Lost & Found

Martos Gallery
41 Elizabeth Street
New York
Chinatown
Feb 5th 2021 — Mar 13th 2021

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The lost-and-found: a staple of schools and amusement parks, a place where wayward items end up, hoping to one day be picked up by their owners. As a concept, it serves as the inspiration for “Lost & Found,” a group show at Martos Gallery featuring work that in some way engages with questions of loss and reunion, collection and discovery. True to its namesake, the works in this show are pleasantly hodgepodge, running the gamut of medium and style. Arthur Simms’s Trumpet and Rocking Chair (2019) is like a Dadaist assemblage of furniture and musical instrument, while Arnold J. Kemp’s series of layered black-and-white paintings nod to Abstract Expressionism. Jessica Diamond’s wall drawing poses a question many who have visited a lost-and-found may have asked aloud, despondent, after searching for something that isn’t there: “Is That All There Is?”

Jessica Diamond, Is That All There Is?, 1984/2010. Acrylic paint on wall. Dimensions variable.

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    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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Jan 2nd 2023

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

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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.