At Independent, There Are Newspapers in Jars and Pickled Veggies in Tables

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours (2014), at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Andra Ursuta, “Even More Love Hours” at Ramiken Crucible. (photo: Allyson Shiffman)

The Independent art fair (the art fair that prefers not to be described as an art fair) opened its doors yesterday evening. To its credit, it does avoid many of the typical art fair evils. There are no square booths, exhibitors are typically friendly – even if you don’t look like you’re wielding a checkbook, and natural light streams through the windows. Located in Chelsea at what was once the Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition space, the whole Independent experience is rather palatable and pleasant.
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That Time I Tried Naked Yoga

The author.

The author in her usual attire.

This Saturday at Alphabet City Sanctuary, Young Naturists America presents a naked yoga session that promises healing through “crystals, vegan chocolate, and community love.” To find out what it might be like, we had Sally Lynn Edmonds attend a class at Bold & Naked, in Chelsea.

I tell my mom I’m doing naked yoga and she says, “Good, that’s your best look.” She doesn’t think much of the way I put together outfits.

My friend Scott thinks the only people who’d do naked yoga are narcissists who want to fuck themselves, but really I’m just curious to do yoga naked with like-minded people.
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This Woman Says the Chelsea Hotel’s New Owner Offered Her Nearly Half a Million to Move

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment.

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Stop Work order plastered on a lobby door of the historic Hotel Chelsea could be lifted any day now, allowing for a new round of renovations in rooms once occupied by the likes of William Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious and any number of wannabes drawn for decades to the old brick building with wrought iron balconies on West 23rd Street.
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Alex Prager Used 20 Tons of Sand (and Her Sister) to Stage This Beach Scene

ALEX PRAGER Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach), 2013 archival pigment print 59.5 x 92 inches, 151.1 x 233.7 cm 60.5 x 93.56 x 2.25 inches (framed), 153.7 x 237.6 x 5.7 cm Edition of 6 Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

ALEX PRAGER Crowd #3 (Pelican Beach), 2013 archival pigment print 59.5 x 92 inches, 151.1 x 233.7 cm 60.5 x 93.56 x 2.25 inches (framed), 153.7 x 237.6 x 5.7 cm Edition of 6 Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Alex Prager is not especially intimidating. The Los Angeles-based photographer is often smiling, rather petite and generally endearing. So it’s amusing to envision her atop a cherry picker, directing hundreds of actors like some sort of omniscient being, which is precisely what she did for her latest body of work, Face in the Crowd. Shot over four days on a sound stage in LA, the project features a slew of universally relatable locations (bleachers at a sports game, the beach, an airport, a generic looking rec room) populated with Prager’s friends, family and countless extras styled in flamboyant wigs and exaggerated makeup.
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Forget Banksy, The Katz’s Pop-Up Has Hanksy… and Kenzo Minami


A while back, we clued you into the pop-up that Katz’s Delicatessen was opening next to its longtime digs. The Space, at 203 East Houston, launches with a party at 7 p.m. tomorrow, and it turns out the deli’s taste in artists is as sharp as its pastrami blades. No, they didn’t get Banksy (he was busy hitting the Upper West Side, Staten Island and Chelsea over the weekend) but on board for the collab are self-declared “fartist” Hanksy, Baron Von Fancy (maker of the “Blow Me” balloon), Rich Tu, and Kenzo Minami.
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Another Chelsea Gallery Is Moving to the Lower East Side

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

In what’s quickly becoming the art-world trend of the summer, another Chelsea gallery is heading downtown.

Following in the footsteps of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., Monya Rowe Gallery is leaving its second-floor space on West 22nd Street. Rowe says she was looking to “increase the visibility of the gallery by moving to a ground-floor space, and this one on the Lower East Side became available at the right time.”
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Chelsea Gallerists Are Partying in Their New LES Space Tonight, Sans the Art


Chelsea gallery Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. is celebrating its move to the Lower East Side tonight, two months before it actually goes down.

The gallery’s first show at 33 Orchard Street — featuring the work of Blair Thurman — won’t happen until September 20. In the meantime, the owners are throwing a party in the unrennovated room that they’re calling the “Raw Space,” with bare walls and wires hanging from the ceiling.
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Bicycle Film Festival Returns to LES This Week, But May Be Brooklyn Bound

At last year's street party. (Photo: Stephen Robinson)

At last year’s street party. (Photo: Stephen Robinson)

The Bicycle Film Festival kicks off tonight with a party at Le Baron in Chinatown and continues through the weekend with dozens of screenings at Anthology Film Archives, an after-party at Lit, and, of course, the annual street party.

Despite speculation that the 13-year-old festival might move to Brooklyn, organizer Brendt Barbur decided to keep it local — for now, anyway. “This is where we were born,” he said of the East Village and Lower East Side.
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