Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (01/26) + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 4”/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Jan”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos* (last day)
“The growing resurgence of the large ensemble in contemporary jazz is a welcome trend that owes much to this farsighted Argentinean composer, arranger, and bandleader who was ahead of the curve by the nineties. Klein returns to the city with his bold Los Guachos unit, which incorporates elements of his native musical influences and features such vital local players as the saxophonist Bill McHenry and the guitarist Ben Monder.” (NewYorker listings)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30, , with a one-drink minimum.
(212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com

‘Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul’ (last day)
This exhibition, drawn from collections at the New York Public Library and the Morgan, comprises poems, short stories and letters and includes early editions of Poe’s work as well as his last published book.
Morgan Library & Museum,225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street,
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. / $18, $12 for those 65+
(212) 685-0008, Ext. 560,themorgan.org

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin (through Dec.7)
Legendary guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin built his first instrument in the United States in the 1830s. He settled in NYC on Hudson Street, establishing the forerunner of the still family-owned and -operated C.F. Martin & Company, which is located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

After emigrating from Saxony, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument.

This exhibition includes roughly 35 instruments taken from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, The Met and private collections.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
212-535-7710|/ / metmuseum.org/

Monty Alexander
“Mr. Alexander, an effervescent pianist, plays in the company of longtime associates. With the Harlem-Kingston Express he will give his Jamaican heritage an uptown twist in a group that typically includes two bassists and an impressive clutch of drummers.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./ $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum
(212) 475-8592, bluenote.net

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change. ===============================================================================

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world.

Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues.

Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Here are 3 Special Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries that you may want to see:

Martina Bacigalupo: ‘Gulu Real Art Studio’ (through Feb. 8)
“In 2010 the Italian photojournalist Martina Bacigalupo spent time in the city of Gulu in northern Uganda, where she came across a curious form of portraiture. In a local shop called the Gulu Real Art Studio she found dozens of full-length pictures of sitters from which the heads had been neatly cut out. The shop’s owner, Obal Denis, explained why. His machine for developing passport-size photos automatically produced four prints at a time, but most people coming for an ID picture needed only one. So it was easier, and cheaper, to shoot a regular full-length portrait, edit out a head shot and toss what was left. The pictures in this remarkable show are the result: studies in body language and clothing, accompanied by audio-taped interviews made with some of the sitters.”
(Cotter-NYT listings)
The Walther Collection Project Space, 508-526 West 26th Street, Suite 718,
(212) 352-0683, walthercollection.com.

‘Para-Real’ (through Feb. 8)
“This philosophically catchy 14-artist show reflects a few forms in which reality, whatever that is, impinges. It includes a pile of scrub brushes by Robert Therrien; a self-portrait of Maurizio Cattelan as a real puppet; Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photograph of stuffed golden eagles in a museum diorama; and Thomas Demand’s “Ghost,” a photograph of a colored paper and cardboard construction of a kitchen, wherein some culinary objects hover above the stove, as if tossed up by a poltergeist.” (Johnson-NYT listings)
601Artspace, 601 West 26th Street,
(212) 243-2735, 601artspace.org. 

This was one you just missed and it was monumental:

Richard Serra, “New Sculpture” (until Sat. Jan. 25, 2014)
“Gagosian’s double dose of Richard Serra presents dueling sides of the sculptor: the popular artist name checked in a Vampire Weekend song, and the confrontational figure familiar from his earlier career.

The gallery’s West 21st Street location presents the former in fine form, with a single massive work. Curling ribbons of steel, set on edge and towering to ceiling height, nestle together to create Serra’s signature bowing and curving of space. They swallow viewers up in a phenomenological ecstasy one usually associates with, say, walking along a narrow canyon. The metal’s russet color only adds to the sensation of experiencing something more natural than man-made.

The tone, if not the scale, of the work shifts on West 24th Street, with a group of sculptures and nary a bend in sight. Hard-edged steel plates, patinated a carceral gray, get in your way like barricades around a government building. A set of enormous blocks serves as a memorial to the recently deceased sculptor Walter De Maria, a friend of Serra’s. Experiential warmth gives way to cold truths as Serra employs his legendary toughness to challenge not only gravity, but death itself.” (Howard Halle/TONY mag)
Gagosian Gallery, 522 W 21st St, btw 10th/11th Aves
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm
212-741-1717 / gagosian.com

For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com)

Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (01/24) and (01/22).
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