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Shape of the Opening

Last Saturday, we had a fantastic opening reception for the Shape of the Line show in New York.  There was a great crowd, delicious punch, and, most importantly, gorgeous art.  If you missed it, come by next Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30pm to hear 3 of the featured artists give short talks on their work, or stop in any Saturday afternoon, between 1-6pm, through May 7 (rsvp for either to  And, here a a few snapshots from the event:


Shape of the Line

Shape of the Line, guest curated by Amanda Schneider, opens at Fair Folks in New York on Saturday, March 12.  We were such fans of Amanda’s fine art salon in Williamsburg, Dunham Place Salon, that we asked her to hop the river and put on a show for us, in Manhattan.  In “Shape of the Line,” she has brought together  work by emerging and established artists, across a variety of media, to explore the dynamic nature of the line. The work presented demonstrates how line can be more than a delineation of form: it can be a point in motion, it can be an illusion, and it can be the subject itself.  Please join us at the opening reception on March 12, 5-8pm, or any Saturday, 1-6pm through May 7.  And, you can purchase a catalogue here.  Here’s a sneak peak of a few of my favorite pieces that will be on view:

It’s warm in museums

If you’re looking for ways to spend your holiday days off, there are some fantastic museum shows currently open in New York. And, you can walk around museums without gloves on.

Messerschmidt at the Neue Galerie

Messerschmidt is one of my favorite artists. He’s an eighteenth-century sculptor known for his wildly expressive and gorgeously rendered faces.  I swear, you’ll love his work.  Stop by Neue’s Café Sabarsky after for some spätzle or schnitzel-yum! (Closes January 10, 1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street, 11am-6pm, open Thursday-Monday)

Nara at the Asia Society

I loved this show!  Much of the work is housed within wooden constructions that recall children’s playhouses and shantytowns.  Some are used to frame the work and keep visitors at a distance, while others invite you to explore their weird little magical interiors.  Nara is a contemporary Japanese artist who draws on anime and rock-n-roll. (Closes January 2, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, 11am-6pm, closed Mondays)

Baldessari at the Met

Baldessari is a hugely influential conceptual artist, and this is a fantastic retrospective.  In addition to more recent work, it includes tons of early pieces, from the 1950s and early 60s, that are funny, thought provoking, disturbing, and quirky.  (Closes January 9, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, 9:30am-5:30pm, open Friday and Saturday evenings until 9pm, closed Mondays)

Katrin Sigurdardottir at the Met

And while you’re at the Met, you must stop by to see the amazing installation in the one-room space for temporary contemporary shows.  Sigurdardottir  has copied one of the Met’s petit eighteenth-century salons, complete with carved boiserie and furniture, in exquisite detail—with one bold exception: everything is white.  The purity of the palette emphasizes both the craftsmanship of the original and the extraordinary details of the reproduction.  The jewel box of a room is visible through a series of one-way mirrors. (Closes March 6, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street,  9:30am-5:30pm, open Friday and Saturday evenings until 9pm, closed Mondays)

Leonardo’s Last Supper by Peter Greenaway at the Armory

Related, yet totally different, is Peter Greenaway’s installation at the Park Avenue Armory.  I haven’t seen it yet, but it sounds amazing.  He has recreated the dome of the Refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, where Leonardo’s The Last Supper was first on view, and brought it to life with a theatrical light and sound show.  (Closes January 6, 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, 11am-8pm, showings are on the hour starting at noon, see website for details, closed Mondays)

Abstract Expressionist New York at MoMA

This blockbuster is a must see, showing treasures from MoMA’s 1940s and 50s AbEx collection, some of which are rarely on view, including work by Pollack, de Kooning, and Rothko.  One of the things I love about the New York Abstract Expressionists is that they were probably the last generation of macho artists who approached art making without irony. (Closes April 25, 11 West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 10:30am-5:30pm, open until 8pm on Friday evenings, closed Tuesdays)

Three Artists

Yesterday, with the help of Jenna Wainwright (thank you thank you thank you!), we installed a three artist show, featuring the work of our very own Ari Tabei, Eliza Stamps, and Cosme Herrera.  Come by our 7 East 88th Street location next Thursday at 7pm for a short talk by each of the artists, followed by a reception. I’m going to be there, obviously, and it’s going to be awesome.  Here’s a preview:

Something’s Not Quite Right Here Opens

The opening of Something’s Not Quite Right Here on Wednesday was fantastic.  We had a great crowd, tons of amazing feedback, and I wore incredibly high heels.  Thank you again to Jenna Wainwright–the guest curator–for her talent, creativity, and energy.  The featured artists are so talented, and I loved seeing their work in our space.  The show will be up by appointment through November 11. Email for reservations.

Something’s Not Quite Right Here

Today we started installing Something’s Not Quite Right Here in New York, and I’m *so* excited.  Everything looks amazing!  It’s our first show by a guest curator–the lovely and talented Jenna Wainwright.  You simply must come to the opening on Wednesday–promise? 6-9pm at Fair Folks & a Goat (7 East 88th Street).  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek:

Something’s Not Quite Right Here

We are getting so excited about “Something’s Not Quite Right Here,” the exhibition opening at Fair Folks in New York on October 6.  It’s guest curated by the lovely and talented Jenna Wainwright who has selected 14 artists with work of disorienting perspectives, slight oddities, and comic strangeness.

We don’t want to give away too much, but here’s a sneak peak of one of our favorite pieces.  It’s by Bedel Tiscareno, an accomplished artist with multiple solo exhibitions under his belt.

Jenna, by the way, is the former owner of Barometer, a gallery in Chinatown which closed its doors in 2009. Barometer regularly hosted a group of artists and craftspeople to collaborate on various projects, merging the talents of ceramicists, painters, costume designers, and metalsmiths. She has brought this loose affiliation of artists together again for “Something’s Not Quite Right Here,” and we at Fair Folks just can’t wait.

Mark your calendars for the opening on Wednesday, October 6, 6-10pm!