Buhmann on Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN   |  THE AGE OF SMALL THINGS  Curated by Chuck Webster, this exhibition includes 53 works culled from studios and galleries, as well as private homes near and far. Conceived over the course of several months, the project started with a wish list — after which Webster gathered the works through traditional and unexpected sources (the latter including his dentist). This process of search and discovery mirrors the curator’s delight for things small that can easily be overlooked. Overall, it makes for a playful yet serious installation.

Featuring Ellen Altfest, Donald Baechler, Balthus, Brian Belott, Jake Berthot, Katherine Bradford, Brice Brown, Charles Burchfield, Valerio Castello, Vija Celmins, Joseph Cornell, Carroll Dunham, James Franklin, Suzan Frecon, Ted Gahl, Robert Gober, Glenn Goldberg, Philip Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mary Heilmann, Alfred Jensen, Bill Jensen, Don Joint, John Lees, Brice Marden, Chris Martin, Joan Mitchell, Elie Nadelman, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Tal R, James Siena, Ross Simonini, Kiki Smith, Myron Stout, Richard Tuttle, Dan Walsh, Chuck Webster, John Wesley, Michael Williams and Terry Winters.

Through Feb. 23, at DODGEgallery (15 Rivington St., btw. Chrystie & Bowery Sts.). Hours: Wed.-Sat. 11am-6pm and Sun., 12-6pm. Call 212-228-5122 or visit dodge-gallery.com.

ELANA HERZOG: PLUMB PULP
For the past ten years, Herzog has stapled found textiles onto walls. Bedspreads and carpets, for example, are mounted by using thousands of metal staples. Parts of the fabric and staples are then removed and sometimes reapplied, leaving a vivid aftermath of shredded material and perforated wall surface in some areas, as well as dense built-up areas elsewhere. Physically, these “sculptural drawings” reflect vigorous acts of penetrating, distressing and ornamenting the skin of the wall. As products of a chain of actions and reactions, they serve as a metaphor for the basic process involved in all human technology.

Feb. 15 through March 30, at LMAKprojects (139 Eldridge St., btw. Broome & Delancey Sts.). Hours: Wed.-Sat., 11-6pm, Sun., 12-6pm and by appointment. Call 212-255-9707 or visit  lmakprojects.com.

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