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Allouche Gallery Opens Pop-Up Space in Soho

BAST Neon Sign
BAST Neon Sign (All Photos By Gail)

Gallerist Eric Allouche (Opera Gallery) has reopened his now eponymous gallery with a pop-up space on Wooster Street after leaving Opera/Allouche’s long-held previous address on Spring Street, where we attended many, many exhibits over the span of a few short years. The Wooster Street address is just temporary, until Allouche can find an ideal new home in which to showcase the works of his cache of represented contemporary pop artists, such as Ron English and FAILE. A low-key opening reception took place last Thursday and fans of the gallery were more than happy to have a destination to draw them in from the newly-arrived polar vortex holding adventure-seeking Manhattanites in its tight grip.

Faile Fox Hunt Go Get Em
FAILE: Fox Hunt Go Get Em

The current exhibit is a bit of a ‘warm up’ or re-boot, featuring both new and older works in Allouche’s collection. If you were fortunate enough to attend last summer’s FAILE exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, then the above collage will look familiar to you, as will the bright Neon sign in the gallery’s front window, which was included in the BAST/FAILE Arcade collaboration.

Detail from Faile Fox Hunt Go Get Em
Fox Hunt Go Get Em Detail

Jessica Lichtenstein Afterglow

Also on display are the Japanese Manga-influenced works by Jessica Lichtenstein, including the title piece from her Afterglow exhibit seen previously at Gallery nine5.

Afterglow Detail
Afterglow Detail

Lichtenstein’s works are recognizable for the flocks of tiny naked ladies in her images; which, from a distance, can easily be mistaken for blossom clusters. Clever.

Jessica Lichtenstein War
Jessica Lichtenstein: War (2013) Edition of 3

She has also this piece in the show, which is populated with hyper-sexualized, semi-clad females cavorting on WMDs. War is Hell.

Rafa Macarron Caos
Rafa Macarron, Caos

Spanish artist Rafa Macarron has several of his mix-media large canvases in the show. His cartoonish drawings are lots of fun.

Rafa Macarron Caos Detai
Caos, Detail

Ron English
Ron English, All American Lady Lick

Kid Zoom Rose
Kid Zoom, Rose

Psychogeography
Dustin Yellin, Psychogeography Study, Matter

The gallery has a small rear space, where they managed to stage a surprising number of pieces, including these two glass/acrylic sculptures by Dustin Yellin.

Zulu Jungle Cave No. 1
Dustin Yellin, Zulu Jungle Cave No. 1

Warhol Map
Andy Warhol, Map of Eastern USSR Missile Bases

And of course, the Holy Trinity of late, NYC-based pop artists, Warhol, Haring and Basquiat are all represented.

Basquiat Untitled
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled Drawings

Allouche Gallery Pop-Up Space is Located at 148 Wooster Street, Between Price and Houston, in Soho, NYC. Permanent Location Coming Soon!

Gallery View

Paul Insect, 2033: Original Works Created in 2014 at Allouche Gallery

Paul Insect
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were trying to figure out why the address of 115 Spring Street sounded so familiar, and yet neither one of us could recall having been to the Allouche Gallery, which resides at that address, prior to the Paul Insect exhibit, the opening reception of which we attended on Saturday night. Once we walked in the door, however, we recognized the space as having formerly been the  home of Opera Gallery — which, who even knew that it had closed? Obviously, not us.  RIP Opera Gallery. I do not miss you that much.

Paul Insect

I like Paul Insect’s work a lot. To bring up a reference from Pop Culture, his unique portraits remind me a lot of the costumes and make-up designed, worn and made infamous by the late Leigh Bowery.

Allouche Gallery Bar
Hey, Free Wine!

And if you are going to reference another contemporary painter doing something similar, perhaps George Condo comes to mind as well, although I prefer Insect over Condo.

Paul Insect

The exhibit’s press release simply states that “Paul Insect’s 2033, Original Works Created in 2014, features a series of striking new montage works on canvas and paper, projecting a world in which people want more, thrive to be the best and pretend to be who they are not.” I like that. Here are more of our favorites from the show.

Paul Insect Diptych

This Diptych (above) and the trio (below) are a little bit different stylistically from the others.

Paul Insect Trio

Paul Insect Abstract

This one has maybe a bit more of a collage feel to it. I love his use of bright colors.

Paul Insect

This one reminds me of Me and Geoffrey when we go out looking at the Art.

Paul Insect

Paul Insect Installation View

Here is a bit more of an installation view. It really is a very nice space.

Paul Insect

The Red in this is just remarkable, although it doesn’t translate in the photograph. It is one of my favorite pieces in the show for sure!

Go see this exhibit, because it is awesome.

Paul Insect, 2033 will be on Exhibit Through January 11th, 2015 at Allouche Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in Soho.

Paul Insect

Opera Gallery Presents Contemporary Masters

Andy Warhol Lincoln Center Ticket
Lincoln Center Ticket By Andy Warhol

It’s not even June, but it already feels like the galleries are winding down for a summer of dormancy. Opera Gallery in Soho just launched a group show, Contemporary Masters, that contains a few interesing pieces but had a surprisingly low Wow Factor. Here are a few pieces that stood out for me.

Keith Haring Untitled
Keith Haring, Untitled

It’s always fun to see a Warhol and a Haring. Their stuff never gets old to me.

Arman Marmelade De Porcelaine Chinoise
Arman’s Marmelade De Porcelaine Chinoise

French artist/sculptor Arman, perhaps best known for his deconstructed violins, has this awesome piece made with broken china suspended in plexiglass. Really gorgeous.

Arman Sliced Violins
Sliced Violins With Acrylic Paint on Canvas By Arman

David Mach Standing Gorilla
David Mach’s Standing Gorilla Greets You!

Sculptor David Mach has a few interesting works in the show, including two sculptures made from wire coat hangers. This towering Standing Gorilla is in the front window but I could not get a good shot of it from the street. It’s pretty cool though.

Manolo Valdes Cabeza Con Mariposas Plateada
Manolo Valdes Cabeza Con Mariposas Plateada

If you’ve been to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx then you’ve seen the seven gigantic replicas of the statue above, by Spanish artist Manolo Valdes, scattered about the grounds. The title translates to “Head with Silver Butterflies.” I like it.

Alexander Calder Stripes and Stripes
Alexander Calder Stripes and Stripes

When I think of Calder, I mostly assosciate his name with playful, minimalist mobiles. This painting by him is lovely.

Opera Gallery is Located at 115 Spring Street in Soho, New York, NY 10012.

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Creates Pop Up Location for How & Nosm’s Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions
All Photos By Gail

While Late Confessions, the new exhibit by identical twin graffiti artists How & Nosm, opened over two weeks ago, it took that long for us to make it to the exhibit due to NYC’s recent streak of inclement weather and circumstances beyond our control. We must “confess,” however, that it was worth the wait, because this “must see” show is nothing short of fantastic!

How & Nosm Late Confessions

We have previously seen single works by How & Nosm (the pseudonyms of Raoul and Davide Perré) in group shows at venues such as Opera Gallery in Soho, or on the ever-rotating Houston Street at Bowery Mural, but this is our first exposure to a show of multiple works by these fabulously talented brothers. We admit we had no clue that they were capable of such depth and diversity, and this exhibit, which includes a few incidences of site-specific installation, had us oohing an aahing as we moved excitedly from room to room.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

Born in Germany and raised in Spain, the brothers reveal different parts of their past in the art that was produced for this exhibition. In addition to using their signature color palette of red, grey and black, the twins have pushed their own boundaries with massive canvases and installations that show how dynamic they can be.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

In a small shrine-like room close to the front of the gallery,  you’ll find a series of “art books” painted specifically for this show. This display brought on the show’s ‘Wow Factor’ immediately.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

Down the hall and around another corner, you may feel like you’ve stumbled into Alice’s storybook Wonderland.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

There is a new discovery every way you look.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

The detail of these works is phenomenal.

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In yet another room of the gallery, you’ll find a massive sculpture of a Fish surrounded by suspended umbrellas and other whimsical details that help to further whatever narrative you are making up in your head.  How & Nosm Late Confessions

Although it is still very early in the year, How & Nosm’s Late Confessions will surely rank among our Top Ten Exhibits for 2013! See it while you can!

Late Confessions runs through February 23rd, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine’s Pop Up Space, located at 557 W 23rd Street, New York City.

Opera Gallery Presents Streets of the World

Streets Of The World Invite

From LA to London and beyond, so many cities around the world embrace a thriving and vibrant Street Art scene. Leave it to Opera Gallery (with its global presence) to realize that it just makes sense to curate  a group show representing the artists of the world who never stop creating in innovative ways in an effort make sure that you never stop thinking about why things are the way they are. Because when you really get it, you know that Street Art isn’t just about creating a distraction, or making something that’s nice to look at; it’s about conveying a message.

Faile Fortune
Faile / Fortune (Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Streets of the World collects the work of 40 global contemporary  artists that have emerged from the Street Art Movement. A number of the participating artists, such as Banksy, Kenny Scharf and Os Gemeos, represent International Household Names of Street Artists. Others, including Ron English, Logan Hicks, and collectives The London Police and Trustocorp, exhibit regularly at Opera, so we were already familiar with, and fans of, their work. But many others were exciting  discoveries. Overwhelming new favorites are selected works by How and Nosm (from Germany), Interesni Kazki (Ukraine) and Spain’s Sixeart. There is so much to see at this exhibit, and Opera has accented every wall — including the stairwell and the entire basement space — with exciting paintings, sculptures and collage.

Ron English Star Skull Street
Ron English

Trustocorp Grocery Case
Trustocorp (One of 4 Featured Works by this Collective in the Show)

In fact, we took so many cool pictures at last Thursday’s opening, it was hard to select just a few for this post. Please hit the jump below to see more work from this Do Not Miss Exhibit!

Streets of the World will be on exhibit at the Opera Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in New York through May 30th, 2012.

See Tons more Photos, along with a Full list of Participating Artists and their Represented Regions, After the Jump!

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Aluminum Blowfish

Aluminum Blowfish By Artist Mauro Corda
Poisson Porc Epic By Mauro Corda

French sculptor Mauro Corda is currently showing a selection of his amazing sculptures at the Opera Gallery, 115 Spring Street in Soho, New York City. More Images from the exhibit are available at This Link, but you should really try to see them in person. Especially that giant Blowfish, which is just spectacular.

Saki the Sad Dog By Michael George

Photo By Geoffrey Dicker

Saki the Sad Dog is the creation of artist Michael George. Michael sells Saki on tiny 3 x 3″ canvases from a table he sets up  on either  Spring or Prince Street (I found him on Spring just a few steps east of the Opera Gallery). The canvases are painted with all different colors to create vibrant backgrounds: some multicolored (like what you see pictured above) and some solid colors, so you can  choose one that really matches your decor or your mood.  In addition to these tiny and very affordable canvases ($5 dollars each), Michael sells T-shirts with his original designs that not only include Saki’s head, but also a really fun design featuring an automatic weapon with a slogan underneath it “For When the Neighbors Get Out of Hand,” or something similar. Controversy! Michael says the T-Shirt was inspired by the Columbine tragedy. At any rate, they certainly are topical! If you happen to be in the SoHo neighborhood on the weekend and you find yourself on Spring Street (most weekends) or Prince Street (once in a while), take a look out for Michael and pick yourself up some affordable art!