Interesting Info-Graphic and Data on Art Fairs

According to this article (and info-graphic) at ArtNews:

Recently The New York Times cited Skate’s Art Market Research in an article on the slowdown in the growth of art fairs worldwide. In an analysis of attendance figures, Skate’s found “that 1,032,792 people attended the world’s top 20 art fairs in 2014, a 7.4 percent decline from the previous year,” The Times reported. Despite the dip, art fair attendance is impressive, given that only a handful of these events have existed for more than a decade.

What I find interesting is that many people will go to more than one fair – especially the ABMB / Art Miami numbers are curious. I’m assuming there is a ton of overlap between those two. However, with fair attendance decreasing but sales increasing (or at least sales numbers increasing) I think we are a long way off from seeing the art market change it’s current stance on the necessity of fairs overall.

Silvia Bächli: further.evolves. At Peter Freeman

I’ve been thinking about this show off and on for about the last two weeks. In my head it’s been one of those shows that is hard to pin down. At times it’s sublime and at others it’s almost too obvious. Either way I’ve been thinking about it since I spent some time with the work.

The work sits on paper, sometimes there and sometimes not. Marks (or should I say watercolor brush strokes) are both quiet and strong, as well as almost non-existent. It is this elusive quality of the work that has kept me thinking and reflecting on the exhibition.

While Ms. Bächli ‘s work switches between abstraction and a type of realism it is this transparent and transcendent touch that rewards the viewer.

 

Peter Freeman
140 Grand Street
New York, NY

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, September 10–Saturday, October 24, 2015

 

Matthew Langley: The New Paintings. Opens October 22 at Blank Space, NYC

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My latest show, The New Paintings, opens October 22 at Blank Space and runs through December 16. It features new paintings and a wall of the artworks that have been made for the A Painting A Day project.

Blank Space
33 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, October 22 – December 16, 2015
Opening Reception: October 22, 6 – 8 pm

Above: Jacks Story, 2015, 45 x 40, Oil on Canvas

Double Standard: Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams 1956 – 1971 (Part 1) at Alden Projects

This exhibition explores the early dialogues, collaborations, and the creative relationship between Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams. Williams a life-long friend of Ruscha’s since fourth grade in Oklahoma City, moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles with Ruscha in the mid 50’s.

This exhibition focuses on a small, but extraordinary body of art by Mason Williams as well as selected early highlights of Ruscha’s earlier work. Of particular interest is Williams 36 foot long Bus (1967)—a life-size, silkscreened image of a Greyhound bus (see above) and folded like a map—conceived around the same time as Ruscha’s silver-covered Every Building on the Sunset Strip (which also unfolds to over 27 feet).

William’s and Rucha’s interests intersect on co-mingle in ways during this show I had half a feeling that really the whole show was by Ruscha, clearly that was more of a daydream of my own, but the thought remains and I have a hard time getting away from it. While this is stuck in my head, don’t let that distract you from both a physically interesting and highly cerebral show.

Alden Projects
34 Orchard Street
New York, NY

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, September 10–Saturday, October 18, 2015

The Downtown Decade: NYC 1975-1985

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Curator Lauren Miller has put together an interesting show of art, photographs and club ephemera from 1975 through 1985 – what is now looked back as “The Downtown Decade”. I’m sure you know that downtown of the seventies/eighties was far from the upscale shopping paradise it has now become. New York was broke and downtown had no police presence to really speak of. This translated into low rents and left the residents free to create and to amuse themselves as they wished.

This “poverty” (both real and municipal) led to an artist creative class that stretched across multiple practices and brought oblique influences into new ideas that would end up creating new art forms. A few years later – the “Reagan Eighties” would start and the money would pour into downtown. Helping put an end to a decade of unprecedented creativity in lower Manhattan.

Rare at Glen Horowitz Bookseller
17 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, September 10–Saturday, October 10, 2015