Art Parties, er, Openings, This Week To Make You Seem Relevant

Sue de Beer, still from "Black Sun," (2004-2005), c-print.

Whine a little while drinking the (nearly) free-flowing wine at these Thursday openings. Maybe your Valentine’s Day sucked, but there’s always a chance for a drunken artworld hookup at one of these packed opening parties. Just make sure to wear your leather shorts to these openings and you will undoubtedly have a successful beginning to the weekend.


Massimo Grimaldi, Highlights
83 Grand Street
Thursday, February 17,  6 – 8 PM

LIVE SNAKES. No, really, live snakes. Of course, there will be other aspects to the Italian artist’s exhibition at Team Gallery: large-scale portraits of the artist’s acquaintances, abstract photography, a sound installation, and a slide show related to his various artistic/social projects in Africa.

P.S. If you’re scared of snakes, they will be housed within plexiglass, but they will be installed in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. And it’s the responsibility of the art handler to feed them.

Drawn from Photography: D-L Alvarez, Andrea Bowers, Fernando Bryce, Sam Durant, Ewan Gibbs, Karl Haendel, Richard Forster, Serkan Ozkaya, Emily Prince, Frank Selby, Paul Sietsema, Mary Temple, and Christian Tomaszewski. Curated by The Drawing Center Curator Claire Gilman.
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
Thursday, February 17, 6 – 8 pm

Does translation from one medium to another water down the original? For instance, if you wanted to make a work about Twitter, you probably wouldn’t make a painting about it when your work could be on Twitter—unless you were interested in those jumps between media. This group exhibition explores the desire to translate the mechanical into the handmade where artists use photography as the source material for their drawings.


Sue de Beer: Depiction of a Star Obscured by Another Figure
Marianne Boesky Gallery
509 West 24th Street
Thursday, February 17, 6 – 8 pm

A few weeks ago I saw Sue de Beer’s The Ghosts at a one-weekend screening event held at the Park Avenue Armory. I loved her integration of sculptural objects in the historic rooms of the Armory, her transformation of the viewing space by adding large silver pillows and white shag carpeting, as well as her hypnotic, and mesmerizing use of color in the film. I have high expectations for this exhibition, although showing mostly sculpture, similarly promises an intervention into the architectural space and a screening of one new short video, Silver and Gold.


Coke Wisdom O’Neal’s “Blue Nude”
Mixed Greens
531 West 26th Street, 212-331-8888
Thursday, February 17, 6 – 8 PM

Mixed Greens is known for picking up obscure emerging artists who, shortly after showing at the gallery, end up dropping the “obscure” label.  Tonight’s show is all photography, an exhibition of Coke Wisdom O’Neal’s ongoing project that, quite simply, consists of photographing people in boxes. In Blue Nude, his derobed subjects climbed into cramped quarters, squishing their bodies into uncomfortable, contortionistic postures. I would prefer to see this in action—seeing people in the gallery climb into tiny boxes and clamor for space rather than the photographic documentation of the performance, but I’m also interested in finding comparisons between his nudes and say, Matisse’s Blue Nudes, and whether any erotic content can co-exist in such painful scenes of bodily struggle. Also, this is the weekend of “things in boxes”—snakes in boxes, people in boxes, so I have to mention this exhibition.

Hiraki Sawa: O
James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street

If you haven’t had your fill of works about “time” after seeing the Christian Marclay’s The Clock, Sawa’s videos deal with issues of time and memory in an amalgamation of sound and video consisting of 3 large projection screens, ten small video monitors, and five channels of audio. I’m interested in seeing the effects of Sawa’s “custom-built speakers that spin intermittently, sending the clatter and rolling sounds of spinning objects” as according to the press release ( The scenes in the video range from landscapes to interiors and drawings of the moon, as well as a new video work that explores memory and amnesia, will be shown as well.


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