Shows Not to Miss This Year

Every now and then there are a handful of shows that must be seen before closing.  Here are a few:

The Illusion of Democracy by Charles Atlas will be opening at Luhring Augustine’s project space in Bushwick, Brooklyn on February 18th.  As the inaugural show, Luhring Augustine will enliven this bohemian den with the presence of Atlas who was a pioneer in film and video.  This exhibition will also include two new video installations that have not yet been on view in New York: Painting By Numbers (2008) and Plato’s Alley (2009). Atlas will also exhibit a new large-scale video work for this exhibition.
Opening reception: February 17th from 6-9pm.

Norbert Brunner’s upcoming show at Claire Oliver titled Smiling Broadly features digital prints on acrylic mirrored surfaces with LED lights and Swarovski crystals that ricochets reflections.  The artist states, “This glittery, shadowy world is not clear and precise; conceptually it is a metaphor for losing your way.”  Don’t get lost going to Claire Oliver!
Opening reception:  February 16th from 6-8pm.

24/7 by Rachel Perry Welty is currently on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey until July 8th.  Welty is a performance artist who first made notoriety in 2009 with a performance on Facebook titled Rachel Is which featured the artist updating her Facebook status every ten minutes with notifications of mundane, everyday tasks.  24/7 reveals Welty’s total immersion of art with life.  It is not an immediate spectacle, but becomes one through the obsessive process.  In the Internet Age of fast production, it’s surprising to find an artist who is so deeply applied to her own work.

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