Friday, March 13, 2009

7Eleven Gallery Opens

This was the event of the season.   The exhibition "Better History" opened amid ageless fanfare last night at the 7ELEVEN Gallery in Chelsea. The exhibition was curated by Nick Poe & 7Eleven Gallery. The gallery is located at 169 10th Avenue at West 20th street and the exhibition runs through April 11th 2009.

Artists featured: Tim Barber, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Sebastian Black, Maximilian Bode, Sarah Charlesworth, Francesco Clemente, Billy Copley, Patricia Cronin, Lance De Los Reyes, India Donaldson, Lena Dunham, Judith Hudson, Fab 5 Freddy, Fancesco Galetto, Alex Kalman, Maira Kalman, Tibor Kalman, Mel Kendrick, Victor Kerlow, Barney Kulok, Eva LeWitt, Troy Lumpkin, Alex Massouras, Michael McClard, Thomas McDonell, Harry McNally, Casey Neistat, Van Neistat, Deniz Ozuygur, Peter Passuntino, Grear Patterson, Paolo Pelosini, Nick Poe, Nico Ponce De Leon Dios, Paula Poons, Steve Powers, Alex Rickard, Alexis Rockman, Theo Rosenblum, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Kenny Scharf, Laurie Simmons, Gordon Stevenson, Billy Sullivan, Jonathan Waite & Robert Waltzer
Produced by 7Eleven Gallery & Claire Distenfeld.

As we move through the inflection point of the nodal moment in time leading us into the new future, the 7ELEVEN Gallery's opening last night stands out as a pivotal moment in the new history.

7ELEVEN Gallery was envisioned by native New Yorkers and friends Genevieve Hudson-Price, Sabrina Blaichman, and Caroline Copley. It is impressive how these three twenty-somethings managed to organize and produce an exhibition filling the cavernous space on 10th avenue. In the underbelly of the art world, behind all the clamor and jostling designed to promote and sell art as a token of success to the wealthy, these three young women have turned the table back to play in we may have forgotten.

From sixteen to sixty, the artists filled the space with the serious and the silly. But it is all done with an intensity and spirit that symbolizes the artists taking back their freedom from the raw financial engineering of the last decade. The power in the exhibition, and of the opening as an event, is in a new generation symbolically pointing their way into a new future. Much is left to be resolved but the optimistic excitement is what is needed in these troubled times.
Congratulations to Genevieve, Sabrina and Caroline.

Party pictures, some people I know, many I don't, some I just met, and everyone having a good time.

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