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    Join the Art Party. 2011, Enamel on found suitcase, 26 × 22 × 6 inches. courtesy the artist & The Boiler (Pierogi)

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    Join the Art Party. Reverse, 2011, Enamel on found suitcase. courtesy the artist & The Boiler (Pierogi)

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    Join the Art Party 2011, enamel on found material. courtesy the artist & The Boiler (Pierogi)

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    Join the Art Party 2011, enamel on found material. courtesy the artist & The Boiler (Pierogi)

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    Installation view. Courtesy Leo Koenig Inc., New York.
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    all smiles, 2011 Synthetic paint and urethane on canvas. Courtesy Leo Koenig Inc., New York.

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    ziggy, 2011. Synthetic paint and urethane on canvas. Courtesy Leo Koenig Inc., New York.

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What's On: New York

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Exhibiting in New York this week: Bob and Roberta Smith evoke the spirit of artists like Jackson Pollock to muster a creative pressure group opposed to a controversial political movement (rhymes with “pea tarty”) at The Boiler. Smith’s fellow Brit, Howard Hodgkin has paintings of “autonomous wholes” and abstract memories appear in a solo show at the Gagosian that provide contemplative relief. Finally, Greg Borgin’s wonderfully bright and intellectualised cheerfulness is crafted into “talismans for a wounded contemporary psyche” at Leo Koenig Inc.

Bob and Roberta Smith: The Art Party The Boiler, Pierogi Gallery New York

The Art Party is a straight-face satire of The Tea Party using Bob and Roberta Smith’s brilliantly wry humour and impressive DIY aesthetic. In a visual language redolent of punk and folk, home-made protest ephemera or sandwich shop signage, with each of Smith’s pieces communicating immediately. And the message is clear: “to advocate creative cultural innovations and solutions to America’s financial crisis,” art inspired hope as a direct antidote to the “despair and austerity” of its rival. Which is all pretty pertinent considering the Wall Street occupation and, well, global economic Armageddon. Showing at The Boiler, Pierogi gallery until December 18.
www.pierogi2000.com/the-art-party

Greg Bogin: all smiles Leo Koenig Inc. New York

Joyfully described by the gallery as a “psychic cannibalism,” many artists today are (un)suspecting victims of an information and visual offensive – and the work they make is nealy always a reaction to that. They are stimulated and they are incapacitated and sometimes they make art like Greg Bogin – the all smiles bit gives you a clue as to how to react and, as with most things, I’m going to take that with a pinch of irony. The work is bright (emotionally, visually), very involved with surfaces (perhaps because the internet lacks that sensory reality) blending effortlessly between wall pieces and arcane sculpture which appear like 3D paintings. Described as "partially striving to give the viewer an escape from the barrage of "heaviosity"" there are some interesting open questions with this work that maybe even the internet can not answer (but at least it knows what heaviosity means.) On show until December 3.
www.leokoenig.com/greg-bogin

Howard Hodgkin Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue New York

Being very new to Howard Hodgkin’s work, my immediate thought is that they’re extraordinarily expressive and staring at them, right to the edges, they are also uncannily familiar. Operating “resistant to interpretation, allusive, and fragmentary” it’s strange then that they appear as gem-like memories that appeal to a quite personal interpretation, rendered in “maximlaist gestures and saturated colours.” The emotive abstraction of landscapes and figurations are best surmised by Hodgkin’s own quote: “I don’t think you can lightly paint a picture. It’s an activity I take very seriously.” On show until December 23.
www.gagosian.com/howard-hodgkin

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    It’s always great to see another side of the biggest names in art, and in this selection of posters from artists including Picasso, Henri Matisse, Yves Klein and Le Corbusier, our curiosity is amply satisfied. These masters’ works have been drawn together for a London exhibition showcasing lithographic posters from the archive of Galerie Mourlot, which originated in Paris but now calls New York its home. Each of the posters is lithograph printed, and all are fascinating; many showing a looser style to the ones we’re so familiar with from these big names.

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    My colleague Emily Gosling wrote a great piece for the latest issue of our Printed Pages magazine in which she called out the patent nudity of the emperor by saying that in reality, the creative process can be pretty dull to witness. Obviously that’s not to say that we want to see slick creative work with all traces of the artist removed; in fact in our digitally-defined age we delight in being able to see the spirit of the image-maker writ large.

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    If you like Eric Yahnker – and let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then you’re really going to enjoy the work of Kristofferson San Pablo, a Filipino artist now based in Los Angeles. His work takes an ironic look at popular culture, lampooning it for its absurdity, but also acknowledging its utter infectiousness. Kristofferson’s strange pencil drawings and luxurious paintings eroticise Simpsons characters, destroy our lust for celebrities and ridicule the stars of reality television, making sure that when surveying the modern world our tongues are kept firmly in cheek.

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    Few artists can take particle physics and maths as a medium; even fewer can do so while attracting a crowd often as big on dance music as they are fine art. However, Ryoji Ikeda is a rare soul indeed, and we’re very excited about his current show at London’s Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. The work of the artist-composer is brutal, visceral and awe-inspiring; and thus nigh-on impossible to convey with mere text and jpegs. His huge-scale inspirations draw on raw data to creative vast, immersive AV pieces, and for his current show said data is drawn from a residency at particle physics research institute CERN.

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    This project takes a little explaining but bear with me. Utah-based design studio Number 04 spent six months researching how to mount a museum exhibition, exploring everything from different kinds of pedestals and which typeface is best suited to marketing, to how to light the show. This resulted in a 1,000 page catalogue that brought together all of the studio’s findings printed on baby pink paper. But for the show itself (at Utah’s Museum of Contemporary Art) the book is nowhere to be seen – instead it has been transformed into photographs, sculptures and installations that Number 04 (aka JP Haynie and Davis Ngarupe) has created based on the information they’d collected.

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    David Hockney never fails to astound me. He’s likely the most prolific British painter, printmaker and photographer our generation will see, and rather than settle down into one comfortable style – he has entertained more than a few over the course of his 50-year and counting career – he continues to set himself new lines to cross. He pushes back on the boundaries he had set himself the last time around. 

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    Pottery has had a bit of a bad rep until recently when people have slowly begun to realise that it’s FUCKING BADDASS. The pottery world is creaking under the weight of the amount of thrill-seeking clay-spinners popping up all over the place making vessels for cool people to put their cacti and fennel seeds in, and so we thought we’d highlight a few people who are taking the clay world by storm. Think for a minute, if you will, how few kilns there are on this earth, and how many universities have in recent years completely shut down their ceramics department due to lack of funding and demand. Then get your head around how these guys manage to create such brilliant work at such an astonishing rate while still keeping up their day jobs. Seeing as pottery is well trendy right now, I thought I’d run down a list of my personal favourite pot-heads out there.

  8. Jr-newyorktimes-itsnicethat-list

    It’s always a joy when two creative forces we like collide and produce something that harnesses their collective talents. We’re huge fans of the team at The New York Times Magazine (so much so we interviewed design director Gail Bichler for the new issue of our Printed Pages magazine) and we love the work of JR, so the coming-together of the two was right up our street.

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    Have you ever wondered what the world might have looked like after the great Old Testament flood? What bizarre events might have followed such a freak occurrence in weather? Me neither. It’s honestly never crossed my mind. But illustrator Samuel Branton has been fixating on the idea, imagining the strange fusion of land and sea that a tumultuous rise in water levels might effect. He’s gone one step further and illustrated these fictional scenarios in miniature, taking this Regency medium and making it weird. Witness crabs beating up a wild boar, monkeys tossing an elephant in the air and a sad old sperm whale incapacitated in a tree. And Deluge is available in book form too!

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    When we last wrote about Aakash Nihalani we described his practice as a series of interventions, and now that he has graduated from playful street art compositions to full blown technological mind-blowers, that vaguery seems even more apt. His newest piece sees him create a series of interactive installations which respond to the movements of the subject stood in front of them. The video demonstrates it better than I could ever hope to, so wrap your eyes around it and try to keep your jaw off the floor. Aakash is entering a new age, people; just imagine the possibilities!

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    Inès Longevial is an art director and illustrator based in Paris, whose beautiful paintings of intertwined bodies are likely to have you looking twice. She breaks up the human figure into segments in a fashion Picasso himself would admire, rendering different parts in contrasting but muted colour palettes to disguise the physicality of her subjects. The effect is quite beguiling; hands play across hips and colour distinctions hint at the seams of clothes, but nothing is clear cut. It’s a geometric play on anatomy, and it has clients including fashion brand Amélie Pichard and sportswear giants Nike coming back for more.

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    “I wish I knew how to weave,” I found myself sighing longingly while clicking through Hannah Waldron’s portfolio. The UK-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer has transitioned seamlessly from grid-based image-making to create works in textile form since completing an MFA in Textiles at Konstfack, Sweden, and it looks like she’s well at home in the medium. Map Tapestries is a series of woven works inspired by various city scenes – Kreuzberg, NYC and Venice, for example – in bright colours, evocative shapes and simple geometric forms, and it’s wonderful.

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    If it isn’t broke then there’s absolutely no need to even think about fixing it, as artist Jen Stark is fully aware, and there’s nothing broken about her geometric papercut sculptures. The LA-based artist has been making such work for literally as long as It’s Nice That has been running – here’s the first time we ever posted about her, back in 2007 – and although her work continues to grow in intricacy, she’s stayed true to her roots. These days her sculptures are made more and more often inside huge, unassuming black and white boxes, recreating the feeling that you’re a child about to unbundle a giant parcel of joy on Christmas morning, and they’re still as impressive as they were eight years ago.