1 June 2017
This “unconventional vest-pocket space”1 is a “weird wormhole”2 — “not your usual art-world entity.”3 “More ecosystem than exhibition”4 venue, it’s “a space to watch,”5 “prodding the fraught marriage of form and the social”6 by remaining “irresistibly complex and colorful, if a little hard to decipher.”7 With a “notably self-reflexive sense of humor,”8 it takes a “concise”9 approach that’s a “contradictory patchwork”10 of “artist-writer-curators and assorted polymaths”11 while avoiding the “drearily arcane.”12 P! is a “place for speculative reason,”13 “a physical environment”14 with “prankish synergy”15 that “indicates how a gallery space is anything but neutral”16 and never exists “purely as financial speculation.”17 Its “quick-fire exhibitions addressing contemporary value systems”18 use “sleight of hand”19 to “blur the boundaries of art and design,”20 while pointing “toward timely issues.”21 These “games and puzzles”22 — “intensely pleasurable, gorgeously sensual,”23 yet “witty”24 — are “vehicles of self-portraiture,”25 an “experimental travelogue”26 “through the dire and bifurcated political landscape”27 by an “inexhaustible brainiac.”28 “A certain amount of this must be taken as tongue-in-cheek, but like the readymade, a certain amount of it is deadly serious.”29 “Claiming nothing, it claims everything.”30
1. “Marc Handelman / Arthur Ou / Peter Rostovsky.” The New Yorker, 20 May 2013.
2. Andrew Russeth, “Hitting It Off.” The New York Observer, 10 February 2014.
3. Nancy MacDonell, “Open Agenda: P! In Chinatown.” New York Times T Magazine, 18 September 2012.
4. Rachel Ellis Neyra, “Critics’ Pick: The Stand.” Artforum.com, 10 February 2017.
5. Will Brand and Corinna Kirsch, “Project Projects Co-Founder Opens a ‘Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle’ in Chinatown.” ArtFCity, 31 August 2012.
6. Annie Godfrey Larmon, “Critics’ Pick: Céline Condorelli.” Artforum.com, 5 May 2017.
7. “Céline Condorelli.” The New Yorker, 15 May 2017.
8. Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Critics’ Pick: Process 01: Joy.” Artforum.com, 16 October 2012.
9. Nova Benway, “Permutation 03.2: Re-Place.” Modern Painters, July/August 2013.
10. David Markus, “Rainbows to No Place: Société Réaliste and the Ayn Rand Apocalypse.” Hyperallergic, 12 October 2013.
11. Karen Rosenberg, “Brian O’Doherty: Connecting the ….” The New York Times, 28 March 2014.
12. Peter Plagens, “Lyrical Forms, Social Commentary and Handiwork.” The Wall Street Journal, 12 October 2013.
13. Rhett Jones, “Yams Collective Brings Ferguson Themed Installation to the LES.” AnimalNewYork.com, 12 September 2014.
14. David Frankel, “Brian O’Doherty.” Artforum, June 2014.
15. Johanna Fateman, “Critics’ Pick: Post-Speculation.” Artforum.com, October 2014.
16. Gemma Tipton, “Critics’ Pick: Brian O’Doherty.” Artforum.com, 28 March 2014.
17. Jason Farago, “Around Town: New York, USA”, Frieze, May 2015.
18. Iona Whittaker, “Michal Helfman.” Art in America, September 2015.
19. Zachary Sachs, “Critics’ Pick: Klaus Wittkugel and Anton Stankowski.” Artforum.com, 6 February 2016.
20. Martha Schwendener, “Blurring the Boundary Between Art and Design.” The New York Times, 28 August 2015.
21. Karen Schiff, “Maryam Jafri.” Art in America, June/July 2016.
22. “Brian O’Doherty.” The New Yorker, 14 April 2014.
23. Nick Currie, “The Office and the Orgasm: The Monoprints of Karel Martens.” Mousse, Issue 57, Feb-March 2017.
24. Blake Gopnik, “Daily Pic (#1395: i),” blakegopnik.com, 22 September 2015.
25. Holland Cotter, “Brian O’Doherty.” The New York Times, 10 February 2017.
26. Mimi Wong, “Futures Again: Wong Kit Yi”, ArtAsiaPacific.com, 4 April 2017.
27. Rachael Rakes, “The Stand.” Village Voice, 22 February 2017.
28. “Real Flow.” ArtinAmerica.com, 6 March 2015.
29. Jonathan T.D. Neil, “Derivative Work.” ArtReview Asia, Summer 2015.
30. Will Heinrich, “Controlled Experiments.” The New York Observer, 22 October 2012.
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Thank you to all of our participants in exhibitions, offsite projects, and programs over these five years, without whom P! would be merely a pipe dream: Åbäke, Semir Alschausky, Can Altay, Carlos Amorales, Doug Ashford, Colleen Asper, Michael Assiff, Julie Ault & Martin Beck, Vahap Avșar, Emilie Baltz, Anna Barham, Judith Barry, Diann Bauer, Erica Baum, Henri Benaim, Jen Bervin, David Blamey, Barbara Bloom, Mel Bochner, Stella Bottai, Lars Breuer, Thomas Brinkmann, Bec Brittain, Marcel Broodthaers, Guillermo E. Brown (Pegasus Warning), Jonathan Bruce Williams, Phong Bui, Katarina Burin, Robin Cameron, Gary Carrion-Murayari, José León Cerrillo, Julio César Morales, Sam Charles, Heman Chong, Jasmina Cibic, Manuel Cirauqui, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Kim Conaty, Commercial Type, Céline Condorelli, Kate Cooper, June Crespo, Don Davis, Royce Dendler, Jessica Dickinson, Marjolijn Dijkman, Phoebe d’Heurle, Shannon Ebner with David Reinfurt, Paul Elliman, eteam, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Alex Felton, Gene Frank, Jason Fulford, Timo Gaessner / Milieu Grotesque, Rico Gatson, Aaron Gemmill, Rob Giampietro, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha, Sarah Greenberger Rafferty, Vivienne Griffin, Wade Guyton, Kenan Halabi, Mathew Hale, Marc Handelman, Chauncey Hare, Edgar A. Heap of Birds, Frank Heath, Michal Helfman, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Leslie Hewitt, Christine Hill, The Hinterlands, Steven Holl, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Miles Huston, Victoria Ivanova, Sanela Jahić, Marike Kandelaki, Esen Karol, Ruba Katrib, James Kelly, Viktor Kopp, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Maryam Jafri, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Chris Kraus, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Kuperus & Miller, Tony Labat, Oliver Laric, Margaret Lee, Zoe Leonard, Kate Levant, Pippo Lionni, Gareth Long, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Marcelo López-Dinardi, Marcos Lutyens, Faheem Majeed, Suhail Malik, Enzo Mari, Adam Marnie, Karel Martens, Herbert Matter, Joshua Mattes, Luna Maurer/Moniker, Josiah McElheny, Mitch McEwen/A(n) Office, Tom McGlynn, Ronan McCrea, William McKeown, Ohad Meromi, Adam Michaels & Glen Cummings, Shauna Moulton, Ebecho Muslimova, Qasim Naqvi, Eduardo Navarro, Phillip Niemeyer, Henrik Nygren, Brian O‘Doherty, Harold Offeh, Sarah Oppenheimer, Arthur Ou, Eduardo Padilha, Trevor Paglen, Georges Perec, Tania Perez Cordova, Ben Peterson, Dushan Petrovich, Paul Pfeiffer, Sarah Pierce, Penny Pilkington, Parker Posey, Seth Price, Alexander Provan, Walid Raad, Zia Haider Rahman, Lisi Raskin, Man Ray, Real Flow, Rich Brilliant Willing, Peter Rostovsky, Heather Rowe, Connie Samaras, Ksenya Samarskaya, Willem Sandberg, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Aki Sasamoto, Joost Schmidt, Matthew Schrader, Anna Schuleit Haber, Sarah Schulman, Dana Schutz, Nancy Shaver, David Senior, Roger Sherman, Amie Siegel, Xaviera Simmons, Dexter Sinister, Lucy Skaer, Slow and Steady Wins The Race, Ben Smith, Société Réaliste, Anton Stankowski, Jack Stauffacher, Jessica Stockholder, Sulki & Min, Ladislav Sutnar, Superscript, Batia Suter, Herb Tam, TypoKaki & Martin Frostner, Ryohei Usui, Philippe Van Snick, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Richard Venlet, James Voorhies, Nader Vossoughian, Xin Wang, Grace Weir, Roger White, Robert Wiesenberger, JP Williams, James Wines / SITE, Klaus Wittkugel, Wong Kit Yi, Amy Yao, Wen Yau, Mr. Ye, Anicka Yi, John Zurier, and Piet Zwart.
Thanks also to our many collaborators and funders, including galleries and non-profit organizations such as Artis, CCS Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Goethe-Institute New York, OSMOS, Paper Monument, Protocinema, Residency Unlimited, ROOM EAST, Simone Subal Gallery, Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University London, and Storefront for Art and Architecture; as well as architects Leong Leong, design studio Project Projects, fabricators Ken Allen Studios, David Chevtaiken, Laumont, Levi Murphy, Phi Nguyen, and Voll, Inc.; and guest curators including Sarah Demeuse, Sarah Hromack, Ruba Katrib, Carin Kuoni, Anthony Marcellini, Manuela Moscoso, Paul O’Neill, Niels Van Tomme, and Ali Wong.
David Knowles managed P! from 2013–2016, and Patricia Margarita Hernandez managed P! from 2016–2017, with assistance from Alia Al-Sabi, Sebastian Bach, Lewis John Brooks, Chris Camperchioli, Katherine DiPiero, Lisa Drescher, Polina Dubik, Brian Dulaney, Rich Eberle, Ian Faden, Tim Ferrell, Rick Flynn, Brent Garbowski, Judith Gärtner, Devin Gallagher, Tim Gentles, Philip Hall, Kate Humphreys, Alexander Iadarola, Nick Irvin, Wai Kong Liu, Naho Kubota, Ly Thanh Le, Jörg Lohse, Rachael London, Joseph Lubitz, Albert Manetta, Lucas Mascatello, Claire Masters, Asher Mones, Joygill Moriah, Anna Moser, Chris O’Hurley, Adriana Ramić, Kari Rittenbach, Alden Rose, Michael Schumacher, Eric Schwartau, Madeleine Sinnock, Brian Stremick, Berny Tan, Frank Traynor, Benjamin Wendel, Jonathan Bruce Williams, Collin Willis, Max Yawney, Yun Yu, and Steven Zerbe, amongst others.
Additional thanks to Adam Michaels, Sonya Patel, and Chris Wu from Project Projects; Daniel Byers, Andria Hickey, Tina Kukielski, and David Norr from MORE; as well as Cara Maniaci, Sagiv Ashkenazi, and Amie Siegel. Extra special thanks to Emily Smith, Anton & Eloise Hammermeister-Smith, and Bala & Ramachandran Krishnamurthy, as well as to everyone who supported P! over the years through their presence and participation.