(From left) Deborah Brown, Sarah Schmerler, and Gwendolyn Skaggs © Photo by Allen Ying
Sarah Schmerler, guest curator of Norte Maar’s first show of this year, published a piece in the February issue of the Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts. In “3 Ladies of Chill Repute,” Schmerler proposed a ’round robin series of interviews and gallery visits’ and invited Deborah Brown of StorefrontBushwick and Gwendolyn Skaggs of Sugar to visit and discuss each respective space’s current shows, including her own show Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty, which recently closed at Norte Maar. Asked by Skaggs who her influences are Schmerler states, “I’ve been very influenced by the radical art historian Aby Warburg, who died in 1929 (Luis Perez-Oramas of MoMA turned me on to him). Also by Hudson, of Feature Gallery, who makes idiosyncratic yet totally trackable decisions in what he chooses to hang.”
To see the article in it’s entirety click here.
Alfred Steiner’s “Erased Schulnik (Diptych)” (2010) and “This Is Not a Work of Visual Art” (2010)
Painter Alfred Steiner, whose work appears in Sarah Schmerler’s Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty, was recently featured on both Hyperallergic and Clancco.
“I am excited by the new frontier Steiner’s work suggests,” writes Hyperallergic editor Hrag Vartanian of Steiner’s use of innovative 3D printing technology. Clancco‘s Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento discussed the same artwork, detailing the copyright nuances of Steiner’s move to reproduce another artist’s work. The original painting, created by Allison Schulnik, as well as Steiner’s replica, and several other of his works are on view at Norte Maar through January 29.
Detail of Alfred Steiner’s “The Popinjay (Fred)”
“Well known critic and educator Sarah Schmerler has organized this show as a testament to her instinctual taste. Selecting work that eschews much of the commercial art world’s trends and hierarchy of theoretical niches, Schmerler simply picks works that grab her gut. By avoiding the “gilty” pleasures, these pieces have an authenticity and urgency that provokes the curator to present them to the public. Includes an interview with Sarah Schmerler.” The WG News + Arts
a work by Francesco Masci, image by Katarina Hybenova
“Don’t sleep in on these exhibits!” warns Courier Life‘s Aaron Short in his column for Brooklyn Daily. Short previewed Norte Maar’s first show of the year, Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty, whose opening coincided with our annual New Years champagne brunch celebration.
The show, curated by Sarah Schmerler, of 45 Projects, features works by Ellen Letcher, Francesco Masci, Alfred Steiner, and Pablo Tauler. Friends of Norte Maar joined us to take in the broad spectrum of media presented in Schmerler’s show, as well as mimosas and an extensive brunch spread. “Guilty / (NOT) Guilty is an exceptionally strong art show featuring some of the neighborhood’s favorite artist,” writes Bushwick Daily‘s Katarina Hybenova in her piece covering the successful opening celebration. Hybenova included images of the work and artists behind it, more of which can be found here.
artist Ellen Letcher, image by Katarina Hybenova
Curator Sarah Schmerler was featured on OZON Magazine‘s blog, with a preview of her show Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty. “Turning guilt instead into a word synonymous with a gold surface,” writes OZON‘s Naya, “the exhibition explores the luster of an artist’s work in economic downtime and questions what makes a piece of art attractive in the eyes of society.”
The piece also mentions the online catalog developed by Schmerler’s 45projects collaborator Paolo Nosokas. Find it here.
To read more, as well as additional images of work featured in our first show of 2012, see here.