A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group showBolivia Existe, at Momenta Art in New York, in collaboration with Kiosko Galería from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick. (Image courtesy of the artist and Momenta.)
Dolores, no pun intended, a painting by noted Brazilian artist Vania Mignone, looks over the tools used to correct dentofacial deformities. (All photos by Todd Kessler.)
The good doctor poses — with cigar — in front of Anima Sola, a canvas by Mexican-born Carlos de Villasante
The waiting area, where the exhibit changes quarterly. Currently on view: a selection of images from Stories, by Cuban-American writer and photographer Tony Mendoza.
We here at C-Mon HQ generally eschew art fair-related coverage in favor of more productive and enlightening activities (drunk texting and watching the Kimye video over and over again). But we’ve set aside our prejudices for this special report on Dr. Arturo Mosquera, a Miami-based orthodontist and contemporary art collector whose clinic, in the southwestern-most reaches of Miami-Dade County, has been a venue for rotating art exhibits since 2000.
Installed around dental chairs and goose neck task lights, the works extend Arturo and Liza Mosquera’s collection of mostly Latin American artists onto workplace walls more commonly adorned with posters of sunsets and the national parks. This year’s exhibit, provocatively titled From the Religious to Sacrilegious is designed, in Dr. Mosquera’s own words, “to start a dialog with kids and adults who wouldn’t otherwise see things like this.”
The bonus: unlike at Art Basel, you can get your teeth straightened while taking in the work.
High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
In the mail today came a book I am super ecstatic about: Tod Seelie’s Bright Nights, which gathers all of his New York photographs into one handy tome. Even as the city becomes a monochromatic carpet of condos and faux retro watering holes, Bright Nights is a reminder that even at its most Bloombergian New York has always retained pockets of creative chaos (and hopefully always will). This book is a tribute to those pockets — and all the bloody noses that come with it.
What’s more, I got to write an essay for this baby, which I’m pretty dang proud of. (Thank you, Jeff Stark, for the mad editing skills.) I’ve been an admirer of Tod’s work for years, from the time his images first started to pop up on Flickr years ago. I’ve long been enthralled by what they covered: under-the-radar events like Bike Kill, Japanther concerts, vogue-ing competitions and journeys made by Swoon on her flotilla of hand-made rafts. But it’s his framing and his sense of color that makes his work rise above simple documentation.
It was a thrill to be able to contribute a few words to the spaces between the pictures. So go out and get the book! And while you’re at it, check out Tod’s website, his Instagram, and his Twitter.
Specimen Series: 348 West 22nd Street, APT. New York, NY 10011, USA — Bathtub, 2013, by Do Ho Suh. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong, opening tomorrow. (Image courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.)
NYC:Drawing Time, Reading Time, at the Drawing Center. Opens Friday, in SoHo. Opening reception to take place on Thursday, November 21, at 6pm.
NYC: Liz Magic Laser, Absolute Event, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Thursday, at Cooper’s 197 Tenth Avenue space in Chelsea. Performances will be held on Thursday and Saturday, beginning promptly at 7pm. (More about the artist here.)
NYC:Para-Real, at 601 Artspace. Opens today, in Chelsea.
A scene from Agnès Varda’s 1968 film Lions Love (…and lies) pays tribute to Magritte. From the exhibitionAgnès Varda in Californialand, at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Image courtesy of Max Raab and Agnès Varda.)
L.A.:Jim Shaw, at Blum & Poe. Opens today, in Culver City.
NYC: Be sure to check out Tony Feher’s Albuquerque Landing on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. He turned an empty lot into a color field painting just north of the Bronx Museum — and respected the graff! Props to him. Coincidentally, I took a pic of this same lot back in August.
NYC: Alexander Calder, Calder Shadows, at Venus Over Manhattan. Opens Monday at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
NYC: Rachel Farmer, Ancestors, at A.I.R. Gallery. Through November 30, in Dumbo.
Kingston, NY: Mark Hogancamp, Saving the Major, at One Mile Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in the Hudson Valley.
Blacksburg, Va.: Jennifer Steinkamp, Madame Curie, 2011, and Leo Villareal, Digital Sublime, at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. Through December 1 and 15, respectively. (P.S. someone help Virginia Tech with their horribly long URLs.)
Miami Beach:TIME, at the Bass Museum. Opens Saturday.