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Mission: artspeak nyc is a unique blend of independent editorial alongside a comprehensive listing of exhibitions taking place across New York. Dedicated to providing readers with an informed and expert view of New York’s contemporary arts, our lively conversations and reporting highlight current perspectives on contemporary art and provide an insight into what artists, curators and galleries are creating and thinking about.

Iconic writer & Nobel Prize in Literature winner #ToniMorrison has passed away at 88. We send our thoughts and condolenc...
08/06/2019

Iconic writer & Nobel Prize in Literature winner #ToniMorrison has passed away at 88. We send our thoughts and condolences to her loved ones.

Happy birthday, James Baldwin! The author known for novels “Giovanni's Room,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and other wo...
08/02/2019

Happy birthday, James Baldwin! The author known for novels “Giovanni's Room,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and other works was born in New York on Aug. 2, 1924. #jamesbaldwin

Happy birthday #DavidHockney! Born #onthisday in 1937.
07/09/2019

Happy birthday #DavidHockney! Born #onthisday in 1937.

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸🎆
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸🎆

Our editor Yasemin Vargi interviews Brooklyn based artist Desire Rebecca Moheb Zandi at her colorful studio.
07/02/2019
Desire Rebecca Moheb Zandi

Our editor Yasemin Vargi interviews Brooklyn based artist Desire Rebecca Moheb Zandi at her colorful studio.

Questions & Answers As an artist interested in craftsmanship and textiles since a very young age, Desire turns her longtime curiosity into art. Our editor Yasemin Vargi talks to the artist about her process and inspiration.

🌈 Happy Pride NYC.!!! Today, several million people are expected to gather in New York City to celebrate sexual and gend...
06/30/2019

🌈 Happy Pride NYC.!!! Today, several million people are expected to gather in New York City to celebrate sexual and gender diversity, and work towards a future without discrimination. #pride

ON VIEW: In “Family Album”, Margot Bergman presents recent paintings and photographs. @antonkerngallery  #margotbergman ...
06/27/2019

ON VIEW: In “Family Album”, Margot Bergman presents recent paintings and photographs. @antonkerngallery #margotbergman #familyalbum

Ann Toebbe whose exhibition runs at Tibor de Nagy Gallery answers our publishing director Atesh’s questionnaire. #AnnToe...
06/11/2019

Ann Toebbe whose exhibition runs at Tibor de Nagy Gallery answers our publishing director Atesh’s questionnaire.

#AnnToebbe’s intricate works made with gouache, pencil, and paper collage on wood panels depict domestic interior settings pulled from the social media posts of the artist's friends and family in Ohio and Kentucky, as well as her own photos with her husband and children. Toebbe archived these social media posts from her large extended family, including 42 cousins, amassing a trove of images of family gatherings, birthday parties, baby showers, and displays of Christmas decorations. Toebbe employs freehand painting, flat geometry, geometric abstraction, and intricate patterning to construct portraits of the homes of her relatives. The exhibition runs through July 27, 2019

ON VIEW “Suddenly” an exhibition of new work by #AllenFrame made by the artist during a year-long residency at the Ameri...
06/07/2019

ON VIEW “Suddenly” an exhibition of new work by #AllenFrame made by the artist during a year-long residency at the American Academy in Rome. The exhibition consists of new color photographs from Italy: figures in outdoor settings in Rome, Positano, Polignano a Vito, Argentario, and Capalbio, as well as two multi-piece works that juxtapose anonymous found photographs with Frame’s own images, expanding the narrative context while highlighting the individually-framed vernacular pictures. @gittermangallery

PREMIERE TONIGHT: MAD | Museum of Arts and Design's Global Punk film series showcasing the movement’s worldwide impact, ...
06/06/2019

PREMIERE TONIGHT: MAD | Museum of Arts and Design's Global Punk film series showcasing the movement’s worldwide impact, the US premiere of ARADA from celebrated director Mu Tunc An exhilarating personal journey into Istanbul's 90s hardcore punk scene set against the city’s political unrest, @louderthanwarofficial calls ARADA “a Mean Streets Scorsese rush of beautifully shot action…” plus, @DiaryofMu will be there for what he promises will be a “heated crazy Q&A.” #mutunc

Photographed by Atesh M. Gundogdu @ MAD | Museum of Arts and Design

Simone Leigh’s incredible Brick House, the first commission for the @highlineartnyc’s new Plinth program for contemporar...
06/05/2019

Simone Leigh’s incredible Brick House, the first commission for the @highlineartnyc’s new Plinth program for contemporary art! It’s on the last section of the former railway, the Spur, which opens to the public yesterday. #simoneleigh

OPENS TONIGHT: Valentin Carron’s exhibition “Sing Loud and Walk Fast” opens @303gallery For his fourth solo exhibition, ...
05/31/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Valentin Carron’s exhibition “Sing Loud and Walk Fast” opens @303gallery For his fourth solo exhibition, Carron's scavenging instinct finds him adopting scenery from his daily travails and reframing it through parallel planes of focus to suit his own form of sensory-heightening interpretation. #valentincarron

OPENS TONIGHT: Mark Greenwold: And Now What?!, an exhibition of paintings and drawings at @garthgreenangallery  Examinin...
05/30/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Mark Greenwold: And Now What?!, an exhibition of paintings and drawings at @garthgreenangallery Examining in-depth Greenwold’s idiosyncratic representations of sex, love, and violence, the exhibition surveys his artistic career from 1964 to 2018. #markgreenwold

OPENS TONIGHT: For over three decades, Julia Scher has explored the relationship between surveillance, authority, and ex...
05/29/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: For over three decades, Julia Scher has explored the relationship between surveillance, authority, and exhibitionism through performance, video installation, and sculpture. The central ambiguity of her work is dependent upon how we understand our relationship to existing structures of power, control, and surveillance. The sculpture Girl Dog (Hybrid), 2005, transforms a doberman -- one of the artist’s signifiers for safety and security -- into an alert marble totem.
Image: Julia Scher, Hybrid (Girl Dog), 2005 © Andrea Rossetti, courtesy the artist and Ortuzar Projects, NY #juliascher

Jaume Plensa // Behind The Walls #jaumeplensa
05/17/2019

Jaume Plensa // Behind The Walls #jaumeplensa

Whitney Biennial 2019 opens tomorrow at @whitneymuseum Preview 2: Todd Gray, Euclidean Gris Girls, 2018. “For his ongoin...
05/16/2019

Whitney Biennial 2019 opens tomorrow at @whitneymuseum

Preview 2: Todd Gray, Euclidean Gris Girls, 2018. “For his ongoing series Exquisite Terribleness, begun in 2013, Gray collages photographs into layered arrangements of thrift- store frames, creating compositions of fragmented bodies. Many of the individual photographs Gray uses for the collages were shot following his own creative vision; others were commissioned, including many he took as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer in the 1970s and early 1980s. Todd Gray’s works draw from his archive of photographs amassed during the past forty-five years. Taken in locations from Hollywood to Ghana (where he maintains a studio), these images have been selected by the artist to explore the complex interrelation of Blackness, diasporic identity, and historic systems of exploitation. #toddgray

Former "Club Kid" Michael Alig answers our publishing director Atesh M. Gundogdu"s questionnaire.
05/10/2019
Michael Alig

Former "Club Kid" Michael Alig answers our publishing director Atesh M. Gundogdu"s questionnaire.

Artist Survey Former "Club Kid" promoter has created a new art collection since he was released from jail. Alig answers our publishing director Atesh M. Gundogdu"s questionnaire.

Artspeak editor Yasemin Vargi had an inspirational interview with Brooklyn based artist Gregory Hayes. Check out our web...
04/04/2019

Artspeak editor Yasemin Vargi had an inspirational interview with Brooklyn based artist Gregory Hayes. Check out our website www.artspeak.nyc to learn more about his art practice and his recent exhibition “From Faded Fragments” @nancymargolisgallery on view through April 13,2019. Link in bio
@hayesgregoryd .
. #artinterview #painting #contemporaryart #nycart #exhibition #artistinterview

Have you seen those murals yet? Artist @joycekozloff has created mosaic murals, “Parkside Portals”, for the recently imp...
04/04/2019

Have you seen those murals yet?
Artist @joycekozloff has created mosaic murals, “Parkside Portals”, for the recently improved 86th Street (B,C) station. (2018) @mtaartsdesign
The six colorful glass mosaic and ceramic tile murals offer a view of the Upper West Side through a micro and macro lens. The perspective shifts from aerial views of Central Park West using Google Earth technology.
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. #subwayart #nycsubway #joycekozloff #mosaic #murals #publicart #mosaicmurals #upperwestside #centralpark

ON VIEW: Jean Michel Basquiat “Xerox” @nahmadcontemporary Curated by Basquiat scholar Dieter Buchhart, the exhibition is...
04/04/2019

ON VIEW: Jean Michel Basquiat “Xerox” @nahmadcontemporary
Curated by Basquiat scholar Dieter Buchhart, the exhibition is the first concentrated examination of the extraordinary body of work that the artist created using Xerox photocopies as his principal medium and compositional focal point.
The series are captured by more than 20 historic works—many of which have rarely been exhibited publicly—and accompanied by a trove of his earliest Xeroxed postcards.
Until May 31,2019
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#jeanmichelbasquiat #xerox #painting #contemporaryart #nahmadcontemporary #nyart

Artspeak editor Yasemin Vargi had an inspirational interview with Brooklyn based artist Gregory Hayes. Check out our web...
04/04/2019

Artspeak editor Yasemin Vargi had an inspirational interview with Brooklyn based artist Gregory Hayes. Check out our website www.artspeak.nyc to learn more about his art practice and his recent exhibition “From Faded Fragments” @nancymargolisgallery on view through April 13,2019. Link in bio
@hayesgregoryd .
. #artinterview #painting #contemporaryart #nycart #exhibition #artistinterview

The victims of the shooting in #NewZealand and the Muslim community worldwide are in our hearts. This vicious act of hat...
03/15/2019

The victims of the shooting in #NewZealand and the Muslim community worldwide are in our hearts. This vicious act of hate and terrorism is a devastation. Our hearts are broken on this dark day.

OPENS TONIGHT: Urban Requiem, Barthélémy Toguo’s first exhibition @galerielelong and first solo exhibition in New York i...
03/15/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Urban Requiem, Barthélémy Toguo’s first exhibition @galerielelong and first solo exhibition in New York in a decade. The artist will be present for the opening reception. #barthelemytoguo #urbanrequiem

OPENS TONIGHT: Young Twitchy, an exhibition of new paintings by Harmony Korine @gagosian #harmonykorine
03/14/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Young Twitchy, an exhibition of new paintings by Harmony Korine @gagosian #harmonykorine

OPENS TONIGHT: Naama Tsabar employs performance, sculpture, and photography to subvert the gender roles historically ass...
03/13/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Naama Tsabar employs performance, sculpture, and photography to subvert the gender roles historically associated with musicianship. In her second exhibition @kasmingallery , Dedicated, Tsabar further explores these themes by expanding the borders of movement of the female body. #naamatsabar

CJ Hendry #springbreakartshow  @ UN Plaza
03/08/2019

CJ Hendry #springbreakartshow @ UN Plaza

Gillian Wearing, Me As Madame and Monsieur Duchamp, 2018, bromide print in articulated frame @maureen_paley @independent...
03/08/2019

Gillian Wearing, Me As Madame and Monsieur Duchamp, 2018, bromide print in articulated frame @maureen_paley @independent_hq
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#GillianWearing #Duchamp #MaureenPaley #IndependentArtFair

“Everything that I have developed has to do with extending visual principles off the canvas.”Carolee Schneemann—painter,...
03/07/2019

“Everything that I have developed has to do with extending visual principles off the canvas.”

Carolee Schneemann—painter, photographer, performance artist, filmmaker—was 79.

OPENS PUBLIC TODAY: The Brant Foundation presents, "Jean-Michel Basquiat" to celebrate the inauguration of its new space...
03/06/2019

OPENS PUBLIC TODAY: The Brant Foundation presents, "Jean-Michel Basquiat" to celebrate the inauguration of its new space in New York City.

The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Fondation Louis Vuitton, brings together Basquiat’s most important masterworks from the Brant Collection as well as those from international museums and private collections. Learn more via the link in our bio.
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#JeanMichelBasquiat #Basquiat #TheBrantFoundation @thebrantfoundation @fondationlv

OPENS TONIGHT: Arakawa: Diagrams for the Imagination @gagosian This show, “Diagrams for the Imagination,” surveys works ...
03/05/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Arakawa: Diagrams for the Imagination @gagosian This show, “Diagrams for the Imagination,” surveys works on canvas and paper made by Arakawa between 1965 and 1984. #arakawa

Opens tonight at Gagosian
03/05/2019
Arakawa

Opens tonight at Gagosian

Gagosian Gallery He began exhibiting at Dwan Gallery in Los Angeles and New York, and was included in the now legendary 1967 exhibition Language to be looked at and/ or things to be read. until April 13, 2019

View of "Derrick Adams: Interior Life" @luxembourgdayan @derrickadamsny #derrickadams  @ Luxembourg Dayan
03/03/2019

View of "Derrick Adams: Interior Life" @luxembourgdayan @derrickadamsny #derrickadams @ Luxembourg Dayan

A view of @tschabalalaself ‘s fantastic installation “Bodega Run” Hammer Museum #tschabalalaself  @ Hammer Museum
02/16/2019

A view of @tschabalalaself ‘s fantastic installation “Bodega Run” Hammer Museum #tschabalalaself @ Hammer Museum

As the inaugural #WestCoast edition of @FriezeArtFair, #FriezeLA, arrives, we look at the highlights and themes - and ta...
02/15/2019

As the inaugural #WestCoast edition of @FriezeArtFair, #FriezeLA, arrives, we look at the highlights and themes - and talk to the artists involved. #jackpierson

Now Open — Nari Ward’s @NewMuseum exhibition ‘We the People’ showcases works from throughout the artist’s 25-year practi...
02/13/2019

Now Open — Nari Ward’s @NewMuseum exhibition ‘We the People’ showcases works from throughout the artist’s 25-year practice, including sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations, some of which have not been seen in New York since they were created.

Since the early 1990s, @NariWard has accumulated staggering amounts of humble materials and repurposed them in surprising ways that reflect on racism, power, national identity & historical memory. Many of these objects and materials are scavenged from the streets of Harlem, a neighborhood which continues to influence and inspire the material and thematic content of Ward’s art.

The #NewMuseum hosted #NariWard’s first institutional solo exhibition in 1993. ‘We the People’ marks the artist’s first museum survey in New York and is on view through May 26.

OPENS PUBLIC TODAY: “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now” opens today @guggenheim. This is the first of two exhibitions ...
01/25/2019

OPENS PUBLIC TODAY: “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now” opens today @guggenheim. This is the first of two exhibitions the museum is holding this year, devoted to the artist. The show includes early Polaroids, collages and mixed-media works depicting male and female nudes, flowers, portraits of friends and celebrities, and self-portraits.
#RobertMapplethorpe #Guggenheim #ImplicitTensions

OPENS TONIGHT: Andy Warhol’s  “Polaroid Portraits” @kasmingallery •Warhol’s fascination with the transience of consumer ...
01/24/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: Andy Warhol’s “Polaroid Portraits” @kasmingallery

Warhol’s fascination with the transience of consumer and popular culture, as well as his concern with appearances and representation, make the polaroid a fitting medium. Notoriously socially awkward, Warhol could use the camera to mediate his interaction with the world, helping him balance between inclusion and exclusion. These works, developed instantaneously, were born in a particular place and moment in time. Their rarity, coupled with the dwindling production of Polaroid film, capture a crucial period in Warhol's practice and recall a nostalgic moment in the history of photography.
• “Polaroid Portraits” will run until March 2, 2019. •
#AndyWarhol #Warhol #slyvesterstallone

Opens public today at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
01/24/2019
Robert Mapplethorpe

Opens public today at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum Mapplethorpe is widely known for daring imagery that deliberately transgresses social mores, and for the censorship debates that transpired around his work in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s. until July 10, 2019

TODAY'S TALK: The Turkish-born artist Banu Cennetoglu’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. is currently on view at Sculpt...
01/23/2019
Banu Cennetoglu

TODAY'S TALK: The Turkish-born artist Banu Cennetoglu’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. is currently on view at SculptureCenter, and it includes a 128-hour video documenting the artist’s life over the past 12 years, since she moved back to her home country after stints in New York, Paris, and Amsterdam. At this event, Cennetoğlu will be on hand to discuss the work with critic Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.

Sculpture Center SculptureCenter to present first U.S. solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu. Her work presents a mode of hyper-reflexivity that advocates for perseverance and introspection in this moment of unrestrained expressionism.  unti

View of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s “Stone Arabesque” at gorgeous show of her recent paintings @jackshainman
01/18/2019

View of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s “Stone Arabesque” at gorgeous show of her recent paintings @jackshainman

OPENS TONIGHT:  @white_columns - the first NYC solo exhibition by David Byrd (1926-2013.) #davidbyrd
01/17/2019

OPENS TONIGHT: @white_columns - the first NYC solo exhibition by David Byrd (1926-2013.) #davidbyrd

90's will forever be a vibe. Opens tonight at Ortuzar Projects
01/15/2019
David Robilliard

90's will forever be a vibe. Opens tonight at Ortuzar Projects

Ortuzar Projects The exhibition will include paintings and works on paper, as well as a large selection of archival materials, that uniquely illuminate the pleasures and frustrations of love and life in 1980s queer London. This is the first exhibition of Robilliard’s work in New York since 1990.

This Thursday, January 17, join the @newmuseum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (@m_o_t_h_a) for "Speculative Monuments: Sh...
01/14/2019

This Thursday, January 17, join the @newmuseum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (@m_o_t_h_a) for "Speculative Monuments: Show and Pray Tell."
Artists commissioned for Chris E. Vargas's (@chrisevargas) and MOTHA's “Consciousness Razing: The Stonewall Re-memorialization Project”—including Chris Bogia (@chrisbogia), Devin N. Morris (@devinnmorris), and D’hana Perry (@battyjack_dj)—will discuss their proposals for new monuments to commemorate the 1969 #Stonewall riots.

Rodney Graham, “Vacuuming the Gallery,” 1949, 2018 feels voyeuristic, as if you’re peeking through a window into an earl...
01/14/2019

Rodney Graham, “Vacuuming the Gallery,” 1949, 2018 feels voyeuristic, as if you’re peeking through a window into an earlier time. (1949) It’s a 4-part lightbox. This is barely 3 of them. #rodneygraham @303gallery

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