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Opening: November 28, 2018 | Under Erasure | Pierogi Gallery, NYC

Please join us tonight!

For the opening of Under Erasure, curated by Heather + Raphael Rubinstein at Pierogi Gallery. The curators have designed a beautiful website featuring the curatorial text and work of all artists/writers/collaborators. The exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2019. (Catalog available).

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, 28 November, 2018.
5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Pierogi Gallery | 155 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

28 November, 2018—6 January, 2019

Joe Amrhein | Jenni B. Baker | Jean-Michel Basquiat | Heather Bause Rubinstein | Joshua Beckman | Gene Beery | Jen Bervin | Charles Bernstein | Luca Bertolo | Joseph Beuys | Lisa Blas | Mel Bochner | Ariana Boussard-Reifel | Pierre Buraglio | Doris Cross | The Deletionist.com, Amaranth Borsuk + Jesper Juul + Nick Montfort | David Diao | Peter Gallo | Dana Frankfort | Guerilla Girls | Harmony Hammond | Jane Hammond | Ann Hamilton | Matthea Harvey + Amy Jean Porter | Christian Hawkey + Uljana Wolf | Charline von Heyl | Dennis Hollingsworth | Janet Holmes | Jenny Holzer | Emilio Isgrò | Samuel Jablon | Ray Johnson | Ronald Johnson | Kim Jones | Joseph Kosuth | Cody Ledvina | Tony Lewis | Glenn Ligon | Mark Lombardi | Travis Macdonald | Suzanne McClelland | Arnold Mesches | Dan Miller | Donna Moylan | Kristen Mueller | Loren Munk | Bruce Nauman | Joshua Neustein | Nina Papaconstantinou | Bruce Pearson + Mónica de la Torre | M. NourbeSe Philip | Tom Phillips | Niina Pollari | Richard Prince | Edouard Prulhière + Raphael Rubinstein | Sylvia Ptak | Archie Rand | Stephen Ratcliffe | Robert Rauschenberg | Srikanth Reddy | David Reed | Ridykeulous + AL Steiner + Nicole Eisenman | Mary Ruefle | Jerry Saltz + Anonymous Artist | David Scher | Mira Schor | Teresa Serrano | John Sparagana | Antoni Tàpies | Shane Tolbert | Betty Tompkins | Jim Torok | Xiaofu Wang

CATALOG AVAILABLE: Under Erasure | Pierogi Gallery

Opening: October 1, 2018 / The Drawing Center, New York / 2018 Benefit Auction

Dear friends,

I have contributed a work to The Drawing Center for their 2018 Benefit Auction. Please join us Monday night, October 1, 2018, in support of one of New York’s most groundbreaking museums and their future programming! View the list of participating artists and works here: CATALOG

YOU ARE INVITED
The Drawing Center's
2018 BENEFIT AUCTION
Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Location: The Drawing Center | 35 Wooster Street

The Drawing Center, a museum in Manhattan's SoHo district, explores the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant to contemporary culture, the future of art, and creative thought. Its activities, which are both multidisciplinary and broadly historical, include exhibitions; Open Sessions, a curated artist program encouraging community and collaboration; the Drawing Papers publication series; and education and public programs. It was founded in 1977 by curator Martha Beck (1938–2014).

Opening: July 10, 2018: Social Photography VI / Carriage Trade, NYC

Social Photography VI is now open!

I have contributed a photograph to Carriage Trade's sixth benefit exhibition which meditates on the ubiquitous use of cell phone photography and its connection to the art community. Come view this immersive exhibition in situ, a precise grid of images installed on two facing walls in the gallery.

"While Instagram tends to emphasize the medium's social utility, carriage trade's Social Photography exhibitions have tracked an alternate course, inviting participants and viewers to encounter these images in a format free of peer-generated tallies, while offering the option of a sustained look afforded by a gallery setting."

All photographs can be viewed and purchased online:
https://socialphotography.carriagetrade.org/

carriage trade, 277 Grand St, 2nd Fl. , New York, NY 10002

Lisa Blas, Table(au), detail, 2018

September 24, 2017: Handwriting The Constitution @ New York Public Library

On Sunday, September 24th, I will be conducting a handwriting session from 12 - 4 pm in the Rose Room of the New York Public Library. Please join friends, neighbors and colleagues in this collective activity of reading and handwriting the Constitution of the United States. To learn more about this initiative begun by artist Morgan O'Hara, please visit the website.

New York Public Library: Bryant Park
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St. and Fifth Ave.), New York, NY, 10018

Related Press: NY Times

Opening July 11, 2017: Social Photography V / Carriage Trade, NYC

Join us tonight for the opening of "Social Photography V" at Carriage Trade, a non-profit art organization in the Lower East Side. The exhibition will be on view July 11 - August 12, 2017.

I have contributed a photograph along with many others in the art community to support future programming at the gallery. My work, and all other works in the exhibition can be viewed and purchased online:

Hope to see you there!
Carriage Trade
Opening: 6 - 9 pm
277 Grand St, 2nd FL
New York, NY 10002
718-483-0815

https://socialphotography.carriagetrade.org/

Opening March 23, 2017: Lisa Blas "Monday's image" / Emily Harvey Foundation, New York

Lisa Blas / "Monday's image" at Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, on March 23, 2017. Many thanks to all who attended this one night special event!

Lisa Blas
Monday's Image

March 23, 2017
1:00 - 9:00pm
Opening March 23 - 7:00pm

Monday's image is a weekly web-based project begun in 2015 by Lisa Blas in the News section of her website, presented as a video work for a special one night-event at the EHF.

LISA BLAS, "So what? We must act", Digital C-print, 2017

LISA BLAS, Monday's image, installation view, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, 2017

Opening: SPRING/BREAK Art Show: February 28 - March 6, 2017

Excited to be showing early work along with recent work in the group exhibition "AMERICANAH" curated by Natasha Becker. Please join us at SPRING/BREAK Art Show during Armory Week 2017 in New York!

PRESS: 16 Curators to Watch at SPRING/BREAK
Artsy Editorial: Casey Lesser

Natasha Becker presents three New York City artists, LISA BLAS, BRADLEY McCALLUM and DAAPO REO, at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 novel about identity and belonging in a global landscape.

Contained within Adichie’s neologism, Americanah, is the word Americana which describes the many different kinds of artifacts that make up the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. The American flag is an iconic symbol within this collection of artefacts, representing a national identity that is based on the principles of liberty, justice, and humanity. It is an inspiring image but one that can also highlight moments where the nation falls short.

By adding an ‘h’ at the end of the existing word, Adichie extends its meaning to describe, defend, and criticize a complex process of becoming in which identity is not predicated on the seeds of nationality or the ground of place but rather on experience (relations of identity, nationality, race, difference, loneliness, aspiration, love) and trajectory (the path one follows through place and time).

The exhibition explores the delicate balance between expressions of American idealism and the freedom of artists to comment on times where nations falls short of their ideals.

Lisa Blas investigates how a single representation is mediated in its time of origin and redeployed in changing economies of signs and significations. Her poetic flag portraits representing Emily Perez (the highest decorated African-American and Hispanic woman to have died in the recent Iraq War) are potent symbols of vulnerability and in her newest series of vibrant collages, entitled “The Instability of Nature Morte (reconsidering monument[ality] under the throwaway evidence of work”, she explores personal and activist responses to contemporary political culture.

Bradley McCallum transforms news media images of burnings of the American flag into shimmering abstractions of flames, figures and fragments. Flag burning is a practice long associated with protest against the policies of a government or nation. His series of protest paintings (2015/2016) link the power and beauty of national icons with intense longing and demands for fairness and justice.

Daapo Reo reinvents the popular red, white and blue as a symbol of African aspirations, “ALCOHOLOTOPIA (A GEOPOLITICAL DREAM UNDER THE INFLUENCE,” and belonging, “AFRIKAN HISTORY X: GAY IS THE OLD BLACK, BITCHES!”. Reo’s flags are made from different African textiles representing layers of personal history, cultural memory, and conflicting experiences to comment on utopian aspirations and past and current realities, poking fun at privileged elites and anonymous masses along the way.

“Americanah” at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, 1 - 6 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK Times Square, NYC (entrance on 43rd Street)

For queries please CONTACT | NATASHA BECKER | curator | T: 917.601.6625 | E: n becker@icloud.com

Opening January 12, 2017: Emergency Eyewash / Tanja Grunert Gallery

Emergency Eyewash (Carol Szymanski and Barry Schwabsky) with Lisa Blas, Judith Goldman, Siv Støldal, Tyrone Williams, and John Yau

January 12 – February 18, 2017
Tanja Grunert
524 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Tanja Grunert is pleased to present the exhibition debut of Emergency Eyewash, a conceptual “label” conceived by Carol Szymanski and Barry Schwabsky as a vehicle for collaborations using texts, imagery, and objects. In particular, Emergency Eyewash aims to open up space for language arts outside the medium of the book and the computer screen.

Full press release and installation images here:
Artpress: "Emergency Eyewash"

Emergency Eyewash With Siv Støldal, Untitled (Bee Ranger), text by John Yau, fabric unique, 2017

Lisa Blas / Tanja Grunert gallery / January 2017 / New York
Photography: Stan Narten

Lisa Blas / Tanja Grunert gallery / January 2017 / New York
Photography: Stan Narten

Lisa Blas / Tanja Grunert gallery / January 2017 / New York
Photography: Stan Narten