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Must-See Art Tips-Upstate, Downtown and to the Beach

Usually the migration happens a little later in the year, but when most of the world went into lockdown in early March, many fled NYC—including many art lovers and big collectors— for upstate New York or the Hamptons. This premature migration was, then, predicted to be only temporary. Yet here we are, in the midst of the warm summer months, and many do not have plans to return to the big city anytime soon. Wealthy areas saw a residential population decline of at least 40%, The New York Times reported in May. This begs the question: is there any art to explore for the lone Manhattanites still in town? Let us start by answering this question, after which we’ll dive into the topic our East Coast Fixers have been long awaiting: how to plan the perfect day of mornings on the beach and afternoons in the galleries.

DOWNTOWN

Unfortunately all museums and galleries are still closed, but we won’t leave you hanging. Here are a “Summer in the city” outdoor art tips.

Jordan Casteel, The Baayfalls, 2019

THE HIGHLINE

This fantastic public park is built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. The Highline is open from noon to 8pm daily. With fewer people milling around, the Highline provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the public contemporary art, including Jordan Casteel ‘s “The Baayfalls” mural, Sam Falls “Four Arches” and Simone Leigh’s “Brick House”, a bronze sculpture of a Black woman, which you can read more about here. Please note Brick House is still closed, but remains visible from street level 10th Avenue and 30th Street. Note that the Highline, too, is only available with a free timed-entry pass.

JR, Chronicles, 2020

JR INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE IN BROOKLYN

It is no feat that many New Yorkers have struggled in dealing with social isolation and anxiety that has risen out of the social distancing guidelines. Fortunately, the Brooklyn murals created by French street artist JR have served as a welcoming connecting force, bringing New Yorkers together all over the city. The series aims to celebrate the diversity of New York City. There are murals at the Kings Theater in Flatbush, the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford Stuyvesant, and Domino Park in Williamsburg. The most recent mural is installed on the side of a building on 80 Hanson Place in Downtown Brooklyn. This giant new work offers an interactive experience. Stand in front of the panoramic depiction of hundreds of New Yorkers, download the free app, “JR Murals”, and point your phone towards the individual faces. You’ll then be let inside the secret world of hundreds of strangers. Thanks to JR, New York might feel just a little smaller!

CORONA PROOF DRIVE-IN

This cool theater is set up on the pier of the Brooklyn Army Terminal

UPSTATE NEW YORK

DIA BEACON

A visit to the Dia Beacon Museum is a day to remember. And it will be an unique experience to wander through the galleries of Dia Beacon alone, as they’ve only just reopened on August 7th. Dia Beacon is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, NY, in a former Nabisco box-printing facility. 

Richard Serra, installation view at Dia:Beacon

With 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2), it has more exhibition space than Manhattan’s Guggenheim, Whitney Museum and MoMA combined. Can you imagine? It exhibits monumental works by land artists, minimalist artists, conceptual artists and installation artists. Highlights include works by Dan Flavin, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Heizer and Richard Serra. 

Tip: Unfortunately the restaurant in Dia Beacon is closed, but we have some tips for you.

KATONAH ART MUSEUM – BISA BUTLER

This is the first solo museum exhibition of the Bisa Butler’s work and features her vivid and larger-than-life quilts that capture African American identity and culture. Through her luminous, multi-layered works, Bisa Butler chronicles African American history—stories that have too often been ignored and unrecorded.

UPSTATE ART WEEKEND 29-30 AUGUST

If there’s anything these past few months of lockdown have taught us, it’s that art and the outdoors are an essential combination for our well-being! UPSTATE ART WEEKEND is a combination of these two: a new initiative organized by Stoneleaf retreat on August 29-30, 2020. UPSTATE ART WEEKEND’s site offers guidance on how to get to each place, though the easiest (and safest, regarding travel in phase four of reopening) way to navigate between them is by car. Check out their amazing program.

Sol LeWitt, Five Modular Units, 1972 © the lewitt estate

STORM KING ART CENTRE

If you’re not in the mood to drive around and you’re itching for some fresh air, visit Storm King Art Centre. This great outdoor museum located in the New York’s Hudson Valley has opened its outdoor-only experience, with limited amenities. Do reserve tickets online.

THE BEACH – THE HAMPTONS

When the beach-loving collectors won’t come to the blue-chip galleries in the city, the blue-chip galleries must come to them! With countless galleries in New York City shut for months, dozens of international fairs canceled for the year, several of the top-tier commercial galleries and secondary market dealers have headed out east to open temporary spaces for the summer. Among them are Skarstedt Gallery, Michael Werner, Pace, Van de Weghe, and Hauser & Wirth, Sotheby’s and even Phillips! The beach is going to be a pretty crowded place in summer 2020, so make sure you don’t forget to wear a mask everywhere you go.

Sotheby’s East Hampton

Skarstedt

Van de Weghe

Michael Werner

On view at Michael Werner is A.R. Penck Bronzes & Florian Krewer Paintings. The shows opened 5 August.

For our Dutch Art Fixers : The retrospective A.R. Penck: “How It Works” is currently on view through September 27, 2020 at the Kunstmuseum Den Haag.

Hauser and Wirth

Phillips

PACE

Tip:

  • Carissa the Bakery: this summer, the East Hampton bakery expanded to an all-day restaurant. Freshly baked delicious pies and cakes; and for those with less of a sweet tooth, try the pickled sourdough rye bread topped with fresh local produce. Great fuel for before or after an art venture!
  • Lunch at Babette’s restaurant is a must. It’s located right next-door to the galleries on Newton Lane in East Hampton. Lots of grain -and gluten-free options!

South Etna

South Etna is another new opening in Montauk and a must-visit. An exhibition space owned by power couple Amalia Dayan & Adam Lindemann, opened with a group show, hosting a spectacular range of artists, including Art Fix faves Lynette Yiadom Boakye, John Currin and Betty Tompkins.

A nice Art Fix: Julien Schnabel (the famous painter and neighbor) actually created the gallery’s sign, so don’t forget to look up if entering.

Tip: Drinks in Montauk at Navy Beach, day parties at Gurney’s, dinner at Crows Nest.

You may be wondering: what is the future for these galleries? They must have signed leases on these unconventional gallery spaces. While it is an exciting opportunity to experiment with a new non-city environment, it’s difficult for Art Fix to make any predictions at this time. Long-term planning cannot coexist with the coronavirus! 

PARRISH ART MUSEUM

Founded in 1898 so this is a well proven art destination among all the newcomers. In 2012 the new location designed Herzog & de Meuron is definite must-see Art Fix tip. The Parrish Art Museum presents “Housebound: Fairfield Porter and his Circle of Poets and Painters”, an exhibition featuring the work of painter Fairfield Porter, poet Anne Channing Porter, and their circle of artist and poet friends who shared many experiences in the village of Southampton during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition includes works by Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, Larry Rivers, and Jane Wilson, all who visited or stayed at the South Main Street house and who, in many instances, made their own homes on the East End as well.

Art Fix Tip : Happen to be in town on a Friday evening? On August 14th, they’re organizing an outdoor Black Film Festival. Please book in advance and don’t forget to bring your own chairs! Can’t make it to Montauk that fast? The Parrish Art Museum also has a snazzy evening of jazz music lined up on August 28th.

DIA BRIDGEHAMPTON

Any trip to the Hamptons should include a stop at the Dia Art Foundation’s Dan Flavin Art Institute. Along with its long-term installations of Flavin’s fluorescent light works, displayed in a former firehouse, the Institute presents yearly exhibitions of artists who live or work on Long Island. A series of new work by the Conceptual artist Jill Magid, inspired by the history of Josef Albers’s famous series of color studies “Homage to the Square”, is now on show. 

COMING UP

To end on a little insider info, Art Fix is excited to share a new center opening in December 2020, an experiential art center with large scale immersive art experiences that will launch at the end of a turbulent year. The SUPERBLUE center will be located in the cool Allapattah neighborhood in downtown Miami, right across from the Rubell Museum, by bluechip gallery PACE. Many artists showcased in our third episode will be featured in SUPERBLUE: think teamLab, Random International, Leo Villareal and Nick Cave (remember him from the Apple experience?) Even Studio Drift, the artists behind the amazing flying tribute to healthcare workers in The Netherlands, have been given the opportunity to showcase their work at the experiential art center. Even our Art Fix fave JR, the French fedora-wearing street artist, will be joining. We will keep you posted once the opening date comes closer. Stay tuned!