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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

Modern Art Monday Presents: I Shop Therefore I Am By Barbara Kruger

I Shop Therefore I Am By Barbara Kruger
Photographed By Gail at the Mary Boone Gallery on 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District

Commentary Below is Excerpted from Smithsonian Magazine‘s Barbara Kruger’s Artwork Speaks Truth to Power:

Even if you don’t know the name Barbara Kruger, you’ve probably seen her work in art galleries, on magazine covers or in giant installations that cover walls, billboards, buildings, buses, trains and tram lines all over the world. Kruger takes images from the mass media and pastes words over them, big, bold extracts of text — aphorisms, questions, slogans. Short machine-gun bursts of words that when isolated, and framed by Kruger’s gaze, linger in your mind, forcing you to think twice, thrice about clichés and catchphrases, introducing ironies into cultural idioms and the conventional wisdom they embed in our brains.

I Shop Therefore I Am, (1987), one of Kruger’s most famous works, makes a pointed critique of our consumer culture. Read more about the life and work of Barbara Kruger at the link above.

Tuesday Humor: It’s All About Priorities

He Couldn't Swim Joke
Photographed By Gail at Mary Boone Gallery, 24th Street, Chelsea Gallery District)

“I understand your husband drowned and left you two million dollars. Can you imagine, two million dollars, and he couldn’t even read or write.”

“Yeah,” she said, “and he couldn’t swim, either.”

Richard Prince – Couldn’t Read, Couldn’t Write, Couldn’t Swim, 1989

Keith Sonnier: Elysian Plain and Early Works at PACE Gallery

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain
All Photos By Gail

New Yorkers: Don’t let all of this snow trap you inside the house for too long, because you have just over week to see the latest exhibit by minimalist sculptor Keith Sonnier, up now at PACE Gallery on West 25th Street. Elysian Plain + Early Works presents 12 works in neon, featuring the first series that Sonnier created in his new studio in Bridgehampton over the past three years and others that go back to the late 60s and early 70s (in fact, a few of the neon and glass pieces in this show looked familiar from Sonnier’s exhibit, 68 – 70  at Mary Boone Gallery from early last year.)

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain
Lobbed Shape (2013)

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain
Detail from Above Sculpture

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain

Alternate Gallery Shot of the Work from the First Photo in This Post

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain
Zig Zag Square (2013)

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain
Neon Wrapping Incandescent (1969)

The piece above is the most beautiful mix of bright pink and baby blue neon, the vibrance which of course can never be fully captured or with point and shoot camera. That’s why you need to see these works in person!

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain

Keith Sonnier Painitngs

PACE’s rear gallery also features a large, primary colored geometric painting that takes up an entire wall and a few smaller, framed collage pieces from 2013 that could be studies for new Neon Works. Who knows!

Keith Sonnier Collage Triptych

Keith Sonnier Collage

Keith Sonnier Elysian Plain + Early Works will be on Exhibit Only Through February 22nd, 2014 at PACE Gallery, Located 510 West 25th Street New York NY 10001.

Cool Video: KAWS Shows Off Newest Installation at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts



Street Artist turned fine artist and designer KAWS (Brian Donnelly) is the subject of the above video feature created by Mass Appeal (a digital content channel platform). Kaws is ‘caus-ing” a bit of a commotion just recently with his design for the MTV Awards stage and a concurrent exhibit at Mary Boone Gallery in Manhattan, but this video focuses on what is his largest installation to date, now on exhibit at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

This exhibit at PAFA says so much about the evolution of street art to fine art, as KAWS, speaks about hosting the biggest exhibit of his career in one of the oldest museums in the US. At PAFA, his modern sculptures, paintings, and designs are displayed in installations around other famous artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries – creating a distinct view of how far art culture has come. In this fun video, KAWS discusses his approach to the installation, how the project came to be, how he worked with the space and the materials he used.

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KAWS Installation View at PAFA (Image Source)

KAWS at PAFA will be on Exhibit Through January 5th, 2014, while his Sculpture at the Building’s Facade will be on Display Into August of 2014. Find Out More About the Exhibit, and Get Museum Hours and Information, at This Link.

Keith Sonnier 68-70 at Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea

Keith Sonnier 68-70
All Photos By Gail

There is something so beautiful about the juxtaposition of neon tubing and glass panes. Geoffrey and I impulsively popped in to the Mary Boone Gallery on 24th Street last evening, on the way from Gagosian’s nearly overwhelming Basquiat retrospective to LeVine’s How & Nosm Pop Up on 23rd Street, and discovered an unexpected treat in Keith Sonnier’s 68-70 exhibit. The minimalism of this tiny show really served as an aesthetic palette cleanser between two rather busy exhibits.

Keith Sonnier 68-70

According to the Boone Gallery website, this exhibition of early works includes examples from Sonnier’s seminal and internationally acclaimed Ba-O-Ba and Neon Wrapping Incandescent Series. The works were all designed in Sonnier’s first New York studio to make use of the floor to wall relationship, as well as to utilize the reflective environment that working with neon and glass naturally creates.

Keith Sonnier 68-70

It’s interesting to note that Sonnier was playing with reflective properties as that very same challenge surfaced in trying to capture clean shots of these beautiful sculptures!

Keith Sonnier 68-70

Keith Sonnier 68-70 will be on exhibit through February 23rd, 2013 at Mary Boone Gallery – Chelsea, Located at 541 W. 24th Street, New York NY. Hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Keith Sonnier 68-70

Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds at The Mary Boone Gallery

Ai Weiwei Sunflower Seeds Installation at Mary Boone Gallery
Image Source

If a first glance at the photo above has you wondering how a gallery floor covered with a vast and pristine aggregation of Sunflower Seeds qualifies as “Art,” please consider that these aren’t merely sunflower seeds but, rather, tiny hand-painted ceramic sculptures of Sunflower Seeds, and you may find your perception shifting. The Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea is currently hosting an installation of Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds (2010), which originally debuted at London’s Tate Modern, where it covered nearly the entire floor of the Turbine Hall gallery. The Boone Gallery show has been significantly scaled down in size (from 100 million seeds in the original installation to several million here) but it is nevertheless an impressive sight.

Visitors to the Tate exhibition were originally encouraged to walk across the sculpture, but this practice was soon halted out of a concern for public health (something about dust inhalation). Likewise, visitors to Mary Boone are not permitted to walk on the ceramic sunflower seeds, and with the ubiquitous gallery guards (Art Nazis) watching you at all times, it’s best not to even try.

Watch a cool video where Ai Weiwei talks about the project and walks you through the process of creating the seeds below.

Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds installation is on view at Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24th Street in Chelsea, New York through February 4, 2012.