If you’re looking to grab a drink (and not just for hydration) during the summer, instead of a bar or a rooftop party, why not drop into a gallery?
“The Drinking Show,” currently on view at Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City, celebrates the spirit of enjoying a cold one during the heat. Via email, Sasha Wolf explained how the idea for the show came about: “I knew I wanted to curate a summer group show with two of my closest friends, Matthew Pillsbury and Peter Kayafas (both great photographers). So, we met up at a bar in Brooklyn, as one does, to brainstorm ideas for a show. At a certain point, as I was enjoying my bourbon, I said to them, ‘Hey, how about a show about drinking?!’ ” (For the record, not all the photographs in the show depict alcohol: One is of milk.)
Wolf says group shows are a popular solution for the slow summer art season. Many galleries simply close for a few weeks in August, to reopen in September with an art-world equivalent of back to school. Instead of mounting a solo show during a time when many are away from the city, a group show, especially one that reflects summertime concerns, is the perfect solution.
Wolf explained the process of putting together the wide array of photographs: “Peter, Matthew, and I all scoured for images then presented them to each other for a vote. After we decided on a group of images, we went about trying to actually find the physical copy so we could consign it. I cheated a little and called some friends at other galleries and asked them to send me drinking images they had in inventory.”
About the process and end result, Wolf wrote: “All in all it was a lot of fun to work together, and we're all very happy with the end result. It may not be groundbreaking, but it's a fun show, and there are many poignant images.”
“The Drinking Show” is on view through Aug. 16 at Sasha Wolf Gallery.