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Yoshitomo Nara at Pace Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara Girl Face

Pace Gallery is currently hosting its first exhibition of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, who joined the gallery in 2011. The exhibition features new paintings, bronze sculptures and works on paper.

Yoshitomo Nara Girl Head

I liked his paintings more than the large bronze sculptures. Here are couple of my favorites from Friday night’s opening reception.

Yoshitomo Nara Life Is Hard

This one really resonated with me, as I’m sure it does for many people.

Yoshitomo Nara Sleeping Girl

I like this one as well because the girl could be dead or she could be just sleeping. Probably sleeping.

The Yoshitomo Nara Exhibit will run through Jun 29th, 2013 at Pace Gallery, Located at 534 West 25th Street, NYC in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Yoshitomo Nara Girl with Tree Head

Yoshitomo Nara Girl with Tree Head Sculpture

Yoshitomo Nara Exhibit Signage

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Matthew Marks Gallery Presents Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Red
All Photos By Gail

Legendary painter Ellsworth Kelly will celebrate ninety years on the planet on May 31st, 2013. In honor of his seven decades spent shaping and contributing to the world of modern art, Matthew Marks Gallery is hosting exhibits of Kelley’s work in three of its Chelsea gallery spaces. These paintings and sculptures are classic representations of Kelley’s signature Color Field works and his grounding in the minimalist school of painting.

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Blue and Yellow

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Black and White

Ellsworth Kelly With Friends 2013
Elsworth Kelly (Center) Chats with Friends outside the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd Street at the Show’s Opening Reception

Happy Birthday Mr. Kelly and thank you for your beautiful art!

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Reflective C

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety will be on view through June 29, 2013 at Matthew Marks’ three gallery spaces, Located at 502 and 522 West 22nd Street, and 523 West 24th Street, New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Red and Black Bars

Miles Aldridge, I Only Want You to Love Me at Steven Kasher

Miles Aldridge Actress #6
Miles Aldridge Actress #6 (All Photos By Gail)

Fashion Photographer Miles Aldridge is currently showing a selection of his Technicolor dream photography, I Only Want You to Love Me, at Steven Kasher Gallery. We declare that this is a Must See exhibit!
Miles Aldridge, Chromo Thriller #3
Chromo Thriller #3

Aldridge’s work is highly controlled with a cinematic effect. His Wikipedia page cites his influences as film directors Derek Jarman, David Lynch and Fellini and the photographer Richard Avedon, as well as the psychedelic graphic design of his father, Alan Aldridge.

Miles Aldridge, I Only Want You to Love Me #1

I Only Want You to Love Me #1

Aldrige’s photography is filled with glamorous, beautiful women, whose perfect appearance and blank expression could be interpreted as passivity and ambivalence.

Miles Aldridge, I Only Want You to Love Me #4

I Only Want You to Love Me #4

Aldridge, however, prefers to define his women as in a state of contemplation, so that we are asked imagine their inner lives. The surreal, David Lynchian context of his photos telegraph the possibility that these dream-like scenarios could just as easily transform into nightmares.

Happy-Birthday

Home Works

I Only Want You to Love Me by Miles Aldridge will be on exhibit through June 8th, 2013 at Steven Kasher Gallery, Located at 521 West 23rd Street, NYC in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Miles Aldridge I Only Want You to Love Me

Miles Aldridge, Dinner Party #5

Dinner Party #5

Pink Thing of The Day: Jeff Koons Balloon Venus in Magenta

Jeff Koons Balloon Venus Magenta
JEFF KOONS
Balloon Venus (Magenta), 2008–12
High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating
102 x 48 x 50 inches (259.1 x 121.9 x 127 cm)
1/5 unique versions

If you live in the tri-State area, you can see this awesome pink goddess of a sculpture in person at the Gagosian Gallery, located at 555 West 24th Street in NYC, through June 29th, 2013.

Gazing Ball By Jeff Koons at David Zwirner

Gazing Ball Birdbath
All Photos By Gail

It’s been a decade since the art of Jeff Koons – one of the contemporary art world’s wealthiest, most celebrated and undeniably wildly polarizing figures – has been the focus of a solo exhibit here in Manhattan. This week, he has two: a series of new works at David Zwirner and a retrospective (opening this evening) at the Gagosian Gallery.

Gazing Ball De Milo

The David Zwirner Gallery-hosted Gazing Ball opened last night and, even though the doors opened exactly one hour behind schedule, it was well worth waiting for.

Gazing Ball Head

For Gazing Ball, Koons has filled two conjoined spaces of the Gallery (located at adjacent addresses) with more than a dozen Las Vegas-style reproductions of ancient Roman statuary, each adorned with a strategically placed, royal blue stainless steel sphere flaunting the mirror-finish surface that has become so identifiable with Koons’ sculptures.

Jeff Koons and Peter Brant
Jeff Koons with Art Collector Peter Brant at Wednesday’s Opening Reception

In each piece, the juxtaposition between the classic and the kitsch, to me, is conceptually fantastic and very visually appealing. But of course there are fans and then there are people live to talk smack about Jeff Koons, which I find puzzling.

Gazing Ball Lyre

It’s been said in other reviews, and I tend to agree, that people who dump on Jeff Koons’ art must be suffering from some kind of misplaced envy or inferiority complex. If you don’t like Jeff Koons, and no one says you must, you are free to stay away from his art shows, but don’t come to a Koons’ exhibit and talk loudly about how much the art sucks, because it just makes you look pathetic and desperate to seem cool.

Gazing Ball Centaur

Jeff Koons’ Gazing Ball will be on exhibit through June 29th, 2013 at David Zwirner, Located at 525 West 19th Street, In the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 AM – 6:00 PM.

Jeff Koons Gazing Ball Signage

Gazing Ball Reclining

Gazing Ball Beowulf

Scott Hove’s Cake Gun Sculptures

Scott-Hove-Guns-and-Ecst
Image Courtesy of Spoke Art

Surrealist sculptor Scott Hove has become famous for his fantastic fake cakes and cake-like sculptures that he creates using carved foam and traditional cake decorating tools. Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco is currently showcasing his latest works in a highly topical exhibit entitled Guns & Ecstasy.

In addition to a fully immersive, single person Cake Installation that Hove calls “A Pentagonal Disco Infinity Chamber” — and which features multiple angled mirrors and a spinning disco ball — the exhibit includes a series of twelve confectionery assault weapon sculptures created in light of the recent shootings and gun violence in the United States.

Scott Hove Weapon of Choice
Weapon of Choice (Image Source)

If I lived in the area, there is certainly no way I would miss this show.

Scott Hove’s Guns & Ecstasy exhibit runs through May 25th, 2013 at Spoke Art Gallery, Located on 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.