Thursday Art Openings, April 10

Our picks for NYC art exhibitions opening this Thursday

Artie Vierkant – Usage Pending

Higher Pictures, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
April 10 – May 10, 2014,  Opening: Thursday, April 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Higher Pictures presents a show of new works by Artie Vierkant composed of two series of work– Image Objects which consists of UV prints on dibond that commingle geometric color abstraction with questions surrounding digital objecthood and representation—and Exploits—a series in which Vierkant purchases or licenses varying types of intellectual properties from both individuals and corporations to use as materials in his work. The press release, however, notes that as negotiations with the corporation whose trademark and logo Vierkant made use of for the exhibition (one can easily guess Kodak) have not been finalized, the work in the Exploits series “will be obscured from view until such a time as the negotiation is completed.”   

Robert Longo – Gang of Cosmos

Metro Pictures, 519 W. 24th St. New York, NY
April 10th – May 23rd, Opening:   April 10th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

“Pictures” artist Robert Longo appropriates the seminal paintings of well-known Abstract Expressionists, showing twelve charcoal drawings based on work by Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and others.  Concurrently, Petzel Gallery at 456 W 18th Street will open Longo’s Strike the Sun exhibition, with subject matter focused on the U.S. Capitol building and the American flag.

Vik Muniz – Album

Sikkema Jenkins & Co,  530 W.22nd St. New York, NY
April 10th – May 10th, Opening:   April 10th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Album presents two new bodies of work of large-scale photographs– the eponymous Album series as well as Postcards from Nowhere. The Album series consists new images of familiar scenes that may be found in family photo albums – a portrait of a baby, a wedding, a school picture, or a vacation snapshot.  In these works, Muniz has cut and collaged found personal photographs collected over many years to create images that question the implications of shifts in technology and image-making, and their impact on community, collective experience, and memory.

Postcards from Nowhere is similarly concerned with issues of loss and the dissemination of images. The rise of technology has greatly altered the material value of the postcard, as well as its traditional importance as a personal, tactile, and unique keepsake. The Postcards depict lost or drastically changed popular destinations – the Twin Towers in the New York Financial District, a once-luxurious beach in Beirut – that have been affected by technology as well as violence.