MICHELLE GRABNER, ANNE CRUMPACKER
GINGHAM | ENSŌ
December 6, 2017 – January 27, 2018
First Thursday opening December 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Gingham | Ensō places recent paintings by Michelle Grabner with wall-hanging sculptures by Anne Crumpacker. Since the 1990s, Grabner has used domestic fabrics as a source for painting, printmaking and sculpture, questioning the opposition between fine art and craft. Anne Crumpacker’s Ensō works employ different widths of crosscut bamboo to form sculptural representations of the ensō, a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Both artists respectfully interpret their sources to create works that are minimal and elegant, but pleasingly imperfect in the tradition of wabi-sabi.
HAREM ROOM-1 AND TWO WOMEN
January 31 – February 24, 2018
First Thursday opening February 1, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Sculptural installation and video work by Alix Pearlstein grapple with issues of fetishization, subjugation and objectification. Pearlstein's video, installation, sculpture, photography and performance works have widely exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Solo exhibitions of note include On Stellar Rays, New York, NY; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. She is on the faculty of the SVA MFA Program and the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School, and lives and works in New York.
February 22 – 25, 2018
Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA
Upfor returns for the second year to Photofairs San Francisco, joining 30+ galleries from around the world, to present new works by contemporary artist Ben Buswell. Buswell, a sculptor, approaches photographs as physical material, often cutting, tearing, melting or piercing the emulsion to highlight its properties.
THE COLDEST NIGHT
February 28 – March 31, 2018
First Thursday opening March 1, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Srijon Chowdhury’s second exhibition with Upfor explores how our understanding of art spaces and artworks emerges slowly, sometimes frustratingly. Our ability to completely see artwork is influenced by the architecture in which it is presented, our reactions to the style of installation, and the hues and values of the artwork itself. Some exhibitions and artworks reveal themselves quickly and easily, many do not. The period during which we gain understanding and overcome frustrations in an exhibition is also an opportunity for self-awareness. In this line of inquiry, Chowdhury’s paintings expand on his first exhibition at Upfor, Memory Theater, by using not just art objects but the entire method of presentation to help us explore our biases and needs as viewers.
March 8 – 11, 2018
Piers 92 and 94
New York, NY
Upfor is pleased to join The Armory Show's Focus presenters with a solo booth of work by Morehshin Allahyari. An annually appointed curator, Gabe Ritter, selects solo or two-artist proposals for Focus from galleries presenting new or rarely seen work by today’s most relevant and compelling artists.