A vibrantly existentialist We’re All Gonna Die at Sue Scott Gallery, curated by Ron Keyson.This two part exhibition divides death into Comedy and Tragedy. Highlights of this show, Marlyin Minter (seems like every corner you turn in the LES these days has a Minter on it), and a hallucinogenic WallPaper by Fred Tomaselli. Markus Linnenbrick’s abstract painting titled DYINGDOESNOTMEETMYEXPECTATIONS/DEATHOFADISCODANCER and the somber frosty Anthony Conway Due North.
The current show at Casey Kaplan I was anticipating a pop contrived show of Jeff Koons-esque work. Not only was I wrong, I was pleasantly surprised with an intimate and engaging exhibition of Jonathan Monk stainless steel sculptures of deflated rabbits paired with the hyperrealistic paintings of his art making process. Oil paintings titled Production Stills lend to a very intimate dialogue about how profoundly the artist is engaged with his body of work in creating this kind of mass […]
Gagosian has two outstanding shows on at the moment. Picasso: Mosqueteros, a musuem quality presentation of Picasso paintings from the late years of 1963 – 1973. Yayoi Kusama, massive abstracted paintings of vibrant coloured tiny loops contrast with the installation Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity. Also called the Infinity Room, Kusama plays with relation of the viewer within these engaging optical environments.
Black & White Gallery presents Nostaligia for the Future paintings by Michael Van Den Besslaar The title of the show is poignient, the large sized oil on canvas paintings are stunning. The gallery is a gorgeous and very large space in the far far extreme edge of Chelsea. Originally Dutch, Van Den Besslaar lives and works in Paris, France, his paintings are architectural refrences of California and suburban Chicago.
Michael Raedecker exhibition is titled Fix, on view at Andrea Rosen Gallery. These large paintings are accented with stitching and embroidery which give a nostalgic quality to an already airy imagery. Raedecker’s tablecloths and linens hanging on a drying line are so faint yet have such a heaviness of the drapery. Very beautiful.
Tony Oursler is a pioneer of New Media and video art. Metro Pictures presents a variety of new works, including this stunning Cigarette Forest, 6 foot tall columns upon which smoldering cigarette projections burn away. Other multimedia works in this show incuded issues on money (a giant talking five dollar bill), scratch lotto tickets, and gambling machines.
Jack Shainman Gallery presents large paintings by London-based Gordon Cheung. These techno-coloured landscapes are stocklistings, acrylic gel and spray paint on sail cloth. Resulting in an amazing layered quality and depth. Cheung alliterates the dialogue between fantasy, history, and overlays that upon the stock list numbers elluding to the underlying tones of the current financial systems.
Juliana Romano gave a talk at Marvelli Gallery for her first solo show. She is a painter’s painter, and uses historical paintings to navigate through the development and build up of the heavy drapery in contrast to the highly reductive facial features. I like this figuration, and am happy to see a nuanced return to portraiture with this Elizabeth Peyton-esque style.
At Gagosian Gallery, “7 Days / 7 Nights,” an exhibition of fourteen photographs from the Seascapes series by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Where sea and sky merge, Sugimoto created this series where the horizon blurs and then gradually sharpens in each successive photo. One room is white and brightly lit, the other is black and each photo illumated by a spot light.
On Kawara’s One Million Years is a project in process at David Zwirner Gallery. The project is about time, and years, the time it takes to narrate every year from One millions years ago until one million years from now. A man and a woman sit in the booth, each couple for a 2 hour period. They read the date… 3756BC…. or three thousand seven hundred fifty six bee cee, 3757 BC…. three thousand seven hundred fifty seven beeecee. Chatting […]
Chadwick Tyler and Paul Rowland are editorial photographers bringing their glam fashion photographs out of the magazines and temporarily taking over bankrupt gallery spaces to host crossover exhibitions. Walking down 11th Ave at West 21st St there is a white wall with a cutout entry… SUPRISE, yes Alice in Wondeland… it is a narrow doorway to the HoneySpace.Tiberius is Chadwich Tyler’s exhibition. He said the title is a word he likes, because it could be a place, a clan, a […]
Metro Pictures presents new works by Cindy Sherman. Sherman interogates identity cliches, now she has moved towards the vielle bourgois dame, investigating cliche of beauty and aging…. too much make up, too many facelifts.The funny part of this exhibition, there was a group of women being toured around Chelsea Galleries, the tour guide was being tactful enough until the one visitor remarked “WOW, she looks exactly like Joan in this one!!!”
Casey Kaplan presents a solo show by Annika Von Hausswolf, titled ‘I Am the Runway of Your Thoughts’ I love the title of this exhibition. The dreamy romantic title is as alluring as the gorgeous photos of a model plane flying towards her open mouth. The fragmented scenes and the pairing of black and white and colour prints create a dynamic narrative.
The Zwiner & Wirth Gallery in New York summer exhibition, Old School, presents an imaginative look at Dutch old masters reinterpreted by the phenomenon of contemporary artists appropriating and re-interpreting these old school themes and imagery. Showing how contemporary painting has borrowed from historical cannons of portaiture creating a very beautiful and thoughtful show. Glen Brown’s paintings with a sultry velvty texture of painting. Glen Brown’s use of Dutch momento mori iconography, of still life and musical instruments. Djordje Ozbolt […]