Gallery Opening is ‘TBD’ at 97 Allen Street

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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The newcomer at 97 Allen Street is TBD. No, seriously, that’s the name of a the nascent showroom opening here tomorrow evening.

TBD debuts with an exhibit called “Talk Like Sex,” a group effort that runs through December 18. Artists participating include Davide Balula, Alighiero Boetti, Jennifer Boysen, Dadamaino, Lucio Fontana, Dean Levin, Amir Nikravan, Olve Sande, Turi Simeti, Travess Smalley, Marianne Vitale.

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Talk Like Sex is a juxtaposition of artists who have been active in the US and Europe since 1950 dealing with the texture of the canvas/ceramic as opposed to drawing the viewer’s attention to the quality of the actual painting. Lucio Fontana is the father of many contemporary artists on both sides of the Atlantic having been the first to slash the canvas and thereby creating the concept of spatialism. Fontana was also a gifted ceramicist and the opening work of the show is a large Battaglia ceramic piece by Fontana from 1950. Dadamaino (real name Eduarda Emilia Maino) was the only female artist member of the Italian Zero Group and ascribes her practice largely to Fontana without whose slashing of the painting she would not have had the guile to use everyday utensils to carve out her mesmerizing Volumi. Boetti took the actual notion of the canvas to its next level, the embroidery but not before Simeti (yet another Zero member) had started undulating monochrome canvases in Fontana’s studio.

The Foley Gallery previously occupied this space at 97 Allen Street. It had been on the open market since the summertime, despite ongoing programming, and only recently ended its tenancy.

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