Continuing Norte Maar invested interest in promoting collaborations between poets and artists, this Spring Norte Maar published jack. the first book of poetry by Bushwick based writer Mika Gellman with art by Steve Harding. Sara Christoph caught up with Mika Gellman for a conversation about her work, her influences and her first published work.
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Norte Maar is please to be participating in Frieze Night, Saturday May 11. As a complement to the Frieze New York Art Fair, the galleries and art spaces of Bushwick/Ridgewood would will remain open from 6-10pm.
On Monday, April 8, Norte Maar held its 2nd Annual Benefit Performance at Pace Gallery. The evening celebrated nine years of Norte Maar’s unique programming and collaborative mission. The night honored poet Bob Holman.
The career of Julie Lemberger has been, and continues to be, one defined by movement. This may seem like an oxymoron—a photographer being preoccupied with motion—but hers is a specific niche that hovers between the worlds of photography and dance. Through her 25-year career as a photographer, Lemberger has built a portfolio that reads like a who’s who of modern American dance.
One century ago this year, the floodgates of modern art were opened by three artists: Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach and Walt Kuhn. One year before, they had formed an artist-run coalition—the Association of American Painters—and in February of 1913, the organization mounted its first show, The International Exhibition of Modern Art. Today we know the event largely by the nickname it garnered from the show’s location: The Armory Show. And the rest, it seems, is modern art history.
Yet if Davies, Pach and Kuhn were paling around today and happened to stumble into next week’s Armory Fair, the highly publicized 100-year-anniversary-show opening March 7th, they would likely feel frightfully lost. The name may be the same, but the original spirit of spontaneity and experimentation is largely gone.
Hear the word vector, and an illustration from an old geometry textbook may come to mind. But instead imagine this: what if rather than slicing across paper, a vector emerged from within a body? What if instead of being flat and solitary, that vector manifested itself in different bodies with various histories of movement, how would that line be carried into three-dimensional space?
This is precisely what choreographer Julia K. Gleich and producer Lynn Parkerson intended to explore in Quilt, which will premiere at Brooklyn Ballet’s 2013 season titled In 4D, February 28-March 10 at the Actors Fund Arts Center. Quilt is a transatlantic collaboration between the two choreographers, the former living in London, the latter here in Brooklyn. Their collaboration began after Parkerson, the artistic director of the Brooklyn Ballet, expressed interest in Gleich’s studies into a vector-based system for creating dance.
Navigating tight quarters is second nature for any New Yorker. We bunk-up in studio apartments, do the sardine dance in subway cars, and barrel down the maddening sidewalks of Midtown. Last Friday in Bushwick was no different, and as Beat Nite: Limited Edition unfolded, droves of people filed in and out of some of the city’s tiniest—yet perhaps most spirited—art spaces.
“It had to be one of the most memorable moments I have experienced in the neighborhood,” proclaimed Jason Andrew, the architect of the night. “From the terrific curation of the spaces, to all the spaces pulling together to help promote the night, to all the amazing people that attended, the night was just terrific. And then to have us all come together for the afterparty with PassKontrol, it was all quite special.”
Don’t know where to start your Beat Nite wanderings? While all of the 10 participating art spaces are sure to deliver a festive Beat Nite, here’s a few happenings not to be missed. So pony-up Bushwickers, order an absinthe cocktail or two, and get busy with the late night side of Beat Nite!
Artists and Lovers: Paris 1900-1930
an afternoon salon with Julie Martin
Sun, Feb 10, 4pm at Norte Maar
In celebration of Valentine’s Day and in conjunction with our current exhibition Giacometti and a selection of contemporary drawings, Norte Maar presents and afternoon salon with Julie Martin, co-author of Kiki’s Paris: Artists and Lovers, Sunday, February 10 at 4pm.
In Paris during the early 1900s, the bohemian lifestyle cultivated a flourishing era of artistic freedom and innovation. From 1900 to 1930, Montparnasse was the center of artistic life for the whole world. Alice Ernestine Prin (1901-1953), also known as Kiki de Montparnasse, was in the center of it all—singing in nightclubs, modeling for artists in makeshift studios, discussing life over wine and cigarettes, meeting up at cafés and fashioning friendships with some of the most influential creative minds in modern art such as Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, and Diego Rivera.
For this special afternoon, Julie Martin will talk about this influential time in Paris, the extraordinary life of Kiki, and a bit about the young Alberto Giacometti.
Jason Andrew + Norte Maar bring back the late night in Bushwick with a limited edition of Beat Nite featuring just 10 art spaces selected by guest curator for the night, Julian Jimarez-Howard of Outlet Fine Art.
Beat Nite: limited edition will be held Friday, February 15. All participating spaces will be open 6-10pm followed by a huge after party at the newest bar/cabaret Bizarre where our local band PassKontrol will get our walking feet dancing.
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