Tag Archive | Rainbow

Elizabeth Dee Gallery Presents: John Giorno, Space Forgets You

Prefer Crying in a Limo
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

I think I can safely say that every single time I’ve stumbled across a cool exhibit at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, located just off 11th Avenue on 20th Street, it’s not only because I’m on my way to a gallery located a bit further east, but because I recognize a piece of art in the window as one I’ve seen at Frieze Art Fair. This indicates that the artists they represent are truly memorable, because Frieze is massive. My point being, I stopped in to Elizabeth Dee on Saturday because I recognized the artwork of John Giorno, who creates text-based paintings of bold, thought provoking slogans originally sourced from poetry that the artist has written, or lines that never made it into a final poem. It’s amazing to see that, at age 79, John Giorno continues to create works that speak so poignantly to a contemporary audience.

God is Man Made

In this series, entitled Space Forgets You, Giorno presents his paintings in three different styles: in vibrant, rainbow-hued paints, as pastel water colors, and earth-toned graphite drawings. Although many of the sayings are repeated over the various groups, the method by which each was created definitely affects ones perception of the message.

Pastel Room

One gallery room is dedicated to the water colors.

Beige Room

Another displays all of the smaller, graphite drawings.

Bad News

My favorites in this series are the rainbow colored paintings. This one I’ve seen at Frieze, but done with black paint on a white canvas.

Thanx 4 Nothing

It always gives me great satisfaction to use this phrase, for some reason.

Party for the Gods

This one is great. It should be on a T-Shirt.

Life is a Killer

So true.

John Giorno’s Space Forgets You will be on Exhibit Through May 9th, 2015, at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Located at 545 West 20th Street at Eleventh Avenue (West Side Highway), in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Rainbow Tumblers at the MOMA Design Store

Rainbow Tumblers
All Photos By Gail

Holy cow! How rad are these Rainbow Hued Tumblers from the MOMA Design Store? Answer: So Rad. I know you’re probably thinking that it would be too risky to buy these, because drinking glasses —
especially fancy drinking glasses — break so darn easily. But while these tumblers look like glass, they are made of durable acrylic! Their teardrop-shaped interior has a rainbow effect that radiates from the base throughout the tumbler.

Available for just $10 each in the store or a set of 4 for $40 ($6.95 shipping) online at This Link!

Rainbow Top View

Frank Stella, Scramble: Ascending Spectrum/Ascending Yellow Values

Frank Stella
Photo By Gail

Yeah, I know it’s freezing ass cold in New York right now and nobody wants to go outside, but if you can force yourself to make it all the way to Tenth Avenue and 27th Street, you can see this gorgeous work of art by Frank Stella, entitled Scramble: Ascending Spectrum/Ascending Yellow Values, (1978) which is part of Paul Kasmin Gallery’s current group exhibit at this location, entitled, The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Kasmin exhibit features many of the original works from the 1971 Met exhibit, New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940 – 1970 including Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Joseph Cornell, Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hoffmann, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Robert Motherwell, Isamu Noguchi, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenberg, Jules Olitski, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

The exhibit will be on display through March 14th, 2015. Surely, it will have warmed up a bit before then.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum V

Ellsworth Kelly Spectrum V
Photo By Gail

I want you to appreciate that I had to wait patiently for about 15 minutes for a child and her oblivious mom to stop effing around in front of this 13 panel color field installation that makes up legendary minimalist Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum V (1969) before I could (finally) get this photo. You’re welcome.

Ellsworth Kelly (born May 31, 1923) is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing simplicity of form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employs bright colors. He lives and works in Spencertown, New York.

Spectrum V, a gift of the artist, is part of the permanent collection in the Modern Art wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Ian Davenport Colorfall at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Ian Davenport Colorfall
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Paul Kasmin Gallery is famous for having very “colorful” exhibits and the current show occupying its Tenth Avenue space is no exception! In Ian Davenport’s new body of work,  Colorfall, the artist questions how different chromatic weights can occupy a background, as well as the vertical rhythm achieved by compressing and interweaving colors of various widths.

Ian Davenport Colorfall

By utilizing a large syringe to drip acrylic paint onto aluminum and stainless steel panels, Davenport creates his celebrated studies of color with precision and elegance. The lyrical quality of the paintings is established by his careful balance of engineering and natural movement.

Ian Davenport Colorfall

The artist allows gravity to pull the acrylic paint down the panel, whereupon he gently manipulates the bands of colors, but ultimately allows the liquid-nature of the paints to guide the creation.

Ian Davenport Colorfall

His control of the paintings becomes evident in the carefully composed series of colors that populate his paintings, which act as experiments in color relationships guided by Davenport’s intuition and mastery of the subject.

Ian Davenport Colorfall

Ian Davenport’s Colorfall will be on Exhibit Through October 26th, 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at  293 Tenth Ave. New York, NY 10001. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.