An Opening Night of Drinks, Fun, and "Hair" Combing at Misaki Kawai's Fantastic New Show at The Hole 

SSPNY Heads Over The Hole on Bowery for an Opening Night of Drinks, and a Dynamic New Exhibit at Misaki Kawai's Hair Show!

SSPNY visits the awesome new exhibit at The Hole gallery on Bowery, for one of the best opening-night parties, celebrating with good beverages, and even better art from Misaki Kawai's Hair Show, up through November 2.

Putting aside for a moment whatever the actual art might be, let me just first say that The Hole gallery always throws the best opening-night parties. The space rambles nicely, the beverages are plentiful, the crowd tends toward the stylish without being annoying. And because it's a bit of island there on Bowery, gallery-wise (unlike, for instance, Chelsea, where you might have 30 openings on any given Thursday night) the parties--sorry, the openings--at the Hole never get TOO too packed. My suggestion: get put on the mailing list, and go. And when the art itself is as terrific as it is right now at the Hole, with Misaki Kawai's Hair Show, up through November 2? Everybody's a winner! 

SSPNY falls in love with the "hair"iest pieces at Hair Show including Kawai's dog portraits, with the massive sculpture of Max standing in the back room, which the artist named after a black Scottish terrier she sees on her block. 
Anyway, in addition to being a great party (plus the new Patagonia had ITS opening right across the street at the same time, and they were giving out Roberta's pizzas!), I loved pretty much everything in Misaki Kawai's Hair Show exhibition, and plan on returning soon to see it all again, minus the revelers. Kawai has been pretty visible at art fairs and group shows in the past decade or so, but this is her first solo exhibition in NYC in six years. What's especially nice is that, even though everything in Hair Show is unmistakably "hers", there are several different styles and mediums at play, adding an additional level of dynamism--as well as a retrospective feel--to the proceedings. 
 SSPNY takes a rest at Misaki Kawai's first solo exhibition in NYC in 6 years, introducing her cute furniture into the display, where people can sit and relax in between exploring different works at her exhibit.
The "hair"iest pieces at Hair Show are Kawai's dog portraits, foremost the massive sculpture of Max standing in the back room, which the artist named after a black Scottish terrier she sees regularly on her block. Surrounding Max are a dozen or so wall sculptures of different dogs, some colored in fabulous neon pink and yellow, all accompanied with a oversized comb which you can use to brush their fur. Totally fun. Also great are Kawai's colorful collages and paintings (and collage-paintings); her cute furniture; her wonderfully simple and scribbly drawings. 
SSPNY also checks out dozens of wall sculptures of different dogs, some colored in fabulous neon pink and yellow, all accompanied with an oversized comb which you can use to brush their fur in this interactive exhibit.
 
Misaki Kawai: Hair Show will be at The Hole through November 2. The Hole is locatyed on Bowery between Houston and Bleecker Streets, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. More information here. 
 
SSPNY lastly checks out Kawai's colorful collages, paintings, and collage-paintings with her wonderfully simple and scribbly drawings. Misaki Kawai: Hair Show will be at The Hole through November 2. The Hole is locatyed on Bowery between Houston and Bleecker Streets, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7pm.

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