New York’s Museum of Natural History always has one or two special exhibits that require purchase of an extra ticket above the standard price of admission, but that’s because they are worth it. One of the museum’s current special exhibits is called The Nature of Color, and it is just fantastic. The exhibit is immersive and contains many different galleries and rooms. For example, the Red Room highlights how the color red can mean status, power, and fertility while simultaneously representing sports teams, political parties, and religions. The centerpiece of this room is a flowing Red Silk Chiffon and Organza Gown created especially for the The Nature of Color by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell.
I love a happy accident, which is what I have to call my discovery of this fun new exhibit by artist John Monti, which I spotted in the 42nd Street Lobby of The Grace Building as I walked past on the way to the F Train.
The installation, which is made up of seven amorphous-shaped bright Red and Lime Green sculptures, is called Beauties and it actually opens with a reception on Thursday, September 15th from 6 – 8 PM, which means there will probably be free wine!
Up close, you can see that the sculptures’ surfaces are covered with fine, sparkly glitter!
I enjoyed looking at them.
I know that if Geoffrey sees this photo he will say that they look like Sex Toys. Because they do.
Beauties will be on Exhibit through November 11th, 2016, at The Grace Building Lobby, Located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas (AKA Sixth Avenue), But the Main Entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, just across the street from Bryant Park and New York Public Library. This exhibit is sponsored by Arts Brookfield.
Red Alert (2007): Three-channel digital video, color, sound, three 30-inch flat-screen monitors, three Apple Mac minis, mounting system and connecting hardware (All Photos By Gail)
Despite their appearance as static images, these three screen’s all display a video of frame after frame of the color red played on a loop. Red Alert (2007) was inspired by the Russian Constructivist painter Alexander Rodchenko’s Pure Red Color, Pure Yellow Color, Pure Blue Color (1921), a work that consists of monochromes paintings in each of the three primary colors.
Like Rodchenko, Hito Stereyl wanted to push her medium — in this case, video — to its most simplified, reduced form. her focus here on the color Red is a reference to both the highest level of the now-discontinued, color-coded terror threat system that was implemented in the United States in the aftermath of 9/11, as well as red light’s connotations as signaling something seedy and pornographic.
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art.
I found this amazing lamp on the second floor of Pear River Mart, on Broadway near Grand Street in downtown Manhattan. The price tag says $299.50, but it has 50% off sticker on it, so this is some kind of incredible bargain, if you ask me. If this seems like something you might want to own, I suggest you bring a friend with you, to help carry it to the street, because it probably weighs a few pounds.
Roxy Paine, Incident/Resurrection, 2013 (This Image Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery. All Other Photos By Gail)
Paul Kasmin Gallery, in collaboration with Rail Curatorial Projects, is currently hosting the exhibit Bloodflames Revisited, curated by Phong Bui. For this exhibit, in which bright red is a predominant thematic color, a red wooden catwalk has been constructed inside the gallery for visitors to walk on, and the floor has been covered with straw. Very interesting!
Bloodflames Revisited includes works by Worley Gig favorites like Lynda Benglis, Will Ryman, Roxy Paine and Cindy Sherman plus John Bock, Lee Bul, Cameron Gainer, Candida Höfer, Bill Jensen, Michael Joo, Deborah Kass, Alex Katz, Benjamin Keating, Glenn Ligon, Chris Martin, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Donald Moffett, G.T. Pellizzi, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Dorothea Rockburne, Do Ho Suh, Superflex, Tunga, Not Vital and Joe Zucker.
“We were all interested in building a field of vision in which the relationship between the works of art and the spectators is intergrated with greater amplification,” explains Bui.
Rose I By Will Ryman
In this exhibit, Bui and the participant artists pay homage to the seminal March 1947 Bloodflames exhibition at Hugo Gallery, which Alexander Iolas directed before opening his eponymous gallery. Organized by Nicolas Calas and designed by Frederick Kiesler, Bloodflames presented works by Arshile Gorky, Matta, Isamu Noguchi and Jean-Claude Reynal among others.
Kiesler’s design called for an unconventional exhibition construction, wherein artworks were projected and tilted at various angles from the gallery walls, to allow uncommon perspectives of view. His bold architectural interventions dissolved the barrier between viewer and artwork. By recontextualizing this groundbreaking exhibition, Bloodflames Revisited evokes the inventive spirit and unified spatial experience of the original exhibition.
Daniel Joseph Martinez, Redemption of the Flesh: It’s just a little headache, it’s just a little bruise; The politics of the future as urgent as the blue sky, 2008 (Computer-controlled animatronic cloned sculptural installation, fiber-glass and animal hair over aluminum, and synthetic “blood”).
The imposing Daniel Joseph Martinez piece above takes over the entire rear wall of the front gallery. I am sure it looks quite different at this juncture than it does in this pic from the opening reception.
Here are few of our favorite pieces from the show.
Michael Joo, Intuited Composition
Do-Ho Suh, Specimen Series: Stove
Look, it’s Alice Cooper!
Bloodflames Revisted will be on Exhibit Through August 15th, 2014 at at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue at 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.
This Sign Says: Peter Alexander New Resin Works (All Photos By Gail, Click on any Image to Enlarge)
Nyehaus Gallery, located in a gorgeous restored brownstone on West 20th Street, has launched an exciting exhibition of new resin works by pioneering California-based Light and Space artist, Peter Alexander. This exhibit was a delightful companion piece to the Keith Sonnier exhibit I saw at Mary Boone last month, being all about minimalism, color and the interaction of light and art.
Alexander described these works – in which fields of what initially appears to be one color vary in their gradation and degree of saturation – as being, “Like what water does on coastlines when you fly above it, that movement from saturated color to transparency where it fades and becomes part of the sand. I’m interested in addressing that moment with this work, when the whole piece becomes part of a greater thing, part of the air. It addresses the room it’s in. It wants to become a part of the room by disappearing into it.”
Based on impressions I got from perusing Nyehaus’sOnline Catalog of Alexander’s resin works (way worth checking out at that link, by the way), I was expecting a greater number of pieces in this exhibit. Sadly, there is only a fraction of the works on display throughout Nyehaus’s three floors of gallery space. Still, it is worth a trip for fans of color and minimalism.
What I love about Alexander’s work is how it challenges the viewer’s ways of seeing. In contrast to traditional paint on canvas, resin affords these works endless ability to play with the light of the rooms in which they are displayed. It’s challenging to capture the subtleties with a point and shoot camera, but very much in evidence when experiencing the artworks in person. I’ve tried to show the contrast in the shots below:
Blue Square Viewed from Hallway Outside Gallery
Blue Square Viewed from Close Up
Blue Square Edge Detail
Another fun and inviting aspect of any opening reception at Nyehaus is the fact that they always serve a selection of delicious Latin dishes, prepared fresh in the Nyehaus open kitchen. These days, many galleries have even cut back on serving wine at openings, so to have a full meal prepared for you is simply unheard of on the Chelsea gallery scene.
Serving food also boosts the social aspect of these gatherings, breaks down walls and brings people together. It’s such a great idea and so generous of Nyehaus.
New Resin Works by Peter Alexander will be on Display at Nyehaus, located at 358 West 20th Street (just East of 9th Avenue) until April 20th, 2013. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
While Late Confessions, the new exhibit by identical twin graffiti artists How & Nosm, opened over two weeks ago, it took that long for us to make it to the exhibit due to NYC’s recent streak of inclement weather and circumstances beyond our control. We must “confess,” however, that it was worth the wait, because this “must see” show is nothing short of fantastic!
We have previously seen single works by How & Nosm (the pseudonyms of Raoul and Davide Perré) in group shows at venues such as Opera Gallery in Soho, or on the ever-rotating Houston Street at Bowery Mural, but this is our first exposure to a show of multiple works by these fabulously talented brothers. We admit we had no clue that they were capable of such depth and diversity, and this exhibit, which includes a few incidences of site-specific installation, had us oohing an aahing as we moved excitedly from room to room.
Born in Germany and raised in Spain, the brothers reveal different parts of their past in the art that was produced for this exhibition. In addition to using their signature color palette of red, grey and black, the twins have pushed their own boundaries with massive canvases and installations that show how dynamic they can be.
In a small shrine-like room close to the front of the gallery, you’ll find a series of “art books” painted specifically for this show. This display brought on the show’s ‘Wow Factor’ immediately.
Down the hall and around another corner, you may feel like you’ve stumbled into Alice’s storybook Wonderland.
There is a new discovery every way you look.
The detail of these works is phenomenal.
In yet another room of the gallery, you’ll find a massive sculpture of a Fish surrounded by suspended umbrellas and other whimsical details that help to further whatever narrative you are making up in your head.
Although it is still very early in the year, How & Nosm’s Late Confessions will surely rank among our Top Ten Exhibits for 2013! See it while you can!
Late Confessions runs through February 23rd, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine’s Pop Up Space, located at 557 W 23rd Street, New York City.
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