Art Break: Governors Island Hosts an Art Fair and New Exhibits Kick Off the Season at Galleries Around Town
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 3, 2018
Art Break is beginning September looking at New York City’s amazing ability to attract a diverse artistic population of all ages and interests. Why is that so fascinating? Because whatever you’re into, chances are more than good that you’ll find an artist who’s into it too. Even better, there are so many artists out there interested in a whole range of ideas that will be new to you, making for some exciting discoveries. You can start with a ferry ride to Governors Island this weekend, visit their art fair, then head back to Manhattan to check out our picks for the week. All our listings are free of charge so there’s no reason not to get out there and find your next artistic obsession!
The 11th Annual Governors Island Art Fair runs during the month of September, showcasing the work of 80 artists chosen through a combination of open call submissions and a jury process. Each artist has a space within one of eight houses on Colonels Row to create an installation or mini gallery of their work. The results are as varied as New York City itself, making this show a unique opportunity for locals and visitors alike.
Long-Sharp Gallery: Vessels + Void (September 5 – October 26), a collaboration between abstract artist Amy Kirchner and silversmiths Thalen & Thalen. With each piece, the artist and artisans examine form and space, playing off each other’s work while remaining independent objects. Long-Sharp Gallery Space, 24 West 57th Street, Suite 606, Hours: Tue-Fri: 11-6
Lesley Heller Gallery: Fran Siegel: Superimposition (September 4 – October 14), an examination of two diverse maritime sites in the US influenced by nature and human intervention. Lesley Heller Gallery, 54 Orchard Street, Hours: Wed-Sat: 11-6
Cheim & Reid: Joan Mitchell: Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 1953-1962 (September 6 – October 27), masterly abstract works that balance color and form with ease. Cheim & Reid, 547 West 25th Street, Hours: Tue-Sat: 11-6
Deborah Bell Photographs: Mariana Cook: Stone Walls September 6 – October 27), black and white photographs that capture the simple beauty and elegance of these structures. Deborah Bell Photographs, 16 East 71st Street, Hours: Tue-Sat: 11-6
Geary: William Corwin: The Old Gods September 6 – October 12), takes apart the very human impulse to imbue objects with various meanings and powers. Geary, 185 Varick Street, Hours: Tue-Sat: 11-6
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: Truth & Beauty: Charles White and His Circle September 7 – November 10), is an excellent preview of this artist’s work and influence on others before the MoMA show beginning October 7th. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 100 Eleventh Avenue at 19th Street, Hours: Tu-Sat: 10-6
Museum at FIT: Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color September 7, 2018 – January 5, 2019), a comprehensive show on the color pink and its meanings across various cultures and time periods. Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Hours: Tue-Fri: 12-8, Sat: 10-5
Luhring Augustine: Simone Leigh (September 8 – October 20), sculpture and video exploring the black diaspora experience, with a special emphasis on feminist issues. Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, Hours: Tue-Sat: 10-6
Cover: Heidi Johnson: ‘Spot;’ 2017; oil on canvas; 58″x 100″; courtesy the artist and Governors Island Art Fair.