If you remember the original New York Minute show from a few years back, curated by the amazing Kathy Grayson, you’ll be excited to hear its back. This time showcasing itself and its fine selection of NY artists in Moscow. The space again is designed by Rafael de Cardenas, and the show features 60 of the most exciting names in art anywhere in the world, but specifically from NYC. A list of artists that can’t be matched, including the likes of Tim Barber, Aaron Bondaroff, Lizzi Bougatsos, Dan Colen, Dash Snow, Banks Violette, Steve Powers, Sterling Ruby, Kenny Scharf, Aurel Schmidt, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinley, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Ben Jones, Terence Koh and so many more names just as big.

The expression “a New York Minute” refers to the speed that New Yorkers react to stimuli, with a bit of impatience, ingenuity and savviness. Johnny Carson once described a New York Minute as being the time it takes “From the lights to turn green, ‘till the guy behind you starts honking his horn”. During the late 1980s crime wave, David Letterman defined a New York Minute as the length of time it took to be mugged in New York City.

New York Minute features sixty artists in and around New York City who capture the drama, danger, speed and savvy of the vibrant and diverse art activities happening in the city today. Mostly emerging artists and younger artists living in downtown New York, this exhibition outlines some of the leading tendencies in new art making such as: updating action painting and abstraction with the toughness of the streets, synthesizing low pop culture into handmade and heartfelt hybrids, taking conceptualism to new and absurd ends, organizing into collectives and bands and taking all your interdisciplinary art on tour, and bringing downtown punk attitude to assemblage, collage and sculpture.

The sheer variety of this new energetic art making defies a single categorization; however, it is important to know that all the included artists are indeed in lived reality a tightly-knit group of interconnected and collaborating artists. All these people have exhibited together, partied together, dated, studied together, played music together or painted together at the very most at two levels of removal from each other. This exhibition truly represents a cross section of an expanded artist community.

April 23 – June 5, 2011
Private Opening: April 22, 2011

The Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow
19A Ulitsa Obraztsova
Moscow, Russia