I Am the Billy Childish will encourage you to get busy. Here’s why: Billy Childish makes giant paintings that are vibrant and intimate and masterful. He writes volumes of poetry and prose. He records scores of albums. He has been doing this for the past 35 years. It is utterly inspiring to see the sampling of his prolific career at Lehmann Maupin. I mean, doesn't it make you want to do more with your time?
As if marking the passage of time in his own way, Jason Middlebrook uses natural wooden planks and abstract painting to create terribly chic sculptures. Middlebrook employs rich pigment to shift and manipulate the grains in his cross-sectioned maples and elms. The results are highbrow sci-fi and absolutely stunning.
Come back down to Earth for lunch, and grab some delicious Italian at Sauce. This new eatery boasts an in-house butcher shop complete with display case, so if you’re a vegetarian shield your eyes as you enter (or use the Rivington St door). Once inside, the décor is charming and rustic, the food is super fresh (eh-hem onsite butcher), and the menu is wallet-friendly (but cash only!). I’m still dreaming about the cavatelli… How do they make it so insanely good?!
Venues: Lehmann Maupin, DODGE
Artists: Billy Childish, Jason Middlebrook
Streets: Chrystie & Stanton – Rivington & Allen