshainman.com. This exhibition is in collaboration with Cave’s “For Now” — at Mary Boone Gallery (541 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.), Sept. 10-Oct. 22. For more info, visit maryboonegallery.com

Brenda Taylor: “Kathleen Kucka: Ultra Structures.” Kucka’s abstract paintings, dimensional works on paper and sculptural installations combine two seemingly opposed entities: biomorphic forms and manmade structures. Fused into one entity, these hybrids allude to both micro- and macrocosms. In Kucka’s work, everything seems to be in flux, suggesting transient states that can be found within cell structures or cosmic star constellations, for example. Sept. 8-Oct. 22 (505 W. 28th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-463-7166 or visit brendataylorgallery.com.

BravinLee programs: “Katie Armstrong: Once More Once More.” The Vancouver-based artist, writer and curator focuses on experimental literary practices. This show will present animated films, which feature the artist singing a cappella. Sept. 8-Oct. 15 (526 W. 26th St., Suite 211; btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-462-4404. Visit bravinlee.com or katiearmstrong.com.

Cheim & Read: “Milton Resnick: The Elephant in the Room.” Considered by some as the last Abstract Expressionist, Resnick (1917-2004) was known for his dedication to non-representational painting. His work is characterized by vivid brushwork and an affinity for an almost monochrome palette. This exhibition will focus on Resnick’s later period, ranging from the 1960s to the 1980s. Sept. 22-Oct. 29 (547 W. 25th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-242-7727 or visit cheimread.com.

Gladstone Gallery: “Matthew Barney: DJED.” Best known for his Cremaster Cycle, Barney now presents his first New York exhibition of the “Ancient Evenings” project. In progress since 2007, this multi-part sculptural installation is structured as a site-specific opera in collaboration with Jonathan Bepler. The work is loosely based on Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel of the same title, which chronicles the seven stages of the soul’s progression through death and rebirth according to Egyptian mythology. Sept. 17-Oct. 22 (530 W. 21st St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-206-9300 or visit gladstonegallery.com.

BELOW CANAL 
Kansas Gallery: “Tamara Zahaykevich: Hey Harmonica!” Navigating between painting and sculpture, Zahaykevich’s constructions investigate color and form. Her materials, such as discarded styrofoam and old paint mixing palettes are hardly luxurious and yet her work exudes a unique blend of elegance, play and wit. This will be the artist’s first solo show in New York City. Sept. 16-Oct. 29 (59 Franklin St., btw. Lafayette & Broadway). Call 646-559-1423. Visit kansasgallery.com or tamarazahaykevich.com.

Sasha Wolf Gallery: “Elinor Carucci: Born.” For the past two decades, Carucci has photographed primarily herself, family and friends. She has gained international acclaim for her ability to capture intimate moments without trespassing into exhibitionism. This new body of work focuses on her children and motherhood. Sept. 15-Nov. 5 (10 Leonard St., btw. Hudson & W. Broadway). Call 212-925-0025. Visit sashawolf.com or elinorcarucci.com.

EAST VILLAGE/ LOWER EAST SIDE 
Sloan Fine Art: “Nicole Etienne: A Moveable Feast.” Inspired by Hemingway’s memoir of the same title, Etienne creates canvases that pay homage to romantic settings. Lushly painted and exuding lust for life, these works manifest as a sensual carnival that celebrates mysterious pasts. Sept. 7-Oct. 8 (128 Rivington St., below Stanton St.). Call 212-477-1140 or visit sloanfineart.com.

Invisible-Exports: “Lisa Kirk: If You See Something…” This multi-part video installation explores various things we cannot (or refuse) to see, such as explicit images of war and violence. In addition, Kirk’s video “Backyard Adversaries” will be screened on Governor’s Island until September 25. Sept. 7-Oct. 16 (14A Orchard St.). Call 212-226-5447. Visit invisible-exports.com or lisakirkprojects.com.   

Sperone Westwater: “Susan Rothenberg.” In her 10th solo show with this gallery, Rothenberg will present 13 new paintings that continue to challenge painterly conventions by focusing on light, color, form and movement. Subjects range from human body parts to dogs and ravens. Sept. 8-Oct. 29 (257 Bowery, below Houston). Call 212-999-7337 or visit speronewestwater.com.

LMAK projects LES: “Jeff Grant: Thin Light.” Comprised of drawings, sculpture, installation and video, Grant’s exhibition questions the quality and specificity of our perception, in particular if applied to light and sound. Sept. 7-Oct. 15 (139 Eldridge St., below Delancey St.).Call 212-255-9707 or visit lmakprojects.com.

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