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Urban Art Exhibition April 27 – May 4

  • NYCB
  • David Zwirner
  • Jack Shainman Gallery
  • Backwoods Gallery
  • Vertical
April 26, 2014

JR & Woodkid

Les Bosquets

Opening: April 29

NYC Ballet

Lincoln Center, W. 62nd & 65th Streets, New York

JR is totally unstoppable! Now he is taking his collaboration with the New York City Ballet onto the stage. Recently JR constructed The Eye of New York City Ballet, the 1.900 square-meter photo installation on the floor of the Koch Theater in NYC. The piece was such a success that the artist was asked to direct a ballet for the stage. With assistance from NYCB ballet master in chief Peter Martins, JR will direct his eight-minute theatrical debut which will have its premiere on April 29 at the opening night of the ballet’s 2014.

Group Show

No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989

Opening: May 1

David Zwirner Gallery

525 & 533 West 19th Street, New York, USA

A show announced by David Zwirner gallery in New York investigates the artistic dialog between Europe and the US in thr 80’s.The exhibition will present a spectacular array of artist who created in Cologne, Germany and New York at the time. Entitled No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989, the exhibition will span over two gallery venues in the city, presenting some of the best and most revolutionary contemporaries, including: George Condo, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen and Christopher Wool.

Gerhard Demetz

The Invocation

Opening: May 1

Jack Shainman Gallery

513 West 20th Street, New York, USA

After the phenomenal sculpture exhibition Threshold Space by Gerhard Demetz presented at the Jack Shainman Gallery in 2012, a new show by the Italian artist is announced for the month of May, entitled The Invocation. What the sculptor is about to invoke in the new series of work is yet to be seen, but as his subjects are consistently children, we may be in for another explorative angle of the loss of innocence, hardships and perils of growing, in personal and universal sense. The Invocation will open on May 1, and it will remain on view through May 31, 2014.

Tom Civil

Stick Folk

Opening: May 2

Backwoods Gallery

25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

The Melbourne based artists Tom Civil will be presenting a new set of works at Backwoods Gallery. Central to Tom Civil’s work are the Stick Folk, who manifest themselves as diminutive sprites that live hidden in the composition of his paintings or as bold tags across walls. The Stick Folk are representations of Tom’s personal connection to Australia. They live, hangout, protest, dance and move across the landscape, an Aussie punk mashup of May Gibbs and Michael Leunig. The exhibition will also feature a large-scale steel sculpture installation. The show ‘Stick Folk’ opens May 2nd and closes only nine days later on May 11th

Mark Ryden

The Gay 90’s – West

Opening: May 3

Kohn Gallery

1227 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, USA

The ‘Gay 90′s’ term was coined in the 1920s, referring to the idealistic image of American life in the more honest and uncomplicated era of the late 19th century. The 1920s were seen as Roaring, while the Gay 90′s became a symbol of a calmer life, prosperity and rural happiness. After a century, at the beginning of 1990s, the Gay 90s term could not be used in the same sense any longer, as the Golden Life was anything but a parallel of the recent period. The 19th century culture, aesthetics and style were greatly forgotten by the seekers of the modernity. Mark Ryden explores this golden period in his work, bringing back its emblems in the deliberately kitschy artwork.


Savage Gaze

Opening: May 3

Vertical Gallery

1016 N. Western Ave. Chicago, Illinois 6062, USA

Stinkfish is the moniker of South American muralist who has been spreading his vibrant visuals across the planet. His photography-based wall paintings are engaging, emotional and monumental in scale, as they render social topics often featuring portraits of local children and young people. His Chicago debut is scheduled for May 3 at the Vertical Gallery, entitled Savage Gaze, alluding to the somewhat lost looks of his ethically colored characters, with slight irony to the frequent prejudice about people in underdeveloped, remote or technologically poor areas of the world. Savage Gaze exhibition will present Stinkfish street art, bringing it into the gallery space, with large scale paintings and small scale drawings executed on found objects. At opening night a limited edition print will be released, available for purchase at Vertical gallery.