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.