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Explore Hidden Gems of NYC’s Contemporary Art Scene Courtesy of New York Gallery Tours!

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Recently, I publicly lamented my inability to navigate current exhibits in the Chelsea Gallery District. With the added precautions needed when going out during the Covid Life, and the fact that my former gallery-hopping companion has relocated to the west coast, I am too distracted and overwhelmed with minutiae to research which new exhibits will appeal to my unique visual aesthetic. It is cause for great joy then that I have discovered New York Gallery Tours — which does the hard work of figuring out where to go for you! Founded in 2002 by Rafael Risemberg — a former college professor with a Ph.D. in arts education — New York Gallery Tours hosts meticulously-curated two-hour adventures in Contemporary Art featuring the very best of what’s happening at the Chelsea Galleries (and other arts neighborhoods as well). Tour groups are kept super small (one to five people) so that there’s room to socially distance and more time for Rafael to explain the art, and encourage lively conversation. On a recent Saturday afternoon, my art-loving neighbors Leslie and Kat and I met up for a tour with Rafael, and we were able to hit up nine different galleries across ten blocks, because that is how we roll.

Lead by Rafael, New York Gallery Tours opens your  mind to the discovery and appreciation of art beyond the familiar mediums of painting and sculpture. I feel like I was introduced to an amazing selection of the most diverse art I’ve seen in years, which I will now share with. Let’s get to it!

jesse krimes american rendition photo by gail worley
Crow Hill Quilt By Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes: American Rendition
Malin Gallery
515 West 29th Street

Incarcerated for six years, Jesse Krimes creates artwork that frequently addresses the personal, communal and national level impacts of mass incarceration and the ways in which media and on-line representations of individual and group identities reinforce societal structures related to punishment and confinement. American Rendition features large-scale textile works from two different series: The Elegy Quilts (seen above and below) were constructed using fragments of personal clothing, textiles and other ephemera collected from currently and formerly incarcerated people.

jesse krimes american rendition photo by gail worley
Raybrook

These quilts depict domestic scenes inspired by the subjects’ memories of their homes or other domestic spaces that they felt evoked the concept of home. Solitary, empty chairs are prominently featured, powerfully evoking the disastrous effects of Covid in prisons and jails, and the absence of Americans who have effectively “disappeared” from their families and communities into the criminal justice and penal systems. According to Jesse, “The furniture and interiors are made mostly of old clothing and serve as symbolic stand-ins for the body that yearns to return.”

jesse krimes american rendition photo by gail worley

Read more about this exhibit and the art of Jesse Krimes at This Link.

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Shark Attack Insulin Bottle!

Shark Attack Wheat Paste
Photo By Gail

During a particularly successful Street Art Safari over on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District, I spotted this wheat paste of an Insulin Vial with a Shark on it near 22nd Street. This piece is part of a series by a diabetic artist/photographer known as Appleton who aims to increase Diabetes Awareness through his art. See more photos and read his Mission Statement at Appleton Artwork Dot Com!

Return of The Green Monster Hand

Green Monster Hand

Hey, remember when I found This on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District? As far as reader comments go, that was one of my most popular Street Art posts ever, which is saying something, considering it had virtually no accompany text.

The Green Monster Hand, which has been seen around town by me just a few times, is still a bit of a mystery. Its authoring artist is unknown, and it is far from ubiquitous, unlike the Pink Baby Faces, which have been spotted all over the country at this point. I was out in Chelsea this past Saturday (and what lovely fall day it was) and spotted the Green Monster Hand, now holding an old school cell phone (an upgrade from the now-antiquated desk phone handset we saw last time), which is emblazoned with the text “You Go Girl.” Inspiring.

Graffiti Wall
Spotted on 10th Avenue Near 22nd Street

Meet Phil

Phil
All Photos By Gail

This little dude, who  I am just going to call Phil, is by a street artist also named Phil.  He resides in a derelict Fire Alarm Box mounted on a light pole at the northwest  corner of West 21st Street and 10th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District. The only other post I was able to find on Phil leads me to believe this piece has been on the street since 2011. That’s a long ass time in NYC Street Art Life.

NW Corner of W 21 and 10th Ave

With his purple hoodie and his boom-box, Phil is maybe a little like the Roaming Gnome of Chelsea. Or maybe not.

Phil

It looks like he dropped some green. If you have any information on the Phil who made this art, please leave it in the comments. Thanks!

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Baby Doll Faces in the Chelsea Gallery District (And Elsewhere!)

Pink BD Face Lead
All Photos By Gail

I first started noticing the mysterious Pink Baby Doll Faces as they popped up here and there in my Instagram feed. When I realized there were quite a few scattered all over what is obviously NYC’s Chelsea Gallery District — because of course they are — Geoffrey and I went out on an Urban Art Safari.

Pink Baby Doll Face
11th Avenue and 25th Street

A little bit of Googling revealed to me that the Pink Baby Doll Faces started showing up in Denver back in Spring of 2016. I couldn’t find any information on the artist. The origin of the Baby Doll Faces is truly a mystery!

Pink Baby Doll Face
20th Street Between 10th and 11th Avenues

They are fun to spot. Go exploring with friend and turn it into a game!

2 Pink Baby Doll Faces

There are a few different faces, which appear to be made of cast Plaster of Paris and then painted pink (or sometimes violet). Some have hair and others do not.

1 Pink Baby Doll Face
10th Avenue at 22nd Street

2 Pink Baby Doll Faces
22nd Street Between 10th and 11th Avenues

I will add more to this post as I find them! Enjoy the hunt!

Update 10/19/20: I have identified the artist as Yiannis Bellis.

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Girl Blowing Bubbles By Nénão

Girl Blowing Bubbles
Photo By Gail

You can find this wheat paste mural of a Little Girl Blowing Bubbles at 540 West 20th Street, near 11th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District. It was created by Brazilian Graffitti artist Gustavo Nénão in 2014 and still looks great!

Giant Inflatable Trump Rat in Chelsea Gallery District

Dump Rat Front View
All Photos By Gail

I was out in the Chelsea Gallery District for a weekend afternoon Art Safari when I spotted this Giant Inflatable Rat in the likeness of Dump, parked adjacent to the High Line on West 26th Street. As you can see, the resemblance is uncanny!

Dump Rat Side View
Dump Rat with Onlooker Included to Show Scale

Dump Rat (my words, since I do my best to never say or type the name of The Evile One) is a take on the Inflatable Scabby Rat, an enduring sign of resistance, which has been re-purposed by BravinLee gallery to help lead protest against Trump’s policies. Their intent is to fabricate an inflatable Trump Rat and get it out into the world, keep it circulating, and loan it out to protests. What a Genius idea, and one I can very much get behind!

Backside of Dump Rat
Dump Rat’s Fat Ass

According to the gallery’s mission statement: Trump Rat is not about ridicule as in tit for tat or a comeuppance. It is way more than that. It is classic satire, it is art imitating life, holding up a mirror to a president whose modus operandi, MO, every single day, is about governing by ridicule, communicating by ridicule, decision-making by ridicule. Trump Rat is, of course, not literal, but it is in a long tradition of artistic satire and psychological portraiture.

Dump Rat T Shirt

They are also selling  Dump Rat T Shirts! Info on how to get one for yourself is below:

Bravin Lee

Trump Rat is 15’ tall and comes complete with comb-over, unsightly eye bags, a long rat tail, confederate flag cuff-links and Russian Federation lapel pin.

Dump Rat was design by artist Jeffrey Beebe and fabricated by Mac Yates at Inflatable Images. This inflatable was made In America! Find out more about Dump Rat at This Link!

Dump Rat Side View