One thing I am obsessive about when it comes to photographing art for this site is that there be no people in the frame. This requires great patience, because you never know how long you will have to wait for other art fans, who have every right to dawdle in front of their favorite paintings or sculptures, to move before the coast is clear and you can get the shot. On the other hand, there are times when the point is to get the infamous ‘Spy Pic’ of the onlooker in front of the artwork, because he or she is a work of art themselves! Please enjoy a few of my secret snaps of the People of New York looking at art from my ever-growing collection!
Just when you think you’ve seen every piece of art by Andy Warhol, you discover that the Brooklyn Museum has an exhibit called Revelation, where I saw a bunch of stuff I had no idea even existed — and for Warhol completist like me, that is saying something. This expansive exhibit (on through June 19th, 2022) examines themes in Warhol’s body of work such as life and death, power and desire, the role and representation of women, Renaissance imagery, family and immigrant traditions and rituals, depictions and duplications of Christ, and the Catholic body and queer desire. It’s a must-see for any Warhol fan, for sure. This painting of Pink Knives shares a gallery with many colorful and (of course) repetitive depictions of Knives, Guns and Crosses. Very fun!
While the NYC edition of our favorite biannual art event, the Affordable Art Fair, reemerged from its Covid-imposed hiatus in the spring of this year, the fair’s fall edition (which took place over four days in late September) showed a significant return to form. Not only has the fair increased the number of exhibitors to again fill the second floor of their space at the Metropolitan Pavilion, but the sponsored open bar was back as well! Most importantly, the variety of unique artworks for sale has taken a step up. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite pieces!
Liberated from its stretcher, Carousel State (1968) explores the material and chromatic possibilities of canvas, a traditional painting support. Gilliam developed his unique approach in the 1960s while working with the Washington Color School, whose compositions emphasized the flatness of the picture plane. This is an early example of the artist’s signature ‘Drape Paintings,” made through a novel process of dripping, smearing, staining, and splashing paint onto raw canvas.
Colors often spread and merged as Gilliam pressed and folded the fabric. He has described this as a kind of equilibrium: “This liquidity of the colors is reinforced by the fluidity of the canvas.” The final step in the creation of Carousel State is its installation, suspended and extending into space.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
A sure sign that the vaccine rollout is working — and Covid is finally on the wane — was the in-person return of the semi-annual Affordable Art Fair, which arrived at NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion on May 20th for four fun days of art and socializing, at long last!
While the Fair has been restaged to allow for better traffic flow and social distancing –which means many of our favorite vendors were absent (Tag Fine Arts, you were missed) — there was still lots of cool art to see, familiar faces and new exhibitors whose artworks we are excited to bring you in this post. Let’s take a look at the triumphant return of the Affordable Art Fair!