Huff and puff as much as you want, but New York Galleries are made of brick, fuck you very much Sandy.
If you don’t already know, Hurricane Sandy has severely hurt the New York art scene. Gotham has never experienced this kind of thing before (we’ve been flooded, but not to this degree). Everyone living here was taken by surprise when the Lower East Side and Chelsea gallery districts both got badly flooded. Artist studios in Gowanus and Greenpoint areas of Brooklyn were not only flooded, but the waters that filled their buildings are known for being severely polluted. What objects survived have to be handled carefully with gloved hands, and likely discarded as unusable. Sandy didn’t really throw a lot of rain at us, but the surge that came in from the ocean filled up gallery basements and went up as high as 5 feet in ground floor spaces.
Here are some links showing images of the damage wreaked by the storm:
From art critic Jerry Saltz: Saltz’s Devastating Tour Through Chelseaâ€™s Ruined Art Galleries
Hyperallergic’s multiple reports:
New York’s Art World Assessing Impact of Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Report, 2 Days After
Hurricane Sandy Report, 3 Days After
Hurricane Sandy Report, 4 Days After
Yet, on that negative note, I’m happy to report that many galleries have survived without damage and will be open for business as of this week. Life goes on. If you’re in New York and can make it out, please show these artists your support. Their exhibitions have been interrupted by the storm; they’ve largely missed out on what attention they should have gotten. If you’re not nearby, check out their work online. The list below consists only of Manhattan galleries, unfortunately. If I have time, I’ll expand.
Do send New York all your love and strength. On Wednesday, we’re expecting a furry and fanged nor’easter to try to blow our houses down yet again. Oh, hell no!
Brad Woodfin‘s Unwound and Dame Darcy‘s Handbook for Hot Witches at Alix Sloan’s pop-up gallery have both come down a couple of days early. No matter; the shows were highly successful. If you missed them, take a peek at the work online here.
Aaron Nagel‘s show, Sovereign, will not be re-opening, it seems. A recent email from Lyons Wier Gallery states that they sustained some gallery damage (the artwork is OK, I assume) and will be re-opening on November 15th with its next exhibition of work by Melodie Provenzano. To view some of the paintings Nagel had on view, click here.
Jonathan Levine Gallery will be back open starting tomorrow, November 5th from 11-6. They’ve got two absolutely amazing solo exhibitions up right now: Ashley Wood’s Machine Sabbath and Jeremy Geddes’s Exhale. Both shows will be up until November 17th:
Not sure when Bold Hype is going to re-open. Do check in with them if you are in the area, however. Their exhibition, 35MM, with acrylic paintings by Phil Noto is crisp and energetic. Not to be missed.