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Surface Tension

December 10, 2016 - January 7, 2017

Mackin Projects at Site 57 presents Michael Zelehoski: Surface Tension -  57 Orchard St. NYC  -  opening December 11, 2016   6-8pm - In this site specific installation Zelehoski explores the relationship between mind and reality by deconstructing and recontextualizing found objects into two and three-dimensional space.

Monsters Under Your Bed

October 27, 2016 - Nino Gabisonia, Metal

Stefanie Gutheil is a Berlin-based artist. It’s impossible to forget her paintings once you’ve seen them: those mixed creatures, monsters, spooky smiles and mysterious scenes might be something you will be dreaming of tonight.

Weiss Decision: Gallery Shuts Its Doors Following Disruptive Development

October 20, 2016 - Dennis Lynch, Chelsea Now

"Mike Weiss closed his eponymous Chelsea gallery earlier this month, following a drawn-out ordeal with a demolition operation next door at the soon-to-be Fitzroy luxury condominiums — a process he said drove away potential customers and caused material damages to his gallery and artwork."

Chelsea’s Mike Weiss Gallery Closes Amid Construction Nightmare

October 14, 2016 - Henri Neuendorf

New York-based art dealer Mike Weiss confirmed the closure of his eponymous gallery on West 24th Street in the heart of Chelsea's gallery district, after he says the construction surrounding the building of the Fitzroy luxury condominium next to his space made it impossible for him to remain in business.

CHELSEA DEALER MIKE WEISS CLOSES GALLERY, CITING AN ‘UNRESOLVABLE’ SITUATION WITH CONSTRUCTION NEXT DOOR

October 13, 2016 - Maximilíano Durón

Weiss cited issues with the construction on a luxury condominium, the FitzRoy, next door to his gallery on West 24th Street, as the reason for his decision to close his gallery. 

Tom Fruin x Boundless Brooklyn Limited Edition Silkscreened Watertower

October 11, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Tom Fruin has paired up with Boundless Brooklyn to create a silkscreened watertower. They are available on Boundless Brooklyn.

Dan Schein's Mountain Men Mock the Macho

October 11, 2016 - Tyl Will, Open House Blog

"Deep umbers and heavy greens were climbing off of the canvas. A face built of salmon colored smudges and flailing brown smears glared with a big ol’ eye. The mouth trembled as if to be in two places at once. I picture the dreadful author of this evil mark-making as a pure madman, emptying entire tubes of paint and slopping them around like playing with food."

Deborah Brown will host Open Studio for Bushwick Open Studios

September 30, 2016

Deborah Brown will have an opening tonight in Bushwick Open Studios at 324 Ten Eyck Street from 6-9 pm. The studio will remain open for the weekend, October 1st and 2nd, from 12-6pm. 

Narrative Painting Part 1: Dan Schein's "Where Do We Dump The Bodies?"

September 29, 2016 - Talking Pictures

"It is a question in my mind—what relation does narrative painting have to novels, films, cartoon films, graphic novels—genres that we flip through or watch or read to the end of? I have always felt disappointed that the time-based genres don’t exist when you pause them. I’m excited about a rebirth of narrative painting: It will have to be a reinvention for the artist—and the viewer. Or a pair of viewers—who will be able to look at the painting and discuss its relation to their experiences."

Tom Fruin's Kolonihavehus featured in Conde Nast Traveler Best Cities for Arts and Culture

September 17, 2016 - Conde Nast

Tom Fruin's Kolonihavehus is featured in Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Cities for Arts and Culture " in their New York section.

Michael Zelehoski will have a solo booth at Vienna Contemporary with Backslash Gallery

September 17, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Michael Zelehoski will have a solo booth at Vienna Contemporary with Backslash Gallery. The art fair will run from 22-25 September.

Tom Fruin's Watertower featured on cover of Hemispheres Magazine

September 8, 2016

Tom Fruin's Watertower is featured on the cover of Hemisphere Magazine's September 2016 issue.

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Dan Schein's 'Where Do We Dump The Bodies?' in Blouin Artinfo

September 8, 2016 - Blouin Artinfo

"Schein draws inspiration from boyish fables, graphic novels, and time spent in densely-wooded areas of Wisconsin, and also from the paintings of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Hieronymus Bosch. The scenes depicted in his paintings are cheeky and absurd but never silly. An underlying seriousness and intensity can be observed in Schein’s work."

Liao Yibai's 'X Apple' included in Fashion Art Group Exhibition at The Surrey Hotel

September 8, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Liao Yibai's handmade stainless steel work X Apple is currently on view in a group show Fashioning Art at the Surrey Hotel in New York.  The exhibition will be on view through December 31, 2016. The exhibition was organized and curated by Natasha Schlesinger, fohnder of ARTMUSE.

'Fashioning Art' Group Show with Liao Yibai work written up in New York Times

September 8, 2016 - The New York Times

On Sept. 8, the Surrey, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is debuting an art exhibition called “Fashioning Art.” Photography, paintings and sculptures will be on display, including Liao Yibai's X Apple.  The exhibition was curated by Natasha Schlesinger, founder of ARTMUSE.

Martin Wickström Will Have Solo Exhibition with Galleri Avery in Gothenburg this October

September 8, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Martin Wickström will have an exhibition with Galleri Avery in Gothenberg this October. The show will open OCtober 29 and close November 20, 2016.

Koen Delaere Begins La Brea Studio Artist Residency in Los Angeles

September 6, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Koen Delaere has begun his residency program at La Brea Studio in Los Angeles, in conjunction with The Cabin LA.

Stefanie Gutheil included in 'Representing Rainbows' Group Show at GP Presents

September 1, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Stefanie Gutheil's work Wall is included in GP Present's current group exhibition Representing Rainbows, on view through October 8, 2016. Gutheil's work will be showed alongside those of Katherine Bradford, Ugo Rondinone, and David Humphrey, among others.

Koen Delaere's work included in 'Mixed Signals' group show at Christian Larsen Gallery in Stockholm

August 30, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Koen Delaere's "Beach Paintings" are included in Christian Larsen Gallery's group exhibition Mixed Signals, on view through September 24, 2016. Alongside Delaere, the exhibition features work by Dale Lewis, Ryan Wallace, and Rose Wylie, among others.  

Bas van den Hurk and Koen Delaere included in Whatspace Project's group exhibition in Denmark

August 30, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Bas van den Hurk and Koen Delaere will be included in A Full Open Hand, Drippings and Carefully Masked Lines, a Whatspace Project in collaboration with Jacob Bjorn Gallery, Denmark.  The exhibition will open September 6th, 2016 and run through October 22, 2016.

August 1, 2016

Canadian artist Holmes incorporates neon into his oil paintings with a punk rock sensibility, mixing classical motifs such as flower still lifes with bold slashes of color that seemingly pulsate on the canvas. "I typically secure neon minutes after having completed a painting," says the former carpenter, who keeps a catalog of more than 100 neon elements on hand. "If too much time passes, some of the romance of the act is lost. It can't be an afterthought."

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5 Must-See New York Art Exhibitions At Mike Weiss Gallery, PACE, Park Avenue Armory And More

July 26, 2016 - Meg Busacca, Fashion Times

Mike Weiss Gallery's Summer 2016 Group Show featured in Fashion Times' "5 Must-See New York Art Exhibitions". 

Cheat Sheet: Summer Group Shows (and what curators are writing about them)

July 19, 2016 - Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint

Mike Weiss Gallery's 'School's Out' was featured in Two Coats of Paint's top summer group shows.

BEERS London: Two Person With Thrush Holmes & Jonathan Lux

July 13, 2016 - BEERS London

Thrush Holmes' work to show at BEERS Gallery in London from July 15th-August 30th, 2016. 

School's Out Summer Exhibition at Mike Weiss Gallery

July 7, 2016 - Gail Worley, The Worley Gig

"School’s out bitches, and the Mike Weiss Gallery has a new group exhibition that captures summer’s sense of freedom – of playfully breaking from the ordinary and letting the imagination run wild. The show, which is, fittingly, also called School’s Out, includes works by gallery favorites like Deborah Brown, Thrush Holmes, Jerry Kearns, and Liao Yibai. "

Tom Fruin's Watertowers Transforming the Brooklyn Waterfront

June 30, 2016 - by The Master & Dynamic Blog

"On this particular rooftop, there’s a good amount to see. We clamber over a rail, walk along a ledge, then climb up a ladder until we’re standing right across from the first Watertower, which is impressive in and of itself. Add in the sweep of the Manhattan Bridge, the East River, and the Manhattan skyline behind Fruin’s sculpture, and it’s a view that really can’t be beat."

School's Out Listed in Artnet News' 'Must See Summer Group Shows'

June 30, 2016 - Eileen Kinsella, Artnet News

"We all remember that distinctly joyful feeling from childhood each June, when the school doors opened and we had the summer to be free. Mike Weiss Gallery invites us to relive it with “School’s Out!” The summer group exhibition features wildly colorful works by Deborah Brown, Thrush Holmes, Jerry Kearns, and Liao Yibai."

SCHOOL’S OUT! @ MIKE WEISS GALLERY – NYC – JUN 23 – AUG 6

June 13, 2016 - KAILYN GOMEZ

Mike Weiss Gallery will present a group exhibition called School's Out that encapsulates the whimsical and youthful freedom of a juvenile summer. The exhibition will be most of the summer, from June 23rd to August 6th, and will include works by Deborah Brown, Thrush Holmes, and Jerry Kearns.

Bas van den Hurk Accidental and Inevitable

June 8, 2016 - Peter Nijenhuis, De Wereld Werkt in Arnhem

When I use the word intuition I definitely do not mean that I am working in a mist or more or less from a blank sheet. I have been working as an artist for a long time; I have seen a lot. I think about my work and that of others, and over the years I have read a lot too. You cannot forget or switch off that background while you are working. By saying that I work intuitively I also wanted to react on the art theory that presents art as a form of knowledge production. In my opinion that is not the essence of art.

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Bas van den Hurk Will Have an Exhibition with MWG

June 8, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Bas van den Hurk will have an exhibition at Mike Weiss Gallery in Winter 2017.

Now Representing Deborah Brown

May 25, 2016

Koen Delaere's 'Vaya' in Fashion Times' 5 Must See NY Art Exhibitions

May 21, 2016 - Meg Busacca, Fashion Times

"The Belgian artist developed his distinctive painting style by accident, a process involving acrylic being applied to a canvas along with oil paint, enamel and gouache to create its ridge-like surface." 

Tom Fruin's 'Fresh Produce' Opens May 28 at Paul Loya Gallery

May 18, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Tom Fruin's solo show "Fresh Produce" will open on May 28, 2016 at Paul Loya Gallery in Culver City, California.

Martin Wickström Solo Exhibition 'Thunder and Lighting' at Galerie Leger in Malmo, Sweden

May 14, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Martin Wickström is having a Solo Exhibition 'Thunder and Lighting' at Galerie Leger in Malmo, Sweden from May 14 - June 15, 2016.

Stefanie Gutheil to Participate in Art Performance 'Sweat Shop'

April 27, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

"The basic idea of SWEAT SHOP is to extrapolate the mutuality of art and money, while commenting on the means of capitalist production in a globalized world, and reflecting on the artistic traditions in the means and ends of production in the eastern and the western philosophy."

Stefanie Gutheil will participate by painting live in front of an audience. 'Sweat Shop', which will run from April 28 - May 1 in Berlin. 

Deborah Brown's Paintings Playfully Distilled from 18th Century European Portraiture

April 26, 2016 - Peter Malone, Hyperallergic

"Brown is taking part in what has been interpreted as a resurgence of abstraction, but is in fact a pair of popular mainstreams travelling side by side. The pure abstractionists keep to the relatively safe waters of inventive ebullience, while Brown and company brave the rapids of recognizable subject matter, while holding fast to the same improvisational attitude that marks abstraction’s timeless appeal." 

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Kevin Sudeith Making Art from Life

April 23, 2016 - by Alva Noë, NPR

"Sudeith doesn't just want to make a picture in the rock that will last the test of time. He aims, in a way, to document things that are of value for the community itself. These are not decorations, these are social interventions and documentations. The striped bass matters to the Nova Scotia fishermen whose boulders he worked."

Michael Brown's Mirrors Are Actually Hand-Cut Steel Sculptures

April 14, 2016 - Noémie Jennifer, VICE

"Brown started the series in 2006. A year later, several of the sculptures began making their way into exhibitions and art fairs, 'But I had never been able to show the works the way I had originally intended them to be seen, at the proper scale/size, as a whole body of work,' writes the artist in an email to The Creators Project. The current show at Mike Weiss was his opportunity to stage the works as he’d originally envisioned, and to revisit the decade-long series.'I do think it's important for a young artist to experiment and push their work, sometimes come back to an idea later in order to reach its greater potential,' he comments."

Liao Yibai to Speak at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art

April 14, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Liao Yibai will give an artist's talk at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The talk is scheduled for April 14 at 5:30 PM.

Tom Fruin Unveils a New Waterpower in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

April 9, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Tom Fruin's Watertower: Greenpoint (2016) was recently installed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on the roof of the Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company.   The work is made of laser cut steel and plexiglass. The sculpture is 10 ft. in diameter and is 14 ft tall.  It rests on a 10 x 10 ft. base.

Kevin Sudeith's Works On View in MWG Project Space

April 1, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

"The scope of my artwork revolves around two distinct concepts--permanence and documentation.  After making my first large petroglyph frieze in a hidden corner of New York City, I set out on a three year odyssey.  A social practice evolved as I travelled to different communities and carved images of their stories on local rock outcroppings. [...] Each of my rock carvings is the nucleus for a matrix of a more complete work of art, and the spatial relationship between the rock and the viewer constitutes the overarching form of each of my works of art.  A unique print, more so an impression, of the rock captures both the imagery and the sculptural depth of my carving, and is one of many points of access to viewers that are not present on site. My body of work develops with the addition of each new rock carving and becomes a more complete portrait of our world and time." - Kevin Sudeith

Water Towers by Tom Fruin

March 22, 2016 - OPUMO Magazine

"Born in Los Angeles, California, Tom Fruin draws inspiration from the iconic Funk Art of the 1960s to create new explorations into the relationship with colour, light and geometry. His eclectic work also responds to the formalities of minimalism to move towards intricate, colourful sculptures that represent the ‘forgotten’ elements of both social and artistic realms."

Michael Zelehoski's 'Open House' Unveiled at Centre Pompidou

March 15, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Michael Zelehoski's 40 ft piece 'Open House' was acquired last year by Centre Pompidou in Paris.  Now, on March 23rd of this year the piece will be unveiled at the museum as part of their exhibition, Cher(e)s Ami(e)s: Hommage aux donateurs des collections contemporaines.

Koen Delaere exhibition at Rod Barton in Brussels

March 10, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Koen Delaere's exhibition Wipe That Simile Off Your Aphasia will be on view at Rod Barton Gallery in Brussels through April 16, 2016.  

Koen Delaere exhibition at Halsey McKay Gallery

March 8, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Koen Delaere's two person exhibition A Hyena Is A Striped Dog That Thought He Was A Horse at Halsey McKay Gallery will be on view from March 12 - April 3, 2016.

Stefanie Gutheil included in New Acquisitions exhibition at ASU Art Museum

March 4, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Stefanie Gutheil's piece Party Downstairs was recently acquired by the Arizona State University Art Museum.  The work is included in the museum's current exhibition Blow Up: New Acquisitions at the ASU Art Museum, which is on view through August 20, 2016.

5 Exhibitions You Don't Want To Miss in New York City

February 26, 2016 - Meg Busacca, Fashion Times

"Objects and Everyday Goods is a group exhibition featuring the masterpieces of Michael Brown, Tom Fruin, Cameron Gray, Liao Yibai, Michael Zelehoski and Adam Parker Smith. The installation explores the conceptual and physical relationship of various art objects." 

Work by Tom Fruin Commissioned for The Jackson's Lobby

February 23, 2016 - Sarah Cascone, Artnet News

The Jackson's developers (Charney Construction and Development, Ascent Development, and Tavros Capital Partners) are also looking to acknowledge the neighborhood's artistic bent with a glass mural by Tom Fruin, of Brooklyn's stained glass water towers.

Objects and Everyday Goods at Mike Weiss Gallery

February 12, 2016 - Gail Worley, The Worleygig

"One of our favorite Chelsea venues, the Mike Weiss Gallery, is currently hosting a group show called Objects and Everyday Goods, which features new works by artists that we were first introduced to at Mike Weiss — such as Cameron Gray and Tom Fruin — both of whom make art that is just insane, as well as some new favorites and a few artists we’ve not seen before. It’s fun to discover new art at Mike Weiss Gallery! Let’s take a peak at this eclectic show!"

Mr. Peeps, Home at Mike Weiss Gallery

February 6, 2016 - Stephanie Buhmann, Downtown Express

"Her saturated compositions frequently embrace otherworldly landscapes that are populated with a colorful array of fable creatures. Stylistically, these paintings can border on the bizarre, perhaps sourcing from German Expressionism as much as children’s book illustrations."

Jerry Kearns to be featured in Kent Fine Art's upcoming show, ‘Witness'

February 3, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Jerry Kearns’ montage on acetate piece, Madonna and Child, 1986 will be on view in Kent Fine Art's upcoming show, Witness. The show opens February 4 and runs through March 26, 2016.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 4–6pm. 

Stefanie Gutheil's 'The Home of Mr. Peeps' reviewed in Cargo Collective

February 2, 2016 - Cassie Packard, Cargo Collective

"Coherence and beauty secure their seductive position through control, erasure, and exclusion: think to the airbrushed body, the boiled-down history textbook, or the disciplined Modernist grid. Excess, on the other hand, dribbles and squelches with a disagreeable, unsightly ooze. As self-abnegation’s tacky inverse, excess’s power lies in its refusal to curtail itself for another’s comfort or pleasure."

Stefanie Gutheil Interview in Tussle Magazine

February 1, 2016 - Tussle Magazine

"Is Mr. Rainbow dressed up for the opera? Is Mrs. Red Smiley contemplating her existence? In this exhibition by German artist Stefanie Gutheil titled The Home of Mr Peeps, Gutheil's inner eccentricities set the imaginatorium stage high. "

Koen Delaere Will Have Exhibition with MWG

January 29, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Koen Delaere will be having a solo show with Mike Weiss gallery in 2016.

Michael Zelehoski's to be included in upcoming exhibition at Institut d'Art Contemporain

January 29, 2016 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Michael Zelehoski's work will be included in a group exhibition at Institut d'Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, France. The exhibition opens March 11, 2016 and was organized by the French collectors' association ADIAF.

Stefanie Gutheil's 'The Home of Mr. Peeps' included in "5 Exhibitions You Don't Want to Miss'

January 29, 2016 - Meg Busacca, Fashion Times

Mike Weiss Gallery presents its fourth exhibition with artist Stefanie Gutheil. "The Home of Mr. Peeps" is an exhibition inspired by her imagination, and features several quirky, whimsical paintings of misfit creatures. Gutheil's anomalous approach references traditional fables, comedy and a fairytale entirely her own. The Berlin-based artist invites visitors to generate their own narratives through these works that are on view through Jan. 30. 

Jerry Kearns Receives Grant from Two Trees

January 14, 2016 - Alanna Martinez, Observer

"Nine Artists and one nonprofit arts organization are the lucky recipients of subsidy grants for below-market workspaces in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn [...] "

Stefanie Gutheil: The Home of Mr. Peeps

January 13, 2016 - Howard Halle, Ed., Time Out New York

Paintings by this Berlin artist combine aspects of Expressionism and Neo-Modernism to render cartoonish pageant of grotesque figures and critters. Whether they’re meant to represent dreams or stray thoughts rattling around the artist’s head, these compositions evince a fantastical tone that is part Rousseau, part Dada. 

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Stefanie Gutheil's Mr. Peeps, Home at Mike Weiss Gallery

January 6, 2016 - Stephanie Buhmann, Chelsea Now

"In her fourth exhibition with the gallery (“Stefanie Gutheil: The Home of Mr. Peeps”), the artist invites her audience to dive deep into her imagination. Her saturated compositions frequently embrace otherworldly landscapes that are populated with a colorful array of fable creatures. Stylistically, these paintings can border on the bizarre, perhaps sourcing from German Expressionism as much as children’s book illustrations."

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Now Representing Dan Schein

December 19, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

14 Must-See Art Openings in NYC, Stefanie Gutheil's The Home of Mr. Peeps

December 9, 2015 - Gary Pini, PAPERMAG

Mike Weiss Gallery (520 West 24th Street) opens "The Home of Mr. Peeps," featuring new works by the Berlin-based artist Stefanie Gutheil, on December 10th and up until the end of January. The show "transforms the gallery into a sanctuary of the bizarre...(with) horned beasts, laser beams, onesies, a brass marching band, phonographs and multi-talented chickens." 

Michael Zelehoski: WOOD at Montserrat - Only The Strong Survive

December 4, 2015 - James Foritano

"Michael Zelehoski's woodwork, in fellowship with his colleagues here exhibiting, relies not on the cachet of rarity or surface glitter, but on an uncanny craft of shaving off and splicing into challenging perspectives the hard-lived top layers of old boards so that they spring from two into three dimensions while we look on, intrigued and mystified."

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Gallery Guides: Six Gallerists on Their Role in the Art World

November 19, 2015 - Jessica Lynne

Mike Weiss discusses the role gallerists play in the art world in the latest issue of SVA's Magazine, Visual Arts Journal.

"One of the responsibilities I feel as a gallerist is to educate collectors not only about who the artist is but where the work comes from—historically, culturally, politically, etcetera—so they can make an informed decision."


Virginia Martinsen: Exhibition Space at Mike Weiss Gallery

November 3, 2015 - Lisa Marsova, ARTE FUSE

"Virginia Martinsen made a grand comeback to New York’s art scene last Thursday with the opening of her solo show Exhibition Space at Chelsea’s Mike Weiss Gallery. The city has been starved of Martinsen’s talents for six years too long since she last exhibited unaccompanied at ATM Gallery in the fall of 2009. Her style has since matured but maintained its unique air of bold abstract expressionism moderated by a somber color scheme." 

Tom Fruin in 'A Thousand Invisible Threads | Mapping the Rhizome' Exhibition at Antioch College

October 21, 2015 - Matthew Metzger

"Tom Fruin uses thread to sew together postage-stamp size heroin, cocaine and crack bags that he collects from projects and other sites he visits. At a distance the hundreds of bags knitted together resemble Shaker and pastel quilts. These drug quilts, the largest measuring 60” x 102”, are simultaneously things of beauty and devastation. Fruin is expertly working with contrasts."

An Interview with Koen Delaere

October 16, 2015 - Steven Cox, Hunted Projects

"My main focus is on this series I call beach paintings. In this series I use a heavy relief on which to paint. The relief functions as a grid. The painting itself is really physical. In these works I use the idea of the grid both as a vehicle for subjectivity as well as a constraint for a really impulsive performative way of painting. Thus the relief functions as a way to capture the act of painting, almost as a photographic object or a performance document."

Michael Zelehoski's 'Object Permanence' opens October 15th at Backslash Gallery

October 15, 2015

Backslash gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Object Permanence, the first solo show in France by American artist Michael Zelehoski. Zelehoski challenges our perception of the physical world by collapsing found objects into pictorial space. The resulting compositions can be representational or abstract but always imbue the humble, utilitarian objects that he appropriates with new perspective and significance. Runs from October 15 to November 28, 2015.

St. Ann's Warehouse Signage Program - Work by Tom Fruin

October 14, 2015

The THEATER marquee was designed to stand as a shining beacon on the corner of Water and Old Dock Streets signaling to passersby their arrival at a cultural, historical, and architectural landmark. Designed with Tom Fruin’s characteristic materials neon, steel, and glass, each hand-crafted 3-dimensional letterform is a piece of unique sculpture. Each facade incorporates found industrial scrap glass much like what would have been used on the site 100 years ago.

Virginia Martinsen Is Now Represented by Mike Weiss Gallery

October 14, 2015

Thrush Holmes Installs Works at AGO, Toronto

October 9, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Thrush Holmes: In Studio

October 9, 2015 - Murray Whyte, The Toronto Star

“ 'All my screen printing pieces are on canvases used first as a drop cloth on the floor. A clean canvas can be daunting; having some gestures already imposed helps break it up for me.' "

Making Waves at Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco

October 5, 2015 - Bruce Helander

Kearns' acrylic composition depicts what could be considered a cinematic jump-cut of disparate cowboy and western subjects who ride white horses, point revolvers and rescue damsels in distress. The background image might have been appropriated from an outpost on the Grand Canyon, but the banners are unabashedly Lichtenstein with a little Warhol thrown in for good measure. The artist's "psychological pop" paintings portray a multi-dimensional quantum universe. These works are packed with contradictions and intrigue, vintage cinema and comic books, and playful circumstances, and often are tied together in a single anxious moment.

Group Show 'WOOD' featuring Michael Zelehoski Opened at Montserrat College of Art Gallery

October 5, 2015

WOOD a group exhibition featuring Damien Hoar de Galvan(MA), Harry Roseman (NY), Damion Silver (MA), Sally Tittmann (CT), and Michael Zelehoski (NY). Curated by gallery director Leonie Bradbury, the exhibition hosts contemporary art works that actively engage with the history and discourse of both sculpture and painting. Each artist questions the boundaries of these mediums as their work exists somewhere between the two and in the process aid to redefine the limitations of these terms. Runs from October 5 - December 5, 2015.

Thrush Holmes: The Poetic Rocker Behind 'Heavy Painting'

September 26, 2015 - Jasmin Hernandez, Whitehot Magazine

"Canadian artist Thrush Holmes returns for a third solo exhibition at the Mike Weiss Gallery with his new series 'Heavy Painting'. The series is comprised of about fifteen works, mostly oil on canvas coupled with inventive materials such as car sealer, spray paint, gel medium and neon. Holmes, a self-taught artist and former carpenter refers to himself as a 'true tradesman' and revels in creating large-scale, physical, tangible works. The pieces exude a raw and visceral feeling yet seduce the eye with their hypnotizing allure."

Banal As Well As Deadly Serious, Martin Wickström

September 19, 2015 - Therese Bohman, Expressen

"Martin Wickström’s Europe is azure blue. The large square painting that has lent its title to the exhibition depicts a part of a plastic blue wall panel from a toilet, probably on board an airplane or a train. An image depicting a holder for toilet paper and paper towels. Where are we heading? To Europe."

A Personal Grid in Martin Wickström's 'Europa'

September 10, 2015 - Joanna Persman, Svenska Dagbladet

" 'Europa'. That’s the name of Martin Wickström’s current exhibition. Europe – a notion swelling with signification. The earths smallest continent after Oceania. The name of king Agenor’s daughter according to Greek mythology. Or, as some people claim, a semitic word for 'the land of the sunset'. Cries for help are heard throughout the continent with the ongoing refugee crisis. Europe is a dream that is not seldom crushed."

A Look Over the Shoulder

September 9, 2015 - Leif Mattson, omkonst.nu

"The extremes are what describe Martin Wickström’s imagery. On one hand the contemplative reflections from the sun on a house facade, the breathtaking mountain scenes and the nostalgic recaps from family albums. And on the other the muffled sense of war, the documentary elements with photos from the liberation of Paris and the commemorative plaques over Raoul Nordling (as a central element). Notions of family, security and dreams are put next to a threatening and turbulent world – an exhibition scenario that is not vastly different from reality."

Martin Wickström's 'Europa' Exhibition Opened at Lars Bohman Gallery

September 9, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Martin Wickström's Europa will be on view at Lars Bohman Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden through September 27, 2015.

Thrush Holmes 'Heavy Painting' Catalogue will accompany exhibition

September 9, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

"Sometimes I need to change course completely.  The screen paintings were a perfect respite from the burden of imagery.  The act of making them was very physcial and I found working with quick-drying paint very agreeable for a change.  My other paintings are largely oil.  I can't get the same speed with those.  The screen paintings read quickly where the flower and band paintings are a slower burn." -Thrush Holmes

A selection of spreads from the catalogue are available in this pdf.  The full catalogue is available at Mike Weiss Gallery for $20 per catalogue.

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Jerry Kearns 'Give and Take' Exhibition opens September 10th at Modernism San Francisco

September 8, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Jerry Kearns' Give and Take opens September 10th at Modernsim Gallery in San Francisco and runs through October 24th, 2015.

Martin Wickström: 'Europa'

September 7, 2015 - Milou Allerholm, Dagens Nyheter

"Martin Wickström has throughout the years carved out an unmistakable air of nostalgia and pop art in his work. Defined by a sense of melancholy, but at the same time by an almost fetishizing approach to the painted surface."

Nora York at Joe's Pub

August 5, 2015

Missed the Nora York at Joe's Pub preformance? Watch it here now! 

First Nighter: The Nora York-Jerry Kearns Double-Barreled Love Fest, a John Partrick Shanley Revival

July 31, 2015 - David Finkle - Huffington Post

The event is unique, at least as far as my brain wracking is taking me. It's the joint cabaret (alt-cabaret?)/gallery enterprise called Diva's Song, produced by gallery owner Mike Weiss.

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Jerry Kearns - Armchair Traveller: Cartoon Network

July 29, 2015 - The Armchair Traveller

Jerry Kearns and Nora York, Diva's Song, 2015. On view at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York through August 22.

Nora York will Perform 'Diva's Song' at Joe's Pub Wednesday, July 29th at 7 PM

July 21, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Nora York will perform Diva's Song at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater on Wednesday, July 29th at 7 PM.  This is a ticketed event.  To purchase tickets, please click here.   

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Box Office: 212 967 7555 (10am-7pm daily)

Tom Fruin's 'Dutch Masters' in Gowanus, Brooklyn

July 17, 2015 - Cacy Forgenie, Flavorpill

"Trek to Gowanus nightly this summer to see 'Dutch Masters', a 14 foot glowing, stained glass water tower created by artist Tom Fruin.

Fruin created the piece using recycled plastic, storefront signs found in Chinatown. It had been sitting in his studio since September 2014 after showing in a Chelsea gallery.  When he had the opportunity to bring it out of storage from his studio, he jumped at the chance."

Art That's Made Not to Last, including Jerry Kearns and Nora York's Diva's Song

July 9, 2015 - Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

"In an era when art is toppling gold and joining high-end real estate as a preferred instrument for storing wealth, ephemeral works tend to flummox the system. A piece that burns bright for a few weeks or months and then exists only in memory, or photographs?"

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Duo Creates 'Diva's Song'

July 2, 2015 - Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

"When a couple lives in, around and through art, what happens when the life of one of the partners is threatened?

For the painter Jerry Kearns and the performer Nora York, who met in the art world and have been married since 1998, the answer was obvious: Put their heads together like Mickey and Judy and do a show."

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Michael Zelehoski: New Order

June 11, 2015 - The Stylish Flâneuse

"Zelehoski radically converted everyday three-dimensional items into beautiful flatten works of art. This is an ingenious take on re-purposing found objects that didn’t amount too much value or admiration and morphing them into magnificent and intricate pieces."

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10 Reasons Why Bushwick Open Studios is Keeping the New York Art Scene Real

June 3, 2015 - Cate Munro, Artnet News

"Deborah Brown's name has become synonymous with the Brooklyn art scene, thanks to her work at the helm of the gallery Storefront Ten Eyck (which is housed in the same space as her studio). During BOS, she will present paintings that examine the costumes, coiffures, and conventions of Renaissance, Classical, and Baroque artworks, with a helping of Cubism."

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Tom Fruin featured in The Hollow Bone at Ray Smith's Studio

June 3, 2015 - Ray Smith's Studio

"Tom Fruin's work will be featured in The Hollow Bone at Ray Smith's Studio opening June 4th."

Michael Zelehoksi - Between Two and Three Dimensions

May 30, 2015

"Zelehoski’s work hovers between sculpture’s three-dimensionality and painting’s historical flatness, often activating both types of space and breaking with our typical consideration of the picture plane."

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Tom Fruin: The Contemporary Archeologist

May 28, 2015 - The Stylish Flâneuse

"Tom’s source of inspiration and materials arise from the streets. Starting with his found drug-bag series, a collection of quilt like pieces constructed of discarded drug bags he collected from various neighborhoods in New York City. Tom created the quilt pieces based on the neighborhoods he met during his scavenging. The drug bags found in Chinatown looked different in color than the bags found in Harlem. In a way, the quilted works served as a representative flag or map of each of these locations." 

Flattening Reality: The Art of Michael Zelehoski

May 27, 2015 - David Behringer, Design Milk

"Michael Zelehoski is a master of composition and design, but it’s the interplay between image and reality that makes these pieces so magical, and you can only experience that in person...Life is pretty beautiful, and this show is a great reminder of that."

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Michael Zelehoksi's Open House - Mike Weiss Gallery

May 26, 2015 - Elizabeth Hazard, HG Issue

“In asking the viewer to take a second look at this New Order of objects, the artist is reshaping our view of something once overlooked or even seen as something unpleasing to the eye…” 

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New Order by Michael Zelehoski

May 21, 2015 - Jade Moyano, Trendland

"In this series, Zelehoski takes found three-dimensional objects like pallets and police barricades and restructures them into two-dimensional spaces. The resulting works are not mirrors of the objects but instead examine and challenge the selective process of human perception in its most abstract and creative tendencies."

Michael Zelehoski's 'New Order'

May 8, 2015 - Janine Stankus, Cool Hunting

"In the converted garage space of his Beacon, NY studio, artist Michael Zelehoskiand his brother guide a 9'x5' plywood slab through a table saw, carefully slicing the bottom edge. The plywood is actually pieced together around fragments of 21 different shipping pallets, which are arranged to create the illusion of a three-dimensional stack that dissolves into nothingness—or rather, carefully configured blank space. 'I’m not sure if it’s too much,' Zelehoski muses, 'I might have to glue that on and do it again.'"

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How Michael Zelehoski Activates the Everyday

May 6, 2015 - Kurt McVey, T Magazine

"Michael Zelehoski isn’t exactly finished with 'The Allegory of the Cave.' The Massachusetts-born artist, whose first solo show at Mike Weiss Gallery, New Order, opens this Thursday, first delved into Plato’s famous thought experiment when he used it as the subject for his early admissions essay for Bard College at Simon’s Rock at the unruly age of 16. 'Art is a shadow of a shadow. This is why a lot of these philosophers didn’t really have a place for art — they saw it as a distraction,' says Zelehoski in his self-built studio in Beacon, New York, where he’s been working since a fateful trip to Dia, the minimalist Mecca, back in 2011." 

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Tom Fruin's 'Kolonihavehus' in Untapped Cities' '10 Outdoor Sculptures Not to Miss in NYC This Month'

May 4, 2015 - Untapped Cities

"We enjoyed Tom Fruin’s colorful Kolonihavehus when it was here during the Dumbo Arts Festival, and are pleased to see it back in the Brooklyn Bridge Park following a tour of Europe and Scandinavia. The installation is made of found plexiglass and steel and is 12′ x 12′ x 14′ in size. You will find this installation near Jane’s Carousel until June 2015."

Tom Fruin's 'Kolonihavehus' in 'Free For All: Best Public Art For Kids'

May 4, 2015 - Red Tricycle

"In Brooklyn Bridge Park lives Thomas Fruin’s colorful dream of a house, Kolonihavehus. The plexi-glass marvel is made from mostly salvaged materials, so it should prompt some great discussions with the kids about the endless possibilities of recycling. The house, modeled after a Swedish garden shed, will beautify the park during the day and light up the park at night, through September 2015. It’s pretty easy to find, and a stone’s throw from Jane’s Carousel."

Jerry Kearns featured in UMCA's exhibition 'Lyric Visions'

April 23, 2015 - John Stapleton, Amherst Bulletin

Jerry Kearns' work will be featured in Lyric Visions exhibition at UMass Amhert's University Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be on view through May 3, 2015.

Tom Fruin to Give Brooklyn Bridge Park Artist Talk

April 23, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Brooklyn Bridge Park will host Tom Fruin for an Artist Talk on Thursday, April 23rd.

Tom Fruin in Observer's '17 Artists/Arts Groups Win Subsidized Brooklyn Rent Through New Two Trees Program'

April 17, 2015 - Alexandra Peers, The Observer

"One of the earliest recipients was sculptor and installation artist Tom Fruin. 'I signed a three year lease with them and that’s a bright three years for me,' said Fruin, who pays $1 a square foot for his studio.  In his 'roughly' 2,000 square foot space, he created and assembled his Watertower 3, which stands more than twenty feet high in steel and Plexiglas is now installed on the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. 'The program means I can stay in DUMBO,' he adds."

Tom Fruin's 'Kolonihavehus' in Gothamist's 'The 16 Best Public Art Pieces In NYC'

April 16, 2015 - Rebecca Fishbein, Gothamist

"Fruin's fantastic stained-plexiglas house is still on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you'll be able to catch colorful sun rays during the day, and take in the brightly-lit structure at night through June. The piece is constructed entirely of salvaged materials and modeled after a Scandinavian garden shed, meant to serve as a respite of sorts from urban living. Kolonihavehus was a hit at last year's DUMBO Arts Festival (RIP), where performance artists hung out inside the house doing what performance artists do. Stop by the house now before it departs this summer."

Six Works by Jerry Kearns Added to SFMoMA's Permanent Collection

April 2, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Mike Weiss Gallery is excited to announce that six works by Jerry Kearns, including his 1988 piece Angel Heart (right) have been added to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.  

Cameron Gray featured in 'HELLOWORLD' exhibition at Gallery Sensei

March 31, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Cameron Gray's work is included in Gallery Sensei's HELLOWORLD, a group exhibition by WHITE RABBIT featuring over thirty young artists' responses to modern social contruct of reality.

The exhibition will be on view through April 2, 2015.

Tom Fruin: A New Stunning Solar-Powered Sculptural Artwork

March 28, 2015 - PYLON

"Watertower 3 is the sixth work in the plexiglas and steel Icon series which features scavenged, re- claimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world."

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Centre Pompidou Acquires Michael Zelehoski's 'Open House'

March 27, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Mike Weiss Gallery is pleased to announce that Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Pompidou has added Michael Zelehoski's  Open House (2012) to its permanent collection. To make Open House, Zelehoski deconstructed a found, dilapidated ice house, transported all the pieces to his studio, and constructed a 2-Dimensional work that maintains an illusion of depth, now abstract. Open House is 13 x 35 feet and is made of repurposed house and painted plywood.

Stefanie Gutheil to be featured in 'Statement 2: New Painting from Germany' at Goethe Gallery Hong Kong

March 3, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Stefanie Gutheil, whose "colourful figurative paintings combine the tradition of German Expressionism with the imagery of the present" will be featured in Statement 2: New painting from Germany, an exhibition presented by Goethe-Institut Hongkong and in collaboration with The Ministry of Art and Haus am Lützowplatz.

Statement 2: New Painting from Germany will be held from March 11 to April 11, 2015 at the Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio of Goethe-Institut Hongkong. 

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Jerry Kearns mentioned in "A Call For Change, Artists Respond"

February 13, 2015 - Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic

"Smack Mellon’s statement for Respond discusses using the gallery to 'channel our outrage into actions that can facilitate systemic change.' That outrage is the dominant emotion in the imposing gallery space, from the salon-style wall of 90-plus artworks that’s bookended, in its top corners, with images of a snarling dog (Jerry Kearns) [...] to the massive Black Lives Matter' banner draped across the opposing wall."

Jerry Kearns to be featured in Satellite Contemporary's Upcoming Show, 'Heroes'

February 5, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Jerry Kearns' acrylic wall mural piece, Clint, will be featured in Satellite Contemporary's upcoming show in Las Vegas, Heroes. The show opens February 14 and runs through March 13.

In the studio with Cameron Gray

January 30, 2015 - The Unlimited Magazine

"Cameron Gray was Born in Anaheim, right down the street from Disneyland, and has lived all over California. This alone should sum up what “Gymnasty”, his last show at mike weiss gallery, was all about."

Jerry Kearns mentioned in 'Raging at Racism, From Streets to Galleries'

January 23, 2015 - Holland Cotter, The New York Times

"Much of the work is installed salon-style, six pieces deep, in the gallery’s two-story-high front space. And it ranges across generations, from a 1985 painting of a salivating police dog in South Africa by Jerry Kearns [...] to entries by young artists like Faith Briggs, Elliott Brown and Maya Mackrandilal, who are showing in New York for the first time."

Stefanie Gutheil to be featured in HVCCA upcoming exhibition "Love: The First of 7 Virtues"

January 23, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

In the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art exhibition, love is depicted in all its wonderful variety, whether heterosexual, homosexual, transsexual, or non-sexual. Love is expressed in artworks in which the adoration of nature and animals is as strong and deep as any human bond. Finally, love is observed as memory, offering, shrine, and celebration. Stefanie Gutheil will joined in the exhibition by artists from around the globe, including Matthew Barney, Hernan Bas, Keith Edmier, Robert Indiana, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Christoph Ruckhäberle, among others. Love will open February 14, 2015.

Marc Séguin at Mike Weiss Gallery

January 23, 2015 - Jonathan Hirschfeld

"Marc Séguin’s "I Love America and America Loves Me" is a tribute to one of the most dangerous events in the history of art, the journey of Joseph Beuys in America when he was imprisoned in a cage with a coyote. Séguin does not imprison himself but he looks at America with an ironic viewpoint, formal and critical."

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Marc Séguin

January 22, 2015 - Wall Street International

"The lurking issues present in Séguin’s subjects’ lives are provoked by their own use of individuality as a means of carving a cultural niche. Many of the subjects use the guise of individualism as an excuse for behavior even when it is misleading or harmful. The characters in the exhibition, like Andy Warhol or Elvis, are known for their prolific egos and eccentric and definitive personalities."

Mike Weiss Gallery Presents: Marc Séguin I Love America and America loves Me

January 21, 2015 - Gail Worley, The Worley Gig

"One of our favorite venues for contemporary art, Mike Weiss Gallery, is currently featuring new works by painter Marc Séguin in an exhibit entitled I Love America and America Loves Me. Séguin’s mostly large scale canvases examine and poke fun at viral media phenomena and celebrity culture that Americans seem to be obsessed with. It isn’t always pretty, but it is always provocative."

Marc Séguin Rides South

January 20, 2015 - Dorota Kozinska, Vie des Arts

"Marc Séguin is perhaps Montreal’s best contemporary artist but you wouldn’t know it in the cacophony of exhibitions that roll over this exciting city. He could be compared to what in England were once called the Young British Artists (see Damien Hirst et al) [...] but unlike his protégées, Seguin actually has talent."

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FRESHMakers: Sculptor Tom Fruin Creates Stained Glass Architectural Icons

January 17, 2015 - Margaret Eby, Brooklyn Magazine

"Fruin began experimenting with stained glass as a way to represent iconic buildings in different cities, an project called the “Icon Series.” In Detroit, Fruin built a smokestack out of plexiglass. In LA, a billboard. In Brooklyn, Fruin created several watertowers. The installations are glorious things to behold, changing character as the light shifts throughout the day, sending splashes of color down on passersby, and then glowing from within as the sun sets. They are continuations of the original idea of a cobbled together quilt, put into architecture."

Marc Séguin, I Love America and America Loves Me

January 17, 2015 - West of Dirty

"Powerful pop-y imagery painted upon unfinished canvas. The artwork peeks-out from the canvas very provocatively. There’s a nasty dirty-ness to parts of each canvas; as if to point out that there is a gross underbelly to ALL life."

Jerry Kearns to be featured in RESPOND exhibition at Smack Mellon

January 15, 2015 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Jerry Kearns' Constructive Engagement will be featured in Smack Mellon's upcoming exhibition RESPOND.  The exhibition will open this Saturday, January 17, 5-8pm and will be on view through February 22, 2015.

Year Out, Yearn In: Janusian Thoughts on NYC Art, 2014-2015, featuring Jerry Kearns

December 31, 2014 - Paul D'Agostino, The L Magazine

"This issue’s release date falls on the very last day of 2014, making it slightly tardy for best-of-year listings and a bit premature for previews related to spring. We decided to both seize and celebrate this junctural moment—collaboratively and in Janus-like fashion, looking backwards and forwards at once—by asking a group of artists, writers and curators to weigh in on their favorite exhibitions and other arts-related occurrences from the year that is now concluding, and to make a few notes or predictions for the new year that is now commencing."

Tom Fruin

December 20, 2014 - David Gibson, Thresholding

"When Tom Fruin was first on the scene, with his installed collages of drug paraphernalia, I remember the excitement that these works incited. Here was an artist whose work was about introducing elements of the depraved, anarchic, and malevolent into contemporary art. The drug bags were a new element in contemporary mixed media art because they were not only an extremely marginalized detritus, but that they were also representative of the substantive presence of drug use within the art world."

Cameron Gray - GYMNASTY

December 17, 2014 - Phoenix Mars

"Mike Weiss Gallery, in New York’s Chelsea district, is currently presenting ‘GYMNASTY’, a psychedelic arrangement of installations, from the mind of artist Cameron Gray. His work predominantly revolves around the constantly evolving space that the internet has created. A tongue-in-cheek exhibit, presenting a blend of narcissism, celebrity obsession, diet & exercise fads." 

Brooklyn Bridge Park Welcomes Brooklyn Artist’s Solar-Powered Sculpture, featuring Tom Fruin

December 16, 2014 - Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersollwhich was introduced Dec. 12, is the sixth work in Fruin’s Plexiglas and steel ICON series, which features scavenged, reclaimed and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world. The series began in Copenhagen with Kolonihavehus in 2010, which is now on display at Empire Fulton Ferry in the Park. Watertower (2012), the first water tower of the series, graces the Brooklyn skyline at 20 Jay St. in DUMBO."

BBP Welcomes Tom Fruin’s Watertower 3, R.V. Ingersoll

December 12, 2014 - Brooklyn Bridge Park

"Brooklyn Bridge Park, in partnership with Tom Fruin Studio, is pleased to present Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll, a new solar-powered sculpture by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. Watertower 3 will light up the sky starting tonight, and be on view on the roof of 334 Furman Street, near Pier 5, for one year. Watertower 3 is the sixth work in Fruin’s Plexiglas and steel ICON series which features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world. The series began in Copenhagen with Kolonihavehus in 2010, which is now on display at Empire Fulton Ferry in the Park. Watertower (2012), the first water tower of the series, graces the Brooklyn skyline at 20 Jay Street, in DUMBO."

Inside Art: Colorful Water Towers, featuring Tom Fruin

December 11, 2014 - Carol Vogel, The New York Times

"What looks like a patchwork quilt of colored plexiglass in the shape of an old-fashioned water tower is perched on the roof of 334 Furman Street, near Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The sculpture, by the Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, is the sixth in his “Icon Series,” created from found and recycled materials."

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Tom Fruin featured in Hi-Art Magazine

December 10, 2014 - Hi-Art

Tom Fruin was featured in the Chinese art publication Hi-Art!

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Tom Fruin’s Colorful Plexiglass House Dazzles in DUMBO, Brooklyn

November 24, 2014 - Redesign Revolution

"Known for his talent in converting reclaimed materials into eye-catching pieces of art, Kolonihavehus made its debut a few years ago in Copenhagen, where Fruin built the installation in front of the Royal Danish Library. In previous years, the outdoor sculpture had been shown throughout Europe, such as in Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic."

26 Female Artist's on Lynda Bengalis and the Art World's Gender Problems

November 23, 2014 - Katy Diamond Hamer, New York Magazine

"Being an agent of change within a community can be a pathway to success. That, to me, is feminism's legacy.  You don't have to out-duel your male counterparts. Instead, working together to create a platform that lifts others and boosts your own career at the same time is a better route. For me, an obsession with hierarchy and exclusion is a shortsighted strategy, and if you live by this code it will come back to bite you."

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Michael Zelehoski Presents 'Hue, Value, Saturation' for Perceived Values Project at Art Miami 2014

November 20, 2014 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Mike Weiss Gallery presents Michael Zelehoski's Hue, Value, Saturation (2014), as part of the PERCEIVED VALUES project during this year's Art Miami. This 20 foot long, 3 panel composition features deconstructed art materials and three-dimensional objects installed in a large scale, two-dimensional assemblage. The work is a commentary on the proliferation of art fairs in Miami and in general, which results in small, saleable works that have come to be known as "art fair art”. In response, the artist has incorporated actual, appropriated works of art into compositions that loom over the viewer. The precariousness of the compositions reflects the precarity of a system in which artists and galleries are overextended and the public is overwhelmed and underwhelmed simultaneously. 

Exhibition Review: Jerry Kearns

November 12, 2014 - Richard Vine, Art in America

"It’s hard to say what struck one most forcefully about this show of five wall paintings and eight new canvases. Was it jerry Kearns’s over-the-top verbal humor, infusing the exhibition title 'RRRGGHH!,' the 'KNOCK, KNOCK' repeatedly inscribed in bright letters on the door and the purple 'SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!' that snaked along an interior wall (as though one were literally walking into a classic Tom Wolfe text)? [...] Whatever the answer – and the best one would include all these elements – the show was certainly a confirmation of the power and legitimacy of viewing pleasure."

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Mike Weiss Gallery Presents 'Gymnasty' By Cameron Gray

November 7, 2014 - Gail Worley, The Worley Gig

"Sometimes, you just need to visit an art exhibit that is a bit over-the-top and, well, insane. It doesn’t even have to make much sense; as long as it embraces an energetic, inspired feel and a kind of controlled, creative chaos that assures you that you are at the Most-Happening-Art-Reception in the Chelsea Gallery District at that very moment. That is how we felt when we entered the vortex of madness that is Cameron Gray’s Gymnasty, which opened at Mike Weiss Gallery on October 30th."

'GYMNASTY' by Cameron Gray at Mike Weiss Gallery

November 3, 2014 - Purple

" 'GYMNASTY' is an equal opportunity exhibition filled with multisensory integration experiences, joyous celebration, spiritual reflection, conteporary contemplations of Plato's Cave, and catharctic ectoplasmic growth."

Cameron Gray Wants You to Embrace 'GYMNASTY' at His Gallery Opening Tonight

October 30, 2014 - Zach Sokol, VICE

" 'Do you strive to open your heart to receive miracles and improve yourself? Do you feel there is a solution to every problem?' [...] If your response to any of the above was to turn on some New Age bangers, crack open a crisp Kombucha, and shout a blood-curdling YES!, then artist Cameron Gray should be your guiding light.

Opening tonight at Mike Weiss Gallery in Manhattan, Gray's GYMNASTY is an art show that preaches "self-help advice and encouragement dispensed with a heavy dose of nihilistic pragmatism" through performance, video, and sculpture."

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11 Must See Art Shows Opening This Week, featuring Cameron Gray

October 29, 2014 - Gary Pini, PAPERMAG

"One the most intriguing (and humorous) openings this week is on Thursday, October 30, 6 to 9 p.m., at Mike Weiss Gallery (520 West 24th Street).  We are all invited to 'fill our souls with healing art' by the 34-year-old artist [...] Cameron Gray during his 'GYMNASTY' exhibition.  Since we're pretty much in the dark about what's happening, let's let the invite do the talking: 'Gymnasty is an equal opportunity exhibition filled with multisensory integration experiences, joyous celebration, spiritual reflection, contemporary contemplations of Plato's Cave, and cathartic ectoplasmic growth.' "

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Tom Fruin Sculpts Statue of Liberty Flame from Broken Factory Windows

October 25, 2014 - designboom

"When scavenger-artist Tom Fruin visited Detroit a few years ago, he collected a wide variety of broken glass from the floors of abandoned factory buildings. A few years later he transformed this material into a full scale stained glass statue of liberty torch entitled ‘Flame’. Fruin, who often works with discarded materials says its history is what gives it its depth."

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Why This Den is Thrush Holmes' Favourite Room

October 24, 2014 - Deirdre Kelly, The Globe and Mail

Thrush Holmes might be a well-known Toronto-based artist, but he's trained as a master carpenter, a skill that has come in handy while renovating the 120-year-old High Park house he shares with his wife, Steph, and their 14-month-old son, Duke. Since buying it six years ago, Holmes has taken apart the house one room at a time, rebuilding it from the ground up. Most of his time, however, is devoted to painting, which he has been doing a lot of in the lead-up to the Toronto International Art Fair, running this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Holmes will have both a solo booth (organized by his New York dealer, the Mike Weiss Gallery) and a large-scale work commissioned by the fair (The Break Room, according to Holmes, is a partially completed dude den in the form of a construction site in the wilderness, littered with the detritus of tradesmen).  

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Thrush Holmes at the Toronto International Art Fair

October 21, 2014 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Mike Weiss Gallery will open a solo exhibition of Thrush Holmes  at the Toronto International Art Fair Booth #1010. The booth will comprise of his idiosyncratic unapologetic paintings. yet with spray paint or neon, Holmes reveals eccentric florals, brazen female silhouettes, glowing prose, and monumental "TH" initials.  His work renders a raw ego, machismo, and expressionist bravado rife with the subtle and sincere romanticism of a scrawled cocktail napkin.

Thrush Holmes has also created an experiential environment for the Break Room in the TIAF's NEXT Lounge. Both the lounge and the booth will be on view throughout the duration of the fair, October 23 - 27.

Tom Fruin’s Colourful Plexiglass House Enlivens Brooklyn Waterfront

October 20, 2014 - Ariane Fairlie, Beautiful/Decay

"Tom Fruin made his solo debut at Mike Weiss Gallery with quilts made of drug baggies. 11 years later, his sculptures maintain reference to that mosaic, but have taken on a different form as colourful plexiglass architecture [...] It actually seems like quite a natural progression for Fruin to go from baggies to plexiglass that imitates stained glass. The baggies already had the feeling of stained glass windows, and the choice to use plexiglass instead of glass allows the work to maintain that plastic durability or roughness that regular glass would not."

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Design & Trend's Favorite 5 Things Of The Week, featuring Tom Fruin's 'Glass House'

October 17, 2014 - Meg Busacca, Design & Trend

"Kolonihavehus is simply stunning as the lights in it shift and highlight different areas of the structure. And against this Manhattan backdrop, it doesn't get much better than this view. You must see it for yourself! I recommend going in the evening and also catching the end of his current exhibition in Mike Weiss Gallery."

DUMBO Arts Festival Audience Award Winner: Tom Fruin!

October 16, 2014 - DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

"After much anticipation, the deluge of Instagram votes has left us with an unequivocal winner for the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival Audience Favorite: Tom Fruin‘s Kolonihavehus. With nearly double the votes of its nearest competitor, Tom’s masterpiece was a hit with both Festival-goers and Brooklyn Bridge Park fans alike. It was presented as part of a collaboration with CoreAct titled Reflection/Kolonihavehus. The project will remain a fixture of the waterfront, adjacent Jane’s Carousel, through Spring 2015."

Pulling Painting From its “Living Death” at RH Contemporary

October 15, 2014 - Alexxa Gotthardt, Artsy

Abstract painting, says the Dutch artist Bas van den Hurk, is in the throes of a kind of “living death.” Its processes have been repeated and reworked for more than a century, yet still it possesses unique potential. Van den Hurk, along with the three other mid- and early-career artists currently showing at RH Contemporary’s multilevel space, is mining that history to create abstract works for the 21st century—and if they aren’t exactly all paintings, they’re certainly painterly.

Tom Fruin’s Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

October 10, 2014 - Christopher Jobson, Colossal

"As part of this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival, sculptor Tom Fruin installed his famous plexiglass house, Kolonihavehus, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The multi-colored house was lit from inside and temporarily inhabited by performance duo CoreAct who engaged in a collaborative physical performance [...] You might also recognize Fruin’s other renowned sculpture in DUMBO, Watertower."

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Neo-neon fine art: This artist’s electric mash-ups would look amazing on your wall, featuring Thrush Holmes

October 1, 2014 - Iris Benaroia, The Globe and Mail

"Holmes is a 35-year-old Toronto artist known for his colourful, erratic paintings that dabble in both dirty and literary themes [...] To him, neon, despite being fragile, is no different from paint. 'I’ll smash it, throw it, splatter paint over it,' says the artist, who once used a chainsaw to carve a wood sculpture. 'If I add neon to a painting, the paint is still wet. It’s not an afterthought. It’s unpretentious and honest.'”

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Featured Acquisition: Cameron Gray's 'Thinking Hurts Too Much'

October 1, 2014 - Flint Institute of Arts magazine

"The FIA recently acquired a video work titled Thinking Hurts Too Much (2013) by contemporary artist Cameron Gray (b. 1980), whose work was featured on the cover of ARTNews (December 2013) as an example of artists working in 'The New Collage.' [...] The video is an immersive experience that is constantly changing, as your eye moves from one focal point to the next, dancing across the screen that never stops moving. In this way, the artist envelops the viewer in a kinetic, psychedelic clamor of pop culture icons, putting us on a super highway of memory, both singular and shared." 

Contemporary Art’s Body Language, featuring Jerry Kearns

September 30, 2014 - John Seed, Hyperallergic

"In the meantime, media imagery — including the pop surrealism of comics and animation — continues to seep into the imaginations of contemporary artists. 'Day into night, birth to death, we are flooded with images,' writes artist Jerry Kearns in his artist methodology. 'Cartoon or photo, print or telecast, each type and form carries a great deal of information about the culture that created it. Standing in the flow, I work as an editor.'"

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Tom Fruin’s 'Color Study' at Mike Weiss Gallery

September 30, 2014 - Gail Worley, The Worleygig

"Oh, what fun it was to discover one of Tom Fruin’s Watertower sculptures inside an art gallery instead of out in DUMBO or somewhere off the BQE! As it turns out, Fruin’s current exhibit, Color Study, over at Mike Weiss Gallery marks the very first time that the artist’s architecturally-scaled public works have been shown in a gallery context."

Tom Fruin: Watertower

September 29, 2014 - English, Fahrenheit Magazine

"The Watertower, is a lighthouse tribute to the iconic 'Water Tower' of New York and is a symbol of the vitality of Brooklyn. This piece is lit from the sun during the day and with the light sequences, controlled with Ardunio software, designed by Ryan Holsopple at night. This public sculpture is funded in part through the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant and Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences. It also has additional technical support provided by Nick Liberis in Platform4, and collaborative design made between J.D. Messick and Two Trees Management Co."

Dumbo art festival draws tens of thousands, featuring Tom Fruin

September 28, 2014 - Elena Hart-Cohen, Examiner

“'Tom Fruin's stained-plexiglass shack near the Brooklyn Bridge will likely reign as the weekend's most Instagrammed piece of art, and for good reason: reflecting the sun during the day, or illuminated from within at night, this thing is pretty as heck. There are sometimes also strange theatrical goings-on inside the house, courtesy of CoreAct,' added the web site [gothamist.com]." 

Stefanie Gutheil featured in Matsumoto City Museum of Art "Tag-Ten" Exhibition

September 28, 2014 - Tokyo Art Beat

"Based on a global perspective, the Taguchi Art Collection features works by pop culture giants such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, as well as currently active artists including Yayoi Kusama and Vik Muniz. This exhibition, which lets visitors experience the global art scene as it is today, presents works chosen not by museum directors or curators but by local Matsumoto City elementary school children at the encouragement of collector Hiroshi Taguchi, who wanted 'many children to see art.' "

Check Out The DUMBO Arts Festival This Weekend

September 27, 2014 - Jen Chung, Gothamist

"One of the prettiest pieces might be a colorful glass house sculpture by Tom Fruin, which is part of a poetic performance installation called Reflection/KolonihavehusAccording to the description, it 'can be experienced on several levels; as an intimate performance and/or a sculptural intervention in an urban space, 24 hours a day.'"

7 Not to Miss Experiences at the Dumbo Arts Fest, featuring Tom Fruin

September 27, 2014 - Sehba Mohammad, Flavorpill

"By American artist Tom Fruin, who incorporates reclaimed materials into architectural artworks, this cozy cottage-like structure, created with rectangular panels of colorful stained glass, looks like it was plucked from a fantastic fairy tale. The house will host a performance, Reflection, by the female-duo CoreAct, who interpret people’s personal stories to create empathetic productions. In the glass house they will act out everyday dilemmas."

"Break Room," the Art Toronto NEXT Lounge by Thrush Holmes

September 26, 2014 - Toronto International Art Fair

"Art Toronto, Canada’s esteemed international modern and contemporary art fair is delighted to announce that Toronto-based artist Thrush Holmes has been commissioned to produce Break Room, the Art Toronto NEXT Lounge, which will be unveiled at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, from October 24 – 27th, 2014. Art Toronto is happy to present the NEXT Lounge in collaboration with Mike Weiss Gallery, New York (Booth#1010)."

DUMBO Arts Fest Kicks Off With a Mobile Disco Party and Colored Glass House, featuring Tom Fruin

September 26, 2014 - Janet Upadhye, DNAinfo New York

"Artist Tom Fruin will unveil his latest piece "Reflection/Kolonihavehus," a colorful glass house sculpture, similar to the Watertower atop 20 Jay St. Two performers are "procrastinating" inside the structure at the Fulton Ferry landing to represent what the artist sees as social patterns in today's society."

A Fast Guide to Dumbo Arts Fest, featuring Tom Fruin

September 26, 2014 - Ryan Steadman, Observer

"A sculptural intervention from drug-baggie-quilt and neon-noose artist Tom Fruin, in partnership with CoreAct (a performance duo that uses “Positive Disturbances” to engage viewers). Their kaleidoscopic Mondrian-esque play house should be a trippy visual experience."

Tom Fruin's 'Kolonihavehus' featured in the Brooklyn Bridge Park for the DUMBO Arts Festival

September 20, 2014 - DUMBO Arts Festival

"The colorful glass house sculpture is created by internationally renowned sculptor Tom Fruin. It will be on view throughout Festival hours[...] His plexiglas and steel patchwork series, Icon, features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world. The series began in Copenhagen with Kolonihavehus in 2010, and most recently includes Watertower, mounted high upon a water tower platform transforming the DUMBO skyline. The series can be seen as a three-dimensional evolution of Fruin’s found drug-bag quilts and flags for which he is well known."

TOM FRUIN: The Mosaic Maker of Light

September 6, 2014 - Sarah Corona, Or Not Magazine

"In recent years, Fruin has refined his technique of assembling and has 'raised' the work from the wall into the three-dimensional realm, building large-scale sculptures composed of glass scraps, plexiglass, and acrylite, all of which have been recycled. 'Materials with an experience enrich the work, always lending another angle to read the work from,' says Fruin."

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Tom Fruin: Polychromatic Landmarks

September 6, 2014 - GiGi Campos, ARTograma

"One thing that we are playing with for this show is to bring the outdoors in. People want to get close to the work, and then want to have that relationship where you can go up to it to see it and feel the size. The best view is really from the Manhattan Bridge when you are two football fields away. So for this show, I wanted to bring that experience for the viewer with this other piece the will be in the show. It’s a billboard concept that I imagined for Los Angeles originally, and it’s all a part of the Icon Series. If New York gets a water tower, LA can get a billboard and Detroit can get a smoke stack."

-Tom Fruin

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The City in Fruin

September 4, 2014 - Kurt McVey, Interview Magazine

"Tom Fruin has come along way since "Starfucker," his first, highly controversial solo show at Mike Weiss Gallery in 2003. So has Weiss, admittedly, who can't help but smile mischievously as he reminisces about that seminal year in operation, when a younger, wilder Fruin would guide the developing art-world magnate across a diverse urban landscape on seedy scavenger hunts for discarded drug bags of varying colors and graphic distinction [...] For 'Color Study,' Fruin's upcoming solo show opening September 4 at Weiss' enduringly innovative Chelsea space, the mixed-media artist has all but discarded the bags themselves, instead focusing on their equally enduring iconography."

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The top five New York art shows this week

September 2, 2014 - Howard Halle, Time Out

"If you've ever noticed the Mondrian-like water tower adorning DUMBO's skyline, you have a passing acquaintance with the work of Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. Taking his efforts indoors, Fruin once again references the De Stijl master with illuminated pieces made from scraps of colored Plexiglas and other refuse gleaned from sign-making shops in Chinatown."

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Jerry Kearns: Full-Metal Chaos and Graphic Fury

August 16, 2014 - Peter Plagens, The Wall Street Journal

"The paintings by Mr. Kearns (b.1943) are compositionally complex and technically impressive—a mixture of flat, bright comic-book color with black, brushy outlines and preprinted photographic imagery. In addition to eight new canvases, there are five "wall murals" (action-comic vignettes that can be resized according to a collector's available wall space) in Mr. Kearns's first New York exhibition since 2006. They all make the show a crackling, supergraphics experience."

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"Jerry Kearns: RRRGGHH!!!"

August 15, 2014 - Anne Prentnieks, Artforum

"Kearns compels us to interrogate the ethics undergirding societal values using the age-old carrot-and-stick strategy: on one hand deploying subtle overlapping of culturally charged imagery that rewards deeper analysis, and on the other hand leveling us with the punch of cartoonlike murals that blast aggressive afterimages into viewers’ minds."

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Stained Glass Water Tower By Tom Fruin

August 15, 2014 - Jayalakshmi Nair, Net Dost

"This stunning stained glass water tower is a installation art sculpture by artist tom fruin. The sculpture is located on top of a building in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The sculpture looks like stained glass but is actually created using reclaimed plexiglass. The sculpture is illuminated during day using sunlight while at nigh is lit using Ardunio-controlled light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple."

Jerry Kearns: ‘Rrrgghh!!!’

August 14, 2014 - Holland Cotter, The New York Times

"Mr. Kearns’s work has grown subtler and more unanswering over the years, and, at the same time, it has gained in finish-fetish finesse. In the past, it was possible to extract partisan topical messages; now it is not. What we get instead is a vision of chaos as a cosmic condition, action-packed and executed with weird, chilling, machine-tooled precision."

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RRRGGGHHH!!! Jerry Kearns at Mike Weiss

July 23, 2014 - Robert C. Morgan, Whitehot Magazine

"Kearns is not into graffiti. Not kitsch, and too elegant for Pop.  Even as he employs Pop subject matter and signage, he has always shown classical tendencies. This has been in his stall from the beginning, even as a sculptor, or later, as “a political artist.” Even as he has tried to conceal his quiver of arrows wrought from Mount Parnassus, the precision in Kearns' work cannot be discounted."

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Homecoming featuring Marc Séguin

July 19, 2014 - Division Gallery, Toronto

Division Gallery, Toronto is excited to announce Homecoming, a group show exhibiting the works of Marc SeguinDavid Altmejd, Karl Funk, Graham Gillmore, and Scott McFarland all of whom have surpassed their local success into notoriety as international fixtures in the art world. As the title suggests, this exhibit takes advantage of the opportunity to welcome home these [Canadian] artists, whose works are now mostly exhibited outside the country.

Jerry Kearns, "RRRGGHH!!!"

July 11, 2014 - Howard Halle, Time Out

"You can’t call it Pop Art, as the term seems too limiting; to quote one of the many written sound effects surging across his images, it’s more like Blam! Art. His latest show mashes together Westerns and film noir with a generous helping of the Rapture. In many of the scenes, Jesus, portrayed as a gunslinger wearing a crown of thorns, shoots it out with the Devil and his minions, like the Second Coming at the O.K. Corral."

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RRRGGHH!!! Jerry Kearns' first solo exhibition with Mike Weiss Gallery on view in New York

July 4, 2014 - Art Daily

“This image is my effort to show you how it felt to be alive in the time and place I was.”

-Jerry Kearns

Buhmann on Art. Jerry Kearns: RRRGGHH!!!

July 3, 2014 - Stephanie Buhmann, The Villager Newspaper

"Each hero embodies at least one of the more influential archetypes in culture, such as Jesus (see a work entitled “BAM BAM”) or a hybrid of The Joker and the American Cowboy (see “AGGGKK!”). But Kearns is not interested in romanticizing culture. In fact, as someone who came to prominence in the 1980s with politically minded Psychological Pop Art Paintings, he understands his works as a sign of warning, pointing out that in our time, nature has been virtually replaced by mediated information — and that we risk becoming corporate avatars."

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RRRGGHH!!! By Jerry Kearns at Mike Weiss Gallery

July 2, 2014 - Daniel Gauss, Arte Fuse

"Kearns’ work is so engaging it speaks for itself. [...] Kearns seems to be poking fun at our tendency to visualize the process of human development in violent terms, regardless of the fact that this is so counter-productive. Even within the Christian tradition, built on the self-destructive ethical behavior of a pacifistic Nazarene whistle-blower, we still love watching the bad guy get his cahoonas shot off."

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The Lookout: Jerry Kearns

July 2, 2014 - Art in America

"Pop art lives! Veteran artist Jerry Kearns, once active in the 1980-86 advocacy group Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D), here presents eight new figurative paintings and five murals, all drawing on vernacular sources (comic books, movies, pulp fiction, TV) and the conventions of hero-villain mythology to make wry social and psychological observations."

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Jerry Kearns: RRRGGHH!!!

June 26, 2014 - NYC-ARTS

RRRGGHHH!!! restages the elemental conflict between hero and villain in the template tradition of this type of narrative, good versus evil, begun over 2000 years ago with The Book of Revelations and continued in different iterations today. The paintings present a layered dreamscape inhabited by a recurring cast of characters that have their roots in both the artist’s personal and our public histories.

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Jerry Kearns: ArtRx NYC

June 24, 2014 - Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic

"This week marks the first solo exhibition of Jerry Kearns’s work since 2006. A member of the art collective PAD/D and a frequent collaborator with writer Lucy Lippard, Kearns is best known for his “psychological pop” paintings. RRRGGHHH!!! will feature eight monumental canvases and five murals painted within Mike Weiss Gallery."

Art: Jerry Kearns. RRRGGHH!!!

June 17, 2014 - Sanja Govedarica, Wall Street International

“I attempt to reflect possibilities and other notions about reality when I structure a painting. I want to encode contemporary beliefs about our experience. Like the discovery of perspective defined the Renaissance, collage and its relation to relativity have defined our vision.”

-Jerry Kearns

Jerry Kearns, RRRGGHHH!!!

June 16, 2014 - Nora York, Clocktower Radio

In this conversation with musical illustrations, Kearns discusses his summer 2014 exhibition RRRGGHHH!!!

Mike Weiss' Righthand Woman

June 5, 2014 - Kurt McVey, Interview Magazine

"When commenting on Lee Krasner's early neo-cubist abstraction pieces, Krasner's mentor, Hans Hoffman, famously declared, 'This is so good, you would not know it was painted by a woman.' 
The circumstances surrounding this quote seem to have stayed with the young and highly ambitious new director at Mike Weiss Gallery, the razor-sharp, precocious, and playfully self-deprecating Lily Fierman. [. . .] Only days before hiring the 25-year-old Fierman as the new director of his gallery, Mike Weiss signed a 10-year lease on his 24th Street space. [. . .] He may have finally met his match in Fierman, with whom he faces off throughout the day on the sidewalk in front of his gallery doors, brandished with a fresh new logo and a whole new devil-may-care attitude."

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Happenings: Love and Marriage on the Roof of the Wythe Hotel, featuring Tom Fruin

June 4, 2014 - Jesse Ashlock, The New York Times

"Peter Lawrence, Tarlow’s business partner, figured the ceremonies would benefit from a structure for attendees to congregate around. He immediately thought of his friend, the artist Tom Fruin, who is known for his sculptures made from reclaimed objects, like his now-iconic stained-glass watertower in Dumbo. Fruin, who also created the Wythe’s sculptural “Hotel” marquee from salvaged tin signage, had just completed a stained-glass house, titled “Maxikiosko,” that struck Lawrence for its ecclesiastic quality. So he asked to borrow it. “Sometimes you have to go searching for the right piece,” he says, “and sometimes the talented people you love make it easy for you.”

The Last Look: Jerry Kearns

June 2, 2014 - Carlo McCormick, PAPER Magazine

"As one of the most astute political artists of our time, Jerry Kearns has been calling out society on its cultural bullshit for decades now in about the only way we can ever see the truth: through the vulgar dishonesty of pure visual seduction."

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ArtSlant Prize Winner Michael Zelehoski Now At Mike Weiss Gallery

May 19, 2014 - Max Nesterak, ARTslant

"Zelehoski won the 2009 Artslant Prize with his stunning Human Lobster Trap."

Martin Wickstrom at Mike Weiss — a Kodachrome palette.

May 3, 2014 - theGalleRYChimp

"Pop graphics and a collage aesthetic, a Rosenquist influence, a retro kodachrome beauty. This series evokes Vietnam, currently as well as echoes of the War.  Cinematic, collaged images with fragmentary, elusive meanings to be sewn together by the viewer."

Thrush Holmes: More

May 1, 2014 - Blouin Art + Auction

"By presenting the Toronto artist’s work concurrently in an exhibition at the gallery and a single-artist booth at Volta art fair in New York in March, Mike Weiss raised the artist’s partially tongue-in-cheek rock star/anarchist profile significantly. Holmes’s playful machismo was evident in the paintings of flowers, which were propped up on metal fire extinguishers, as well as in the log sculpture garnished with a chainsaw and white neon squiggles that stood on a cowhide in the center of the exhibition space." 

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The Exciting RISE of Thrush Holmes: EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

May 1, 2014 - Kathryn Hudson, Elle Canada

"Though only 34 years old, the artist has long been a presence on Toronto’s art scene. He used to hold court in a sprawling public studio downtown, aptly named Thrush Holmes Empire. Now, his kingdom is rap- idly expanding to the global stage—though he begged me not to name-drop the celebs who have recently picked up his in-demand pieces."

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Thrush Holmes: WILD ROSE

May 1, 2014 - Kathryn Hudson, Elle Canada

Photos by Colette de Baros, FEATURING the work of Thrush Holmes at Mike Weiss Gallery

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Artists First Influences

May 1, 2014 - Ann Landi, ARTnews

"When she was eight years old and living in Washington, DC, she accompanied her mother to a loan exhibition of van Gogh paintings at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The painting that knocked her over was Almond Blossom from 1890..."

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Background Noise, Episode 18: Cameron Gray

April 29, 2014 - Matt Bomarr, The Bomarr Blog

"Cameron Gray created my favorite art exhibit of 2013. Hands down. Seriously, this man is insane in the most amazing and perfect way..."

Art in the 1980's: The Forgotten History of PAD/D, featuring Jerry Kearns

April 19, 2014 - Tiernan Morgan, Hyperallergic

"Kearns’s keen pragmatism earned him the moniker ‘the Cultural Commissar’ among other members, who viewed Lippard and Kearns as PAD/D’s guardian figures. But despite their parental status, neither Lippard nor Kearns staked any claim to leadership. PAD/D was strictly nonhierarchical. Barbara Moore, an art historian who along with Smith would later organize and donate the group’s archive to MoMA, admired PAD/D’s pragmatism [...] “This is not what I want for political art, this sitting around … parsing with words in this intellectual way. I was a person of experience. PAD/D engaged me. I immediately saw it as an organization which was committed to action. They went out and marched,” Moore said."

Martin Wickström, Perfume River

April 11, 2014 - Sean and Monica Welsh, West of Dirty

"Pictured above, art collector Monica Welsh and Martin Wickstrom. Beautiful, and very pop-arty constructions that feel super modern and current. Many with plastic buckets in them. Martin says that when he went to Vietnam there were plastic buckets everywhere. People in Vietnam use them to wash there hands, collect rain water, etc."

Interview with Bas van den Hurk: On 'Once Upon A Time You Dressed So Fine"

March 21, 2014 - Ariane Belisle

Oscillating between painting, sculpture, installation, architecture, fashion and performance, Bas van den Hurk’s upcoming show ‘Once Upon A Time You Dressed So Fine’ (21 March - 26 April 2014) at Rod Barton explores art-making in its many forms. Revealing traces of their modes of production, the works are simultaneously presented as autonomous agents and active participants on the exhibition’s stage. Entwined in their respective networks of histories, temporalities, locations and materials, they speak of Arthur Koestler’s Holon philosophy, of the auratic dimension of art and of the subjectiveness of representation.

 

The artist talks to Ariane Belisle about his artistic practice, in light of his upcoming solo exhibition at the Rod Barton gallery in London. This interview was conducted via a telephone conversation on Friday 14 March 2014.

Thrush Holmes Makes Ancient Cave Paintings for MWG

March 19, 2014 - Mike Weiss Gallery

Crank the volume!!!!!!

Confidence in Compelling Projects, featuring Thrush Holmes

March 12, 2014 - Brian Fee, VOLTA NY

"Mike Weiss Gallery (New York) went full-throttle in their installation especially conceived for the fair by young Toronto provocateur Thrush Holmes, unveiling an entirely new body of powdery-minimal canvases accented by neon slashes in cryptic hieroglyphics and universal insignia."

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Canadian Art Highlights at the New York Fairs, featuring Thrush Holmes

March 12, 2014 - Bill Clarke, Canadian Art

"Other Canadian artists spotted at Volta were Toronto’s Bobby Mathieson and Thrush Holmes, represented by New York galleries Lyons Wier and Mike Weiss, respectively... Holmes conflated ancient Egypt with the early-80s iteration of New York’s new-wave Pyramid dance club, lining the booth’s walls with six large canvases combining spraypainted outlines of figures suggestive of ancient frescoes with neon. An amusing sculpture of a turntable made of neon tubing and a tree stump punctuated the installation."

The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture, with Deborah Brown

March 11, 2014 - Brooklyn Magazine

"The artist, local organizer, and director of Storefront Ten Eyck has been radiating her creative energies in a number of ways that have responded to, benefitted and benefitted from the bubbling art community in Bushwick." 

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Stefanie Gutheil: menschenschattenwesending

March 10, 2014 - Conversation with Mika Hannula at Helsinki Contemporary, Sami Pennanen

"The idea that I have is to bring together elements and issues, whatever they are, in the visual field, and kind of force them together, carefully and caressingly - showing that at least in the realm and reality of and a painting, they actually not only fit but do, in fact, really belong next to one antoher, that these seemingly paradoxical parts need to be and belong together."

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Mike Weiss Gallery at VOLTA NY 2014, featuring Thrush Holmes

February 26, 2014

Mike Weiss Gallery is pleased to announce a new body of work by Toronto-based artist Thrush Holmes for VOLTA NY 2014. Why triangles, chalices, fire extinguishers, serpents, iron crosses, hourglasses, moons, double headed axes, dollar signs, hieroglyphics, peace signs, infinity symbols, and a variety of other worldly materials? There are absolutely no answers, only possibilities and further questioning. In a sense, Thrush Holmes’ bold artistic agenda composes an operatic way of getting through this visual world of ours. Relics of the day found, dispersed, buried, forgotten, and ultimately resurrected bring to life, or back to life, highly evolved and charged iconographies of grace rendered. To understand the beauty and wisdom, humor and mistakes, and the realism and abstract nature of form, are the goals, have been the goals, and will remain the goals. 

Thrush Holmes: It's Called A Neon Romance

January 29, 2014 - Oscar Laluyan, Arte Fuse

"Everyone is lit up either by substance (alcohol most likely if you go to enough gallery opening receptions), emotion maybe such as love (or lust), and the flattery of words like poetry. AF came to one show that is lit up in all the obvious content and in more subtle contexts. Thrush Holmes had his debut solo exhibition last January 24th and the show was entitled: All Lit Up on Wine."

Buhmann on Art. Thrush Holmes: All Lit Up On Wine

January 29, 2014 - Stephanie Buhmann, Chelsea Now

"Splaying wood panels with exuberant spray paint and slapdash neon tubing, Holmes’ radical methods invigorate otherwise rather traditional subjects like still lifes and reclining nudes. While gesture and crystallized forms dominate the compositions, keyed-up frames in fluorescent hues and brilliant lights add a post-Pop touch of extravagance." 

Liao Yibai Crafts Large-Scale Stainless Steel Fake Leica

January 23, 2014 - Nina Azzarello, Design Boom

"Intricately crafted in striking detail, the shining ‘Fake Leica’ by Chinese artist Liao Yibai is a large-scale representation of the legendary german camera, plated in hand-welded stainless steel. The giant metallic sculpture is rendered in perfect accuracy, mimicking the lenses, shutters, knobs and even the trademark scripted logos of the renowned brand’s models."

10 Opening Exhibits to Watch, featuring Thrush Holmes

January 22, 2014 - Mutual Art

Thush Holmes: All Lit Up on Wine

Thrush Holmes' Exhibit "All Lit Up On Wine," Opens January 24, 2014 At Mike Weiss Gallery

January 21, 2014 - Mapanare.us

Thrush Holmes' All Lit Up On Wine, Opens January 24, 2014 At Mike Weiss Gallery (520 West 24 NYC) and runs until March 1. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 24.

This is Holmes' solo debut. He works with wood, spray paint and neon tubing in his work. He is re-imagining the still-life as fetish, as an item of worship (almost).

Koen Delaere's Approach to Painting

December 24, 2013 - Dust Magazine

"Koen Delaere's approach to painting comes within reach of the performative moment of music."

Thrush Holmes: AnOther Loves

December 18, 2013 - AnOther Magazine

TELL-TALE HEART, Thrush Holmes, 2011

Marc Séguin

December 14, 2013 - ratsdeville

"New exhibitions by Marc Séguin are always eagerly anticipated, and this latest does not disappoint with its presentation of some ten recent, large-format works."

Marc Séguin the incorruptible

December 14, 2013 - Normand Babin, Montréalistement

Marc Séguin : Paysages on show at Galerie Simon Blais

November 20 - December 21, 2013 

After the Miami Art Fairs: 9 Artists to Watch, featuring Cameron Gray

December 13, 2013 - Jason Andrew, Hyperallergic

"Discovering talent is a talent itself. As often is the case, experience and perseverance are key. Having followed the careers of hundreds of artists, it was excited to see a few making their Miami debut. Many of the artists I have selected here I have been following for a number of years, and it’s great to see them break out in Miami." 

Miami Art Week 2013: Color Chaos, featuring Cameron Gray

December 12, 2013 - David Graver, Cool Hunting

"Cameron Gray's 'I Have A Feeling I Shall Go Mad. I Cannot Go On Longer In These Terrible Times. I Shan’t Recover This Time. I Hear Voices And Cannot Concentrate On My Work. I Have Fought Against It But Cannot Fight Any Longer…Naww, Fuck It, I’m Good' (2011/2013) [...] featured 27 stacked monitors looping a digital animation—collage work of bright light and movement.[...] It was vast in scope, with every entropic detail bursting with color."

Making Connections, Seeing Double at Art Miami, featuring Cameron Gray

December 6, 2013 - Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic

"Cameron Gray's presented by Mike Weiss Gallery, was a big crowd-pleaser on opening night, in large part because it contains a man in a recliner who barely appears to be breathing; he didn’t budge even when someone stepped up to check his pulse. But Gray’s digi-animation collage video, looping on 27 stacked monitors, is the strongest part of the work; it will suck you in and give you an eye twitch."

Tom Fruin at Scope Miami Beach

December 4, 2013

Maxikiosco is the second piece in Fruin’s celebrated ICON series. Composed from hundreds of plexi offcuts, this work celebrates the vibrancy of the corner stores of Argentina. Like New York’s Watertower and Los Angeles’ Billboard, these works transform signature architectural shapes into kaleidoscopes of color that project a cities identity to the viewer. The sculpture will be a beacon of light illuminated by the sun during the day and computer controlled halogens by night.

13 things you better not miss at Basel, featuring Cameron Gray

December 4, 2013 - Evan Benn, Miami Herald

An installation by Cameron Gray featuring a couch potato in a recliner — "Is he real?" 'passersby asked, and, yes, he was — in front of a 27-screen display playing a looping seven-minute video that recalled a Summer of Love flashback.

The New Collage, featuring Cameron Gray

December 1, 2013 - Rachel Wolff, Art News

"The effect, when taken as a whole, is nearly abstract-- a 21st-century riff on Clement Greenberg's edge-free preference in painting [...] Gray speaks of his process as a coping mechanism, an exercise that allows him to give physical form to the act of linking, scanning, surfing, and tumbling deep down the online rabbit hole."

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The Artists, featuring Thrush Holmes

December 1, 2013 - Harold Luxury for Men

"Holmes' art movement began with painting, and continued with intergarting collage and neon lights. He has built himself a global audience with clients in Dubai, to some more famous namesakes including Halle Berry and Elton John."

HLM: "What advice has fueled you?"

TH: "Not really advice, more of a maxim: 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars'- Oscar Wilde"

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Thrush Holmes- Artist 2.0

November 29, 2013 - Aliyah Shamsher, Frische

"[...] what sets Holmes apart from many of his peers is his consistent manipulation of the art world's own conventions, re-purposing them through the prism of contemporary pop culture and social media. Transforming himself from small-town Ontario outside to record-breaking insider."

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Cameron Gray chosen for Think Big Miami

November 21, 2013 - Julia Draganović, Elena Forin and Claudia Löffelholz

THINK BIG gives artists space to stretch out in the passageways linking Art Miami’s three main pavilions that enable bold installations LaRete Art Projects has selected from proposals by exhibitors at the fair. “Thinking big” is not only a question of the artworks’ size and scale: expect to see daring ideas, innovative approaches to everyday life, and courageous concepts for major changes imagined by visionary artists.

Marc Séguin at Galerie Simon Blais in collaboration with Mike Weiss Gallery

November 20, 2013

New exhibitions by Marc Séguin are always eagerly anticipated, and this latest does not disappoint with its presentation of some ten recent, large-format works. Constantly able to amaze his admirers, Séguin once again leads us into a world of his own making, this time plunging us into urban landscapes that have a certain air of the dramatic about them. Plastered with messages, barricaded, such places show a reality we would prefer removed from our sight. Shoving the failures of our do-gooder society under our noses, Séguin’s works challenge us—as well as remind us of life’s inherent beauty. [...] This exhibition is held in collaboration with Mike Weiss Gallery (New York).


Mike Weiss Gallery at Art Toronto

October 25, 2013 - October 28, 2013

Come visit us in booth 812 we will be exhibiting new works by Michael Brown

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Yibai in Artistic License

October 16, 2013 - Geoffrey Bradfield

A showcase of some of Geoffrey Bradfield’s finest work, Artistic License captures the masterful way he uses art in his sophisticated interiors. [...]  He is unafraid to take risks, identifying emerging talents and combining them in his exquisite interiors with acknowledged masters. Bradfield’s instinctive understanding and willingness to take liberties against a canvas of such refined luxury forms the very essence of Artistic License. 

Last Chance: Tom Fruin & Geoffrey Todd Smith

October 12, 2013 - Lauren Albrecht, Art Nerd Los Angeles

"Made from colorful recycled Plexiglas, Fruin’s homage to the iconic New York City icon glitters during the day, and illuminates at night with a light program by Ryan Holsopple.  ‘Locals Only’ is Fruin’s LA solo debut and features many smaller version or maquettes of his forthcoming recycled sculptural projects."

"We Will Kill The Earth Then The Aliens Will Come!" featuring Stefanie Gutheil

October 6, 2013 - Tristan Boisvert, Art Parasites

Artparasites: Would you like your characters to come to life?

SG: I don’t know if I would like them to – puking rainbows all over your floors.

"With her studio scattered in remainders of oil paint tubes, I wondered if this is what she meant by puking rainbows."

Shop We Love: Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles, featuring Liao Yibai

October 1, 2013 - Josh Sens, American Way

"A giant, 770-pound rendering of a Leica camera by artist Liao Yibai greets customers at the store's entrance."

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Dumbo Arts Festival 2014, featuring Tom Fruin

September 28, 2013

Tom Fruin has worked in DUMBO for over 15 years. His artwork often features found or reclaimed items. Recent projects have included the 50 foot dimensional signage for Wythe Hotel and DUMBO's own stain-glass Watertower.

Galleri Tom Christoffersen: DAN SCHEIN - I BELIEVE IN PSYCHOPATHS

September 27, 2013 - N/A

"I Believe in Psychopaths" is the American artist Dan Schein’s second solo show at Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen. The new works are still oil on canvas, impasto, expressive and painted with rapid brushstrokes. It is with dark humour, a grotesque twist and a particular tristesse that Dan Schein works with absurd situations from everyday life, which he transfers to 'The Woods' or other remote and isolated communities far from New York.

Brown: Schematics and Silhouettes at Mike Weiss Gallery

September 25, 2013 - Taylor E. Cole, NYArtsMagazine.com

"Artist Michael Brown presents a discourse about the machine, history, and nostalgia in his first solo exhibition at Mike Weiss Gallery. Employing both sculpture and drawing, Schematics and Silhouettes reexamines the relationship between the infinite and the self-contained, with a clear rhetoric pulled from America’s westward expansion, our industrial past, and the conceptual work of Buckminster Fuller."

COLLECTOR’S EDITION: JENS-PETER BRASK

September 25, 2013 - Taylor McKimens

In this series, “Collector’s Edition,” theworldsbestever.com asks people about their personal art collections—from the first piece of art they ever bought to what they want to acquire next. This time they reached out to Jens-Peter Brask, a Copenhagen-based curator and writer. He curated Dansk Graffiti 1984 to 2013 at Kunsten Aalborg Museum in Denmark and manages the Brask Art Blog.

COLLECTOR’S EDITION: JENS-PETER BRASK

September 25, 2013 - Jens Peter Brask

In a series called, “Collector’s Edition,” theworldsbestever.com asks people about their personal art collections—from the first piece of art they ever bought to what they want to acquire next. Here they have reached out to Jens-Peter Brask, a Copenhagen-based curator and writer. He curated Dansk Graffiti 1984 to 2013 at Kunsten Aalborg Museum in Denmark and manages the Brask Art Blog.

NY City Art Gallery Reviews: Michael Brown at the Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea

September 15, 2013 - Daniel Gauss, Art Gallery Stuff Blog

"Initially, in these pieces, we get 'nature' in the form of a landscape sketch.  To me, the perception of an aspect of inner nature necessarily leads to a cognitive process akin to Novalis' idea that a 'dream' becomes 'reality.'  We conceptualize what we perceive or feel."

Tom Fruin- Watertower (STATION TO STATION)

September 12, 2013 - Sundance Channel

Video Interview

Tom Fruin uses light and glass to create startling beauty.

A Day-Glo, Spazzed-Out Legend, featuring Cameron Gray

August 16, 2013 - Scott Indrisek, Black Book Magazine

"Gray’s sarcastic chest-beating can be a bit off-putting—a sign on the door dubs the artist “a legend,” states that Larry Gagosian must stay at least 100 feet away from the door, and warns against flirting with gallerinas—but this chaotic jumble is a welcome respite from the group-show glut in Chelsea. And who can resist a man who is selling a small sculpture in an edition of 6, simultaneously inspired by Sol LeWitt and Jenga?"

WATERTOWER | Tom Fruin

August 10, 2013 - Danny Spangenberg, Junkitechture

"Close to the Brooklyn Brigde, Tom Fruin created the sculpture 'Watertower' in 2013. He often works with recycled and reclaimed materials and for the Watertower, he composed a structure from 1000 scraps of colorful plexiglas and steel patchwork"

Michael Brown. Schematics and Silhouettes

August 7, 2013 - Wall Street International

Michael Brown. Schematics and Silhouettes

7 September — 12 October 2013 at Mike Weiss Gallery, New York

Cameron Gray- Birth of a Legend- Mike Weiss Gallery

August 6, 2013 - Adan Tetzloff, Downtown at Dawn

As I walked out of my accidental encounter with Cameron Gray’s show at Mike Weiss I saw the show’s title “Birth of a Legend” and thought ”You may very well be right.” 

Cameron Gray

July 29, 2013 - Honey, Sweet Station Blog

Born in Geneva in 1980, Cameron Gray lives and works in London, Basel, and Los Angeles. Graduating egregia cum laude from Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Gray also holds no less than six degrees from such prestigious institutions as Yale, Columbia, and UCLA.

The Magnificent 9 New York. In search of strong tones, featuring Cameron Gray

July 26, 2013 - Sarah Corona, Artribune

"Kitch hypnotic. Palettes shining like a kaleidoscope, pop-ironic collage and installations that are illuminated in the light of wood. So he presents the exhibition Birth of a Legend by Cameron Gray. The senses are crackling over-excited by all this color not let themselves be carried away by the crowd that quickly filled the halls of the Mike Weiss Gallery."

Colour Therapy, featuring Tom Fruin

July 26, 2013 - Design Unplugged

“'This beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York water tower and a symbol of the vibrancy of Brooklyn,' Fruin says."

Critics' Picks, featuring Cameron Gray

July 24, 2013 - Ara H. Merjian, Artforum

"Huddled in a corner sporting green hair and an amusing poker face, Cameron Gray figured as a part of his own exhibition’s opening night. Mustard and ketchup bottles lay strewn next to a stack of free T-shirts featuring one of the artist’s designs [...] A bewigged eighteenth-century bust incorporated alongside the black lights and LED flashes of Black Boyfriend, 2013, suggests the artist's acknowledgement of his rococo excess." 

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"FREE ICE CREEAAM!" Mike Weiss, The Ice Cream Soup Nazi of Chelsea, featuring Cameron Gray

July 22, 2013 - Paddy Johnson & Whitney Kimball, Art Fag City

"He’s also posted a giant list of who’s not allowed to have ice cream, which we’re guessing, in the season of jokingly prejudiced summer shows and art world BBQs, is Mike Weiss’ own brand of off-color VIP block party."

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Your Show of Shows, featuring Cameron Gray

July 16, 2013 - Bruce Helander, Huffington Post

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the sizzling streets of Chelsea, not expecting to discover something particularly notable in the typical 'summer show' venues but nevertheless making the rounds, out pops a truly unique and memorable exhibition that is shaking things up. 'Birth of a Legend,' recent works by Cameron Gray, the Venice, California-based artist, recently opened at Mike Weiss Gallery, is commanding a great deal of attention and with good reason."

Thrush Holmes is now represented by Mike Weiss Gallery

July 11, 2013 - Mike Weiss Gallery

"Whether spraying wood panel with spray paint and neon or carving out wood sculptures with a chainsaw in hand, Thrush Holmes’ unapologetic methods elevate still lives, reclining nudes, and even poetry from their traditional banality to culty, fetishistic status. Intuitive and swaggering in practice, Holmes reveals eccentric florals, brazen female silhouettes, glowing prose, and monumental "TH" initials - an exuberant display of ego, machismo, and expressionist bravado, rife also with subtle romanticism and raw honesty."

“Fake Leica” camera sculpture by Liao Yibai listed for sale

July 11, 2013 - Leica Rumors

"The Leica Boutique (Foto Henny Hoogeveen) located in The Netherlands has listed a stainless steel Fake Leica sculpture by the Chinese artist Liao Yibai for sale."

Leica Store Los Angeles Grand Opening, featuring Liao Yibai

July 9, 2013 - Elizabeth Wang-Lee, Leica Liker

"When you walk into the store you immediately come upon Liao Yibai’s giant FAKE LEICA sculpture. It’s a a fun piece of glossy objet d’art and appropriately named. It reminds me of Claes Oldenberg’s classic giant sized replicas of every day objects such as binoculars, rubber stamp, bowling pins. But this one is made of stainless steel and is imbued with lots of detail from the Leica MP #253."

Cameron Gray's Cryptic Coding

July 1, 2013 - Juan Arata, Empty Lighthouse

"Broken information, unison momentum, obscure boost, indeterminate message and a cryptic code [...] Gray’s works allow us to be everywhere at the same time and to have a multiple conversation with everybody and everything. He makes sure that his visual explosion enters your brain and stays there for good while offering the possibility of a new universe and a whole different understanding of communication."

Cameron Gray Opening Night Video

June 23, 2013 - O'Delle Abney

The giant “Fake Leica” sculpture [by Liao Yibai] inside the Leica LA store is valued at $1 million

June 21, 2013 - Leica Rumors

"Many celebrities attended the Leica Store and Gallery grand opening in Los Angeles last night [...] Upon entering the store, guests were greeted by Yibai's "Fake Leica," a sculpture of enormous dimensions that is valued at $1 million. This provided a unique photo opportunity that was popular throughout the night on Instagram with the hastag #LEICASTORELA."

Leica Store Los Angeles Opening, featuring Liao Yibai

June 21, 2013 - Jon Fauer, Film & Digital Times

"Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is across the street, in case you feel heart palpitations of excitement at the $1 million Yibai Liao“Fake Leica” sculpture sitting in the entrance."

Leica Makes Its LA Debut, featuring Liao Yibai

June 21, 2013 - Laura Schreffler, Haute Living

"Recording artist Seal was on hand to display his photographs alongside works by Mary Ellen Mark and Yariv Milchan as well as a one-of-a-king sculpture by famed Chinese artist Liao Yibai."

Snap happy! Seal shows it's good to be back home as he attends Leica store opening, featuring Liao Yibai

June 21, 2013 - Leah Simpson, Daily Mail

"Leica launched their LA retail debut with three floors of a gallery, retail space and library [...] The gallery debuted photography exhibition featuring the inspiring work of Mary Ellen Mark, Seal and Yariv Milchan and a one of a kind sculpture by famed Chinese artist Liao Yibai."

Cameron Gray: Birth of a Legend at Mike Weiss Gallery

June 20, 2013 - Stephanie, White Walls NYC

"Sitting at the front desk of a gallery a lot of invites come to the gallery email and most of them end up in the trash part of cyberspace. But then I saw Cameron Gray’s head photoshopped into a photo with P.Diddy. And a Dominos coupon. Sold. Finally. Perfect."

Marc Séguin at Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul

June 15, 2013 - October 14, 2013 - Andreanne Roy

This exhibition is a display of the benefits of the artistic devotion of collectors who rank among the most passionate and committed in support of the career of an artist who is both fascinating and divisive.

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A Peroni with Thrush Holmes

June 10, 2013 - Sharp Magazine - Sharp Staff

"Raised in small-town Ontario, Holmes found early success in the southern US before returning to Toronto and shaking up the Canadian art scene with the Thrush Holmes Empire, his raucous Queen West gallery. We spoke with Holmes about the differences between the Canadian and American art scenes, tattoos and summer in the city."

#UntappedCities Instagram "Pic" of the Week: Tom Fruin Watertower

May 17, 2013 - Timothy Davidson, Untapped Cities

"This capture is brilliant in so many ways. It is not every day that anything, let alone a water tower dwarfs the famed Manhattan Bridge, or East River, but this shot takes on the ask head on. Aside from this, it is hard to believe that the colors produced by Fruin’s Watertower could be rivaled"

Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art, featuring Liao Yibai

May 16, 2013 - Arlene Distler, Artscope Magazine

"'Hot Pot' refers to a traditional Chinese dish made up of many ingredients, each of which keeps its distinctive qualities. It serves as a perfect metaphor, said curator Mara Williams, for 'the art of China today in all its complexity and variety.' Williams has provided thoughtful and instructive comments alongside the artwork, adding depth to a delectable show at BMAC that is both sensual and cerebral."

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Stained Glass Water Tower By Tom Fruin Is Our Photo Of The Day

May 14, 2013 - Arts & Culture, Huffington Post

"Last June, Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin installed a beautiful steel and plexiglas water tower in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. As sunlight streamed through the colorful structure, photographer Robert Banat snapped the incredible photo below."

Pulse Draws More Visitors, featuring Cameron Gray

May 13, 2013 - Whitney Kimball, Art F City

"[Cameron Gray's] mini funhouse-style back room, by far the most pop  on view, had collectors swarming Mike Weiss’s booth."

PULSE New York 2013, featuring Cameron Gray

May 12, 2013 - The Art Apse

"Some exciting highlights from the fair included some quirky multimedia video installations from Mike Weiss Gallery’s Cameron Gray. His pieces range from techy video works of Justin Bieber and Miranda Kerr to whimsical tabletop collages, often juxtaposing reality with the chaotic world of the web."

Multidisciplinary art piques viewers’ interest - Thrush Holmes’ exhibit opens today at Baird Gallery

May 11, 2013 - Tara Bradbury, The Telegram

"Holmes, 33, has been a multidisciplinary artist since the age of 18, and is self-taught: his formal training is limited to two weeks of art school. At age 23, he began selling his work on eBay under an alter-ego. [He explains:] 'I wanted to churn out paintings quickly and without guilt. I didn’t want to tarnish my own name, so I worked under the guise of Truman Couture. I would end up marketing and selling hundreds of these paintings through eBay over the course of 18 months.' Holmes was picked up by some large American galleries, and at age 27, he opened Thrush Holmes Empire, a loud, bright, large and street-level art studio in Toronto"

Secondary Structures, featuring Michael Zelehoski

May 1, 2013 - Noah Post, Glasschord

"Every step in the process of collapsing an object is necessarily fragmented and abstract. [...] It was important for me to get to the point technically where I could distill an object in pictorial space and have it appear to be dimensional. Now I'm much more interested in the process of collapse and how our brains struggle to complete a composition that is contradictory or somehow unresolved."- Michael Zelehoski

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Electrified Flora: Thrush Holmes

April 24, 2013 - Lesley Frenz, The Artsy Forager

"Forget those boring old still lifes from your grandma’s era.  Artists like Thrush Holmes are taking that classic subject and reinterpreting it through modern eyes.  The result is anything but boring."

The Magical Water Tower, featuring Tom Fruin

April 21, 2013 - Robin Carlisle, Bettery Magazine

"Located on the rooftop of one of the highest buildings in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Fruin used colorful plexiglass to sculpt a monumental water tower, an iconic characteristic of the city’s skyline. What this incarnation of the water tower may lack in water and traditional functionality, it replaces with novel beauty."

Art: Stefanie Gutheil

April 12, 2013 - Clifton Bullock, Sick Of The Radio

"Have you ever wanted to look at the beauty of the world through the eyes of person who sees the beauty of insanity? Full of dark characters from some nameless abyss merged with some stolen from Tim Burton’s imagination–and a hint of sadomasochism–[Stefanie Gutheil's] 3rd exhibit in NYC possess frightening sights of Minotaurs and other mythological characters accented with the unknown."

Dark Matter Brings Gravity to Arsenal Toronto, featuring Marc Séguin

April 9, 2013 - Sholem Krishtalka, Canadian Art

"Directly opposite is Marc Séguin’s Seven Saints (2010), a painting of a bombed-out cathedral, with the saints—untouched, bearing mute witness to the devastation—in the upper tier of the church outlined in pure white. It’s unclear whether this outlining implies a cruel imprisonment or a breaking free from enclosing arches."

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Marc Séguin "Soundtrack: Volume 2" at Galerie Division

April 3, 2013 - April 27, 2013

Erik Beck, Marc Séguin and old paradoxes of Art

March 26, 2013 - Pedro Mendoça, Zone Art

"Art engages when the artist seeks to reveal the reality we speak, testify, expose, transmit a message of hope, convince people to join a cause, defending values, to act the viewer, warn against forgetting or honor. To achieve its goals, the environmental activist must touch the sensitivity of the viewer, move him, the indignant, make them think, to bring awareness. In all these areas, either by choice of mediums, materials, or its mixed media, Marc Séguin excels."

Liao Yibai at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

March 16, 2013 - June 23, 2013

The artists in this exhibit serve up an imposing array of ideas and creative strategies. Painting and photographic styles range from meticulously crafted realism to painterly abstraction. Sculptural materials vary from stainless steel to latex to silk. Video, installation, and performance are deployed in new and inventive ways. The works are humorous or serious, prosaic or poignant, aggressively physical or coolly conceptual. As you sample from our Hot Pot, you will encounter varied ingredients that reflect and amplify aesthetic and human concerns of their creators. I invite you to enjoy this banquet.

– Mara Williams, Chief Curator

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The Erratic Artistry of Thrush Holmes: dizzying fusion of styles strung together with non-conformist swagger...

March 11, 2013 - James Davidson, We Heart

"Toronto-based artist Thrush Holmes bounces from medium to medium like the pretty but drunk girl at a party; unsteady on her shiny designer stilettos she crashes through a table full of drinks with all the grace of a baby’s first steps – but still manages to carry off her beauty. Holmes’ array of styles and practices are the unfortunate drinks, cascading into the laps of the sober party-goers. In short, this artist’s multidisciplinary work is frantic, dizzying, eclectic… beautiful."

Marc Séguin "La foi du collectionneur"

February 26, 2013 - Traveling Exhibition - Andréanne Roy

"indicating an interest in the sacred and the political, Marc Séguin exposes and magnifies certain events and players in our contemporary history in representations where seduction and repulsion meet. This expressive power is made by an invoice combining schematic layout, photo-realistic and gestural marks in compositions marked by an economy of means, including color."

Liao Yibai’s “Fake Leica” featured in Focus Magazine

February 5, 2013

Liao Yibai’s giant, stainless steel sculpture “Fake Leica” is featured in Focus Magazine! Here is Leica President, Andreas Kaufmann posing with the sculpture. Congrats to Yibai!

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Artist in Review: Thrush Holmes

February 5, 2013 - Tara Noelle, Notable

"Recently moving away from his sought-after gallery and studio space – Thrush Holmes Empire – this modest and honest artist picked up his very public space and moved himself over to a more reclusive area of King East, in which I was able to hunt him down to see what he was up to and what post-Thrush Holmes Empire looked like."

PLANET ART: Our International Editors' Favorite Artworks of January 2013, featuring Marc Séguin

January 28, 2013 - Sky Goodden, Blouin Artinfo

"Canadian artist Marc Seguin has been enjoying an international career for several years now, partly due to the notable fact that he mixes paint with human ash. One such painting is on view at Arsenal's vast location, where Seguin’s opus competes for space with other heroically scaled mixed-media works (such as painting by Anselm Keifer). “Ruin Angels” (2010) stands out for its pictorially distorted depiction of a bombed-out church — its realist image nevertheless seems to evoke failing memory — as well as the angels that Seguin has crudely traced on the surface with white paint, which hover like floating outlines from the bodies below."

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Gutheil's Paintings Are About to Lose It

January 19, 2013 - Danny Olde, Beautiful/Decay

"The work of Stefanie Gutheil is a wonderful mess.  Her current exhibit at the Mike Weiss gallery has the atmosphere of the precise moment a party becomes a riot.  Gutheil’s paintings incorporate fleshy globs of oil and acrylic paint, fabric, glitter, hair, and fur. The seemingly turbid materials match the paintings’ libidinous subject matter.  Even some of the paintings frames  only seem to exist in order to be defied."

Stefanie Gutheil: Die Beobachter at Mike Weiss Gallery

January 12, 2013 - Arte Fuse

"Flowing over and out of their gilded frames’ physical limits, these three-dimensional paintings capture grotesque scenes with animals, half-human figures and invented beasts that represent Gutheil’s continued exploration of excess, exaggeration, chaos, and figurative painting."

Séguin at Arsenal Contemporary in Toronto

November 29, 2012 - Jan 31, 2013

The five international artists included in this exhibition share a profound interest in the life and movement that spring from absence and desolation. Anselm Kiefer’s desolate landscape, Paterson Ewen’s spinning galaxy, Ugo Rondinone’s forever-dark light bulb, Marc Seguin’s ruins and Allison Schulnik’s destitute characters all become promises of a new life to come. From darkness emerges true matter.

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Art in Station Architecture: "Like Water" featuring Liao Yibai

November 13, 2012 - MTR, Hong Kong, China

"Internationally-recognised Chinese artist Mr Liao Yibai obtained inspiration for "Like Water" from the thinking of the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu. The piece was created using complex techniques, employing Western relief and traditional Chinese woodcarving methods to render cold, rigid stainless steel into the shapeless softness of water. The child at the centre represents the inherent goodness of people."

A Global Patchwork, featuring Tom Fruin

November 9, 2012 - MVD, Plaza Magazine

"I'm finding it's interesting to work in a 1:1 scale. My previous works always gave the viewer the full power; this series are immersive and works on a more human and worldly plane"- Tom Fruin

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Adalbertstr. 9 + – Muscle Temple Painting Society exhibition featuring Stefanie Gutheil

November 2, 2012 - Helsinki Contemporary

"Adalbertstr. 9 +  – Muscle Temple Painting Society is a very physical exhibition, focusing on our experience of being there, and being with the paintings. It consists of a group of paintings that both make and shape the space they are in. They create and generate confrontations and connections. These are not paintings as objects, but as processes of becoming – of becoming a place. These are works that shout at us. They challenge us, but they also caress us. They look back at us, and throw us off balance."

Real Moments for Yibai Show “Made in China”

October 25, 2012 - Oscar A. Laluyan, Arte Fuse

"When you think of the label “Made in China” you immediately picture the scores of products being imported into the United States and the sketchy quality equated with that label. To dispel that connotation, Mike Weiss Gallery is putting on the haute quality glitz and glamour for the third solo show of Chinese artist, Liao Yibai."

Liao Yibai Rewrites Chinese History with Bling

October 25, 2012 - Animal New York - Lily Streeter

"Many of the works are replications of vases and heirlooms dating back to the Ming, Qing and Yuan dynasties. Yibai then gives them a clever modern twist by adding details like nuclear clouds, swine flu viruses and acid rain."

Liao Yibai "MADE IN CHINA"

October 18, 2012 - NY Art Beat

"In China, the making of fake antiques is a thriving, profitable industry and has been since ancient times. Artist Liao Yibai calls it a 'glorious' tradition, his designation double-edged. The counterfeiters have mastered numerous techniques to simulate age, among which are the use of smoke, chemicals and chalk. Often, they bury the newly made objects in the ground to accelerate the seasoning process and, even more persuasively, they might construct tombs for these putative antiques to give them a provenance."

Tom Fruin, Watertower, Brooklyn

October 12, 2012 - Elena Goukassian, Sculpture

"Perched atop a building that houses the artist's studio, Tom Friun's Watertower presents an aestheticized version of the water towers that have graced the rooftops of New York apartment buildings since the 19th century."

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Marc Séguin, "My Century (An Illustrated Guide for Aliens)"

October 6, 2012 - Time Out New York

"This Canadian artist, who divides his time between New York and Montreal, creates photorealist canvases in oil and charcoal, shot through with political sentiments from the Occupy Wall Street side of the spectrum. He also enlivens his composition with such odd materials as feathers, plastic diamonds and coyote skins."

Marc Séguin: The art of pushing

September 21, 2012 - Josée Lapointe, La Presse

"Star of contemporary Québec art, Marc Séguin publishes his second novel this fall, Hollywood, having surprised everyone there two years with Faith poacher - Finalist Award booksellers and literary prize winner of college students. 'But I did not decide to write, I want to say at the outset. This was not particularly my career plan.'"

Marc Séguin’s Darkly Humorous Oil Paintings at Mike Weiss Gallery

September 21, 2012 - Beautiful / Decay - Aaron Berger

"Touching on themes of the politically backwards, the environmentally compromised and the socially divided, Séguin’s “Illustrated Guide for Aliens” reveals deeper truths about the nature of humanity through images that are not only thought provoking but beautifully elegiac."

Art We Love – Thrush Holmes

September 19, 2012 - Art Condos

The lyrically named Thrush Holmes (yes, it’s his real name!) is not what you’d call a repressed painter. This gigantic work–about as big as a Still Life painting ever gets–is 84″ x 180,” and is emblazoned with the artist’s trademark neon.

Marc Séguin - Hollywood Tragedy

September 15, 2012 - Catherine Lalonde, Le Devoir

"These movies are always like a big train coming at you, a big train pocket, not credible. The novel plays with it, with the shots, that's why it's called Hollywood. Hey, I have friends who go to see Hollywood films and come back by telling me they grasp something. Come on! This is not where you grasp something in life, it's not where it happens! I wanted to play with the big elephant here: I can not do more for you to delude the patent, to rejoin the snapshot to destabilize you."- Marc Séguin

The American dream of Marc Séguin

September 13, 2012 - Yves Schaëffner, La Presse

"Obviously, Marc Séguin is well aware that much of the art collectors are precisely clutches of finance, and agrees that it has a paradoxical relationship with this community. 'I like to think that even if one of my works are found in the apartment of a banker, other people will have seen it before. And I also like the idea that the work is a bit like a Trojan horse,' he said."

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Water Colors, featuring Tom Fruin

August 15, 2012 - Mackenzie Schmidt, Architectural Digest

"The spire of the Empire State Building. The peaked arches of the Brooklyn Bridge. The rooftop water tower. For New Yorkers, all three are synonymous with the city’s skyline. But the water tower, that humble relic from a bygone era when any building over six stories was required to have one, just received a redesign."

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Transformed Landscape, featuring Tom Fruin

July 13, 2012 - Casa Vogue Brazil

"A structure has been attracting glances in Brooklyn [...] The installation - which follows until June 2013 - and lit from within in a dynamic light show with programmed for full hours and midnight special threads."

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Up on the Roof: Sculptor Tom Fruin turns the humble water tank into art for the DUMBO skyline

June 12, 2012 - Lore Croghan, New York Daily News

"It’s a sculptor’s take on the 19th-Century-style wooden barrels used to store water on thousands of New York City roofs. 'For me, they’re a real symbol of the city,' said artist Tom Fruin, 37, who created the patchwork-patterned eye candy atop 20 Jay St.

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The Latest Vibe Moved to Brooklyn

June 7, 2012 - Holland Cotter, The New York Times

"The Jefferson Street stop is the jumping-off point for another set of galleries, which are fewer and farther apart. The Active Space, in a former factory, is a white box with hardwood floors, like SoHo of yesteryear. Large, brushy paintings by Deborah Brown, each a kind of sci-fi image of Bushwick’s salvage yards and low-rise shops, look great here." 

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Tom Fruin featured on Designboom

June 5, 2012 - Erika Kim

"‘kolonihavehus’ by new york-based artist tom fruin in collaboration with coreact is an outdoor
sculpture consisting of a thousand pieces of found plexiglass. located in the open riverfront plaza of the royal danish library in copenhagen, denmark, the installation largely resembles the form of a simple house clad in a vibrant and complex skin of plexiglass squares and steel framing, offering a visual and lighting effect close to a stained glass window."

THRUSH BYRON KEATS HOLMES: Artist in bloom

May 27, 2012 - Katie Nanton, NUVO Magazine

"Life can be as flashy and grandiose as it wants, but sometimes it takes no more than a rustic cabin on the edge of a bay to form the basis of artistic pursuits. That is precisely what set the tone for Toronto-based artist Thrush Holmes’s creativity."

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Art's fun in the sun! Dumbo: "Watertower" featuring Tom Fruin

May 23, 2012 - Jennifer Caesar, New York Post

"'Living in New York, I am always looking for a sense of a neighborhood based on the
detritus left behind,' says Fruin, 38, who lives and works in Brooklyn. 'Things that
are overlooked or discarded — drug bags, wrappers, trash — I have used to make my
art. Here, I took an overlooked icon — the water tower — and used disparate parts, in
this case, scraps of salvaged plexiglass, to make a whole.'"


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Liao Yibai: Supersized Fakes and Cold War Artifacts

May 18, 2012 - May 18-September 15, 2012, Fort Collins Museum of Art

"Chinese artist Liao Yibai explores the current surfeit of fake brands in Chinese culture and the artifacts of Chinese Cold War culture in this exhibition drawn from the collection of Dr. Wayne F. Yakes.  In works dating from 2009-2010, the artist’s fascination with consumer culture, as well as his vivid dreams/memories of growing up Cold War China, can be seen in his oversized, gleaming, hand-welded stainless-steel sculptures of missiles, hamburgers, aircraft carriers and cell phones."

Supersized sculpture in steel Liao Yibai exhibit coming to Fort Collins Museum of Art May 18

May 10, 2012 - Anne Schimke, Reporter Herald

"This type of gleaming, larger-than-life art is typical of the Chinese sculptor's work, which will be on display at the Fort Collins Museum of Art from May 18-Sept. 15. The exhibit, which features 23 sculptures as well as some drawings, is titled "Supersized Fakes and Cold War Artifacts.' It takes its name from two spheres of Yibai's artistic exploration."

Interview: Jerry Kearns

April 17, 2012 - Tiernan Morgan, The Bam Bam Blog

"Over time, once isolated images morph or collage in our consciousness and form a kind of gestalt. In building the composite, we construct ways of seeing and interpreting reality. In paintings, I suggest that possibility by overlapping and morphing imagery. I collage so the viewer can see different notions of an idea at the same time. Collage is a visual 'theory of relavitity.'"

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Space, Play, Form, and Distortion, featuring Michael Zelehoski

February 8, 2012 - Don Elder, Hyperallergic

"Zelehoski has made conceptually and materialistically complex art objects that encourage dialogue on the blurred border between two and three-dimensions. This may be an old topic in art history, but in contemporary media it’s all the buzz. With the rise of 3D cinema and 3D TV there has been a strong push in popular culture for a certain level of realism in our media — this desire for realness doesn’t feel much different from the early Modernist ideals of purity in painting and sculpture."

Objects that portray themselves? The Daily Pic: Michael Zelehoski uses floorboards as pictures of floorboards

January 24, 2012 - Blake Gopnik, The Daily Beast

"At first, his pieces can have some of the special-effects feel of trompe l'oeil and optical illusions. But then they attain an almost philosophical heft: The floor plans in 'Suspension Boards' become images of the planks that they are, blurring boundaries between the real and the pictured"

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Must-See Arts in the City, featuring Michael Zelehoski

January 11, 2012 - Carolina A. Miranda, WNYC

Michael Zelehoski, Secondary Structures, at Dodge Gallery Zelehoski disassembles the common wood pallet and turns it into a tool for mind-bendy optical illusions. From a distance, one of his wall pieces might look like a standard-issue rectangular prism — but move in closer and you’ll discover that the geometry is all an illusion, the result of some very well-placed lines. There are drawings and paintings, too — all of which show a keen interest in the humblest of industrial materials.

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Art We Love: About the River by Thrush Holmes

November 11, 2011 - Art Condos

"When a relatively unknown, soft-spoken, 26 year old artist with the lyrical name of Thrush Holmes (his full name is Thrush Keats Byron Holmes) came from what appeared to be out of nowhere (actually out of Welland, Ontario) in January of 2007, and suddenly set himself up in a gigantic, 3100 Square foot gallery and studio space at Queen and Dovercourt (just one block from the Art Condos building) modestly called Thrush Holmes Empire, there was a good deal of blowback."

Holmes interview with Gary Michael Dault

November 11, 2011 - Gary Michael Dault, Art Condos

Gary Michael Dault's video interview with Thrush Holmes about his recent foray into still life painting, albeit with his own twist.

350kg Stainless Steel "Fake Leicas" Aren't Fooling Anybody, featuring Liao Yibai

October 25, 2011 - Andrew Tarantola, Gizmodo

"Chinese artist, Liao Yibai, designed and built these sculptures from a combination of wood, wire, and clay for the underlying shape, then plated them in stainless-steel. Only three copies exist; one at the Foto Henny Hoogeveen Leica store in Lisse, the Netherlands, one at Leica Camera AG headquarters, and a third in the possession of a Leica distributor."

Giant Stainless Steel Leica Weighs 770lb, featuring Liao Yibai

October 24, 2011 - Michael Zhang, Peta Pixal

"Step into the Foto Henny Hoogeveen Leica store in Lisse, the Netherlands, and you’ll be greeted by a giant stainless steel Leica camera that weighs a whopping 350kg (~772lb). The sculpture was crafted by Chinese artist Liao Yibai, and there are only three of them in existence. Besides the one found in the shop, the other two are owned by Leica itself and a distributor. The camera isn’t based on any one model, but is instead a hodgepodge of features found on the M6, M7, and M9."

Stefanie Gutheil: Dreckige Katze

September 30, 2011 - Janice Pena, Madame J on Art

"Stefanie Gutheil's second show at Mike Weiss Gallery titled Dreckige Katze currently on view til October 8th is a surrealist marvel; Dreckige Katze literal translation is 'dirty, raunchy cat.'Stefanie's artwork is grotesque while still engaging; there is so much subject matter that her works keep my mind and eyes busy for hours.

Thrush Holmes' reign on West Queen West set to end

September 27, 2011 - Derek Flack, BlogTO

"Presented in a new environment, Holmes’ work is allowed to stand on its own, unburdened by the personal narrative that sustained the Empire since its inception. As a result, the show has an air of the refreshing and new, much like it did when the artist’s arrived on the Toronto art scene."

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Puking at Mike Weiss Gallery, featuring Stefanie Gutheil

September 9, 2011 - Emily Colucci, Hyperallergic

"Filled with giant paintings of animals vomiting rainbows, the only phrase I can think of to describe German artist Stefanie Gutheil’s Dreckige Katze at the Mike Weiss Gallery is 'technicolor puke.' But the show, which resembles Hieronymus Bosch on a bad acid trip, was anything but boring."

Points of View: Selections from Seven Colorado Collections, featuring Liao Yibai

September 8, 2011 - At CU Art Museum September 8 - December 17, 2011

"The exhibition features traditional Chinese scrolls, as well as modern and contemporary art from Russia, China, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.   Artists on view include Luis Cruz Azaceta, Herbert Bayer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Genia Chef, Lesley Dill, Laura Gilpin, Ilya Kabakov, Komar and Melamid, Wifredo Lam, Liao Yibai, Luo Brothers, Paul Outerbridge, Pu Jin, Oscar Rabine, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Sheng Qi, Yinka Shonibare, Frank Stella, Walasse Ting, Wei Rong, Zao Wou-Ki, and many other noted artists."

Stefanie Gutheil

July 27, 2011 - NY Arts Magazine

“Of her Sisyphean, never-ending renderings of space she says, 'The architecture is impossible. The things you keep down in the cellar; the side of you that you don’t want anyone to know about. This is my shit, but everyone has it.'”

Review: "The House Without the Door" featuring Michael Brown

July 22, 2011 - Merrily Kerr, Time Out New York

"Even a cheery painting of a beach house by Maureen Gallace turns suspiciously, unbelievably idealized in this context, while a whimsical paintbrush by Michael Brown, its handle crafted from melted Neil Young records, seems primed for a cover-up."  

Imaginary Enemy, featuring Liao Yibai

July 19, 2011 - Alexander Street Press

The Chinese sculptor and painter Liao Yibai recounts his life as he prepares for his first solo show in America. His mother went into labor while standing at her place in a top-secret missile factory.

SEEN: Tom Fruin adds kaleidoscopic watertower to Brooklyn skyline

July 16, 2011 - Grace Duggan, Urban Glass

“When surveying the rooftops, the towers are always present but never celebrated as part of the skyline. There is something very humbling about these towers. I wanted to draw attention to and celebrate them as an omnipresent component of our city and our lives.”

-Tom Fruin

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Scene Shapers: Berlin Artist Stefanie Gutheil Loves Monsters

July 15, 2011 - Susie G, Style Caster

"Based out of East Berlin, Gutheil is an artist whose body of work centers around her manifestations of large canvas paintings and sculptures that integrate traditional materials such as oil and arcylic paints with mixed media. Documenting her daily interactions and observations of people from all walks of life, she transforms the characters she meets into cartoonish creatures."

Thrush Holmes, Artist Interview

July 10, 2011 - 1968 Magazine

Thrush Holmes is a self-taught Toronto-based artist, who at 29, has exhibited throughout Canada and the US, and has been placed among Canada’s top-selling living artists.

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Quebec artist [Marc Séguin] makes a statement with human ashes

June 14, 2011 - Andrew Chung, The Star

"You could say Marc Seguin has a twisted mind. He’s written a story for an upcoming cookbook in which the last survivor on earth eats herself to death, and, perhaps in a nod to Orwell’s Animal Farm, is consumed by pigs who create their own world. The artist is also fond of using dead animals and road kill in his paintings, their fur and feathers front and centre on the canvas. Now, with his international star rapidly rising, particularly in New York, Seguin is turning heads with the most recent material on his palette: human ashes."

Séguin is participating in the group show Palais des Arts et du Festival in Dinard, France

June 11, 2011 - September 11, 2011

"The artist deal with bullies, and exhibtion on the relationship between art and the power, bringing together the biggest names in contemporary art history but also new figures of creation.

Baised on the novel 1984 by George Orwell, Big Brother shows the balance of power between the artist and the tyrant, who engage in a face to face mirror reversed: the artist as the tyrant is both the observer and that which is observed." 

Bas van den Hurk & Harm van den Dorpel

June 11, 2011 - Jenny Cusack, Dazed Digital

The two Dutch artists set their sights set on transcribing the context of a fluctuating and cut-copy age with the collaborative installation 'You’re so Beautiful, and so on.... and so on.... and so on....'

And Death Shall Have No Dominion, featuring Marc Séguin

June 1, 2011 - Bruse Helander, Art Economist

"The visual content in Marc Seguin's extraordinary paintings is saturated with provacative irony that deals primarily with life adn death. But he also explores the ironies of destruction and rebirth, faith, and fiction, murder and mayhem, safety and danger, injustice and poetic justice, coupled with the idiosyncratic complexities of being human"

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The denunciations of Marc Séguin

April 23, 2011 - Annie Cohen-Solal, Le Devoir

"Failures, exposes Marc Séguin, contrasts with those that we see these days in Chelsea. I was immediately hooked by a force, an irony, a social critic who take no detour. By dating the paintings of unexpected characters, but from our collective memory, first of all, thrown together and forced to meet in a potpourri salutary: Lee Harvey Oswald, a pope, Roman Abramovic, a stuffed raven, general Nazis, Julian Assange, St. Teresa of Avila. For a world in black and white, then with red daubs, the voice of the artist, as so many reports of unacceptable scandals: a devastated church, a confessional, a concentration camp abandoned. By the incongruity of the media used, finally: tar, coal, ash, huge skull in white feathers, retouched photos, bird pinned to the canvas, map of military attack. The tragic humor and gothic irony emerge and seem to scream: Welcome to the world of Marc Séguin!"

Marc Séguin @ Mike Weiss

April 1, 2011 - Robert C. Morgan, Whitehot Magazine

"Marc Séguin is a Canadian artist, a neo-conceptualist in whose work broken narratives culled from hypermedia are mercurially distended through a non-serialized pageantry of deceptively layered paintings. Take Sainte-Therese (2010), an image built through oil, charcoal, and ash over canvas in the matter of an abrupt deconstruction. Abrupt? Stare away, you mongrels! Observe closely the nostrils engraved within the red head of a stick figure man. What do you see?" 

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Marc Séguin at Mike Weiss Gallery

March 28, 2011 - Reid, Hard-To-Reach

"With kiddy criss-crosses and bulky globs of paint, Marc Séguin's style is individualistic, expressive, and understated. This is particularly true for his portrait of Pope John Paul II (Prayers, 2011), in which the edge of the subject's zucchetto seems to fade weightlessly into a canvas left completely blank."

Going Dutch

February 22, 2011 - Quinn Latimer, Art Forum

At the fair the next day I ran into Liste director Peter Blaeuer at Christina Wilson’s booth (filled with excellent works by Vanessa Billy and Alicja Kwade), and Sarah McCrory, Frieze Projects curator, at Rob Tufnell’s space. Though collectors such as Jean Bernard and Erika Hoffmann were present, the fair was quiet, a reprieve before the night ahead, which included a stop at Duende, where the show “Beside Itself” played Minimalist sculpture by Martijn Hendriks against Minimalist painting by Bas van den Hurk. A lovely pairing, but I hurried off in the downpour to the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen to meet critic Vivian Rehbergand Dutch artist Gabriel Lester, whose opening had brought in the masses.

Tom Fruin's Outdoor Sculpture - Kolonihavehus

January 6, 2011 - Bill Tikos, The Cool Hunter

"New York artist Tom Fruin's outdoor sculpture Kolonihavehus in the plaza of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen has the appearance of a friendly and colorful stained-glass house, yet it also evokes thoughts of churches and Charles Rennie Macintosh"

Isaac Bearman shoot featuring Liao Yibai sculptures

December 1, 2010 - Surface Magazine

"Liao Yibai contributing artist: Taking inspirational cues from 'Real Fake,' his fall 2010 exhibition at New York's Mike Weiss Gallery, this Chonging, China, native blurred the lines of reality to create several luxurious-looking stainless-steel sculptures for Isaac Bearman's AVG contribution – a shoot, says Tibai, that brought his artwork to life.  'I feel my 'fake' became 'real' when the real model stood with each sculpture,' he says."

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Koen Delaere at Instituto Buena Bista

October 25, 2010 - Instituto Buena Bista

"During the course of his stay at the IBB artist Koen Delaere also did a project with the IBB students. They were to make a cooperative mural on the walls of the institute. Here they were allowed to use non conventional techniques like applying paint using random objects or body parts of the painter. They were also to experiment with different paces of working. Eventually they also had to experiment with their pace, colors and learning to work abstractly instead of the figurative they have been used to up until this point."

October 2010, Liao Yibai @ Mike Weiss and ATM Galleries

October 1, 2010 - Robert C. Morgan, Whitehot Magazine

"The ironic side of contemporary Chinese Art is currently divided between two 24th Street Galleries in West Chelsea. The artist Liao Yibai adores stainless steel, which he employs in the design and fabrication of his sculptures. Like Jeff Koons, he selects mundane and banal items from the everyday world of commerce – men’s wristwatches, women’s high heels, lipstick, and handbags – and projects them larger than life, giving them a sense of absurd, yet delectable seductiveness."

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Michael Zelehoski, "Objecthood"

September 20, 2010 - Paul Laster, Time Out New York

"Captured in a minimalist, woodworked maze, Chair, along with the rest of Zelehoski's utilitarian subjects, has been rescued from the junk pile and transformed into a marvelous work of art. [Michael Zelehoski is] a master craftsman [who] deconstructs found objects made from wood and reassembles them on flat planes, to reference both the real world and the realm of artistic illusion. Collapsing such three-dimensional items as furniture, boxes and pallets into two-dimensional pictures, [Zelehoski] creates a new perspective for viewing everyday things."

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Liao Yibai: Real Fake / Mike Weiss Gallery, New York

September 16, 2010 - Video by Vernissage TV

Mike Weiss Gallery and ATM gallery currently present new works by Chinese artist Liao Yibai. 

Portfolio, featuring Liao Yibai

September 10, 2010 - Modern Painters

“'Why do people want to cheat one another? I get very angry about the fakes,' says Liao Yibai, whose second solo show at New York’s Mike Weiss Gallery, 'The Real Fake,' is on view from September 10 through October 30."

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On the Cover: Liao Yibai 'Real Fake'

September 1, 2010 - Gallery Guide

"As seen in the 'Rolls Phillipe' watch, yibai references ancient chinese craftsmen using emblems of clouds and water instead of embellishing the sculpture with faux diamonds and gold as the “fake makers” would." 

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My Vote for Next Great Artist: Michael Zelehoski

September 1, 2010 - Steven Mesler, The Huffington Post

"These aren't endless collections of the ordinary assembled into something else ordinary. Instead he re-purposes, transforms, flattens those everyday objects that blurr into our background, making them new lessons in perspective- both conceptual and literal. Wandering over his panels, you have the impression that these chairs, ladders, and stools were all made, used, and discarded for the sole purpose of providing Michael with material."

Stefanie Gutheil: Contemporary Bestiary

June 1, 2010 - Leonie Schilling, Arte Limite

"The work of this artist brings together what is grotesque and naive; through her colourful and experimental paintings, she reflects the pressures and issues of identity that today's society must face."

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New York: Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss Gallery

June 1, 2010 - Jonathan Goodman, Sculpture

"'Imaginary Enemy,' the title of his recent exhibition, points out the dangerous absurdity of ideological battle. Yibai was brought up in a world marked by mistrust and technological aggression. His stainless steel sculptures comically refer to American hamburgers or boxing matches [...] but the message remains clear: Yibais whimsical referenes originate in waring notions of governments and economies."

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International Review: Stefanie Gutheil

June 1, 2010 - Stephen Maine, Art In America

"At age 30, the Berlin painter Stefanie Gutheil may not know, or care, that once upon a time Willem de Kooning said that flesh is the reason oil painting was invented. As Gutheil demonstrated in her New York solo debut (and first solo outside of Germany), pigmented grease also lends itself nicely to shit, sputum and vomit. Her exhibition was titled 'Kopftheater' (roughly 'theater of the mind'), and the 19 canvases (2009) [...] presented a bizarre demimonde that is equal parts memory and nightmare." 

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Michael Zelehoski: Everyday objects flattened into 2-D art question the relationship between form and function

May 26, 2010 - Evan Orensten, Cool Hunting

"With the eye of sculptor, Michael Zelehoski breaks down and reassembles everyday objects into two-dimensional works—like pieces of a puzzle—that challenge perspective. His mixed-media picture planes of chairs, ladders and tables incorporate recognizable remnants of these items, creating eerie spatial illusions of structure."

Marc Séguin "Comedy and Tragedy" at Marcello Marvelli Gallery

April 8, 2010 - May 10, 2010 curated by David Hunt

Michael Zelehoski: Fresh Vision

April 1, 2010 - Keith Shaw, Artscope

"It's a testimony to Zelehoski's searching intellect and creative thirst that he abandoned this deep well and moved on. 'I became fascinated with surfaces... saturated with meaning and history by the passage of time,' he explained. This fascination manifests itself in his current oeuvre: tour-de-force reconfigurations of furniture and crates."

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Michael Zelehoski: Objecthood

April 1, 2010 - Christina Ray, dwell

"Zelehoski's work draws on Modernist explorations of spatial perception and representation, minimalism, and also psychgeography--the idea that experiences are shaped through interactions with the physical world."

"I Love You" at Aros Kunstmuseum featuring Liao Yibai

March 27, 2010 - Pernille Taagaard Dinesen and Lise Mortensen, Aros Kunstmuseum

"For the first time ever, a Danish art museum investigates the multi-faceted nuances of love. Set against three kilometres of textiles, the ‘I LOVE YOU’ exhibition is a powerful sensual and aesthetic journey into the world of love, featuring the work of 39 international artists, including Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Nan Goldin, Barbara Kruger, Pipilotti Rist and Rebecca Horn."

Come to the Cabaret: A German Artist's Colorful Menagerie, featuring Stefanie Gutheil

January 30, 2010 - Marisa Bartolucci, Modern Painters

"'The paintings are the stories of my life,' Gutheil says. 'What happens every day.' The figures of the rabbit, the fish, and the fly are people in disguise, and those characters with big noses and ears represent the false faces Gutheil sees on people at parties. The imagery she borrowed from the allegorical masks worn by actors [...] 'They are the monsters we all have inside of us,' she says."

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Stefanie Gutheil - Kopftheater

January 25, 2010 - Scott Lickstein, Now Here Limited

"Gutheil draws inspiration from this new spirit of independence. The people she sees and meets are all part of the world that she exaggerates to canvas. This volition extends beyond the content of the work into unusual choices in medium. Found textiles, aluminum foil and spray paint converge to advance the artist’s insubordinate views."

Stefanie Gutheil: Kopftheater

January 13, 2010 - Seth Curcio, Daily Serving

"The playfully grotesque characters found in Berlin-based artist Stefanie Gutheil‘s paintings act out scenes from her daily life. Many of the subjects in her paintings are directly based on artists, musicians, dancers and poets that live and work in Berlin, alongside the artist.[...] Her studio, which is centrally located near much of the city's nightlife, has provided the artist with fertile ground for artistic inspiration, exposing her to some of Berlin's most eccentric individuals."

Virginia Martinsen

December 1, 2009 - Charles Ruas, ARTnews

"Virginia Martinsen's first solo exhibition was an ambitious, highly intellectual revisiting of Abstract Expressionism."

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Best in Show: New Action Hero

October 7, 2009 - Robert Shuster, The Village Voice

"The work is elegant and haunting, a combination of brooding darkness, watercolor-like delicacy, and powerful movement."

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Liao Yibai, Mike Weiss

October 1, 2009 - Robert Ayers, ARTnews

"The last decade has seen the emergence of a roster of artists who grew up in Communist China and devoted their art to personal takes on relationships between West and East as they were intrpreted by the Communist regime. Very few of them, however, had anything like Liao Yibai's experiences on which to draw."

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Michael Brown, Yvon Lambert

September 1, 2009 - David Frankel, Artforum

"What does Dylan share with a desk chair, the viewer wondered, and turned back to the chelist, to find, as the medium, 'plastic (Bob Dylan records), found object chair.' The mop, similarly: 'plastic (Aretha Franklin records), mop head.' Most of us some time ago found our LPs replaced by CDs, and then had to decide what to do with our old vinyl. Brown's choice is drastic: He has melted it down adn recast it as objects of use."

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Exhibition Reviews: Liao Yibai at Mike Weiss Gallery

July 1, 2009 - Robert C. Morgan, World Sculpture News

"In his first exhibition in New York Liao presented a series of stainless-steel sculptures representing his fantasies of the cold war in an exhibition entitled Imaginary Enemy. Each of the works relies on the artist's childhood memories to recall images that came into his mind as he fantasized about America and as he questioned the patriotic symbols that pervaded the urban environments of the Motherland."

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Weekend Update, Featuring Michael Brown

June 8, 2009 - Walter Robinson, Artnet

"Around the corner at Yvon Lambert, the front gallery contains several humble objects by a young artist named Michael Brown -- a couple of office chairs, a dustpan, a pair of brooms, a standing rotary fan, a mop and bucket. It turns out that everything is made of black vinyl, that is, records, which the artist heats up and then molds into the everyday shapes." 

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Liao Yibai at Mike Weiss, NYC (May 2009)

May 13, 2009 - Marcelo Flaibani

Video tour of Imaginary Enemy

The Fantasies of a Cold War Child, featuring Liao Yibai

May 7, 2009 - Dan Levin, The New York Times

"Liao Yibai grinned into the polished depths of one of his stainless steel sculptures and watched his impish reflection throb and swim up at him like a mad alter-ego. Then Mr Liao, 38, began to divulge the tale of his youth, one that sounded more like the prologue to a superhero's life of caped crime-fighting than an anxious Chinese contemporary artist who now spends his days dressed in a smock."

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"Quiet Politics," Zwirner & Wirth, featuring Michael Brown

November 1, 2008 - Lauren O'Neill-Butler, Artforum

"Up first was a work by the young artist Michael Brown that features a large stainless-steel mirror with a spiderweb of cracks radiating from the center, as if it had been punched [...], but the ffect is more punk than political."

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Art in Review: Michael Brown

July 25, 2008 - Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times

"In his first solo show, 'The People's Playground,' Michael Brown claims a little piece of [...] Coney Island's slightly seedy, utterly democratic history by transforming it into a temple of minimalism."

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Art in Review: Some Shows for Escape. Some for Introspection, featuring Michael Brown

July 4, 2008 - Ken Johnson, The New York Times

"Michael Brown's stainless-steel simulation of a cracked mirror freezes an act of anarchic rage into a lovely, spidery web."

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Big Debut: Artist Michael Brown opens up his first-ever show at Yvon Lambert. Not bad for a 26 year old.

June 23, 2008 - Simon Castets, V Magazine

"'The People's Playground' introduces Brown's attempts to capture a banal instant of his hometown's fast-changing history through an expansive aluminum cast of the Coney Island beach, reproduced to the last cigarette butt or footprint. Brown's interest, in his own words, lies in the tension between what can and cannot be kept of 'a moment of history.'" 

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Marc Séguin Rackroom Interview

November 21, 2007 - Hong-An Truong, Art Slant

"The only way I understand it is that the paint comes in like a lightning strike. I have a lot of respect for that medium. I’m color-blind, so I’ve never been very comfortable with colors. I’m not a good colorist. So that’s why I do more black and white, relying on charcoal drawings. But you know the paint changes everything. The slightest little dot or spot can transform the whole painting, the whole surface into something else. I like to have the biggest effect with the smallest means, using just a little thing. Just like one word that can change an entire room [...]"

- Marc Séguin

Tom Fruin's bad habits: Looking for beauty in the detritus of drug culture

July 11, 2006 - Greg Cook, The Phoenix

"Tom Fruin noticed the postage-stamp-sized plastic baggies in front of his apartment building not long after his move to New York’s Lower East Side, in 1996. The bags had packaged drugs, he realized, but back in Los Angeles, where he grew up, he’d never noticed bags of such colors and patterns and tiny size. They were secrets hidden in plain sight. 'I was just wasting so much time looking at them that I started picking them up.' [...] Finally he struck on the idea of stitching them together like patchwork quilts"

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Tom Fruin: One Man's Treasure

July 6, 2006 - Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe

"The quilts are strangely beautiful, with a familiar homespun sweetness that's unnerving once you find out what the material is. The colored, patterened, and clear bags are arranged to map out the specific city blocks where Fruin found them. He's cleverly conflating two kinds of comfort - that of the cozy quilt and the more dangerous comfort of heroin or crack."

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Prescription for Success, featuring Tom Fruin

November 11, 2004 - Michael Paglia, Westword

"There are two remarkable wall hangings made of found materials by Tom Fruin [...] In 'Vial Piece,' Fruin sewed and tied together, among other things, the little plastic envelopes and vials that crack cocaine is sold in, gathering the material for the work on the streets of his neighborhood. [...] In addition to being beautiful, the two Fruins use the illegal drug culture as a way to explicate the current urban environment."

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The Doorman Cometh; Dumbo's Fast Switch From Artists' Lofts to Luxury Apartments, featuring Tom Fruin

June 29, 2004 - Jesse McKinley, New York Times

"All through the building's 12 stories lay mounds of discarded art materials and other detritus: torn canvases and broken computers, piles of plywood and the twisted metal of electrical conduit, art books and power tools. Fliers for moving sales were hung here and there, as were bits of memories; on the third floor, for example, Tom Fruin, a rising young visual artist, pointed out a 30-foot-long mural, painted for his girlfriend. 'She didn't have a view,' he said, 'so I painted her one.'"

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Tom Fruin

May 2, 2004 - Meredith Mendelsohn, Art News

"Tom Fruin's meticulously crafted works could be a loving tribute to his materials - liquor and illicit-drug packaging - or a means for condemning them. Either way, what's clear is that even the most abject remnants scraped off the floor of a filthy bar can be transformed into compelling, even esthetically pleasing art."

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Tom Fruin, Mike Weiss Gallery

March 2, 2004 - Gae Savannah, Flash Art

"Utliizing icons of quick-fix culture, Tom Fruin sucks viewers into a backroom of cheap highs and instant bliss. With visual-verbal puns, Fruin's phallic Heiney Girl Bottles divulge latent sex behind the Heineken's pedigreed ribbon and star label."

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Tom Fruin- "Starfucker"

February 18, 2004 - Andrew Paine Bradbury, Free Williamsburg

"Fruin's first major show, at Stefan Stux in 2002, caused quite a stir. The show 'Cultural Narcotics' consisted of several tapestries that resembled quilts that were made from discarded drug bags sewn together. The quilts, quite aesthetically beautiful and abstract from afar, more macabre on closer inspection, were named after the neighborhoods that Fruin found the bags in."

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Rehashing the Grid, Or How to Make An Urban Quilt, featuring Tom Fruin

September 18, 2003 - Ramsey McGlazer, Museo 6

"Tom Fruin builds narratives out of what is 'already there,' unacknowledged, soon forgotten, and—incidentally—free. And he aims to accomplish all of this simply by sewing his newly acquired square bags together, straightforwardly and more or less arbitrarily, in a sort of unanchored appliqué. Sometimes he groups them according to logo or color, sometimes not."

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Artist's Pick: Mark Kostabi on Tom Fruin

April 28, 2002 - Mark Kostabi, Shout

"Technically, Tom Fruin is guilty of possession. Pot, heroin, cocaine - anything that comes in those miniature Ziploc baggies. [...] Some of [his] heroin, pot and cocaine baggies, delicately stitched together to form ironic, translucent quilts, still contain residues of the illegal stuff. So far he hasn't been arrest."

The Faces of New York, featuring Tom Fruin

April 22, 2002 - Yvette Lenhart, Dumbo Newsletter

As a young boy Tom Fruin befriended the local telephone repair man and collected the colorful wires he discarded. Growing up in Manhattan Beach, CA, Fruin enjoyed collecting a wide range of found objects and making figures and shapes out of them. Fruin began working more formally at the University of CA, at Santa Barbara and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual art in 1996. Nevertheless, the major thrust of his work seems to have changed very little. 

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Weekend Update, featuring Tom Fruin

April 18, 2002 - Walter Robinson, Artnet

Fruin, who owns two sewing machines, collects the bags in his Fort Greene neighborhood and stitches them together, sometimes in a kind of map of the housing projects where they are found. 

Finding The Stuff of Art In the Gutter, featuring Tom Fruin

April 14, 2002 - Deborah Bach, The New York Times

"Over the next 18 months, Mr. Fruin, 27, who lives in Brooklyn, collected almost 3,000 drug bags from around the city. They were plastic or glassine, some clear, others solid-colored or patterned, and the ranged from pinkie-nail-size crack bags to credit-card sized marijuana packets. He sewed them together in a quilt that sold for $20,000."

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Tom Fruin, "Cultural Narcotics: The Straight Dope"

April 11, 2002 - Ana Finel Honigman, Time Out New York

"Just as drugs promise sweet distractions, so quilts represent warmth and sleep's luxorious respite from harsh reality. [...] Like an anthropologist, Fruin names his quilts after the housing projects and neighborhoods where he gathers the baggies."

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