Post-Armory Audibles

Are you overwhelmed by the obnoxious commercialism of Armory Week? Are you looking for a quick descent back to Earth before you jump off the roof of Pier 92? Let’s get back to the heart of the matter: the artists and their work.

Jason Karolak, Untitled (P-1206), 2012, Oil on canvas, 85 x 75 inches

Jason Karolak, Untitled (P-1206), 2012, Oil on canvas, 85 x 75 inches

Jason Karolak @ McKenzie Fine Art (55 Orchard Street, NY), March 10, 2013.

“I am more interested in the porosity of abstract painting, in its ability to gather and absorb. So the geometric and the structural are relaxed by the organic and the ephemeral. The architectonic framework becomes open, transparent, and lightweight. And the still image becomes active with the potential of time, growth, and change. I want the forms in my paintings to work both graphically and dimensionally, to expand and contract.”




Hans Haacke, MOMA Poll, 1970

Hans Haacke, MOMA Poll, 1970


Hans Haacke @Parsons (66 Fifth Avenue), March 13, 2013.

Points of reference include his Condensation Cube (1963-5), the cancellation of his 1971 Guggenheim Museum solo exhibition after several of his Haacke’s works were censored, and the investigative methods he currently pursues to continue his art practice. According to Haacke, heated debates that follow viewing many of his works are also part of his artistic output. Haven’t you always said you wanted to be an artist?


Marina Abramovic @ The Times Center (242 West 41st Street, NY), March 15, 2013,    6:30 – 8:00 pm, LIVESTREAM

Although the discussion is currently sold out, thank goodness for the internet. NYTimes Arts contributor Patricia Cohen will interview Abramovic, covering as much as possible in an hour and a half window. Abramovic will furthermore discuss her upcoming experimental opera, “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic,” set for its US debut at the Park Avenue Armory in December 2013.

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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