A CONVERSATION ON ART, ACTIVISM, AND DEMOCRACY

Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 3pm

Off Paradise will host a performance by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Raven Chacon, as part of Paint the Protest, this Sunday, December 4 at 3pm, 120 Walker Street, New York.

Raven will perform an encore of a sonic meditation on the histories of Alcatraz—recently staged in situ—and its occupation for nineteen months beginning in November 1969 by the group Indians of All Tribes, as a protest regarding civil rights abuses at that time. The sound piece draws in part on archival audio footage of Radio Free Alcatraz, which broadcast news of the occupation from the island every weeknight for most of the first year of the protest.

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm

Off Paradise will host a conversation on art, activism, and democracy, as part of Paint the Protest with Marilyn Minter, Hank Willis Thomas, and Tanya Selvaratnam on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm.

Marilyn Minter is an artist based in New York. Her work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including, most recently, All Wet, at MOCO Montpellier, France in 2021. From 2015 through 2017, her retrospective, Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, traveled to the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (TX); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (CO); the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (CA); and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (NY). Minter is represented by LGDR, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong/Seoul, and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.  

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, community, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands. Thomas received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2017. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Pace Gallery, Los Angeles; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Goodman Gallery, South Africa; and Maruani Mercier, Belgium.

Tanya Selvaratnam Is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and multiple Webby-winning producer. She is the Senior Director, Gender Justice Narratives for the Pop Culture Collaborative. She is the author of THE BIG LIE and Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, ELLE, Cosmo, CNN, NBC News, and McSweeney’s. She has produced for the Ms. Foundation for Women; the Vision & Justice Project; Joy To The Polls; Aubin Pictures; Story Syndicate; Glamour Women of the Year; The Meteor; For Freedoms; NGO Forum/Fourth World Conference on Women in China; and Planned Parenthood.

October 27, 2022 – January 27, 2023
Opening Thursday, October 27, 4-8pm

A group exhibition curated by Nancy Spector, featuring works by Andrea Bowers, Raven Chacon, Sharon Hayes, Aaron Huey, Jacqueline Humphries, Francisco Masó, Richard Prince, Dread Scott, Hank Willis Thomas, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
 
Please join us for the opening reception of Paint the Protest on Thursday, October 27, 4-8pm.

SOME KIND OF MIND THING

July 7 – August 17, 2022
Opening Thursday, July 7, 4-8pm
 

Off Paradise is pleased to present Some Kind of Mind Thing, a group exhibition featuring works by Clark Coolidge, Philip Guston, Olivia DiVecchia, Natasha Tiniacos, J Grabowski, Jason Morris, Bernadette Mayer, Colter Jacobsen and Cedar Sigo.

Please join us for the opening reception of Some Kind of Mind Thing on Thursday, July 7, 4-8pm.

Off Paradise is delighted to announce our return to Independent New York, taking place at Spring Studios from May 5-8, 2022.

The gallery will show new and historical work by Peter Nadin and Maximilian Schubert

Presented to the public for the first time in 30 years will be House and Dream, a key work from Nadin’s final exhibition at Brooke Alexander Gallery in 1993; its companion painting, Hooton’s Lightning (The Child Wills the Accident to Happen so the Rescue May Begin), 1991–92, entered the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1992. 

Maximilian Schubert’s work often straddles the boundary between painting and sculpture.

Debuting at Independent will be a new body of work, titled Nocturne. Cast from translucent urethane resin, the paintings capture the depth and palette of the city’s transient sky. Deep black and ultramarine coalesce with electric greys and magenta, forming atmospheric and crepuscular meditations on the night sky over New York. The series marks the first decidedly representational work by Schubert and situates itself in the genre of nocturne painting.

For tickets and information on attending the fair, please visit independenthq.com

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Wonderful interview of Peter Nadin with Daniela Steinfeld for Voices on Art. This is a special episode created in collaboration with Independent for the upcoming edition of the fair. Listen to the full conversation here.

“Peter Nadin is an artist, poet, farmer and avid observer of human and animal nature. He talks his beginnings in England, his moving to NYC as a young man and his experiences and observations on consciousness and perception through the years. Peter was a key figure of the New York City downtown art world of the late 1970s and 1980s. After realizing that he needed more time to get to the bottom of things, he decided to leave New York City to live and work on his own farm. For quite some years he didn’t exhibit his work at all or only in special places. The direct experience of life resonated in a more profound way with him than the cultural interpretation of it. To him there is no hierarchy between art making, farming or sanding the floor. He acknowledges the different perception systems of humans and animals and realized that the beauty of this is, that no one perception is more real than another…. Peter’s primary focus in his own art is and was the representation of consciousness and direct life experience through painterly marks. To him the time and dedication that are spent to create a painting leave traces in the surface, in the paint itself, which enables us to understand—in a quite deep way—someone else’s experience.

His exhibition “The Distance from a Lemon to Murder” is up at Off Paradise through May 8, 2022, and he will show his paintings with the gallery in a two-person presentation with Maximilian Schubert at the upcoming edition of Independent New York.”

Recorded March 15, 2022, 39 min., language english. Portrait by Alon Koppel.

“Across the two exhibitions, lemon is both color and fruit, a product of the mind and matter—one still life is even titled Lemon or Yellow. As Peter Nadin writes in an accompanying poem: “I eat the lemon, it moves through the body / I paint a lemon, it moves through the mind.” To cultivate the citrus in his greenhouse, Nadin grafted a scion from a Marrakesh lemon onto the rootstock of a sour orange (a horticultural process he illustrates in one painting). Here, the graft is a metaphor, not only for two exhibitions spliced together, but also for how the world implants itself in the root of the mind, bearing fruit in the form of art.” —Chris Murtha

Many thanks to Chris Murtha for the insightful review of ‘Claude Rutault & Peter Nadin’ in the new issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Read it here.

March 3 – May 8, 2022
Opening Thursday, March 3, 4-8pm

Off Paradise is pleased to present The Distance from a Lemon to Murder, a solo exhibition by Peter Nadin, introducing his return to unconditional painting—painting “from life”—for the first time since 1992, after the completion of his conceptual Mark Series cycle. This exhibition of new work directly follows A Proposal to Peter Nadin, based on a “protocol,” or proposal, made by Claude Rutault, a pioneer of Conceptualism, to Nadin in June 1979, an exhibition of painting that Nadin realized at long last this year.

The installation views are available here

Claude Rutault, A Proposal to Peter Nadin, 1979; realized 2022

January 13 – February 19, 2022
Opening Thursday, January 13, 12-6pm

Off Paradise is delighted to present Claude Rutault, A Proposal to Peter Nadin, a project forty-three years in the making, based on a proposal, or “protocol,” given by Rutault, one of the most important French artists of his generation and a pioneer of Conceptualism, to fellow artist Nadin in June 1979.

The installation views are available here

TriBeCa Gallery Guide: New York’s Most Vibrant Art Scene

The large-scale arrival of new and veteran dealers has given the neighborhood its first unifying theme in 60 years. Here are three walks with our critics, a springboard to explore.

Mitchell Charbonneau at Off Paradise
Through Dec. 7, 120 Walker Street; 212-388-9010; offparadise.com

“Distressing metal folding chairs with a sledgehammer is a young man’s game, and Mitchell Charbonneau, whose first show with this gallery includes more than a dozen such examples of abused furniture, is only 27. But the chairs, which are surprisingly expressive when grouped in pairs, like lovers, or uncanny towers, are actually cast, exactingly, in resin before being painted in muted office-work tones of beige, black or green. A few trompe-l’oeil Little Trees air fresheners, cast in bronze but painted to look as if they were just stolen from a taxi cab, add an entertaining accent to a promising debut. (…)” —WILL HEINRICH

Read the full article here

September 7 – December 7, 2021

Please join us this Friday, September 17, 4-8pm, for the opening of Senseless, an exhibition of new work by Mitchell Charbonneau at Off Paradise.

Mitchell Charbonneau’s newest series, Senseless, continues his sculptural exploration of utilitarian products such as chairs, stepladders and shelving; objects that can be expanded and collapsed as a function of their design. Every element of the precariously intertwined chairs in this new series has been meticulously sculpted in hard resins and painted after the factory-made original, creating a distorted matrix of geometries suggesting violence but also resilience.

Senseless debuted at the Independent Art Fair last week, as part of Off Paradise’s presentation at the Battery Maritime Building. The solo exhibition at the gallery will expand on this debut with a suite of seven cast-resin chairs in various formations, presented in a larger context.

September 9-12, 2021

Installation view of Off Paradise at the Independent Art Fair, September 9-12, 2021. Photograph by Guillaume Ziccarelli.

View the presentation here

INDEPENDENT NEW YORK

September 9-12, 2021

We are pleased to announce our first-time participation in the Independent Art Fair, taking place at the Battery Maritime Building from September 9-12, 2021.

For Off Paradise’s Independent debut, the gallery will show new and previously unseen work by Scott Covert, Maximilian Schubert and Mitchell Charbonneau.

The exhibition will explore definitions of the body, primarily in its absence, at this marvel of a venue:

“The Battery Maritime Building’s unique design has come to define it as a landmark. Built in the Beaux-Arts Structural Expressionist architectural style, the building’s exposed trusses and rivets contribute to its ornate splendour. A bastion of civic and heroic architecture, it recalls the grandeur of 19th century World Fair halls, and “it is probable that no building designed in similar style will ever again be erected in the City of New York.”

VIP Preview Day
Thursday, September 9, 11am – 8pm

Public Fair Days
Friday, September 10, 12 – 7pm
Saturday, September 11, 12 – 7pm
Sunday, September 12, 12 – 6pm

For tickets and information on attending the fair, please visit independenthq.com

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTISTS SCOTT COVERT AND PETER MCGOUGH

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On Saturday, May 15, Off Paradise hosted an in-person conversation with artists Scott Covert and Peter McGough, moderated by Randy Kennedy. This is the 5-minute edit. The full conversation is available here

CLOSING RECEPTION FOR NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB AND BOOK LAUNCH

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The final day of NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB will coincide with the launch of a book about the exhibition itself, published by the gallery and Hassla.

Please join us on Thursday, May 27, from 4-8pm for a closing reception and launch of our book, a slim and unconventional volume devoted to NOTHNG OF THE MONTH CLUB.

rsvp: paradise@offparadise.com

A CONVERSATION WITH ARTISTS SCOTT COVERT AND PETER MCGOUGH

Saturday, May 15, 2021

On Saturday, May 15 at 5pm, Off Paradise will be hosting an in-person conversation with artists Scott Covert and Peter McGough, moderated by Randy Kennedy. It will also be streamed live on the gallery’s Instagram @offparadise.

Scott Covert (b. 1954, Edison, N.J.) is an artist based in New York but found more often on the road. A collaborator with Off-Broadway theater companies in the late ’70s, he was a founding member of Playhouse 57 at the storied Club 57 in the East Village, alongside friends Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman and Andy Rees. In the mid-1980s, at the urging of friend Cookie Mueller, he began a series of paintings and drawings that continues to this day, based on memento mori rubbings of gravestones, works that function as deeply-layered, text-based history paintings.

Peter McGough is an artist whose memoir, I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going, about his life the art world in the 1980s, was published by Pantheon/Knopf in 2019. McGough been included in three Whitney Biennials and has works in museums collections throughout the world. In recent years, his Oscar Wilde Temple was shown in New York City and London. The temple raises money to benefit LGBT homeless youth.

Randy Kennedy is a writer, editor and curator. His first novel, Presidio, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. For 25 years he was a staff writer at The New York Times, more than half of that time covering the art world. He is currently director of special projects at Hauser & Wirth and the editor of Ursula, the gallery’s magazine. 

TRIBECA GALLERY WALK

Saturday, May 8, 2021

This Saturday, May 8, we are pleased to be participating in Tribeca Gallery Walk to celebrate our current exhibitions alongside all those of the neighborhood.

This will also coincide with the final day of the secret show, CONCRETE DRAWING.

THE SECRET SHOW

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Please join us on Saturday May 1 for the opening of a secret show at the gallery 🍷🐆🏹💻 {{{{{•

J Grabowski
CONCRETE DRAWING
May 1-8, 2021
Opening 4-8pm

The secret show runs May 1-8 and will end with Tribeca Gallery Walk, Saturday May 8, 12-7pm.

J Grabowski is a New York-based artist whose work includes writing, drawing, painting, movement and music. J cofounded PUSH Press, the Heliopolis Project and POMPEI.

TRIBECA GALLERY WALK

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Off Paradise is pleased to participate in the forthcoming edition of Tribeca Gallery Walk this Saturday, December 5, from 11am to 7pm.

Participating galleries were invited to create a video that would offer insight on a chosen artwork in their current exhibitions.

We invited James Nares to lift a corner of the veil on the making of his seminal work Pendulum, a cornerstone of our current exhibition, Ascensions. We filmed the artist on Staple Street in Tribeca, in the exact same location where Pendulum was originally created, back in 1976.

Please visit Tribeca Gallery Walk and Tribeca Gallery Walk Map for more information on all the participating galleries.

MESSE IN ST. AGNES

September 12 – 20, 2020

Off Paradise is delighted to participate in the second edition of MESSE IN ST. AGNES with two works by Maximilian Schubert.

MESSE IN ST. AGNES will take place at KÖNIG GALERIE in the former St. Agnes church in Kreuzberg during Berlin Gallery Weekend, from September 12 – 20, 2020.

“Once again, the fair will present a high-profile selection of works from the primary and secondary market. The fair will be accompanied by a series of exclusive events such as dinners, concerts, readings, and panel discussions.”

TRIBECA GALLERY WALK

September 10 – October 12, 2020

Off Paradise is delighted to participate in the newest edition of Tribeca Gallery Walk organized by  Independent New York.

The kick-off event features talks from six Tribeca gallerists, who discuss their current exhibitions, in conversation with Joan Young and X Zhu-Nowell, respectively Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curatorial Assistant at the Guggenheim Museum.

Following an introduction by Elizabeth Dee, this series of discussions features gallerists Stefania Bortolami, Phil Grauer of CANADAJames Cohan, Kerry Schuss of Kerry Schuss, Natacha Polaert of Off Paradise and Kari Rittenbach of Ortuzar Projects.

DOWNTOWN GALLERY WEEKEND

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Off Paradise is delighted to participate in Downtown Gallery Weekend this Saturday, July 25, 2020, when galleries across the neighborhood are open from 10am to 6pm.

Bodega, Bridget Donahue, Chapter, Company, David Fierman, Foxy Production, Essex Street, James Fuentes, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Martos, Miguel Abreu, Mitchell Algus, Perrotin, Rachel Uffner, Simone Subal and Spencer Brownstone.