March 16–July 8, 2012
Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Tracing the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York
Through 25 March 2012
In the latter half of the 2000s, skull iconography experienced a massive cultural renaissance. Alexander McQueen, arguably the most influential designer of the last twenty years, adopted the skull as his brand trademark in the early 2000s; reproducing it on everything from scarves to jeweled clutches. Meanwhile, in 2007, British enfant terrible Damien Hirst sent shockwaves through the art world when he sold a diamond-encrusted human skull for $122 million dollars. Gradually, throughout the course of the 2000s, skulls shed their more macabre, foreboding implications and became widely accepted as signifiers of not only dark luxury and good taste but of the precariousness and preciousness of human existence. It is in this spirit of celebration that Pop artist Peter Tunney began creating his mixed-media artworks featuring the same skull — an image scavenged from a vintage dictionary — silkscreened atop one-of-a-kind collaged found images and esoterica. “The skull is a symbol of our mortality and a common thread that ties every single one of us together. What is so intriguing is that there is a history to each and every skull. They are magical, transporting touchstones of all humanity.” And indeed, Tunney’s skulls are boldly graphic, smart, and palpably infused with the artist’s signature sense of joie de vivre; each piece telling a different story about life’s complexity and ultimate simplicity after all is said and done.
In the spirit of this zeitgeist, Farameh Media recently released Skull Style, a gorgeous tome exploring depictions of the skull in contemporary art and culture. A thousand limited edition copies are individually hand-painted and collaged by Tunney himself. During the “Skull Session” at Clic Gallery — a reprise of the wildly popular “Skull Session” held at Miami’s Soho House during Art Basel — Tunney be unveiling some of his newest works and signing and collaging copies of Skull Style in person. Additionally, everyone who purchases a limited edition copy of Skull Style will have a Polaroid photograph taken of them by the artist. The Clic “Skull Session” will not only be two nights celebrating an amazing convergence of “skulls” (including your own), but will also be a not-to-be-missed event on this year’s art calendar.
Peter Tunney’s skull silkscreens will be on display at Clic Gallery from March 1st to the 25th with the two “Skull Session” receptions being held on March 14th and March 15th from 6-8 pm.
255 Centre Street
286 Meserole Street (near Waterbury St)
8 March – 11 March, 2012
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Armory Show is re-establishing itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. The 2012 edition will feature an international roster of exciting, leading galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, a lively opening night party at MoMA, the eclectic and engaging Open Forum program with major art- world figures, Armory Film, a series featuring an international selection of leading contemporary video and experimental films curated by Moving Image, and Armory Arts Week in partnership with New York’s top cultural institutions.
This year’s Armory Show will feature the work of the 2012 Commissioned Artist Theaster Gates and the vibrant art of the Nordic Countries in Armory Focus. The Armory Show has engaged award-winning, New York-based architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox to redesign The Armory Show, creating a more comfortable, luxurious experience, including a new “farm-to-table” restaurant and cafe by Great Performances.
Through May 27
(by Robert Gober)
Alicia Hall Moran
and Jason Moran
The Red Krayola
Michael E. Smith
and Peter Rehberg
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street