Closing Saturday, June 13
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The New York Times
Review: Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s enterprise
Among the more moving art experiences is seeing a painter excel late in life. Alex Katz, 87, is well known for landscapes and portraits that combine direct perception; wet-on-wet speed-painting and scale; and a distinct merging of Pop Art, abstraction and the plein-air tradition. But now he is having one of the best gallery exhibitions of his career, a display of landscape paintings — lately his surest work — that while seeming to modulate his familiar style have a new, more emotional resonance.
“Black Brook 18” is classic Katz: a band of brown that is dotted and bordered with chartreuse, a diaphanous, nearly abstract close-up of nature that also conjures Mark Rothko. But in most of the canvases, Mr. Katz jettisons some of his bravura, inserting a more inward complexity between pure perception and paint that evinces the vastness and hallucinatory power of nature. You can see it in the flat, unyielding planes of green that encroach on the small home in “Red House 4,” or the little white house in a work whose title — “Slab City 2” — seems to acknowledge the too-solid pine boughs jutting in from the right side.
“Untitled Landscape 1” depicts a diagonal hillside like one of Winslow Homer’s, but with fishlike blue and gray clouds slaloming down its length that suddenly establish the hill as a tilted horizon. And in “Snow Scene,” we see, through a screen of bare saplings, a small cabin riding a swooping plane of white. A diagonal chunk of blue-gray pine (or spruce) intervenes from the upper left, like a descending curtain. In this rare wintertime view of Maine from Mr. Katz, who has spent more than 60 summers painting away in that state, a harsh loneliness enters the picture.
by Roberta Smith
MOON DUST (2014, 93 min)
Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Johan Kugelberg / Boo-Hooray Gallery, together with Afrika Bambaataa, the Universal Zulu Nation, and Cornell University Library announce the public archiving of one of the most important record collections in the history of hip hop: the Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records Vinyl Archive.
Free Event Open to Public
All Visitors Welcome
July 16, 2–4 PM
Lunch Breaks Show
Bronx Time with Crazy Legs
Special Guest: Joe Conzo
July 17, 1–2 PM
July 18, 1–2 PM
Break Beat Lou
Ultimate Breaks and Beats
Situated outdoors, alongside the exhibition halls, the project, “Free Store,” is just that: a space designated for the free flow of merchandise. Signage will invite visitors to “BRING STUFF IN THAT YOU CAN’T USE, TAKE STUFF AWAY THAT YOU CAN.” The store will be open for the duration of the fair, free of charge, 24 hours a day.
The idea behind “Free Store” is to organically generate an alternate economy parallel to that of the art fair. No money will be involved in the running of the store, and beyond the simple directive of the signage, there will be no rules or regulations. The project seeks to engage a broad range of visitors, from local residents who might not come to the fair otherwise, to out-of-town fairgoers, who might never come to Basel otherwise.
And that’s where you come in. To help stock the store, I’m hoping that if you are:
A) A Basel overseas visitor, you can pack something extra in your suitcase.
B) A Basel exhibitor, you can fit something larger (furniture?) into your art shipment.
C) A Basel shipping company, you can bring some extra items in your trucks.
D) A Basel resident, let us take some unwanted items off your hands.
Anything that you think might be of use or interest to someone would be welcome: clothing, books, house wares, furnishings, art—absolutely anything.
You are of course invited to take whatever you would like.
When you get to Basel, please bring your items to the entrance to the Art Unlimited Hall at Isteinerstrasse, Gate 101.
We will be in touch again soon with more details and please feel free to send this email on to all friends, family and colleagues who will be in Basel in June.