Saturday, October 22, 2011

Insider's Guide to NYC Art Openings + Fall Art Shows + Fine Dining in the Bowery

Okamura's "Chair" (Sculpted wood mounted to the wall.
The lighting from the side creates the shadow/figure.)


(Pictured Above) 
Keiazburo Okamura's wood sculptures cast beautiful shadows in the group show titled: "Sensai" which features Japanese artists at DILLON GALLERY.

Dillon Gallery 
555 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Insider's Guide to
NYC Gallery Openings

With hundreds of galleries based in New York City, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the art openings. 

How to attend art openings in NYC: on Wednesdays you should check out the galleries on Manhattan's Lower East Side, on Thursdays everyone is in Chelsea or on 57th Street at Madison for the main show and on Fridays the art crowd goes to Brooklyn for their gallery openings. The openings in Williamsburg are usually on the second Friday of the month. 95% of the galleries serve wine or beer at their openings and most are held from 6 pm until 8 pm. Occasionally rogue galleries in all areas will have their openings on other evenings, especially Friday or Saturday nights and sometimes the hours are from 4 pm to 6 pm - so if a friend is having an art opening, double check the date and time!

Realism / Paintings

George Billis Gallery
521 West 26th St. B1
New York, NY 10001

Ebb & Flow
David Poppie's "Contradiction" 2011
Collage of colored pencils on panel 111/2 x 23 5/8 inches

Pavel Zoubok Gallery
533 West 23rd Street
New York, NY  10011
(212) 675-7490

"Dissonance and Contemplation"
Andy Denzier's "The Last Days of Summer"
oil on canvas | 59 x 79 inches

Andy Denzler’s paintings focus equally on technique and subject matter - touching the boundaries of both photorealism and action painting. The works leave the viewer with a vague sense of something beneath the tumultuous surface. 

Claire Oliver Gallery
513 West 26th Street
New York 10001

group show
Denise Bibro Fine Art
Left to right, details of works by: Peter Bynum (light boxes illuminate multiple layers of painted glass with delicate fern & coral formations)Ysabel Le May (hundreds of individual photographs, edited and meticulously digitally restaged)Erica-Lynn Huberty (embellished vintage narrative textiles have menacing shadows threatening the ideal), Roberley Bell (cast foam and plastic forms adorned with artificial flowers, fruit, and birds)Christopher Reiger (incorporate scientific and mathematical symbols, hieroglyphs, animals, and plant life), and Sara Crisp (mandala-like designs combine with botanical elements such as flower petals, stems, and seed pods).

Denise Bibro Fine Art
529 West 20th Street, #4W
New York, NY 10011

"Artists for Haiti"

Raymond Pettibon's "No Title (But the sand...)" 2011, Acrylic, ink, pastel on paper, 80 x 126 1/2 inches

David Zwirner Gallery
525 West 19th Street

New York, NY 10011-2808
(212) 727-2070

"Vertical Neck"
Simon Preston Gallery
Michelle Lopez's "Blue Angels" 2011

Simon Preston Gallery
301 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 431-1105

"The Automaton of Venice"
Hasted Kraeutler
Paolo Ventura's "Automaton #15" 2010
Digital C-print, 40×50 inches
Hasted Kraeutler
537 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 627-0006

Jen Bekman Gallery
Sarah McKenzie's "Big Box" Acrylic on canvas, 60×60 inches

Jen Bekman Gallery
6 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012-4223
(212) 219-0166

Pierogi Gallery

Michael Schall's "Cube Cage" 2011
Graphite on paper, 23.75×18 inches

Pierogi Gallery
177 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211-2009
(718) 599-2144

"UP in the AIR"

Chris Gwaltney's "Postcard from RD"
Carole D'Inverno's "100 Miles to Wood"

Tria Gallery
531 West 25th Street #5
New York, NY 10001

"All Aboard"
Bravin Lee Programs

Boo Ritson's "Astrid" 2010
archival digital print.
Courtesy of Bravin Lee programs

Boo Ritson is best known for works which depict characters and still-lives drawn from her own imagination. She paints her subject in a thick, wet paint and then photographs them while wet. Ritson’s work emphasizes the sensuality of paint and our perceptions of it. Boo Ritson studied Fine Art at the University of Buckinghamshire, UK and the Royal College of Art receiving her MA in 2005.

Bavin Lee Programs
526 West 26th St. #211
New York, NY 10001
(212) 462-4404

"Recent Collages"
Tibor de Nagy

John Ashbery, "Napoleon" 2009, collage.
Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy

Acclaimed poet, John Ashbery was fascinated in his youth by the collage novels of Max Ernst and the collaged Cubist paintings of Picasso and Braque. He started making collages as an undergraduate at Harvard and has continued this process in both his visual and literary creations ever since.

John Ashbery is considered by many to be the most important living poet writing in English. Ashbery has published more than twenty collections, most recently Planisphere.

Tibor de Nagy
724 5th Ave # 12
New York, NY 10019-4194
(212) 262-5050

"Calder 1941"
The Pace Gallery (57th St.)

The Pace Gallery, in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, is presenting "Calder 1941", an exhibition focusing on a seminal year in Alexander Calder’s career and the apotheosis of a decade of experimentation following his invention of the mobile in 1931. Calder 1941 will be on view at 32 East 57th Street, New York, from October 21 through December 23, 2011.

The Pace Gallery 57th St.
32 East 57th Street
New York, NY 


ZENG FANZHI's "Portrait" 2004
(Hospital Series)
Oil on canvas. 78 3/4 x 59 1/8 inches

"Every mark articulates,
every mark masks." 
-Zeng Fanzhi

Since the beginning of his career, Zeng has presented a succession of powerfully introspective subjects, from his haunting "Hospital" paintings to his "Meat" paintings which juxtapose human subjects with butchered meat. Zeng Fanzhi was born in Wuhan, China in 1964.

(Hong Kong)
7/F Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Hong Kong

T. 852.2151.0555 

Could Sleeping Pods solve the housing problem
for "less picky" NYC creative types?

Many artist's studios in New York City are in buildings not zoned for "LIVE / WORK" situations, thus the artists are not allowed to sleep overnight in their studios. Artists usually have enough trouble paying for their studios, much less for a separate apartment just for sleeping.

A comfortable and practical sleeping compartment which combines privacy with security in shared living situations. The Pods can be stacked two high for an economy of space. They are simple to move, assemble and install; easy to clean and maintain; and very strong.

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  • Digital radio and iPod dock
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Sleeping Pods are currently manufactured only in the UK with the standard pod costing $2,712 + tax (£1695 +VAT), though this reduces for multiples. A basic Pod shell costs $1,560 + tax (£975 +VAT). All additional options are priced individually. For more information contact "Podtime Versatile Sleep Pods":

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Saxon + Parole

Now Open in
The Bowery! NYC 

Let's assume you have just finished experiencing the latest exhibition at the New Museum and you want a fabulous dinner. In the middle of the Bowery, once one of the poorest areas of the city, Saxon + Parole has recently opened as a top shelf eatery.

Executive Chef Brad Farmerie, along with The AvoroKo Group, has created this warm and inviting 112 seat restaurant at 316 Bowery (at Bleecker Street). "Saxon + Parole" was named after two prize-winning racehorses. The interior pays homage to the many stables which once populated this part of Manhattan. The restaurant's menu focuses on meats, seafood and seasonal, sustainable produce and Chef Farmerie has put a global twist on his use of ingredients, seasonings and cooking methods. They also sell "Parole Whiskey", an American Rye Whiskey, formulated in 1873 and bottled in New York state. 

Saxon + Parole is also a good dinner option before attending a play at the nearby "Off Off Broadway" theaters on Fourth Street.

Below is a suggested five course dinner at the restaurant. Approximate cost for this meal with drinks and champagne is $126 + tax and tip, per person.

Enjoy a HOUSEMADE POT of either portabello mushroom mousse, Parole Whiskey and truffle jelly or the chicken liver mousse, port and pepper jelly pot, both served with toasted sourdough bread.

OR share the Razor Clam & Egg as an appetizer.

Shaved roasted beet salad with watercress, sweet spiced pecans and feta cheese

Carrot, ginger & lemon soup with a toasted "chili marshmallow". 

Whole roasted seabass stuffed with crab, parmesan, toasted panko and smoked paprika, plus a side of whole grain mustard mashed potatoes.

Chocolate soufflé with Boozy PAROLE Whiskey ice cream.

Ice Water with meal.
Champagne (Billecart-Slmon Brut Reserve) with meal.
Coffee (black), with dessert.
Shot of "Parole Whiskey" after dinner.

To read the entire Saxon + Parole dinner menu, see our POSTSCRIPT section.

Saxon + Parole
316 Bowery 
(at Bleecker St.)
NYC 10012

Until Later,
ARTSnFOOD All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images are ©  copyright individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.


Saxon + Parole

Aquatic Delights


Shrimp cocktail, Sriracha 
cocktail sauce $4

Razor clam & egg salad, 
toasted baguette $10 

MINI $20 
LARGE $125


Country pork pâté with pistachios and dates $10 
Pork plate with pickles $19 

Local Cheese 
($18 for all five) 

La Petite Tomme, Lazy Lady 
Farm (pasteurized cows’ milk. 
Westfield, VT) 
Ben Nevis, Bonnieview Farm, 
(raw sheeps’ milk. Craftsbury, VT)  

Cabot Clothbound, Jasper Hill 
Farm (pasteurized cows’ milk. 
Greensboro,  VT) 

Grayson, Meadow Creek Dairy  
(raw cows’ milk. Galax, VA) 

Bayley Hazen Blue, Jasper Hill Farm  
(raw cows’ milk. Greensboro, VT) 

First Course

Hand-cut salmon tartare,
fried capers, roasted peppers, soft- 
boiled quail egg $12 

Shaved roasted beet salad with
watercress, sweet spiced pecans and
feta cheese $10

Five spice foie gras terrine, 
grilled peach & onion relish $17 

Prince Edward Island mussels, 
in a fire-roasted piquillo peppers, 
tomato & caper broth. $12 

Miso glazed bone marrow, orange 
& olive marmalade $13 

Endive, frisée & baby spinach 
salad, maple roasted grapes, 
Stilton cheese $10

Carrot, ginger & lemon soup, 
toasted chili marshmallow $11 

Steamed asparagus, poached 
egg, crispy pancetta, truffle-yuzu 
hollandaise $13


Portabello mushroom mousse, 
PAROLE  Whiskey & truffle jelly $8

Chicken liver mousse, 
port and pepper jelly  $9

Served with bread:

Second Course 
(Land, Sea or Beef)


Grilled Berkshire pork chop, 
purple potato salad, quince 
& apple sauce $29 

Guinness & five spice glazed 
short rib (for two) $44 

Summer pea ravioli, vine tomato, 
arugula, Parmesan $20 

Roasted organic half chicken, 
charred fennel, Kalamata olives, 
orange, sun-dried tomatoes $24 


Whole grilled Maine lobster, 
roasted corn, sun dried chili 
butter, pickled tomatillo 
Market Price 

Grilled & chilled tuna salad, baby 
romaine lettuce, pickled hearts 
of palm, green beans, horseradish 
dressing $21 

Whole roasted seabass stuffed with
crab, parmesan cheese, toasted panko 
bread crumbs and smoked paprika $28 


Fillet (7oz)  $29 
NY Strip steak (16oz)  $48 
Ribeye for two (28-30oz)  $90 

S+P dry aged Angus burger with 
Pennsylvania Havarti, maple 
bacon, a fried egg, fries $17


Whole grain mustard mashed 
potatoes $6 

mixed green salad, herb & 
shallot vinaigrette $6 

Cauliflower & gruyère gratin $7

French fries, chili ketchup, blue 
cheese mayo $6 

Wheat berry salad, tomato, 
cucumber, Marcona almonds $6

Sautéed edamame, sun-dried 
tomatoes, feta cheese $6 

Honey & citrus glazed baby 
carrots $6


Chocolate soufflé with 
PAROLE Whiskey ice cream $9 

PAROLE Whiskey Hard sauce 
Almond black rum  
$9 for all three 

Mother-in-law’s Christmas 
pudding, grilled plums, hard sauce 
ice cream $9 

Crème caramel, grilled pineapple, 
coconut foam $9 

Warm cinnamon sugar doughnuts, 
vanilla cream, chocolate sauce $9 

Cheesecake, nectarine compote, 
lemon sorbet  $9 

Almond-raisin crumble, vanilla ice- 

cream $9 

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