Walter Robinson (b. 1950) took the subject of this painting, Baron Sinister (1986) from a cover illustration for a mass-market paperback, one of many low-end sources he raided in search of seductive consumerist imagery. The book’s protagonist — a secret agent — and his damsel-in-distress appear in a dramatic, suspenseful close-up, which Robinson has rendered in a hyper-expressive style. By making the figures larger than life, the artist exaggerates their idealized youth, attractiveness and heroism. Removed from their original context, and painted on an ordinary, floral-patterned bed sheet, the couple is transformed from cliche to archetype, as Robinson explores traditional notions of romance in the context of mass consumerism.
Photographed as Part of Fast Forward: Painting From The 1980s at the Whitney Museum of Americana Art, on Exhibit Through May 14th, 2017.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is currently hosting Invisible World, a series of new works by Detroit-based artist Glenn Barr. Although his work has appeared previously in group shows, this is Barr’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery. It was worth waiting for.
Hey, did you make it to Dismaland? Neither did I, but here’s an exhibit you can see to help assuage your pain. Better In Than Out presents a comprehensive exhibition of Banksy’s artwork spanning a full decade. The exhibition includes works on paper, unique paintings and an original graffiti wall; including approximately 50 works beginning with an early-career canvas painting created in 2000 and rounded out by prints published in 2010. Most of these pieces we have seen before, but that’s what makes them classics! This showing of Bansky works celebrates the two-year anniversary of Banksy’s month-long residency in New York City.
Grin Reaper Series
Banksy has become synonymous with street art; legendary through controversy and mystique, the proverbial masked man has been prodding authority for over a decade while simultaneously inciting a palpable intrigue from the masses. By conveying his simple yet powerful messages, Banksy’s imagery from the streets has become iconography of today’s pop culture.
Choose Your Weapon Series
Whether his subjects are that of social commentary, sarcasm, anti-establishment, mock-propaganda or a call for governmental anarchy, Banksy seems to capture an audience from all backgrounds regardless of sex, race, nationality, or economic status. Although nothing is safe from his wrath, it is safe to say that Banksy has propelled a unique following and market unlike any in the art world.
As you can see in this exhibit, Banksy has created, and recreated, many of his famous images as paintings, limited edition prints (less than fifty total images produced), and even sculpture. Taglialatella Galleries’ Better In Than Out brings Banksy to you in exhibition form, displaying works that were created for fans and collectors to enjoy.
No Ball Games
Banksy’s Better In Than Out is on view only through October 31st, 2015 at Taglialatella Galleries, Located at 231 Tenth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Streets) in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Geez, how creepy is this thing, amiright? How many of you are thinking about The Gimp scene in Pulp Fiction right now? But really, this isn’t your garden variety fetish hood, but rather a work of art by Nancy Grossman (b. 1940). Snarl is a strikingly realistic sculpture created from patent leather, wood, paint, epoxy and zippers. On exhibit at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in the Chelsea Gallery District.
For just 3 short days late next week, Spoke Art will present Quentin vs. Coen – An art show tribute to the films of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers. This exhibit is a follow-up to last year’s highly successful Bad Dads – a tribute to Wes Anderson. I’m sorry I missed that. For Quentin vs. Coen, Spoke Art has arranged a battle-royal style art show featuring over 100 world class artists from the new contemporary art scene. Painters, screen printers and digital artists were invited to submit reinterpretations of their favorite scenes, characters and films from these much lauded directors, resulting in an eclectic showing of inspirational fine art. From the previews I’ve seen online, it looks like there will be some mind-blowing art to enjoy!
The show opens on Thursday, April 7th 2011 at NYC’s Bold Hype Gallery and will be on view only until Saturday, April 9th – so if you snooze you definitely lose on this one. Opening night (reception 6:00 – 9:00 PM) will feature a costume contest (Dude, “The Dude”!) and complimentary “Caucasian” cocktails (i.e. White Russians). I’m there already!
Bold Hype Galleryis located at 547 W 27th Street (Between 10th and 11th Aves), New York, NY 10001