David Zwirner Explores Artist Ray Johnson’s Queer Identity in “WHAT A DUMP”

Curator Jarrett Earnest presents a nuanced portrait of the obsessive mail art pioneer

American conceptual artist Ray Johnson pioneered the mail art movement from its inception in 1943, through its explosive critical reception in the ’60s, and until his death in 1995. Most people with an interest in contemporary art know this. With Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP, on now at David Zwirner, curator Jarrett Earnest sidesteps the textbook facets of the figure and explores his obsessions and …

Brooklyn-Based Rachael Tarravechia + Anthony Eslick’s “New York Isn’t F*cking Dead” Exhibition

Tchotchke Gallery's first duo show pays homage to those who continue to shape and contribute to NYC's enduring vibrance

Like many New Yorkers over the past year, Tchotchke Gallery founders Danielle Dewar and Marlee Katz defiantly rejected claims made by various publications (and individuals) that the city was somehow dead. “We both felt quite protective,” they explain. “Not to mention, this also happened around the same time that we saw the great migration out of New York City.” While some returned when case numbers …

Artists Pedro Silva + Stefan Martin’s Back-to-Back Collaborative SoHo Shows

Two harmonious exhibitions of large-scale acrylic paintings and layered art furniture

In a bright, sprawling 3,000-square-foot SoHo storefront, artists Pedro Silva and Stefan Martin recently revealed the second of two back-to-back collaborative exhibitions, known as Rebirth. Long used for storage by Selima Salaun (the founder of neighboring Selima Optique) and the building’s owner (whose husband had used the space as his own gallery in the ’80s), the mixed-use shop had transitioned from art to retail and then storehouse …