LEO FITZPATRICK’S NOBODY DIES A VIRGIN, 2015, 24×36″, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS. PHOTO: JAKE MCNULTY COURTESY OF 55 GANESVOORT.
The art world in New York is notoriously corporate. But for every pristine blue-chip gallery, there is a small, rambunctious enterprise bolstered by friendships and openings where whiskey is served out of Dixie cups. One such place was 55 Gansevoort, a tiny space in the Meatpacking District run by curator-dealer Ellie Rines. An installation of works by Leo Fitzpatrick inaugurated the gallery in 2013, but it had to close that location last month. In the spirit of 55G, Rines has organized a show with Fitzpatrick down in Marfa, Texas, at United Artists, Ltd., featuring new work by Fitzpatrick and his two friends Sadie Laska and Justin Adian. Titled “Viburnum,” a type of flowering shrub, the show will kick off this month with a planned performance by Laska’s band with Lizzi Bougatsos, I.U.D., and will coincide with Chinati Weekend 2015, benefiting the foundation started by Donald Judd. Maybe you can take New York with you.