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July 30th, 2008

GALLERY OF THE WEEK: DEITCH PROJECTS.

by Joelle Panisch

Os Gemos at Dietch.

The Deitch Projects opened on 76 Grand Street in 1996, before Al Gore’s invention ‘the Internet’ exploded and iPhones re-established the technological marketplace. It was a time when politicians’ infidelities were still notable, sitcoms were profitable, and the taste of the future was indeed palpable.

In this time of progression, founder Jeffery Deitch’s insight to the gap in the artistic market for quality contemporary postmodern (or is it post-postmodern?) galleries proved very successful. The ambitious scale, dazzling variety and successful execution of the ensuing projects prove that with vision comes longevity. These visions have included massive instillations, mixed medium exhibitions, and performance art events that have made the gallery one of the most continually innovative and notorious the art world has to offer.

Since its beginnings Deitch Projects opened an additional space in Soho at 18 Wooster St. and one in Long Island City. It has featured artists from 33 countries and over 120 solo installations. It is also known for bringing a youthful perspective and embracing multiple mediums. It never shies away from party, partiality or spectacle. Among the most famous projects include the 1996 exhibition Shopping and Fischerspooner’s over the top performance art piece.

While roaming around the Wooster Street gallery, I overheard a skinny-jean clad sideways hat wearing hipster say, “It feels like a tribal pop-punk band that doesn’t suck.” I hate to say this, but I have to agree. It’s well worth the visit. Here are the current shows, as described on Deitch Project’s website:

Os Gemos
Too Far Too Close
June 28, 2008—August 09, 2008
18 Wooster Street, New York

Os Gemeos (pronounced “ose zhe’-mee-ose.”) are two artists from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo were born in 1974, identical twin brothers whose pseudonym, Os Gemeos, translates to “the twins” in Portuguese. In addition to their incredible works created on the streets of Sao Paulo, the twins have in recent years exhibited their art in museums all over the world.

In Too Far Too Close, they will be transforming the gallery into a fantastical cityscape with houses, doors, and passageways, all brought to life with their signature style of imagery. Building upon a group of artworks created for the Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands, this show features new paintings, sculpture, and installation, bringing all the magical moments of their work together in one tightly knit dream world of an exhibition.

Constraction:
June 28, 2008—August 09, 2008
76 Grand Street, New York

CONSTRACTION, an exhibition of conceptual abstraction curated by Kathy Grayson, opens at Deitch Projects on June 29, 2008. While our Spring 2008 exhibition SUBSTRACTION, curated by Nicola Vassell, explored street-inspired action painter abstraction, this sister exhibition complements our survey of new trends in abstraction by comprising the best of conceptual painting and sculpture.

Many young artists today are reviving strategies in abstraction that have fallen into disuse and reinvigorating them with contemporary concerns. Reshuffling the deck of conceptualism and minimalism, they use new technology and fresh sensibilities to further the projects of the last century’s best abstract artists.

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