As we approach the event horizon of the summer—that nebulous, mid-August point when the season begins its imperceptible slip towards fall—the city pauses for a collective breath. The final wave of vacationers heads to the country. The rest of us trudge on beneath the heat to work. And of course the art world shifts into hibernation mode, many of its white-walled galleries closed through Labor Day. But there’s still plenty of art to see in the city, much of it out of doors. Sensory, spatial, and experiential, New York’s current public art spots are ideal for the distracted gaze of late summer. Below, a brief sampling:
The artist-run curatorial project HKJB favors art over concept. Their first show “Personal Abstraction” takes art away from a gallery setting and puts it back into a studio, in an effort to change the way we think about viewing and talking about art.
In Fernando Mastrangelo’s “LoVE is a smoke made with the fume of sighs…” at KUMUKUMU, love is presented as painful, cloying, very temporary, and frequently cliché.
Luca Buvoli, Instant Before Incident, 2009. Installation View. Image Courtesy of Susan Inglett Gallery, New York.