Ara Peterson / Jim Drain, Pinwheels 1-35, 2004-2005, Mixed media, Dimensions variable, Courtesy Deitch Projects, New York
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However, the predominant mediums that these artists are manipulating to their own ends are painting and sculpture. Dearraindrop has a masterful pair of imaginary paintings, where Mr. Clean, cartoon characters, and floating eyeballs share the terrain; Valerie Hagerty pumps new life into Mark Rothko’s work with a slashed version of one of his coveted paintings; and Brian Belott makes cats more mystical than they already are by adding clocks to their eyes in his Plexiglas paintings. Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzi Bougatsos take the prize for grittiest sculpture with her addition of rubber penises to a the heads of a couple in a street crossing sign, while Terence Koh wins hands down for most ambiguous with a bronze self-portrait in a seated Buddha position in front of a swastika made from toy soldiers.
Shows within the show include a photo installation from Tim Barber’s Tinyvices project and Aaron Bondaroff’s O.H.W.O.W. pop up shop with fanzines, artist books, t-shirts, posters, and other ephemera by this extended community of artists. The band A.R.E. Weapons performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the opening, followed by artist and Santos Party House partner Spencer Sweeney’s crazy DJ set.
Lively, edgy, spirited, and comprehensive, New York Minute packages the energy of the New York art scene of the past decade and releases it in a way that still keeps it fresh and vital, and most importantly for the new audience in Rome, or any other city around the world, inspiring.
New York Minute: 60 Artists on the New York Scene, which is accompanied by a catalogue published by O.H.W.O.W., continues at MACRO Future in Rome through November 1. View photos from the opening at Art in America’s The Scene.