Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

Condition X: Group Show Alert

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Sup WWW and why hello blogosphere: I am in another group show. It’s called Condition X and the content of the show will probably live up to its ominous sounding title. Condition X is, according to the press release, “an exhibition that focuses on human frailty as expressed through love, death, sex, vulnerability, and connection.” This annual summer show features work made by alumni of the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program, which I attended last summer, and I am thrilled to have been invited back to participate. The show opens on Saturday August 6th with a reception from 5 PM to 8 PM and takes place at The SVA Westside Gallery, located at 133/141 West 21st between 6th and 7th Avenues in New Yawk. It runs until August 20th. If you happen not to be in the Hamptons, come on by the opening, have a beer or wine or whateva, see some art, and say hello.

Another Group Show: 3rd Ward

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I have admittedly neglected my blog of late as I have been traveling for work, moving my girlfriend out of her apartment and into mine (a month long process for those considering such an arrangement), and just trying to make that paper. My blog was never designed to be The Biggup Barnett Cohen Blog but I did want to let you know that I have three pieces in a group show at 3rd Ward. The show opens this Friday May 6th from 7pm to 10pm. For those of you not in the know, 3rd Ward is dope and the opening should be super dope as (1) it is a multimedia gallery show (2) will probably involve alcohol and some funky tunes and (3) is taking place in Bushwick, the hotbed of all things art in New York. Yeah Chelsea, I said it. Please note that I am unfortunately not going to be at the opening as I will be attending a bachelor party in Ibiza for one of my boys who lives in London. There is no good excuse for not attending your own opening but if there was one, I think mine just might be it.

Provocation: I am in another group show

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

As one group show comes down, another group show goes up.

You have until this Sunday March 20th to catch my two photographs that are part of the Moment of Recognition show at ICP. Next Saturday March 26th another group show entitled Provocation in which I have one big piece goes up at the powerHouse Arena in Dumbo in Brooklyn. Provocation is a “juried photo invitational” according to the New York Photo Festival, the host of the show, and damn if I am not skippy to be part of it given that the jurors included Sophie Morner, the Publisher & Editor of Capricious Magazine, Jessie Wender, Associate Picture Editor at The New Yorker and Sam Barzilay, the Festival Director of The New York Photo Festival As with most of the shows at the powerHouse, the show is a salon and so you’ll just to have to come to the opening to find my piece or rather to have me point it out to you as no name tags (i.e. artist names, titles of the pieces, and print types) are on the wall.

Ps. The above photo is not mine (though I do own it as a postcard) and it is not in the upcoming show. It’s a photograph by Martin Parr that makes me chuckle. Given all this business of shows and openings, I thought it appropriate.


Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

If you live in New York or are planning on visiting, you still have time to catch Geoffrey Farmer’s first solo exhibition in the United States entitled Bacon’s Not The Only Thing That is Cured by Hanging from A String @ Casey Kaplan, which runs until March 19. While I might biggup a show or two (PDL @ David Zwirner is still on until March 5), I am actually just using my bloggity-blog as a series of bookmarks that are open to the public. In other words: like the artist, must remember. And I like Geoffrey Farmer’s work a lot and his very special titles. On view at the show is a photomontage entitled “Pulling Your Brains Out Through Your Nose.” What is he reading I ask myself? The Essential David Shrigley. I will let the press release wobble your brains for a minute and then I’ll chime in: “Farmer is known internationally for his projects that transform and alter over the course of their exhibitions. His installations are composed of diverse materials and various working methodologies that are rooted in research and in response to site. Farmer creates conceptual works with poetic narratives, often combining his interest in the material production of the art object with theories of psychology and dramatic presentation.” Nowhere did I see the adjectives cheeky and/or impish. Methodologies, fine. Funny, absolutely. Funny in a way that art is only on the rarest of occasions. Farmer seems to be playing a prank on his viewers or telling us a joke–you will have to see the show to figure out which–and seems to beckon us either to join him or have a chuckle ourselves. Whatever you do or is done to you, you will not disappointed by the quality of the work. It’s locked, stocked, and solidly good art.


Monday, January 17th, 2011

I am in a group show @ the International Center for Photography entitled Moment of Recognition.

The show, which is curated by Amy Arbus, opens this Friday January 21st and runs until March 20th.
ICP is located @ 1114 6th Avenue between 42/43rd Streets.

Here is a description of the show: “Moment of Recognition is an exploration of portraiture in the new millennium. Intrigued by what is revealed when a split-second in time is captured, curator Amy Arbus asked her former students and teaching assistants to submit images of subjects that were in motion, either physically or emotionally. Included in the hundred or so prints on view are images of reality TV star wannabes, male escorts, survivors of genocide, Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg, self-portraits, and functional as well as dysfunctional families. This new generation of photographers combine various genres like reportage, fashion, lifestyle, and sports to reinvent portraiture and create pictures uniquely their own.”

Ps. I want to give a shout out to 3rd Ward for a biggup about the show on their blog.

The Grid: SVA Show

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Here you have it: the culmination of nine weeks of straight work summed up in one photograph. If you want to see each portrait, and I suggest you do as the grid does not do them justice individually, check my website. Stay tuned as a longer post about my experience during the SVA summer residency is in the works.

SVA Show Tonight

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Check it. I have an opening tonight (apologies to the blogosphere for the late notice.) If you didn’t know about it, now you do. I will be showing new work, which will be featured on my website and blog at a later date. If, however, you are in NYC and want to see the work on a white wall, me in my favorite white kicks, make an appearance, make a cameo, or stay for the evening.

Small Victories

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

My blog begins with a happy bang and an appropriate title.

Last Friday, I awoke to an email from the Canadian artist Jeff Hamada who runs BOOOOOOOM! a killer art/photo site to let me know that I made the cut. My photo, featured here, was accepted for a group show entitled Small Victories at the Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong. I am tickled to think that a photo of mine is hanging on a wall in a gallery in Hong Kong while I sit and drink my morning coffee in Brooklyn.

Here are some photos from the exhibition, which were taken after all the booze had been consumed and most folks had left or so says Jeff.