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AO On Site with Video Tour – New York: Charles Atlas ‘The Illusion of Democracy’ at Inaugural Opening of Luhring Augustine Bushwick Space through May 20,2012

February 22nd, 2012


Charles Atlas, 143652 (2011). Photos on site for Art Observed by Samuel Sveen.

American artist Charles Atlas projects three separate video installations in his first New York City solo show on the fresh walls of Luhring Augustine at the inaugural exhibition of the Chelsea gallery’s new 12,000 sq ft Bushwick space. A warehouse bought in 2010, the first blue-chip implant to the relatively far-out Brooklyn neighborhood hosted a mix of locals and Manhattanites at the opening, including MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, critic couple Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, and Atlas’ past collaborator Marina Abramović. The artist’s scanning, swirling, viewer-enveloping works are numeral based—though limited to numbers one through six—in an attempt to create something that “would exist even if humans didn’t exist,” according to Gallerist NY. Gallerist Roland Augustine commented on the evening and the new gallery to Art Observed, “This is very exciting for all of us; a win-win situation, no, win-win-win!”


Gallerist Roland Augustine and MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach


Charles Atlas, Plato’s Alley (2008). Remaining images via Luhring Augustine.


Charles Atlas, Plato’s Alley (2008)


Charles Atlas, Plato’s Alley (2008)


Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers (2011)


Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers (2011)


Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers (2011)


Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers (2011)


Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers (2011)


Charles Atlas, Painting by Numbers (2011)

—S. Sveen

Related Links:

Exhibition Site [Luhring Augustine]
Artist Site [Charles Atlas]
They’ve Come to Look at Numbers: Luhring Augustine Opens the First Blue-Chip Gallery in Bushwick [Art Fag City]
Brooklyn Bridge [Art Forum]
Charles Atlas’s Long-Awaited Show Opens at Luhring Augustine Bushwick [Gallerist NY]

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