The Apotheosis of the Fish Market Reviewed on WhiteHot Magazine
Art critic Jonathan Goodman reviews our Fall pop up show, The Apotheosis of the Fish Market on WhiteHot Magazine.
Located at 284 Grand Street, NYC, in a former Chinatown fish market across the street from Marc Straus’s main gallery, “The Aptheosis of the Fish Market” made outstanding use of a rough space that will be transformed into a condominium building this coming spring. The title of the show derives from a 1976 article, “The Apotheosis of the Crummy Space,” by Nancy Foote in Artforum, in which Foote celebrated the artistic use of spaces in abandoned buildings; her notion that such rooms in such buildings could be transformed by additions to or changes within them was, at the time, a powerful esthetic for Gordon Matta Clark’s excavations of forsaken places in New York City, or by David Wojnarowicz’s work a generation later. Thus, thee esthetic of reclaiming deserted architecture has a history dating back to the early 1970s, when the city was close to broke and many properties were free. In the current “Apotheosis,” Korean artists Jinsu Han, an inventor of mechanical engines that do such things as make paintings untouched by the human hand, and Jong Oh, whose minimal interventions with string, Plexiglas, and weight reconstruct space in subtle but far-reaching ways, renewed the entire abandoned building into a grand art project.