Kurt McVey

Christian Benner, the Rebel in Leather

September 5, 2014

A little over a year ago, Christian Benner walked into the iconic punk-rock thrift store Trash and Vaudeville on St. Marks. It was a welcome reprieve for Benner, who had spent a decade working as a window dresser for Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria’s Secret.

The City in Fruin

September 4, 2014

Tom Fruin has come along way since “Starfucker,” his first, highly controversial solo show at Mike Weiss Gallery in 2003.

The Rentals’ 15-Year Lease

August 26, 2014

Almost 15 years have passed since the release of Seven More Minutes, the second full-length album by the The Rentals. Today, Lost in Alphaville, the band’s third and most explosive offering yet, blasts its way into the public sphere.

Exclusive EP Premiere and Interview: ‘Last Night,’ Avan Lava

July 30, 2014

Avan Lava, a three-piece electronic dance-pop outfit based out of Brooklyn, is one of those rare musical acts capable of delivering massive, radio-friendly jams without losing sight of its artistic integrity.

Liquid Blonde is Bottled Up and Ready to Go

July 24, 2014

A little over three years ago in New York City, a young vocalist and electronic music producer from Mentone, Alabama named Tyler Stone put together the sci-fi electro-rock-orgy five-piece Liquid Blonde as if he were assembling a hit squad of vicious, hyper-sexual, leather-clad cyborg vampire bounty hunters from the future.

Zane Fix and Stella Michaels’ High Line Balancing Act

July 22, 2014

On Tuesday, July 22, the Delphian “Jap Pop” artist Zane Fix and his partner in crime, the self-possessed and highly expressive painter Stella Michaels, will be holding a nocturnal celebration at the always-evolving Stray Kat Gallery, now located in a cavernous warehouse space in the shadow of the High Line on 14th Street in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Mac DeMarco, On Show

July 9, 2014

On July 12, DeMarco will take the main stage of the Village Voice-sponsored 4Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport alongside the jammy yet hardcore godfathers of guitar rock, Dinosaur Jr.

Sargent’s Daughters: A Gallery, and a Show There

July 2, 2014

Currently exhibiting at Sargent’s Daughters, a gallery owned and operated by Allegra LaViola and Meredith Rosen in Chinatown, is a group exhibition also called “Sargent’s Daughters.” Forty female artists were asked to contribute works that in some way pay homage to John Singer Sargent, albeit in some loose, abstract manner.

Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Planet Earth,’ Luxxury (Duran Duran Cover)

June 30, 2014

“It’s so hard to cover a song that you love,” admits Blake Robin, the raffish frontman of Luxxury.

Mike Weiss’ Right-Hand Woman

June 5, 2014

Lily Fierman, the young new director at Mike Weiss Gallery, is razor-sharp, precocious, and playfully self-deprecating.

Superchief Gives L.A. Its Culture Fix

May 16, 2014

Ed Zipco and Bill Dunleavy, co-owners of Superchief, an irreverent digital magazine and curatorial collective, are taking their artistic brood—as well as their weathered punk-rock sensibilities—to the City of Angels.

The Backbone of Rebecca Horn

May 15, 2014

Rebecca Horn’s first New York solo exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery since 2011’s “Raven’s Gold Rush,” “The Vertebrae Oracle” features a collection of six new sculptures and eight large-scale paintings on paper.

A Fair to Remember

May 8, 2014

In the midst of what promises to be the most oversaturated Frieze week to date, Matthew Eck and Brian Whiteley would like to stage an intervention.

Katja Loher’s Hive Mind

May 7, 2014

During the opening reception for “Bang Bang” at C24 Gallery tomorrow, guests are encouraged to buzz around the newly revamped Chelsea space, along with a selection of Katja Loher’s costumed performance artists, and directly engage with Loher’s elaborate mixed-media installation pieces.

Shepard Fairey Paints It Black

April 17, 2014

Like much of his work, Shepard Fairey exists in the public sphere, exposed to the elements, readily available to be built up and torn down on a whim.

Swoon’s Mother Lode

April 10, 2014

The centerpiece of Swoon’s site-specific Brooklyn Museum show is a massive 60-foot tree, draped with layered and impossibly long fabrics dyed in rich earth tones and crowned with intricately cut white paper foliage, erected in the center of the museum’s massive, skylit, fifth-floor rotunda.

Lucid Dreaming with William Buchina

April 2, 2014

William Buchina’s new exhibition at Garis & Hahn, “Lower Than the Lowest Animal,” features a collection of highly detailed surrealist paintings that evoke comparisons to M.C. Escher, Salvador Dalí, and Robert Rauschenberg. Each piece is a fractured glimpse into Buchina’s psyche, itself a treasure trove of occult imagery collected over the last decade and re-appropriated with the same eye for composition as Ray Johnson, Buchina’s favorite collage artist.

Alan Wadzinski’s Zoo Stories

February 28, 2014

Alan Wadzinski’s zoomorphic sculptural smorgasbord, simply titled “Sculptures,” is officially coming to a close tomorrow night at NY Studio Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Kon Trubkovich’s Transmissions

February 12, 2014

“Snow,” Kon Trubkovich’s upcoming exhibit at Marianne Boesky Gallery, features several large-scale portraits frozen in analog static in an ambitious attempt to induce the viewer into a hypnotic state and access elusive memories and deeply entrenched emotions.

Thoroughly Modern Michel Majerus

February 6, 2014

In the 10 years prior to his death at age 35, Majerus produced an extraordinary, eclectic oeuvre that solidified his name beside the legends to whom he was already being compared: Willem de Kooning, Frank Stella, Sigmar Polke, Mark Rothko, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, and the list goes on.