Brooklyn Art in 2013: What to Watch

01/02/2013 4:00 AM |

We asked a number of artists, art writers and curators to provide
you with a well-informed spectrum of Brooklyn-centric exhibitions and events to look forward to in 2013. Mark their expert words and fill
your agendas accordingly.

Paul Behnke,
Structure and Imagery Blog

1. Andrew Seto at Theodore: Art, April. “Seto makes paradoxical paintings that never disappoint but reward close-looking with smart content and proficient technique.”
2. A group painting show at Ethan Pettit Contemporary, March. “The exhibit will feature the work of seven painters. I am particularly excited to see new work by Gili Levy and Todd Bienvenu.”
3. “NurtureArt’s Muse Fuse series offers a unique opportunity to hear and interact with the movers and shakers of the Brooklyn art scene and beyond. I’m eagerly waiting to see what speakers and workshops will be presented in 2013.”

Charles Kessler,
Left Bank Art Blog

“I can’t wait for Life, Death and Transformation in the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum in January. I’m a big fan of Northwest Coast American-Indian art, and the Brooklyn Museum has a great collection of it that has hardly ever been seen until this.”

Julie Torres,
Artist and Curator

“I have only one thing on my mind for 2013, Alltogethernow. The international painting crew that descended upon Bushwick Open Studios in 2012 is coming back for BOS 2013! Once again, artists will arrive from all over the world to collaborate with Bushwick artists and to show their own work. In addition, each of them will show one Bushwick artist whose work they discovered at BOS last year. What I Like About You opens on BOS weekend at Parallel Art Space. And this time around there will also be a concurrent exhibit showcasing the visiting artists in Saugerties, NY, at Imogen Holloway Gallery in What I Like About You, North. I can’t wait.”

Matthew Mahler,
Small Black Door

“I’m totally psyched about a few events we’re planning at Small Black Door in 2013. The first will take place Sunday, February 3 (that’s right, Super Bowl Sunday), a sports-inspired art show and performance curated by Joe Nanashe called The Exhibition Game. Art, food, halftime performances—oh, and we’re showing the game too. I’m also very excited to host Carl Gunhouse’s show We Don’t Owe You a Thing, opening Saturday, March 2. This is a show informed by some of the characteristics of a hardcore music scene that exploded here in the Northeast in the mid 90s. Gunhouse, an avid showgoer and documenter of the scene, has put together an eclectic group of artists whose work is indicative of the defiant attitude embraced by all those touched by hardcore music.”

Jen Hitchings,

“In the spring of 2013, WEEKNIGHTS at The Active Space will be transforming, slightly expanding into a strictly exhibition space, and gaining two directors, making a trio in charge of exhibitions. Also, an art fair in Bushwick seems like it’s about ready to boil over the pot.

At Pierogi, some really great shows will be on view in 2013, my most anticipated
being Sarah Walker and Darina Karpov.”

Deborah Brown,
Storefront Bushwick
Adam Parker Smith, “9:4:1,” at Storefront Bushwick, January 4-February 3. “Mordant, humorous, and irreverent, Smith operates behind enemy lines. His solo show will continue his exploration of the relationship between mass-produced objects and imagery with high-art conventions.”

2. “Rock Stars,” an outdoor sculpture show curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller, during Bushwick Open Studio in June. “It will be on Rock Street, the street privately owned by Boar’s Head, one block from the Morgan L. Boar’s Head is a sponsor.”

Thomas Micchelli,
Hyperallergic Weekend
Linda Francis at Minus Space, February.
2. Ben La Rocco at Janet Kurnatowski, March.
3. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, at the Brooklyn Museum, February.
4. LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital, at the Brooklyn Museum, March.

Martin Bromirski,
Anaba Blog

All group shows in January: Drafted, the first show at Schema Projects, Mary Judge’s new space; The Order of Things, at NurtureArt; Hello Darling at South First; and Collectively Assembled at Greenpoint Renaissance Center. “Also, Storefront Bushwick has Adam Parker Smith in January, Patrick Berran in May, and Ryan Michael Ford in the fall! Osamu Kobayashi will have a piece in Sideshow Nation January 5-March 3 and will be in the back at Storefront with Nate Ethier in April. In addition, a major congratulations to two of my favorite Bushwick artists, Meridith Pingree and Kai Vierstra, who will be making art in Captiva, Florida, as participants in the inaugural year of the Rauschenberg Residency.”

Benjamin Sutton,
2Fik, 2Fik’s Museum, at the Invisible Dog, April 20-May 18: “The photographer’s latest series of self-portrait mashups—seamlessly integrated tableaux in which every figure is the artist in costume and, where necessary, drag—tackles some of art history’s most iconic paintings, beginning with Manet’s The Picnic on
the Grass
2. SEVEN New York, May: “When this gallery-run mini-fair held every December in Miami made its New York debut at Pierogi’s Boiler space in May 2012—coinciding with the local debut of British heavyweight Frieze—it provided an intimate and pleasantly unified antidote to all the mega-fairs, a feat we hope it will repeat this spring.”
3. Valerie Hegarty, Brooklyn Museum, May 17-December 1: “Hegarty’s beautifully dilapidated, flood- and fire-ravaged, and animal-infested takes on classical painting and historical furniture always transform facsimiles of treasured relics into romantic ruins, and the Brooklyn Museum’s superb period rooms should be the perfect venue for her latest interventions. In addition to damaged portrait paintings, she will add woodpeckers, bullet holes, Native American rugs, flowers, roots, and other incongruous details to the time-capsule-like rooms.”

Sunset Limited, Courtesy Darina Karpov

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