Salon 94


Huma Bhabha in The New Yorker!

"​The exceedingly talented Pakistani-born sculptor, now based in the Hudson Valley, presents a few new works in three dimensions, notably a pseudo-tribal totem in patinated bronze. The figure’s eyes and breasts are ringed with yellow, and her head is wound with a bicycle chain that suggests both a hijab and a noose. But this two-part show (which continues at 1 Freeman Alley) concentrates on the artist’s works on paper. Large drawings, spare and mostly abstract, are the least interesting, and the incorporation of footprints and studio debris does little to make a case for their grandiose scale. The smaller, more colorful drawings of heads, however, are outstanding: uncanny human-canine hybrids, whose weight and woe recall the shaggiest of Jean Dubuffet’s outsiders. ..."

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Marilyn Minter Featured in Vogue!

 Slick, steamy, soiled, smeared: Such is the work of Marilyn Minter, the painter and photographer whose composite images of female body parts and excess (think a mouthful of muddy pearls) have been embraced and reviled for their sensual magnetism for more than three decades. Collected by everyone from the Guggenheim to Jay Z — she makes a dancing cameo in his video for “Picasso Baby—Minter is about to receive her first museum retrospective, which will open Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston before it travels to Denver, Orange County, and finally the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2016. In advance of that milestone, Minter sat down with for a candid conversation about a few of her favorite things and the state of her art.

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Night Out with Richard Hell: Jayson Musson

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space - Friday, April 3rd at 7:30

The progenitive NYC icon Richard Hell's influence on popular culture runs so deep it is hard to quantify. With the pioneering 1970s bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and ultimately Richard Hell and the Voidoids, he helped invent punk and what came next. He retired from music in 1984, and has since established a reputation as a writer rivaling his achievement in music. He's the author of two novels, Go Now and Godlike, the collection Hot and Cold, and much journalism in magazines from Vice to the Village Voice to BlackBook (where he was film columnist) to the New York Times. His most recent book is the autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp. 

For Night Out with Richard Hell, he takes up residence in the Thalia to set the stage for artists that interest him today. Each evening in the series features an interview by Richard with an artist chosen by him followed by the artist's performance - five events you will not forget.

For this installment, Hell welcomes Jayson Musson.

Musson, a premier trickster and provocateur of contemporary art, became an internet phenomenon in 2010 as Hennessy Youngman, a roughly hip-hop persona he assumed to nail the art world with hilarious precision in a series of instructive monologues he called “Art Thoughtz.” Hell will speak with Musson about his entire career, from his days in the Philly rap group Plastic Little, through his Hennesy Youngman period, on up to his recent Studio 94 Gallery shows of Coogi sweater "paintings” and the "Exhibit of Abstract Art" (derived from "Nancy" comic strip parodies of modern art), and beyond. The interview will be sprinkled with multimedia presentations of Musson's various artworks. Though his works are often rooted in humor, they’re as intellectually stimulating and good to look at as your more solemn art.

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