Join us Thursday May 21st to Support WAGMAG Brooklyn Art Guide

For the past fourteen years WAGMAG has supported Brooklyn art communities by establishing a forum to promote art exhibitions and events and has coordinated an effort to unify neighbor galleries and artists. 
There will be approximately 100 pieces of artwork generously donated by local galleries and artists for the raffle during the event evening. EACH TICKET HOLDER IS GUARANTEED A WORK OF ART. Enjoy a festive atmosphere with hors d'oeuvres, coctails, beer and wine, and a spectacular exhibition of cutting-edge artwork from prominent artists in Brooklyn.
Please help support our mission to promote the arts in Brooklyn. WAGMAG, Brooklyn Art Guide is a 501c3 nonprofit, and the only Brooklyn art guide that chronicles the art activities of art venues in Brooklyn, on a monthly basis, in print and online.  

This year features the inaugural presentation of the Lisa Levy Awards!
As an additional honor, selected artists will be acknowledged for outstanding merit by WAGMAG Benefit Committee member Lisa Levy, who will be awarding ribbons to acknowledge some of the fabulous art for it's specific outstanding qualities. To that end, she will be awarding ribbons to a selection of artworks that contain those special qualities such as Most Clashing Colors, Most Impractical to Bring Home. Most Time Consuming to Make and more!

Each raffle ticket guarantees an artwork. Artwork will be selected on the benefit evening by a raffle-style drawing, which determines the order in which ticketholders make their selection.
Tickets for the artwork raffle are available for $200 up until May 10th, after which tickets will be available for $250 each. Each ticket guarantees a work of art. There will be an entrance fee for admission to the benefit event of $20 for non-ticket holders.

Brooklyn Oenology Winery will be pouring a selection of their award-winning wines throughout the evening.
VIP preview tickets are availble for $350, these limited tickets grant early access for four guests from 6:00-7:00pm with a guided tour and include a ticket for the artwork raffle (7-9pm). Specialty cocktails will be served during this portion of the evening, proxies are available to be assigned to help make artwork selections and will act as stand ins during the raffle in the case that VIP guests are unable to attend the artwork drawing. VIP ticket holders will also receive a color checklist with images and descriptions of available works.
All proceeds will go towards the operation and production of WAGMAG, Brooklyn Art Guide.
Many Thanks to The Boiler  for hosting this year’s event.

Passersby at Owen James Gallery

Owen James Gallery2015-04-01

In a city teeming with millions, markers of resident and visitor individuality can become, over time, an accretive blur; faces, nationalities, ages, and body types smear together into a general human backdrop of the proto-typical, urban experience. Aspects of this paradox between the particular and the plural are explored within the figurative works on paper of Oslo-based artist Elin Rødseth, currently on view at Owen James Gallery (61 Greenpoint Avenue, Suite #315) through April 18th.

The show, entitled Passersby, assembles many works from the artists current series of the same name; small photopolymer prints on paper reminiscent of family photos or keepsakes wherein the primary countenances of the subjects are obscured while secondary elements; hair, clothing, and physical postures are foregrounded through the effects of a mediated printing process. Evidence of the artist’s hand and gestures soften while the more material qualities of paper and ink seem to register higher in one’s noticing. A personal favorite, “Passerby 9” presents a faceless girl before a “Nails” sign, blowing hair disintegrating into a black, crackle field. This “Christina’s World”-like image, though small in scale, prods and pulls at your sense of place and familiarity. “Passerby 5” depicts a presumedly young girl, hunched over and lacing up her boot. With body angles and composition that gently recall the drawings of Egon Schiele, this work seems to catch a bit of the magic inherent in our everyday repetitions; habitual, meditative, and insouciant. The works in this series evince memory, in that funny way where the crisp specifics of our minds eye can fuzz over and blur when viewed through the lens of time.

The parlour-like installation of these images underscores the read of them as family heirlooms or yearbook snapshots and the feelings of deja vu that these works can manifest are both hauntingly pleasant and warmly disquieting.

The show also includes works from Rødseth’s Bystander series, wherein woodcut and photopolymer interior elements are juxtaposed and re-purposed within the series, like props on a theatrical stage. Last and honorable mention is given to “Men”, a singular woodcut monotype wherein a group of faceless male figures shuffle and huddle together, peering out into nothing. The background here is spare (there isn’t one) and through composition and placement alone, the viewer can assume a horizon line and ground for the action, only there isn’t any. Like a contemporary riff on Godot, these men gather and wait and stare outwardly, with themselves as their only reward.

For additional figurative work, sans facial features, in Brooklyn visit Faceless, Figuring Immediacy + New Nudes at Outlet Gallery (253 Wilson Avenue) which opens April 4th and features the dreamy psychedelic paintings of Jen Hitchings, the gem-toned, modernist musings of figurative painter Gili Levy, the charged figurations of Julie Curtiss, and minimal, humorous takes on the figure by Dan Flanagan. (through May 10th).

—Enrico Gomez

Greenpoint Gallery Night - Friday, March 20, 7-10pm

Is there a better way to celebrate the snowy happy first day of spring in NYC than planning a route through a lovely neighborhood during Greenpoint Gallery Night tonight from 7-10pm?

GGN is an ongoing effort to shed light on Greenpoint’s exceptional galleries, art organizations, and businesses that feature artwork. Participating locations have scheduled opening receptions and extended hours to coincide with the event.

GGN official afterparty 10pm - onward at Broken Land, 105 Franklin St.

The Spring '15 edition includes:
106 Green - 104 Green St

Booklyn Artist Alliance - 37 Greenpoint Ave

Calico - 67 West St

Dusk Editions - 61 Greenpoint Ave

Greenpoint Terminal Gallery - 67 West St

G-Spot - 66 Greenpoint Ave (CoCo66)

The Java Project - 252 Java St

Owen James Gallery - 61 Greenpoint Ave

The Yard - 33 Nassau Ave
work by: Miryam Prodanovic

Brouwerij Lane - 78 Greenpoint Ave

Dandelion Wine - 153 Franklin St
work by: Paul Richard

Greenpoint Gallery Night, March 20, 2015

Mapping Brooklyn at BRIC House and Brooklyn Historical Society


If you haven't visited Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District recently, things are bustling in the area. Elizabeth Ferrer, Director of Contemporary Art at BRIC and Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society have teamed up to co-present "Mapping Brooklyn." This exhibition leads viewers on a tour through Brooklyn's history and offers chance for re-orientation of personal perspectives on the borough.

Patricia Smith Historic maps are juxtaposed with contemporary artists' works, which incorporate cartography, exploration and maps in their art-making processes. One standout in this exhibition is Jennifer Maravillas' "71 Square Miles" a massive collage of paper litter collected from her extensive walks throughout Brooklyn. Going beyond geographical mapping, Patricia Smith's "Upper Brooklyn Recovered Memory Tureen" presents a map of the mind, with designations of thoughts meticulously drawn and detailed.

Katarina Jerinic We have all seen them: free standing boulders in the oddest of places, Katerina Jerinic informs us that they are left behind by glaciers and invites visitors on a tour of these “Erratic Monuments”. And be sure not to miss BRIC’s Project Room with data transformed into colorful and impactful maps. A vintage road map from the World’s Fair adds a nice counterpoint to Justin Blinder's interactive digital installation, "Vacated," which processes public data to present a stunning view of the changes from the ground up in Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Some of the other impressive map based works in the show include projects by: Aaron Beebe, Daniel Bejar, Francisca Benitez, Gail Biederman, Justin Blinder, Christine Gedeon, Katarina Jerinic, Joyce Kozloff, Laura Kurgan, Peter Lapsley, Jennifer Maravillas, Simonetta Moro, Bundith Phunsombatlert, Jan Rothuizen, Patricia Smith, Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin, and Sarah Williams. On view through May 3rd at BRIC House (647 Fulton) and Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street).

—K. Vance

Brooklyn Exhibitors at Upcoming Art Fairs

Brooklyn galleries will be well represented next week during Amory Arts Week!

Here is a list of who will be where:

The Armory Show

PIERS 92 & 94
12th Avenue at 55th Street
Private Opening: Wednesday, March 4th for invited guests.
Public Hours:
Thursday, March 5th - Sunday, March 8th, 12 pm to 7 pm.

West 50th Street at 12th Avenue
Preview: Thursday, March 5th
Public Hours:
Friday, March 6th – Saturday March 7th, 12pm to 8 pm
Sunday, March 8th, 12 pm to 7 pm

Art on Paper
Pier 36, Downtown Manhattan
Preview: Thursday, March 5th, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Public Hours:
Friday, March 6th, 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday, March
7th, 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, March 8th, 11 am to 6 pm

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street

Private Preview Brunch: Thursday, March 5th, 10 am to 1 pm
Public Hours:
Thursday, March 5th, 1 pm to 6 pm
Friday, March 6th, 11 am to 8 pm
Saturday, March 7th, 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday, March 8th, 11 am to 5 pm

Black & White Gallery /Project Space
Swoon Studio/Braddock Tiles

Independent Fair

548 West 22nd Street
Vernissage: Thursday, March 5th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Public Hours:
Friday, March 6th, 12 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, March 7th, 12 pm to 7 pm
Sunday, March 8th, 12 pm to 6 pm

Real Fine Arts

Moving image art fair
Waterfront New York Tunnel
269 11th Avenue
Open reception: Thursday, March 5th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Open Hours:
Thursday March 5th – Saturday March 7th, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, March 8th, 2015: 11am – 4pm


SCOPE New York

639 W 46th St
Public Hours:
Friday, March 6th, 6 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, March 7th, 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday, March 8th, 11 am to 8 pm

Masters Gallery

Salon Zürcher

33 Bleecker St.
Public Hours:
Tuesday, March 3rd - Saturday, March 7th, 12 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, March 8th, 12 pm to 5 pm

Theodore Art

Art Openings and Events this Weekend in Brooklyn

This weekend offers a break from the winter blues, there are many opening receptions and events this weekend in Brooklyn to ease your cabin fever.  Tomorrow evening DUMBO hosts their First Thursday event, with galleries being open late into the evening.  Friday evening Bushwick hosts an array of new exhibitions and Saturday Park Slope/Gowanus galleries present some great new shows.

See below for a full listing of events:

Masters Projects, Inc, 6-9
Smack Mellon, 7:30-9
--DUMBO First Thursday--, 1-6
Sculptors Guild Gallery, 6-9
AIR Gallery, 6-9
Gallery Gaia, 6-8
Art Helix, 6-9

Fresh Window, 7-9pm
Studio 10, 6pm
Signal, 7-10
Friday Studio Gallery, 6 - 8 PM
99¢ Plus, 7-10
Amos Eno Gallery, 6-8pm
Wayfarers, 7-10
Smack Mellon, 6pm
The Royal @ RSOAA, 7-9

Knockdown Center, 2-7
17 frost, 7-9
Park Slope/Gowanus
Open Source, 7-9
Proteus Gowanus, 6-9
Fivemyles, 7pm
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
UrbanGlass, 1-6
Boerum Hill
490 Atlantic Gallery, 6-9

Transmitter, 4pm
Front Room Gallery, 4-6

January/February Art in Brooklyn by Enrico Gomez

January/February Art in Brooklyn


January is a month of cold nights and warm openings, with large group shows being offered throughout the borough. Coming on the heels of "Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond" at Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) (a fine exhibition that many felt did not go far enough toward exploring the variety of art produced here), many of these large salon affairs seem like proud rebuttals of a sort. At Centotto (250 Moore St. #108) artist/critic/curatorPaul D'Agostino assembles a 35+ artist survey from his home-based gallery's prior programming; including paintings, sculptural objects, photographs and more. During Momenta Art's (56 Bogart St.) winter break, January 5th-11th, you can catch a lively 80+ artist group show curated by the indomitable artist Julie Torres. Later in the month, catch the salon-show institution, "Side Show Nation III: Circle the Wagons," an annual party/labor of love put on by artist/gallerist Richard Timperio atSideshow Gallery (319 Bedford Ave). This year's show boasts over 600 artists in a mind-bending display of every type of work imaginable. See also "Paperazzi IV" at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery (205 Norman Ave.), opening on January 16th, for a dizzying survey of 130+ artists in a wide range of medium on paper. Two nights earlier on January 14th, attend "Open [C]all: The Artist's Studio," at BRIC Gallery (647 Fulton St.), a 150+ artist exhibition originating from an open call and sourced from BRIC'S online Contemporary Artist Registry. Another important event at BRIC this month is "Pioneers! O' Pioneers! A History of NY Artist Neighborhoods" on January 21st from 7-9 PM, wherein a panel discussion on the changing political, economic, and geographic landscapes of artist neighborhoods will include seminal NYC art figures Irving SandlerJoyce and Maz KozloffWalter Robinson and Pierogi's own Joe Amrhein. (Joe Amrhein's works can be seen alongside artists Rita Valley, Rico Gatson, and William Powhida at Odetta Gallery (229 Cook St.) in "Pay to Play" opening January 16th, 6-8 PM). Other shows that need mentioning all fall along brilliantly hued lines (a chromatic burst of color is magic for the temperament these dark days of winter). Firstly, Gary Petersen'sexhilarating solo "Not now, but maybe later" at THEODORE:Art (56 Bogart St.) offers vibrant paintings that mix geometric, angled components with a 60's space age pop color sensibility. Several lush works are paired with two stunning mural installations on a carnation pink ground. Ignore the suggestion of the title; see it now! Also not to be missed is "Consumed": Kim Holleman and Joanne Ungar, two solo exhibitions atFront Room Gallery (147 Roebling St.) wherein each artist focuses on and repurposes the detritus and refuse of our disposable, consumer culture. Holleman's installation makes smart use of the glass-like qualities of resin and Ungar's new works suspend flattened packaging in layers of jewel-toned wax; revealing a clever interplay between compromised volume and translucent depth. The Parlor Bushwick (791 Bushwick Ave.) offers a three person show opening January 17th that will include the chromatic and fantastical figurations of talented painter Ryan Michael Ford. And Michael David's Life on Mars Gallery (56 Bogart St.) offers new and brilliantly hued abstractions from painter Fran O'Neill with pithy, textural treasures from painter Benjamin Pritchard in the project space (opens January 16th). 

—Enrico Gomez