Buhmann on Art
Cameraman’s death, de Almeida’s dynamism, Hundley’s moments & Ortega’s connections
DEATH OF A CAMERAMAN
Organized by Martin Waldmeier, this exhibition features works by Broomberg & Chanarin, Harun Farocki, Rabih Mroué, Hrair Sarkissian and Rudolf Steiner. It was inspired by the death of a young man in 2011, who was shot when documenting gunfire in the streets of Homs, Syria, with his cell phone. He was one of the many anonymous individuals who have helped draw attention to international political events by using personal cameras and cell phones. Waldmeier explores this powerful moment when the making of an image becomes a matter of life and death.
Sept. 13-Oct. 26. At apexart (291 Church St., btw. Walker & White Sts.). Hours: Tues-Sat. 11am-6pm. Call 212-431-5270 or visit apexart.org.
Caetano de Almeida
This two-venue show features recent large-scale watercolors on paper and paintings by the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian artist. The compositions of de Almeida are optically charged, chromatic and frequently characterized by patterns made of circular cutouts and holes. The works’ overall geometric structure hints at the rich history of Brazilian geometric and Neo-Concrete art. However, it is de Almeida’s intuitive use of color that provides a unique sense of dynamism all his own.
Through Oct. 13, at Eleven Rivington (11 Rivington St., btw. Chrystie St. & Bowery and 195 Chrystie St., btw. Rivington & Stanton Sts). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12-6pm. Call 212-982-1930 or visit elevenrivington.com.
MARC HUNDLEY: THE WAVES, THE BODY ALONE
Hundley’s exhibition was largely inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel “The Waves,” which is comprised of a series of soliloquies spoken by six different characters. In the construction of this exhibition, Hundley used a strategy similar to Woolf’s. Each work was conceived in dialogue with the others. Manifesting as a complex constellation of references to books Hundley has read, images he has collected and music he has listened to, the hand-printed canvases and works on paper directly correspond to significant moments in his life.
Through Oct. 20, at team (gallery, inc.). At 47 Wooster St., btw. Grand & Broome Sts. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., 12-6pm). Call 212-279-9219 or visit teamgal.com.
As a former political cartoonist, Ortega has taken a longstanding interest in social and political narratives. He deconstructs familiar objects and creates new arrangements in which each component can be reconsidered. Ortega is fascinated by systems, and the relationship between individual parts. Playful and deeply provocative, his sculptures, installations and photographic works draw on unusual connections between tools, thought and written words. This exhibition features a large-scale installation composed of 25 twisted steel sculptures hanging from the ceiling.
Sept. 12–Oct. 26, at Gladstone Gallery (530 W. 21st St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-206-9300 or visit gladstonegallery.com.
— BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN (stephaniebuhmann.com)