Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Lonni-Nelson Shanks

Light and Form, a group exhibition of artists who are part of Studio Incamminati opens today at Dacia Gallery. The Philadelphia school was founded by painter Nelson Shanks who is known for portrait commissions that include Princess Diana, President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Pope John Paul II.

Miranda-Robin Frey

The exhibition showcases the works of artists who focus on realism ranging from still lives to figures and portraits. The portraits are vivid and nearly combustible—detailed and life-like. Think of them as photographic moments. There is, it would seem, a lot of work involved in making this lovely magic.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Moyna Flannigan, Femme (Scarlet) at Dodge Gallery

Gallery Goer is a weekly column featuring not-to-be-missed gallery shows on the LES. Have a fun, art-inspired week!

Opening May 19 at Dodge Gallery is Twisted Sisters, a highly eclectic show that includes painting, sculpture, video, installation, prints, mixed media and performance art. Curated by Kristen Dodge and Janet Phelps, the show features works by women artists whose subjects are women.

Summer Wheat-Scratchpad at Dodge Gallery

Lower East Side Gallery Owner Chases Thief, Recovers Paintings

Kristen Dodge.

Kristen Dodge is a Lower East Side gallery owner and now she’s also a crime fighter!  Art in America Magazine is telling the story of her ordeal this past weekend, after four paintings were lifted from the gallery, at 15 Rivington Street.

On Saturday afternoon, she was in an office on the lower level, talking with artist Ellen Harvey, whose exhibition, “The Nudist Museum Gift Shop,” had opened two days earlier.  Dodge went upstairs and discovered that a series of knife paintings, worth $21,000,  were missing. She went outside and began running down Rivington towards Chrystie in pursuit of the thief. 

Art Worth Seeing on the Lower East Side

The fall gallery season is upon us. We’ve asked artist Walter O’Neill, director of  the Educational Alliance’s Art School, to recommend some openings and exhibits in the neighborhood. Here are some highlights from the new season:

Last week, walking around the neighborhood, you could see gallery directors and staff hanging artwork and touching up the white walls while other galleries had brown paper covering the windows.  As the fall art season opens this week, the art galleries on the Lower East Side offer some of the most diverse and exciting exhibits in New York; from work by octogenarians Knox Martin (Woodward Gallery) and Jonas Mekas (James Fuentes Gallery) to paintings by emerging artists who are just out of art school. The shows will include a wide range of materials and styles –  from installation art to photographs and paintings – almost every current art trend can be viewed within a few blocks.