new york art openings

Mr Thesassygandalf got me a present *-*

For her first solo museum exhibition in New York opening today, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families.

Ojih Odutola creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity and malleability of identity. Depicted in her distinctive style of intricate mark-making, her sumptuous compositions reimagine the genre and traditions of portraiture.

Rendered life-size in charcoal, pastel, and pencil, Ojih Odutola’s figures appear enigmatic and mysterious, set against luxurious backdrops of domesticity and leisure. They, and the worlds they inhabit, are informed by the artist’s own array of inspirations, which range from art history to popular culture to experiences of migration and dislocation. Highly attentive to detail and the nuances of space, class, and color—whether of palette or skin—Ojih Odutola continues her examinations of narrative, authenticity, and representation.

[Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985), Representatives of State, 2016-17. Pastel, charcoal and pencil on paper, 75 ½ × 50 in. (191.8 × 127 cm) ©Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York]

“You’re too nice.” - h.s.

My friend gave me this idea and I’m just fulfilling her wish.

A one shot in which you are Kendall’s personal clothing consultant and Harry’s ex and see some very risqué pictures of the two of them on New Year’s Eve. But considering you’re a kind person, you let it go and someone you hoped to never see again calls you out for it.

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You didn’t have the last name Kardashian but you may as well have been one considering you spent the majority of your time with the family. You were Kendall’s personal clothing consultant and though you technically just worked for Kendall, you had definitely helped the other girls get ready for red carpet events and casual night outings in the past. You were close with them, and you’d appeared on their show a handful of times. There was no avoiding it, considering your business was pretty popular ever since you’d started working with Kendall and the Kardashian camera were everywhere.

You didn’t mind though, considering you and Kendall were ridiculously close ever since you’d started working with her a couple years ago and you were around the same age so you got along rather well. 

She was the one who introduced you to him actually. It was at an event and they came back to the hotel to hang out. You were sitting there zipping bags up and listening to music while drinking wine by yourself when their loud laughter startled you as they stumbled through the door. Everyone thought they were dating at the time but you knew from Kendall that they were just friends. There was absolutely nothing romantic going on between them but you could tell he was rather fond of her the minute you met him.

“Harry!” Kendall squealed, “Oh my gosh meet Y/N! She’s the reason I look so fabulous all the time,” she winked at you and shoved Harry forward so he stumbled over his feet. 

“I think you two will be needing some water,” you chuckled, “Fun night?”

“It’s nice to meet you Y/N,” he smiled a wide smile that split his whole face and offered you his hand. You shook it, chuckling because they were definitely both out of their minds drunk, and shuffled past him towards the kitchen. When they’d woken up the next morning, Harry hadn’t seen you sleeping on the couch when he went to sit down, almost killing you by crashing down on your stomach. An interesting conversation followed and you both hit it off rather well.

You were surprised really, considering you were the ‘behind the scenes’ type of girl and he basked in the spotlight. But somehow you ended up in a relationship. It also surprised you just how much Harry seemed to genuinely like you considering you could have sworn he had feelings for Kendall. But months went by and you two remained strong. You fell in love and you fell hard. It seemed that he did as well because you two were inseparable. He spent every waking and sleeping moment he could with you and you tried hard to fit into his schedule as well when he was on the road. 

It was a relationship full of mutual understandings and you both built each other up rather well. Harry even bought a house in the California area you were at just so he could, as he liked to say, “Come home to you.” 

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I am working away on this water dragon painting for the “Mythos” show at the Haven Art Gallery in New York.🖌🐲 The opening is April 8th and I have to leave on a trip to Italy soon, so I am putting in some long hours this weekend! 💪🎨 But it’s alright because I have some new audiobooks loaded up! 🎶📚 I love listening to them while painting! 😊🖌 Thank you to those of you who gave me some suggestions yesterday! 😘💖 I picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness! Plus a few more!😜 You guys rock!!

Jazz at the Village Gate

The Village Gate was a nightclub at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Streets in Greenwich Village, New York. Art D'Lugoff opened the club in 1958, on the ground floor and basement of 160 Bleecker Street. The large 1896 Chicago School structure by architect Ernest Flagg was known at the time as Mills House No. 1 and served as a flophouse for transient men. In its heyday, the Village Gate also included an upper-story performance space, known as the Top of the Gate.

Throughout its 38 years, the Village Gate featured such musicians as John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Miles Davis, Vasant Rai, Nina Simone, Herbie Mann, Woody Allen, Patti Smith, Velvet Underground, Edgard Varèse, and Aretha Franklin, who made her first New York appearance there. The show Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, debuted at the Village Gate in 1968.

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Banksy Transformed by ABVH

Serbian photoshop pro ABVH is known for transforming Banksy’s best pieces from his trip to New York City into eye-opening works of art. ABVH has gained recognition by tranforming Banksy’s work into hypnotizing animated GIFs, which instantly come to life and reinforced the vividly in Banksy’s work. You can find a larger collection of his work, including other Banksy collections on his Tumblr

The Village Gate was a nightclub at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Streets in Greenwich Village, New York. Art D'Lugoff opened the club in 1958, on the ground floor and basement of 158 Bleecker Street. In its heyday, the Village Gate also included an upper-story performance space, known as the Top of the Gate. Throughout its 38 years, the Village Gate featured such musicians as John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Herbie Mann, and Aretha Franklin, who made her first New York appearance there.

Open Art Space

Open Art Space is MoMA Teens’s free drop-in art program for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Each week, participants create artwork, explore the galleries, and more. No application or registration necessary! Food and Metrocards are provided. Open Art Space meets on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in MoMA’s Cullman Education Building (4 W 54th St., NY, NY 10019). Next program is Thursday, December 8. For more information, email momateens@moma.org or visit mo.ma/openartspace.

Make Art. Meet People. Explore Ideas. Be Yourself.

[Photo: Nestor Perez-Moliere]

“A gripping show. It chronicles a sculptural career that is singular for its profusion of color, crafts and materials; its opening up of historical avenues closed by Minimalism; and its faith in both accessibility and advanced art, that other New. And it’s a great way for the Whitney to decamp, tossing the Met the keys, knowing that we won’t soon forget that it still owns the place.” —The New York Times celebrates Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, opening today. 

Photograph by Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

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Nike Opens New Stanton Street Basketball Courts by KAWS

The latest in Nike’s series of developments includes a new five-story SoHo store, and in adding to that, they’ve just announced the opening of their New York Made: Stanton Street Courts by KAWS. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, the new street courts encompass two side-by-side basketball courts measuring 116 by 80 feet.

“My approach to the courts was very similar to how I would work on canvas. I wanted to create something that was true to my language, but also considerate of this being a court that people are playing on,” said KAWS. “I wanted to find the sweet spot where it works visually and functionally — how its broken up by the game’s lines and works with my images. It will have an intimate effect on the players that use the court.”

The artist used bold lines and shapes to colour the courts, which feature an abstract version of his Elmo and Cookie Monster BFF designs – both with his signature crossed-out eyes.

“I always think about when I was young and the things I had interaction with, whether it was skateboard graphics or magazines, and how art reached me,” he said. “I like the idea of public art because it reaches people in a casual way, and when they aren’t necessarily looking for it.”

The new courts are part of a larger “New York Made” campaign, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates regarding the project.

If you’re interested in checking out the court in person you can do so at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.