Thursday Gallery Openings–September 4

As the summer winds to an end, the New York City gallery scene heats back up again.  A spate of great shows opening this month starts this Thursday, with our picks below:

The New Bitch, Twilight of the Idols

As big fans of the work of artist Michele Basora (find our past interview with her here) we couldn’t be more excited about this show she has curated around the term bitch,”an idiosyncratically transgressive force for change operating at the edge of human knowledge.”  Featuring the work of Gregory Jacobsen, Katie Cercone, Christina Dallas, Dawn Frasch, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Rebecca Goyette, Hein Koh, Amy Chaiklin and herself, expect both sublime and grotesque work that “promotes a new feminist ideal of beauty.”

Gitana Rosa Chelsea, 530 W. 25th Street, #407, New York, New York
Reception: Thursday, Sept 4 from 6 to 9 pm
Open: September 4 to October 4, 2014

Marco Breuer, Zero Base

Working with photographic material, Bruer physically engages with it as a painter does with paint and canvas, obliterating all traditional notions of photography.  In past work, he has subjected photographic paper to shotguns, one-time flashbulbs, modified turntables, razor blades, and power sanders, among other tools. His inaugural exhibition at the Yossi Millo Gallery is billed as Breuer’s most complex endeavor yet.

Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Avenue, New York, New York
Reception: Thursday, September 4, 5:00–8:00 pm
Open:September 4–November 1, 2014

Nick Cave, Made for Whites by Whites and Rescue

Jack Shainman Gallery presents a two-part exhibition of new work by Nick Cave at their two Chelsea locations.

On view at their West 24th Street location will be Cave’s body of work ‘Rescue’. The series comprises sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens dripping with crystals, beads, and metal flowers.

The inspiration for the works in ‘Made for Whites by Whites,’ on view at the West 20th Street gallery, supposedly began when Cave found a container at a flea market shaped like the head of a black man and labeled ‘Spittoon.’ He was shocked and began, “to rehabilitate the problematic loaded object and find a place of reverence and empowerment through reuse.”

Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, and 524 West 24th Street , New York, New York
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4th from 1-6 PM
Open: September 4 – October 11, 2014

Justine Kurland, Sincere Auto Care 

Best known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes and its fringe communities, both real and imagined, for her last exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Kurland spent two years driving through the expansive American West documenting trains in open vistas and the subculture of train-hoppers and drifters around them.  For her this series, Kurland returns to a purely documentary style in the tradition of Walker Evans, with cars, the culture of the mechanic and the open road as her subjects, drawing on twelve years of experience with life on the road.

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, New York, New York
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6 – 8pm
Open: September 4 – October 11, 2014