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Paula Cooper Gallery

Ben Estes, Alan Shields

  • Ben Estes,
  • Alan Shields
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Press for Ben Estes, Alan Shields

Current Exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery


Faces 1: Identity Politics

  • Charles Gaines,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: May. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ben Estes, Alan Shields

  • Ben Estes,
  • Alan Shields
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Joel Shapiro

  • Joel Shapiro,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Two Films

  • Bruce Conner,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark di Suvero

  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Il Bosco Lontano

  • Beatrice Caracciolo,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Passing of Time: Michael Hurson at Work, 1971-2001

  • Michael Hurson,
  • Opens: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Day! Help! Help! Another Day!

  • Cecily Brown,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 02, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Douglas Huebler

  • Douglas Huebler,
  • Opens: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Flavin

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 07, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark di Suvero

  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible Surrealists

  • Sam Durant,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hans Haacke

  • Hans Haacke,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 22, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rudolf Stingel

  • Rudolf Stingel,
  • Opens: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 29, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Flavin

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Dec. 16, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Walsh

  • Dan Walsh,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt

  • Carl Andre,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Grosvenor

  • Robert Grosvenor,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dissolving Margins

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kelley Walker

  • Kelley Walker,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Peter Moore

  • Peter Moore,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christian Marclay

  • Christian Marclay,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Group Show

  • Sophie Calle,
  • Sam Durant,
  • Hans Haacke,
  • Charles Gaines,
  • Wayne Gonzales,
  • Peter Moore,
  • Andres Serrano,
  • Carey Young,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Xerox Book

  • Carl Andre,
  • Robert Barry,
  • Douglas Huebler,
  • Joseph Kosuth,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Lawrence Weiner,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Things Around the House

  • Claes Oldenburg,
  • Coosje van Bruggen,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Projective Instrument

  • Tauba Auerbach,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 13, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bruce Conner

  • Bruce Conner,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 15, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meg Webster

  • Meg Webster,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walid Raad

  • Walid Raad,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Better be watching the clouds

  • Walid Raad,
  • Opens: May. 18, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Charles Gaines

  • Charles Gaines,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jennifer Bartlett

  • Jennifer Bartlett,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Small Sculptures and Short Words

  • Carl Andre,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sol LeWitt

  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: David Novros

  • David Novros,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Three Figures In A Room [Extended]

  • Paul Pfeiffer,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bing Wright

  • Bing Wright,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A recrudescence

  • Justin Matherly,
  • Opens: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mark di Suvero

  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dan Walsh

  • Dan Walsh,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liz Glynn

  • Liz Glynn,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christian Marclay

  • Christian Marclay,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carey Young

  • Carey Young,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Apr 19 - May 12, 2018

  • Reception: Apr 19, 6 - 8pm

Where

Paula Cooper Gallery

  • 521 W 21st St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.255.1105

About

Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present Ben Estes, Alan Shields opening April 19 at 529 West 21st Street. This is the fifth in a series of two-person shows at Paula Cooper Gallery’s 529 West 21st Street space curated by Laura Hunt, the gallery’s archivist.

On view by Alan Shields, an artist admired in his lifetime for his exuberance and authenticity, are several works made of acrylic painting on canvas tubing stretched over tall metal pipes. In 2016 Carter Ratcliff wrote of the pieces: “It may be that we’ll never come up with a satisfactory name for [Shields’] pipe and canvas works. That’s frustrating. Thinking depends on categories. Rather than linger over this frustration, however, it’s better to experience the power of these works to provide space with focus, and with their color patterns, to subtly inflect the spatial surround.” [1] The artist’s titles, too—The Top is Not Here, Dreams in Colors, Ten Begin Again—toy with the limitations of naming: like nonsense verse or New York School poetry, they are both hyper-specific and open to wildness.

Ben Estes, a poet, editor, and artist, is exhibiting large paintings on paper. With Amish quilts, concrete poetry, and Quakerism as points of reference, the works channel written language through the ideographs of the heart and the checkerboard. For Estes, who recently moved from New York City to upstate New York, the heart symbol on social media became a prominent if not primary mode of connecting to friends in the city. The artist found himself integrating the hearts tapped on his phone into his paintings; what results are surreal structures of digital affirmations woven into his visual stream of poetics.


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