Exhibitions Closing Soon / by John McGurk

A few shows are closing on the Lower East Side with one more week to check them out. There are probably many more, but here are some photos of just a few.  

The Essex Street Market has a small space occupied by the funny sounding named Cuchifritos Gallery.  This is a non-profit gallery that does a good job of supporting younger artists or giving voice to more experimental ideas.  It is always hit or miss here, but worth stopping in if you are in the market.

Currently exhibiting the work of French artist Anne Mourier, the space is full of miniature scenes and dioramas.  Floating from the ceiling and all over the place, it is almost a game to see if one can find them all.  The photo below is of one piece made of miniature brooms lined into the corner. 

 The miniature work of Anne Mourier at Chuchifritos in the Essex St. Market. 

The miniature work of Anne Mourier at Chuchifritos in the Essex St. Market. 

People must miss this gallery all the time, it almost blends in with the surroundings.  A great environment for a non-profit gallery to occupy.  If you are on the Lower East Side and at the Essex Street market, be sure to stop in and see what they have exhibited.  The show is up until October 19th. 

 
 The barber at Essex St. Market.

The barber at Essex St. Market.

 Entrance to Chuchifritos.

Entrance to Chuchifritos.

Just around the corner on Norfolk there are some great contemporary galleries.  Particularly at this moment in time, Lisa Cooley Gallery is definitely worth stopping in.  Up for one more week, Andy Coolquitt has a solo exhibit that sprawls throughout the whole space.  His work is fun and lively, a true master of the assemblage tradition in art.  Located at 107 Norfolk Street, the show is up until October 19th. 

 Andy Coolquitt at LIsa Cooley Gallery.

Andy Coolquitt at LIsa Cooley Gallery.

The main gallery above is filled with a whole range of sculptures and pieces that all together seem to defy any categorization.  Moving through this space and into the smaller back gallery, pictured below, is a great transition, with a pleasing composition of works fitting nicely in the smaller space.

 Andy Coolquitt in the back gallery at Lisa Cooley Gallery. 

Andy Coolquitt in the back gallery at Lisa Cooley Gallery. 

The newest gallery to the area, Lynch Tham is currently showing the work of Pedro Calapez. This show is up for the rest of the month and looks good.  The wall drawing/installation takes up one whole side of the gallery, a bold move. 

 Large wall installation at Lynch Tham. 

Large wall installation at Lynch Tham. 

His other "paintings" are mounted and made of aluminum boxes that protrude from the wall, much like some of Donald Judd's famous work.  The front surfaces are painted and the rest of the aluminum is left raw and exposed on each side.  Go by the gallery at 175 Rivington Street before November 2nd. 

 Calapez's work installed at Lynch Tham.

Calapez's work installed at Lynch Tham.

Although the show closed this past weekend, it is worth mentioning that Envoy Enterprises was host to an exhibition of the collection of Hudson, a well respected figure in the NY art world that recently passed away. 

From all accounts, Hudson was the type of dealer and committed art enthusiast the world needs more of, it is a great loss to the community here in downtown NYC. 

His collection is challenging and most would probably find many of the works offensive, but it is clear at first glance that he had a unique and dedicated eye for contemporary art work.  Hudson was clearly a strong presence in the art scene as the list of artists exhibited is pretty much a who's who of the once emerging art scene. 

 Collection of Hudson exhibited at 109 Norfolk, a pop up gallery space on the LES. 

Collection of Hudson exhibited at 109 Norfolk, a pop up gallery space on the LES.