Enzo Shalom

Jenny’s
9 Pell Street, 2B
New York
Chinatown
Jun 30th 2021 — Aug 1st 2021

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A line of hazy, barely seen horses parade across the slate grey works, tinged with red and rust streaks, like an effervescent trace of something once present, now half-forgotten. In a solo exhibition at Jenny’s, frottage, a technique for taking rubbings, gives rise to Enzo Shalom’s pale and haunting images on paper. Etched, like gravestone rubbings, they betray belabored surfaces, criss-crossed strokes before being layered with soft pastels and hatched with halting pencil lines. 

A technique with Surrealist roots, Shalom’s frottage works sometimes draw upon that psychoanalytic tradition. In one piece, upright scissors dig their tips into a surface which is alternatively landscape, fabric, or flesh. Elsewhere, they reference Surrealist staples such as automatic drawings or photomontage through impressions of what seems like the odds and ends of a sewing basket: buttons, baubles, the texture of lace doilies, all softly revealed with the side of a pencil.

Enzo Shalom, Propping Against, 2021. Graphite, lacquer, acrylic on paper mounted on panel, 18 x 15 inches.

  • Through
    Jun 6th

    A traveling exhibition of 69 oil paintings, watercolors and works on paper aims to chart Milton Avery’s trajectory and contextualize his work for a new generation.

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    May 29th

    Inspired by fractals, Renee Cox’s deity-like collages of Black figures constitute an Afrofuturist creation myth.

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    Jun 6th

    An economical survey of Jonas Mekas, “The Camera Was Always Running” serves as a touching introduction to the Lithuanian filmmaker and champion of avant-garde cinema.

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    May 22nd

    Exhibited with melodic sight-lines, Mary Manning’s “Ambient Music” hums with the background noise of the subconscious.

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    May 28th

    The words masterful and mastery assert themselves the instant one encounters the works in “My Body,” both for Nancy Grossman’s command of a wide range of skills and her active state of dominance, identity and selfhood.

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    May 23rd

    Full of whimsy and delight, Fernanda Laguna’s work in “The Path of the Heart” cuts an incisive critique of sociopolitical issues in Latin America.

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    May 28th

    The work in Valentina Vaccarella’s “Bless this Life” rests on a simple irony: monogrammed, embroidered French bridal linens pulled taut across stretcher bars and besmirched by rough images of modern madams.

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    Jun 6th

    Daniel Lie’s “Unnamed Entities” at the New Museum challenges the antiseptic aim of curation and conservation by imagining a different kind of organic art that needs to be nurtured rather than preserved.

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    Jan 2nd 2023

    The sonic encounters provoked by Camille Norment’s elaborate acoustic artworks serve as agents for social consciousness.

  • Ongoing

    Day’s End, an elegiac memorial to and stubborn ghost of eras bygone, will also serve as silent witness to the inevitable changes to come.

  • Ongoing

    Dia’s recent acquisition of works by Charles Gaines forms the basis of this survey, which includes the artist’s first forays into mathematics-based grid drawings and other early experiments in medium and form.