Gallery-Hopping on the Lower East Side
Scores of art galleries call the Lower East Side home—too many to cover here. So we have singled out some of the most notable gallery shows opening in the neighborhood in the months ahead.
300 Broome Street (between Eldridge and Forsyth Streets)
Karl Wirsum, who first gained attention in 1966 as a member of the Hairy Who—Chicago artists inspired by commercial art and the turbulence of the era—is the subject of the gallery’s retrospective “Unmixedly at Ease: 50 Years of Drawing,” from October 10 to November 10.
127 Henry Street (between Rutgers and Pike Streets)
The self-described “Fly New Orleans Artist,” Dapper Bruce Lafitte creates highly detailed ink-on-paper drawings in which the political becomes the personal. His latest solo show, “45 Don’t Have Love for Me,” runs October 19 through December 1.
54 Ludlow Street (between Hester and Grand Streets)
There is no Klaus von Nichtssagend—at least not one who is involved with this gallery dedicated to emerging artists. Among those it represents is Holly Coulis, the subject of a solo show running from October 25 to December 8. The Brooklyn-based artist is becoming known for graphical still lifes that verge toward disassembled shapes and panes of color.
48 Hester Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Front Room Gallery is holding two group shows. The first, “The Environment in Contemporary Photography,” runs through October 13. The second, “Figurative vs Abstract in Contemporary Art,” opens October 18 and runs through November 24. Thomas Broadbent, Amy Hill, and Emily Roz are among the figurative artists featured; Peter Fox, Ross Racine, and Patricia Smith are a few of the abstract artists. Photographer Phillip Buehler, best known for his landscapes of abandoned sites, will be the subject of a solo show from November 29 through January 12, 2020.
210 Rivington Street (between Pitt and Ridge Streets)
From November 2 through 23, the gallery will host “Rippling Stone,” an exhibition by DALeast, who is as well known for his street art as he is for his monochromatic paintings on canvas.
299 Grand Street (between Allen and Eldridge Streets)
From a three-story former tenement Marc Straus represents both up-and-comers and more-established artists deemed worthy of additional attention. Cuban painter Carlos Quintana, whose oversize canvases display the physicality of his chosen medium, is the subject of a solo show from October 24 to December 15. Running concurrently is a solo show featuring evocative panels by fellow painter Tess Jaray.
130 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Rivington Streets)
Emmanuel Perrotin’s eponymous LES gallery is one of six he has worldwide; others are in his native Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Two artists will have solo shows in the New York gallery from November 2 to December 21: Beijing-based Chen Fei, whose paintings incorporate both the hyperrealistic and the surrealistic, and South Korea-born Lee Bae, whose most recent abstract works are made exclusively with carbon black, a material most commonly used in auto tires.
168 Suffolk Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets)
ProxyCo specializes in works by Latin American artists, particularly those from Mexico and Colombia, where the gallery’s cofounders are from. Installation and multimedia artists Johanna Unzueta and Felipe Mujica, whose collaborative show opens November 22, both hail from Chile, though they now live in New York.
54 Orchard Street (between Hester and Grand Streets)
This contemporary-art gallery typically runs two exhibitions simultaneously, and this autumn is not exception. Two solo shows will launch on October 30 and run through December 21. “Nicole Awai: Envisioning the Liquid Land” features multimedia works by the Trinidad-based artist that straddle the abstract and the representational. Sculptor and installation artist Rachelle Dang will be presenting “Uncertain Haven.”
11 Rivington Street (between Chrystie Street and Bowery)
Founded by the late Tibor de Nagy in 1950, this gallery could easily rest on its laurels; in addition to representing the estates of John Ashberry and Larry Rivers, it gained renown by hosting the first solo shows of Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, and Red Grooms, among others. Under the ownership of Andrew Arnot, however, it represents and exhibits numerous current artists as well. On display through November 17 is “Trestletown Stomping Ground,” a solo show by narrative Naive painter Sarah McEneaney. A retrospective of paintings by the late Jesse Murry runs from November 21 through January 12, 2020.