Category: New York

Calendar. 04.10.14.

Swoon (American, born 1978), The Swimming Cities of Serenissima, Adriatic Sea, 2009. © Tod Seelie
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima on the Adriatic Sea. On view in Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Opens Friday. (Photo by Tod Seelie.)

Calendar. 03.12.14.

How to Try and be OK with the Contemporary Art Market. Oil on Canvas. 42” x 56”. 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters Gallery.
How to Try and be OK with the Contemporary Art Market, 2014 by William Powhida. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition, Overculture, at Postmasters Gallery, opening Saturday at 5:30pm, in New York. (Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters. See it large.)

Calendar. 03.05.13.

Maria Lassnig Sciencia 1998 at MoMA PS1
Sciencia, 1998, by Maria Lassnig. On view as part of the artist’s solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, which coincides with a show of work by Christoph Schlingensief. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Image courtesy of MoMA PS1.)

Calendar 01.29.14.

National Life Insurance Company Building. Project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
National Life Insurance Company Building, project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Part of the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of MoMA and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.)

Calendar. 12.05.13.

Photograph by Julio Sanchez
A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group show Bolivia 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.)

Grotesque Seduction: The Photographs of Tod Seelie.

High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. From Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, published by Prestel.
High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Bright Nights, by Seelie, was just published by Prestel.

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.

Bright Nights by Tod Seelie
My essay!

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.

Calendar. 10.23.13.

Untitled #175, 2013 by Simon Johan, at Yossi Milo Gallery
Untitled #175, 2013, by Simen Johan. Part of the artist’s solo show at Yossi Milo Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. (Image courtesy of the artist and Yossi Milo.)

Calendar. 10.09.13.

Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites. 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. ( Images courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com)
Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, 1991/1999, by Mike Kelley. Part of the exhibit Mike Kelley, at MoMA PS1. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Photograph by Joshua White/ JWPictures.com.)