Paul Kolker (b. 1935) is a New York-based artist with doctorate degrees in medicine and law. He is Fellow American College of Surgeons, Fellow American College of Legal Medicine and Emeritus Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Northwell Glen Cove Hospital, having practiced cardiothoracic surgery on Long Island from 1969 to 2013. In October 2001 Kolker moved his Long Island studio to his current address in the Chelsea art district so that he could produce his works and curate his exhibitions as an experiment in perception. His studio and gallery have together become his laboratory in which the viewer is the measuring instrument for Kolker’s art as a perceptual experiment; therefore linking Kolker’s curation and exhibition with his art production. Gesundheit Reimagined! is Kolker’s sixtieth solo exhibition.
Paul Kolker: Gesundheit Reimagined! is on view from September 28 through November 10, 2017, at the Paul Kolker collection, 511 West 25th Street in Chelsea, adjacent to the Highline between Tenth and Eleventh, Avenues. Also on view at 600 Third Avenue is Abstract Decalcomania… An ExperiHighlinePerception.
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Address: 564 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001
Video Link: https://youtu.be/W4HdG_ynBks
Artist: CATHERINE MACKEY
Exhibition Title: Taking Measure (Celebrating the City)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 5 -17, 2017
Gallery Link: http://stricoff.com/catherine-mackey/
Address: 55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014
Video Link: https://youtu.be/k3yEtZY3vTs
Artists: Jehad Abu Hamda
Yon Mi Kim
Exhibition Title: Whitney Staff Art Show 2017
Exhibition Dates: Jun 23 – Jul 13, 2017
Gallery Link: http://westbeth.org/wordpress/whitney…
Video Link: https://youtu.be/mU2WbaMRjDU
Artist: Juan Garaizabal
Exhibition Title: Build A Story. Urban Memory of the Lost Tuileries
Exhibition Dates: Jun 8 – Jul 15, 2017
Gallery Link: https://www.debuckgallery.com/exhibit…
In this year that started charged up with strong conflicting views and reactions, it should be an interesting time in American Art. For the seventy eight installment at the Whitney, the sixty-three artists and collectives presented thought provoking works in various medium to train their lens on race, economics and politics that is on a volatile cauldron – erupting like the constant lava flows of Hawaiian volcanoes. This is our America where questions and reactions level more to the surface. We are forced to confront, react and learn how what we see then process affects our deepest sensibilities to self then in relationship to our community. The climate is uncertain now in America but we have ART to be the defining force that galvanizes us together to reflect upon our humanity.
There are some highlights to this year’s survey as they are the most attention grabbing, works more on our curated view of contemporary art, and had a previous brush historically in ARTE FUSE. But we encourage all future visitors to the Whitney to see the breadth of works from this year’s Biennial.
Here is our quick snapshot of the Whitney Biennial 2017: Tommy Hartung we have seen him in a group show at On Stellar Rays. As always the arresting and biomorphic imagery is a slow burn standout. KAYA had a suspended raw installation that pulsated an urban vibe with a volatile current. Leigh Ledare produced witty images and her subjects colored it. Celeste Depuy Spencer added static verve to the everyday mundane like the youthful DJ browsing his decks. Jordan Wolfson with the swath of chains actually is a liberated nuance art piece. Matt Browning brought a simple minimalist story of the grid to the forefront which gives us a pause about boundaries we make or that need to be crossed. Raul de Nieves with the majesty of his sculpture amidst a stained glass background provided a reverent respite. Harold Mendez showed grace in his industrial material installation where its stark presence is a revelation.
As previously stated, all the works from the artists and collectives included in this year’s Biennial are to be seen and considered as one of the many notes that serenades the art viewer. We can only hope the symphony moves us to a better reflection of our uncertain times which we can hope for a better understanding then perhaps a positive pro-active resolution. Collectively that is our real power as Americans.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial
@ Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Ganseevort Street. NYC, NY 10014
On View: March 17 – June 11, 2017
For Judith Godwin, painting “is an act of freedom and a realization that images generated by the female experience can be a powerful and creative expression for all humanity.” From 1950, when she first exhibited her work, to the present, Godwin has held to her convictions, using a language of abstract form to respond with unbowed directness and passion to life and nature. Her aim throughout her career has been to “emphasize what is important by painting the image of my feelings on canvas—to accept my feelings honestly, and not [to] falsify.” Through her studies with Hans Hofmann, her long association with Martha Graham and Graham’s expressive dance movements, her participation in the early burgeoning of Abstract Expressionism, and her love for Zen Buddhism and gardening, Godwin has forged a personal and unique career path.
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