Group Show Opens at Lodge Gallery

Artist Kate Clark with her sculpture, "Rivalry," made with baboon skins. All photos by Jenna Rice.

Artist Kate Clark with her sculpture, “Rivalry,” made with baboon skins. All photos by Jenna Rice.

The good folks at Republic Worldwide have taken over the gallery space at 131 Chrystie St. and dubbed it The Lodge.  They held a preview party last night with a group show, Die Wunderkammer; Objects of Virtue, which pays tribute to modern day “artistic oddities.”  Sixteen contemporary artists are featured in the show, with works in various mediums from installation to video to sculpture and ink drawings. Along with tickling our senses with works of “odd delight,” there were live performances and fabulous drinks in the “secret” bar, Fig. 19. Thanks to photographer Jenna Rice for documenting the preview. The show will run through May 1st, 2013. The official opening reception is on Friday, March 22, from 6 – 8pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 2pm-10pm.

Sprucing Up The Streets with “Murals Around New York”

“Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford at 70 East 4th St. Photo: Udom Surangsophon (www.udomfoto.com)

If you’ve noticed an abundance of street art embellishing the Lower East Side lately, it’s due in part to the outdoor project-based collective Murals Around New York (MaNY). MaNY was established in 2010, when a few like-minded artists and curators recognized how difficult it has become to find mural space in Manhattan, “unless you’re a superstar like Shepard Fairey or JR and are dealing with a giant sponsor,” says Keith Schweitzer, one of MaNY’s more visible “front men.”

The group realized approaching property owners with requests to paint their exterior walls was a lot easier to do under the auspices of an organized entity than as an individual artist.

At the time, Schweitzer had been working with No Longer Empty, an organization that takes over vacant or abandoned retail space for pop-up art exhibitions, and had developed strong connections to an international community of artists through them.  He jumped in as a curator/negotiator for MaNY and organized a large group show at 145 Ludlow St., which is now TimeShare Backyard.

‘Saints of the Lower East Side’ Debuts on E. 4th Street

Saints of the Lower East Side by Tom Sanford on E. 4th Street. Photo by Keith Schweitzer

FABnyc and curator Keith Schweitzer (of MaNY) are excited about this installation by Harlem-based artist Tom Sanford at 70 E. 4th Street. The seven gilded icon paintings are titled “Saints of the Lower East Side” and the saints are: Martin Wong, Joey Ramone, Miguel Piñero, Ellen Stewart, Charlie Parker, Arthur Fellig and Allen Ginsberg.  It’s Sanford’s first outdoor public art project.  A reception will be held on June 26th at 6pm at FAB Cafe, across the street.

Know Hope Gets “Stampeded” on E. 2nd Street – Your Afternoon Street Art

"STAMPEDED" by Know Hope - Curated by ArtUP - at 22 E. 2nd Street. Photo by photo is by Udom Surangsophon.

Thanks to curator Keith Schweitzer for sending along this photo and most excellent video of his latest project, a mural on E. 2nd Street (at 2nd Ave.) by street artist Know Hope.  The piece is title “STAMPEDED” and is the first artwork in the new season for Fourth Arts Block’s ArtUp program, in partnership with MaNY Project. Click through to watch the video.

Art Installation Takes Over Extra Place

We stopped by Extra Place yesterday, where a group of artists is giving the sterile alley behind what used to be CBGB’s some much-needed creative energy.  We met the co-curator, Keith Schweitzer, at East Broadway gallery Allegra LaViola several months ago.  Moving several blocks north, he’s teamed up with FABnyc for the latest in a series of temporary installations called “ArtUp.”