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Nir Hod’s Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future, at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Nir Hod Once Everything Triptych
I Want Always to Be Remembered in Your Heart, By Nir Hod (All Photos By Gail)

Israel-born artist Nir Hod’s current exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery manages to be both visually beautiful and subtly political — a combination that this painter/sculptor does very well.

Nir Hod Oil Pump Snow Globe Sculpture

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future features Hod’s monumental sculptural work of the same name, a snow globe containing a moving scale model of a pumpjack encased in oil and swirling “snow” comprised of gold-colored flakes, a reflection of the immense wealth generated by the oil trade.

Nir Hod Oil Pump Sculpture Close Up
Detail

Hod’s globe encompasses an idealized, isolated landscape of oil extraction in which production and consumption can peacefully coexist. When I was growing up in California in the 1960s and ’70s, these oil pumps were all over the place, so this piece inspired a great feeling of nostalgia for me.

Nir Hod Once Everything

Characteristic of Hod’s work is a dark glamour that is both alluring and menacing, exemplified in his three new series of paintings. In I Want Always to be Remembered in Your Heart, smoldering flames are superimposed on delicate flowers, alluding to the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and destruction.

Nir Hod All We Wish For

Through a chroming process he transforms matte canvases into reflective, mirrored surfaces in the series All We Wish For, Let it Be and The Back Room.

Nir Hod All We Wish For

In All We Wish For, Let it Be, the artist renders ethereal clouds and shattered glass, alluding to a cycle of destruction and rebirth.

Nir Hod The Back Room

The Back Room presents contrasting black and white scratches upon chrome surfaces emanating light. Both works underline the artist’s pursuit of the sublime as a place of pleasurable fear and forbidden desire.

Nir Hod The Back Room

The Worley Gig Highly Recommends This Exhibit.

Nir Hod’s Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future will be on Exhibit Through October 25th at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 515 West 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Nir Hod Exhibit Signage

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

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