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Robert Miller Gallery Presents Glen Rubsamen’s Polygala

Glen Rubsamen Polygala
All Photos By Gail

If you’ve ever spent any time in LA or the surrounding area, few experiences that you can have here in NYC will imbue you with a sense of sweet nostalgia for the Southland quite like viewing this series of new paintings and photographs by artist Glen Rubsamen, which he calls Polygala.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Purple Palm Tree

In his second solo exhibition at Robert Miller, Rubsamen presents a series of paintings based on a project he began in 2012 to photograph juxtaposed billboards, palm trees and cell phone masts. As he explains, “it became quickly apparent that it was almost impossible to photograph a billboard in Los Angeles without a palm tree or cell phone tower, or both, sneaking into the picture frame.” Rubsamen describes the work’s static construction as an ‘accidental ensemble,’ an exercise in chance, and humorous negation of the classical principles of perspective, sequence and scale.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Two Guys and Palm Trees

I loved this painting, seen above, so much that I didn’t even want to wait for these two guys to move to photograph it, because obviously they are digging it as well, so why not just bring them into the experience?

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Street Lamp and Tree

I think part of the reason I was so quickly enamored of this exhibit is the color palette he uses – gradations of purples, blues and mint greens – all set against black shadows, which definitely set a mood of either dusk or dawn, while extracting endless memories of time I spent growing up in Southern California. In other words, these paintings really spoke to me, as they did to the friend I attended the exhibit with who is also from that area. I don’t think there is any greater compliment I could offer than that. I would love to own any of these pieces.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Billboard and Palm Trees

I think these are some of the most beautiful paintings I’ve seen in a recent exhibit. I highly recommend you check out this show while it is still up, because they are even more impactful in person.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Duo Framed

Glen Rubsamen’s Polygala will be on Exhibit Through December 21st, 2013 at Robert Miller Gallery, Located at 524 West 26th Street, In the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Billboard and Street Light

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Signage

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Yayoi Kusama’s Painted Player Piano and Bench, and Other Variations

Yayoi Kusama Player Piano
Photos By Gail

The coolest thing about living close to the NYC contemporary art scene is that you just never know what kind of unique event will pop up on your agenda. Last evening, literary journal The American Reader and the Robert Miller Gallery hosted a presentation of Robert Coover’s short story The Goldilocks Variations, which was read between musical selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. It was as interesting as you can imagine.

Coover’s reimagined narrative expands on the most potentially menacing aspect of the Goldilocks and The Three Bears legend. While in most versions of the story, Goldilocks escapes to freedom once discovered by The Three Bears, Coover’s narrative focuses keenly on the creative ways in which The Bears delight in physically torturing their delicate prey prior to devouring her – perhaps a bit grim(m), but highly engaging nevertheless! Bach’s gorgeous music (originally intended for the harpsichord) was performed on Yayoi Kusama’s 1971 Painted Player Piano and Piano Bench, painted bright red and emblazoned with hearts and Kusama’s ubiquitous polka-dotted motif. Art!

Yayoi Kusama Player Piano 2

Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden at Robert Miller Gallery

Yayoi Kusama Nacissus Garden

Japanese sculptress and wildly inventive contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is currently exhibiting a variation on her large chrome balls sculpture installation known as Narcissus Garden over at Robert Miller Gallery on West 24th Street in Manhattan.

Yayoi Kusama Nacissus Garden2

The delightfully reflective spheres are scattered across the floors of each room at the gallery and charm the viewer with their random (and yet not so random) organization.

Yayoi Kusama Nacissus Garden3

Yayoi Kusama Nacissus Garden4

Pinball, anyone?

Selected Works By Robert Mapplethorpe at the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea

UNTITLED [ALTARPIECE], 1970 By Robert Mapplethorpe (Photo By Geoffrey Dicker)

Art lover that I am, I’ll be the first one to admit that I didn’t really gain full appreciation for the highly homoerotic photography of the late Robert Mapplethorpe until after he passed away from AIDS related complications in 1989. Mapplethorpe, as a visual artist, was so far ahead of his time that it required some acclimation to his style for me to fully grasp what a groundbreaker he was, and the degree of creative talent he possessed. Through Saturday October 30th, the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea has a wonderful exhibit of selected works by Mapplethorpe that can serve as a broad introduction to his work, as well as being a reminder to fans of his legacy, which I believe has yet to achieve critical mass.

While Mapplethorpe was an artist who identified very much as a sexually adventurous gay man, he was by no means a one note. There are quite a few of his more “mainstream” photos and self-portraits (the one where tiny horns poke through his tousled brown hair is one of my favorites) and also the beautiful altar sculpture you see above, which really has to be viewed up close to appreciate the fine detail. But the exhibit also features examples of his grittier photographs, including sexual acts such as fisting, which are definitely for adults only. If you get squeamish at the thought of viewing a photo of Mapplethorpe posing with a bullwhip handle shoved up his ass, this probably isn’t the exhibit for you. But in light of the world we live in today, I find those photos humorous, even playful. You know he had to get a kick out of being such an instigator. Robert Mapplethorpe is another great artist who left us way too soon, but his art will live forever.

Geoffrey has a few of the more hardcore pictures up on According 2 G, right now, if you care to check them out.

Selected works By Robert Mapplethorpe is on exhibit Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, through October 30, 2010 at the Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, New York, NY.