-- A Cyberspace Review Of The Arts

Volume 23.1
January 15, 2016


A new
Judith Schaechter movie

Inside the Bloody Beehive with Artist Judith Schaechter

Vivian Maier Documentary

See the Vivian Maier Newsletter for the story about the new documentary. Our review of Vivian Maier's work is here.

Minerva Moves

The old space....

64 Spring St.
The Old Space: photo by G. Fitch
The new space, outside:

293 Broome St., exterior
Outside the New Space: photo by G. Fitch
The new space, inside:

293 Broome St., interior
Inside the New Space: photo by G. Fitch
Last December, after 22 years of daily Life Drawing, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, Minerva Durham and her Spring Studio and all its artists and all that revolved around them were exiled from their basement quarters at 64 Spring Street in what is now behind the lines of Soho's Eastern Front.

With the Studio's exile, a certain kind of scene has passed away. There was something deliciously conspiratorial and mid-century about being hidden down in a grungy basement, sometimes invaded by fluids from the restaurant above, sometimes shaken by the subway below, carrying on work (play?) of which the busy, hastening world above had neither knowledge of nor, probably, the desire to understand.

But however quaint Spring Studio may have seemed, it has more importantly been a serious and successful project of unusual dimensions. It is itself a living work of art, one which produced art and artists and a community, one which happily contravened the transient and vacuous fashions of the present Art World. Not the market but the Muses have been its navigators.

Besides Life Drawing, on Sunday evenings the Studio often hosted parties and performances at which one might find anyone from local amateurs to professionals who perform regularly at Carnegie Hall. It served as well as a gallery, usually but not always for work done there or at least by those who attended.

In quieter times I suppose it might have gone on for a long time yet that way, but the laws of today's hot Real Estate intervened, and so in September Minerva was told that her lease would not be renewed, and that she had to leave by the end of the year. Some sort of high-register clothing store is planned for the site, in answer the dire shortage of rich people's clothing stores in Soho.

There is not much new or shocking in artists being kicked around or out in New York City, of course. Anyone involved the actual, art-making business of art is likely to know many people who have been pushed out of Manhattan, out of the city and state, even out of the country, driven by the gentrification blitzkrieg of the last twenty years or so. It was, though, somewhat ironical in that the present kickers-out derive from what was once an artists' cooperative, and Minerva had been encouraged to start her studio there by the cooperative's original organizer, Virginia Admiral.

In any event, Minerva's work of art is in no way finished or dead. Once the doom of 64 Spring Street had been pronounced, with some effort a new place -- 293 Broome Street -- was found, rented, and renovated by Minerva and many who contributed labor, thought, or money to continue her enterprise. It is, as one commenter has noted, a step up, or rather three steps up, into an above-ground storefront which affords about the same drawing space plus some daylight. It hosted a jammed New Year's Day party on January 1, and regular operations began on January 3, a little more than two weeks after the last drawing session at 64 Spring Street. Onward, then, into the future....

'À l'aurore, armés d'une ardente patience, nous entrerons aux splendides villes.'

Some other views....

Elie in The Bowery Boogie

Daniel Maidman in The Huffington Post

James Barron in The New York Times

E A R L I E R     A R T I C L E S

Astoria Street Art
2014 - 2015

(Street Art, Astoria 2014-15)
(Street Art, Astoria 2015-15)

Hundreds of pictures, hot off the street, here!

(Image removed due to copyright restrictions imposed by owner of the photograph of which it was a detail.)

Greer Lankton at Participant

Judith Schaechter's
  'Dark Matter'

Judith Schaechter's Dark Matter is a show of stained-glass light-boxes and sculpture at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Chelsea at 513 West 26th Street, New York, presently up and open until Saturday, October 25.


Our Publisher Becomes A Conceptual Artist


Kara Walker: Subtlety (detail)
Kara Walker: Subtlety (detail)

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The Draughtsman's Congress

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Announcement and Preview
by Susan Roecker

Read the PDF here....

Exhibition opening
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
368 East 8th Street, NYC (between C & D)
or see

Sara Schneckloth

Sara Schneckloth, 2013 (detail)
Sara Schneckloth, 2013 (detail)

at Soho20 and the
Fowler Arts Collective

In late June and early July of this year, Sara Schneckloth, an artist currently working in South Carolina who should be known better here (and in the world) visited the Fowler Art Collective in Greenpoint to do several days of intense work (ten hours a day, according to the artist) on her characteristic drawing. A few months previously (in March) she had a brief show at Soho20 in Chelsea, sharing the space with some other artists.


Minerva, Model (Elizabeth Hellman), and Artist Demonstrate in Petrosino Square Plaza
Minerva, Model (Elizabeth Hellman), and Artist Demonstrate in Petrosino Square Plaza

The Battle of Petrosino Square

A war of sorts has broken out between two improbable belligerent parties around a little-known pocket park in Lower Manhattan, Petrosino Square. On the one side are some of the immediately local residents of the rather unusual neighborhood that surrounds the park; on the other, the Greenwashing Department of Citibank. The central issue is the Citibike installation in the park's plaza, which has preempted a space intended and used for large public works of art.



Battle of Carnival and Lent (detail)
Battle of Carnival and Lent (detail)

Judith Schaechter: Battle of Carnival and Lent At Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC

This is not a review, but a pointer to the announcement of Judith Schaechter's upcoming show at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, where you can see the works we reviewed while they were still at the Eastern State Penitentiary site in Philadelphia. The show will be there from May 23d until June 29, and there is a reception with the artist on May 23d from 6 to 8 p.m. The Claire Oliver Gallery is at 513 West 26th St. in New York.

For more information, see the announcement,; see the Artezine article for an idea of what to expect.


S H E L L    G A M E

Molly Crabapple: Great American Bubble Machine (detail)
Molly Crabapple: Shell Game / Great American Bubble Machine (detail)

'Shell Game': Molly Crabapple At Smart Clothes Gallery

This is not a review, just a pointer to this show and artist, whose most recent works have been noticed in Wired, The New York Times, HuffPo, The Village Voice, and so forth. The public show opening is at 7 p.m. April 14th (this evening as I'm writing this) and is to be an Event. It will be up for only a short time. I strongly recommend it; the artist's combination of a sensuous, indeed luscious graphic style, sharp wit, surrealism, humor, and political consciousness are not to be missed.

See the artist's web site for further information.

The gallery is at 154 Stanton Street (corner of Suffolk Street in the Lower East Side) and the opening is at 7 p.m. April 14.


Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt at MoMA/PS1

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt: Tender Love Among The Junk (installation)

Entering this exhibition, which occupies one of the larger spaces at MoMA/PS1, was overwhelming. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. The entire space is filled with numerous, mostly shiny artifacts, made of the most diverse materials, mostly things one might obtain from a 99-cent store or a trash pile. Several themes and concerns come together: formal pictorial and plastic values; religious sensibility and aesthetics; Gay and general sexuality; class politics; diverse cultures; the conflicts and cross-pollination between these elements.


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Judith Schaechter

Judith Schaechter: Andromeda
Judith Schaechter: Andromeda

at Eastern State Penitentiary

   by Gordon Fitch

On a chilly day late in November, as the sun was already declining towards the horizon, I found myself within the heavy, gray stone walls of a prison, or rather the ruin of a prison....
Read about it here!

Susan Roecker's Cat(s)

Susan Roecker
Susan Roecker

at Avenue C Gallery

-- read about them here --

Vivian Maier: detail of book cover self-portrait

Like a figure in a dream, Vivian Maier begins to disappear even as we catch sight of her. With one ambiguous gesture she points out our world and shows us things that were always there, but which we had never seen; with another, she declines our questions and steps back into the darkness. We want to call out to her to wait, but the dream silences us, and then she is gone forever. We turn and, scattered all around us, see the objects of her work, an enormous treasure we will spend years, even lifetimes, trying to order and decode. About Maier herself, we can mostly only guess. ... -- more --




July 1, 2015