From the opening of the new Hauser & Wirth space in Chelsea tonight to Giacometti in Brooklyn on Saturday, this week’s art offerings are a well-earned reward for the brave New Yorkers willing to face this week’s freezing temperatures.
WED 1/23 “Dieter Roth. Björn Roth” at Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street, New York, 6 – 8 P.M.
Inaugurating Hauser & Wirth’s new Chelsea location, this exhibition celebrates the work of prolific multi-media artist Dieter Roth and his 20-year collaboration with his son, Björn Roth.
SAT 1/26 “Giacometti and a selection of contemporary drawings” at Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Ave, #1B, Brooklyn 6 – 9 P.M.
Exhibiting a double-sided Giacometti drawing alongside the works of 10 contemporary artists in a Brooklyn apartment gallery, Norte Maar sets the stage for some fascinating discussions of the work, its impact on the pieces exhibited alongside it, and the trajectory of abstraction in the past 60 years.
TUE 1/29 “Does it Need to Be Called Art?” at SVA, 333 West 23rd Street, 7 P.M.
A panel discussion on the role and definition of art when it becomes a tool for political and social activism moderated by critic and curator Saul Ostrow.
ON THE RADAR
Jean-Christian Bourcart, “Camden” at The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Jean-Christian Bourcart’s photographs of Camden, New Jersey — a city synonymous with poverty and crime — are photojournalism at its best, revelatory and neutral, yet compassionate.
Wolfgang Laib, “Pollen from Hazelnut” at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York
German Conceptual artist Wolfgang Laib has filled the Marron Atrium with pollen for this site-specific installation, creating his largest ever piece with the bright yellow allergen.
(Image: Jean-Christian Bourcart, “Camden, New Jersey” via The Invisible Dog)