Happy New Year! We hope your New Year's Eve was filled with overambitious resolutions, overflowing champagne flutes and an epic countdown. But more importantly, we hope your new year is filled with art!
To kick it off right, we've collected 10 art shows to get us excited for what visual delights 2013 has in store. From squeezable beanbag art to deformed Barbie performance art, January's art selection looks so fantastic, we're just hoping the other 11 months can keep up.
Let us know which show you have marked on your calendar in the comments. (Now, who's ready for a celebratory mimosa?)
WHAT: "The Matriarch's Rhapsody" WHEN: January 5 - February 16, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://monyarowegallery.com/">Monya Rowe Gallery</a> in New York WHY: 3-D animation, voguing, medicine, fashion and more converge to celebrate our bodies in all their strange and sickly forms.
WHAT: "Narcissister Is You" WHEN: January 10- February 10, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://www.envoyenterprises.com/">Envoy Enterprises</a> in New York WHY: Performance artist, puppet mask, pubic wig... Need we say more?
WHAT: "ALEXANDER MELAMID’s HELL" WHEN: January 10, 2013 – February 23, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://artamalgamated.com/">(Art) AMALGAMATED</a> in New York WHY: Channeling the power of fire's image in revolutionary movements like Arab Spring and Pussy Riot, Melamid will explore the attraction to burning as a cleansing ritual. At a nearby gallery Melamid will channel Heaven in another exhibition, reachable by horse-drawn carriage!
WHAT: "Talisman of the Ward: The Album of Drawings by Edward Deeds" WHEN: January 10 - February 9, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://www.hirschlandadler.com/">Hirschl and Adler</a> in New York WHY: Outsider artist Deeds, who was diagnosed with dementia praecox and schizophrenia, spent almost 40 years in a mental institution following his admittance in 1936. His collection of drawings miraculously survived and depict a haunting picture of innocence and the powers of the imagination.
WHAT: "REEL-UNREEL" WHEN: January 10 - February 9, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://www.davidzwirner.com/">David Zwirner</a> in New York WHY: To see Alÿs' critically acclaimed films, full of strange fantasy. The pictured film to the left depicts children in Kabul, Afghanistan playing a street game.
WHAT: "Lines and Cracks and Zebras and Horses" WHEN: January 12 - February 9, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://oh-wow.com/">OHWOW Gallery</a> in Los Angeles WHY: Stemming from the phrase "When you hear hoof beats behind you, don’t expect to see a zebra," Genovese explores the different manifestations of lines and curves, from a stray hair in a bathtub to a varicose vein.
WHAT: "Enrico David" WHEN: January 12th - May 5th, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://hammer.ucla.edu/">Hammer Museum</a> in Los Angeles WHY: David's ethereal oddities take many material forms, but will all awaken your wildest and craftiest surrealist fantasies.
WHAT: "Temporary Insanity" WHEN: April 20-June 30, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://amoa-arthouse.org/">AMOA-Arthouse</a> WHY: One hundred amorphous sculptures that you can play with and squeeze to your heart's content! That's why!
WHAT: "Pollen from Hazelnut" WHEN: January 23–March 11, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1340">MoMA</a> in New York WHY: Laib's largest pollen installation to date measures in at a whopping 18 x 21 feet. The natural material, simple, complex and super yellow all at once, is sure to get your senses tingling.
David O'Brien, Tamara Albaitis, and Andrew Benson
WHAT: "Pixelated Drift" WHEN: January 24, 2013 - March 26, 2013 WHERE: <a href="http://johanssonprojects.com/">Johansson Projects</a> in Oakland, CA WHY: As we bid farewell to 2012, year of net art, we look forward to see where the aesthetic movement goes next as computer-inspired styles take organic new shapes.
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