March 13, 2013

New York Lower East Side Art in China - Exhibition at James Cohan Gallery Shanghai

Downtown: A View of New York's Lower East Side
James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China
March 8 - May 5, 2013

Downtown: A View of New York's Lower East Side (LES) is a group exhibition presented by James Cohan Gallery in Shanghai with artworks by Joshua Abelow, David Adamo, Michael Bauer, David Brooks, Erica Baum, Hilary Harnischfeger, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Anicka Yi, whose work exemplifies the alternative scene in New York City’s burgeoning Lower East Side art district. For the artists included, this exhibition marks the first time their work will be shown in China. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the LES galleries who represent the artists presented in the exhibition. It was curated by Jessica Lin Cox and William Pym of James Cohan Gallery, New York. A bi-lingual catalog of the exhibition accompanies the exhibition. 

Anicka Yi
Debt to Pleasure, 2011
欢乐之债, 2011 
Digital c-print 数码打印 - 30 x 45 inches; 76 x 114 cm 
Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

ANICKA YI was born in 1971 in Seoul, South Korea. The artist lives and works in New York, USA

David Brooks
Imbroglios (a phylogenetic tree, from Homo Sapiens to Megalops Atlanticus), 2012
《纠葛(系谱 树,从智人到大西洋大眼蟹)》, 2012 
Fiberglass, gelcoat, MDF, pencil, hardware 
21 x 12 x 5 ft; 6.4 x 3.65 x 1.5 m
Courtesy the artist and American Contemporary, New York

DAVID BROOKS was born in 1975 in Brazil, Indiana, USA. The artist lives and works in New York, USA.

Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Dinner Theater, 2012
晚宴剧场, 2012 
Collage on canvas, glazed ceramic, chair 
85 1/2 x 72 1/2 x 21 inches; 217 x 184 x 53 cm 
Courtesy the artist and Laurel Gitlen, New York

JESSICA JACKSON HUTCHINS was born in 1971 in Chicago, IL USA. The artist lives and works in Berlin, Portland, OR USA.

In assembling this exhibition, DOWNTOWN provides a snapshot of what is on view in eight prominent LES galleries. As the oldest neighborhood in New York City, the LES has been home to waves of immigrants from Eastern European Jews, Poles and Ukrainians to what is today the heart of New York’s Chinatown. Throughout the neighborhood, galleries can be found tucked into small storefronts, up narrow staircases, and more recently in newly-built white box spaces. Progressive gallery models are thriving; they are incubators of the most exciting emerging artwork being made today. The close-knit community of artists and art dealers attracts well-heeled crowds to this former working class neighborhood, shifting the associations of the old world to the new. In the spirit of cultural exchange, this exhibition brings the best of the LES scene to audiences in Shanghai. 

Michael Bauer
Thon - H.S.O.P. – 42, 2012
鲔鱼 - H.S.O.P–42, 2012 
Oil on canvas 布面油画 - 72 x 60 inches; 182.9 x 152.4 cm
Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York

MICHAEL BAUER was born in 1973 in Erkelenz, Germany. The artist lives and works in New York, USA

Joshua Abelow
Dumb & Easy, 2007-2008
愚蠢与简单, 2007–2008 
Oil on linen 亚麻布面油画 
56 panels, each 18 x 18 inches; 45.7 x 45.7 cm  
共 56块,每块 18 x 18英寸(45.7 x 45.7 厘米) 
Courtesy the artist and James Fuentes LLC, New York

JOSHUA ABELOW was born in 1976 in Frederick, Maryland, USA. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA

The accompanying publication traces the evolution of the idea of 'downtown' as an attitude as much as a place. An essay by the curators charts the history of the downtown art scene in New York and the parallel social and cultural contexts from the late 1960s to the present. Interspersed throughout are first-person narratives from the artists and gallerists in the show who talk about what the LES means to them. The effect for the reader is as if overhearing snippets of life lived by artists and art professionals on the scene. In keeping with the show’s theme, the publication has been designed by Project Projects, an internationally celebrated design firm as well as a grassroots member of the LES community.

James Cohan Gallery Shanghai
1F, Building 1, Lane 170 Yue Yang Road, by Yong Jia Road - Shanghai, China
James Cohan Gallery's website: