Cool Things I Saw at the Metro Curates Art Fair

Stephen Romano Gallery Overview
Stephen Romano Gallery Booth (All Photos By Gail)

For the moderately-sized art fair that it is, no one could accuse the Metro Curates show, which ran from January 21st to 25th at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, of a lack of diversity or ambition.

An annual event now in its fourth year, Metro Curates brought together a dynamic and cerebrally stimulating array of periods, genres and styles from folk art to antiques and collectibles to pop and outsider art from across the country. Socially, it was a great place to see and be seen, and to schmooze with your artist and collector pals, but it was also an excellent outlet to gain exposure to facets of the art world that may be outside of your comfort zone. At any rate, this Art fair was a lot of fun!

Here are some photos of our favorite cool pieces from the show!

Matthew Dutton Expecting
Matthew Dutton, Expecting at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn

Lilly Fenechel Untitled
Lilly Fenechel Untitled, at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Robert Buratti The Death Card
Robert Buratti, The Death Card (Arcana)

Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970
Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970

Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors
Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors, American Garage, Los Angeles, CA

Metal Store Display Safety Pin
Metal Store Display: Safety Pin, Circa 1930s, American Garage, LA, CA

Howard Jones Pink Bulb
Howard Jones, Pink Bulb, American Primitive Gallery, NYC

Shoe Sculpture
Shoe Sculpture, American Primitive Gallery, NYC

Bill Rauhauser The Wild
Bill Rauhauser, The Wild, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Judicator Cap
Judicator Cap, Nigerian, Glass Beads, Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago

Dentzel Standing Carousel Horse
Dentzel Standing Carousel Horse, 1905, Gemini Antiques, Lebanon NJ

Robots By Jim Bauer
Robot Sculptures By Jim Bauer, Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Jay Stanger Partially Contained Cabinet
Jay Stanger, Partially Contained Cabinet, Scott Jacobson Gallery, NYC

Holly Lane Faculty Group Portrait
Holly Lane, Faculty Group Portrait, Gilded Wood, Forum Gallery, NYC

Jane Lund Garden Dress
Jane Lund, Garden Dress, Forum Gallery, NYC

Sally Anderson Large Purple
Sally Anderson Large Purple, Fired Clay and Glaze, Tambaran Gallery, NYC

Donald Lipski Mascher #095
Donald Lipski, Mascher #095, Commercial Muffin Tin, Paraffin, Glass Sheep Eyes, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Untitled Meat Painting by W. Conway at Steven S Powers
W. Conway, Untitled Meat Painting, Steven S. Powers, Brooklyn

We are already looking forward to next year!

Frank Gehry’s IAC Building

IAC Building
All Photos By Gail

The IAC Building, which is the headquarters for InterAcive Corp, sits on the Hudson River-facing lot on Eleventh Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. I sometimes pass it when I am gallery hopping and when it is lit up at night it is quite a breathtaking site.

IAC Building Screens

Besides the fact that the building itself is one of the most gorgeous examples of modern architecture in Manhattan, I am also quite charmed by the block-long series of video screens in the building’s lobby, which are visible from Eleventh Avenue. The visuals change all the time, but on a night last fall I snapped few photos of this pink and green set of abstract images.

IAC Building Screens Detail

When you get up close to the glass, you can see it is imbedded with little black dots, which I imagine help to shade the interior and add a dimension of privacy during the day.

IAC Building Facade Detail

I love this building.

Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos

Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos
All Photos By Gail

The antique velvet chair seen above is part of the exhibit Maira Kalman Selects, on now at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Embedded in the seat back of the chair is a small tablet screen which shows videos of dancing ballerinas. Thus the work’s title, Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos. Clever.

Dancing Videos Detail

For this exhibition, the author, artist and designer has filled the former first-floor Drawing Room of what was once the Carnegie Mansion, with 40 objects from sources including the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.

Kalman is best known for her whimsical take on modern life. Here, she explores the human condition, presenting objects that create a picture of daily life as she sees and lives it. In her words, the exhibition is about “falling in love with a group of objects”; “the preciousness of time”; and the realization that “many of the most important memories in your life will be populated by the most seemingly unimportant objects. A chair. A bowl.”

And what does she suggest you do when you enter the exhibition? Just look. And listen. “To wander about in a room in a museum and to have the fluttery feeling of discovery and potential,” she says, “is a great feeling.”

Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos Signage

Maira Kalman Selects will be on View Through June 14th, 2015 at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Located on Fifth Avenue at the Corner of 92nd Street.

NYC East Village: Post-Juno in the Park!

Italian Ice Cart
Abandoned Italian Ice Cart, Avenue B and 11th Street (All Photos By Gail)

Geoffrey said a funny thing to me today, which is that he read on the Interwebs that Winter Storm Juno was not so much a Blizzard as it was “a Storm with a Very Good Publicist.” Hah! So true.  Juno failed to completely kick our asses to the curb but it did leave about six inches of white fluffy stuff on the ground.

At lunch today, I went for a walk in the hood and took some pictures. This is what it looked like around Noon on the day after the snowstorm in the East Village, NYC.

UnShoveled Sidewalk

The streets had been plowed continuously all through the night and 80% of the sidewalks were at least somewhat shoveled, so it was not too hazardous to navigate my way without falling on my ass. The above photo is a good example of a sidewalk that no one had shoveled. It still looks very beautiful.

Snow Covered Car

Cars parked curbside had not that much snow on them, really.

Grocery Cart

I’m not sure who this Shopping Cart belongs to.

Tompkins Square Park Sign

Here I am at Tompkins Square Park. Let’s go inside and explore.

Benches with Snow

There is not that much snow on the benches. I have seen way better.

Ping Pong Table

In the spring and summer, people play Ping Pong on that thing.

Fountain

This is a Fancy Bird Bath. Or something.

Snowman 1

These kids were making a few Snowmen with their mom.

Snowman 3

Here’s another one that kind of looks like a Snow Ghost to me.

Snowman 2

And another one pretty close by.

Kids Sledding

Little kids were Sledding on a not very impressive hill.

Dog Run

Many people were out running their dogs. Dogs Love Snow!

Doggies in the Snow

I enjoyed watching these little ones play.

Do Not Feed the Pigeons

Don’t even think about it.

Chess Tables

Too cold to play Chess.

Snow on Bushes and Statue

Snow untouched by humans. So gorgeous.

Snow on the Bushes

Snow on the Cement

Snow Capped Trash Bin

Garbage Bin Snow Cone.

Ice Covered SUV

Ice and snow covered Parks Department SUV.

Community Garden Whirligigs

On the way back home, I walked by a few of the remaining East Village Community Gardens. There is a story of life there, even in the dead of winter.

Pink Flamingo
Snow Flamingo

Penguin House

Happy Winter Everybody!

Yes, It Exists: Bitchin’ Sauce

Chipotle Bitchen Sauce
All Photos By Sue Simone

Would you eat something called Bitchin’ Sauce? I sure would. Recently, my pal Sue spotted the Bitchin’ Sauce at a farmer’s market in San Diego and here is what I found out about it from their Website:

Bitchin’ Sauce is a vegan, gluten-free, almond-based, savory sauce that is rich in nutrients and packed with flavor. Its smooth and creamy consistency makes it perfect for dipping vegetables and chips, spreading on sandwiches or wraps, or smothering over your favorite savory foods. Bitchin’ and saucy.”

And their tagline is: “Get it in ya!”, which is quite catchy!

Bitchen Sauce
Comes in a Variety of Flavors. Goes Good With Chips!

Peacock Made From Plastic Utensils

Peacock By Federico Uribe
Photos By Gail

This charming Peacock Sculpture was crafted by Columbia-born artist Federico Uribe entirely from clear Plastic Forks and Spoons. At the recent Metro Curates art fair, Uribe had an entire booth devoted to his fanciful sculptures created from repurposed everyday objects such as CDs, Bike Helmets, Colored Pencils and Paint Brush Handles. Worleygig.com will be featuring additonal work by Uribe in a future post, as well as highlighting a selection of our favorite artworks from the fair later in the week.

Peacock By Federico Uribe Detail
Detail

Modern Art Monday Presents: Salvador Dali, The Accommodations of Desire

Salvador Dail The Accommodations of Desire
Photo By Gail (Click Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Painted in the summer of 1929, The Accommodations of Desire is a small gem that deals with the twenty-five-year-old Dalí’s sexual anxieties over a love affair with an older, married woman. The woman, Gala, then the wife of Surrealist poet Paul Éluard, became Dalí’s lifelong muse and mate. In this picture, which Dalí painted after taking a walk alone with Gala, he included seven enlarged pebbles on which he envisioned what lay ahead for him: “terrorizing” lions’ heads (not so “accommodating” to his “desire” as the title of the painting facetiously suggests), as well as a toupee, various vessels (one in the shape of a woman’s head), three figures embracing on a platform, and a colony of ants (a symbol of decay).

Dalí did not paint the lions’ heads but, rather, cut them out from what must have been an illustrated children’s book, slyly matching the latter’s detailed style with his own. These collaged elements are virtually indistinguishable from the super-saturated color and painstaking realism of the rest of the composition, startling the viewer into questioning the existence of the phenomena recorded and of the representation as a whole.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.