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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!

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.

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.

Horse Head Vacuum Cleaner

Horse Bust (Chess Piece)
All Photos By Gail

Here’s another cool design item I spotted while browsing in the Chamber boutique on West 23d Street a couple of weeks back. Horse Bust (Chess Piece) was designed by Antwerp, Belgium-based partnership Studio Job and crafted from Polished bronze, 24K gold gilding, paint, hand-blown glass, LED, a Nilfisk GM 80 P Vacuum Cleaner.  It is available in an Edition of 4 pieces only.

Horse Bust (Chess Piece)

According to the designers, Chess Piece, was designed for artist Jeff Koons, and combines references to Koon’s work.

Horse Bust (Chess Piece)

John Miller’s Here in the Real World at Mary Boone Gallery

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

My memories of watching daytime TV Game Shows mostly involve being a kid who was home sick from school, or on summer vacation, because when else was I going watch them? What that means is that these memories of The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal are many decades in the past as this point, and yet they are quite clear and bring on a huge wave of fond nostalgia. This is probably why John Miller’s Here in the Real World, up now at the Mary Boone Gallery’s Chelsea location, resonated with me so strongly.

Here in the Real World features Miller’s Game Show Paintings (which he started painting in 1995) and his more recent series of reality TV personalities (started 2012), in which Miller selects images of people in purportedly uncontrived poses and paints them in a realist manner. Mary Boone’s cavernous room provides a perfect space for this show, which features many large scale canvases. Before I post more photos of the paintings however, I want to show you this:

Potato

Yes, that is a potato that was hanging out on the gallery’s front lobby carpet. Everybody wanted to know why there was a potato on the floor, and was it part of the show. And the answer is: I don’t know, but it is on a red carpet, so it must be important in some way.

Installation View
A Funny Forum Happened on the Way to the Thing

Paintings like the one on the far right, above, made me feel five years old instantly.

The Price Is Right

How great is this? So great.

New Car

“A Brand New Car!”

682 5 13

This is like a still frame from a dream isn’t it?

Labyrinth I
Labyrinth I

$40

What’s Behind the Door? It is a question for the ages.

Infinitesimal Eternity
Infinitesimal Eternity

The Worleygig highly recommends this exhibit.

John Miller’s Here in the Real World will be on Exhibit Through February 28th, 2015 at Mary Boone Gallery, Located at 541 West 24 Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

John Miller Exhibit Signage

Mike Weiss Gallery Presents: Marc Séguin I Love America and America Loves Me

Self Portrait
“Elvis is King.” Self Portrait by Marc Séguin. (All Photos By Gail)

One of our favorite venues for contemporary art, Mike Weiss Gallery, is currently featuring new works by painter Marc Séguin in an exhibit entitled I Love America and America Loves Me. Séguin’s mostly large scale canvases examine and poke fun at viral media phenomena and celebrity culture that Americans seem to be obsessed with. It isn’t always pretty, but it is always provocative. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Andy Warhol Snowman
Andy

Andy Warhol is a Snowman.

My Art Dealer
My Art Dealer

Just Married
Just Married

Séguin sure didn’t waste any time portraying 80 year old convicted murderer Charles Manson with his fiance /new wife Afton “Star” Burton, who is 25. Séguin‘s painting is based on a photograph of the happy couple found at This Link.

Project Love
Project Love

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden

What’s interesting to note about this portrait of Edward Snowden is that, when I looked at it along with an artist friend who came to the show with me, we both knew what he was famous for (leaking NSA secrets) but neither of us could remember his name, despite the fact that he was all over the media for most of last and the previous year.

Fuck Sharks

This one is called Fuck Sharks. I love it.

Fuck Sharks
Detail from Fuck Sharks

I laughed for fifteen minutes when I saw the above! Hilarious!

Marc Séguin’s I Love America and America Loves Me will be on Exhibit Through March 7th, 2015 at Mike Weiss Gallery, Located at 520 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Marc Seguin Signage