Tag Archives: Chelsea

Roy Colmer

IMG_9603.jpgUntitled #49 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 1970 // 190.5 x 127 cm

1960s NYC artist Roy Colmer utilized a spray gun to create works of art which blend colors. The sprayed colors consist of one colored canvas with a different color sprayed down the middle. The strips appear to vibrate, reflecting movement and flickering of video screens. This tribute to technology is a common theme throughout Colmer’s artistic practice.

IMG_9600Untitled #118 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 1968 // 127 x 127 cm

FullSizeRender.jpgUntitled #57 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 177.8 x 127 cm

Monotones

IMG_9631.jpgSilke Otto-Knapp’s grisaille watercolors were inspired by the choreography of Frederick Ashton’s ballet. The figures represented in Otto-Knapp’s “Monotones” move with fluidity, resembling a ballerina dancing on the stage. These large scale watercolor canvases demand presence and grace, a shared characteristic with ballet.

IMG_9632Monotones (Seascape), 73 by 244 (4) // Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

IMG_9633Monotones (Figures and groups), 73 by 183 (3) //Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

IMG_9634Monotones (March), 73 by 61 // Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

Katharina Grosse

IMG_9645.jpgUntitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 299 x 203 cm (unframed)

Berlin based artist Katharina Grosse recently exhibited her latest body of work at Gagosian Gallery in NYC. Grosse paints large canvases with a spray bottle. She does not plan where to apply paint, rather she paints in the moment. In addition to canvases Grosse also showcased a 3-dimensional work of acrylic on aluminum in which she applies paint in the same spontaneous style as her canvas pieces.

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IMG_9653Untitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 376 x 201 cm

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Untitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on aluminum // 2016 // 74.5 x 171 x 409 cm // 1 of 3 unique versions plus 1AP

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Untitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 290 x 193 cm (unframed)

Skerts

IMG_9529.jpgSkerts // Laleh Khorramian

Three brilliantly colored flowing cloaks were recently on view in tANJA gRUNERT in NYC. Created for this exhibition, these dyed fabrics are part of a new body of work where Khorramian explores fabrics and clothing design. The flowing nature of these robes resemble traditional Chinese robes blended with modern pigments and abstract forms.

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Dan Flavin

IMG_9550.jpgUntitled // Dan Flavin // 1996

Located in an unusual spot in NYC is a neon work by Dan Flavin. “Untitled” 1996 can be discovered on the front staircase of Dia:Chelsea. This site specific work is composed of blue fluorescent lights that ascend the staircase allowing shadows to flutter across the white walls.

IMG_9543Untitled // Dan Flavin // 1996

Kishio Suga

IMG_9570Accumulated Phases // Kishio Suga // paper, stone & earth // 1979/2016

Combining natural objects such as stones and earth with man-made objects such as metal and vinyl, Kishio Suga creates works that question man’s relationship with the natural world. As one of the founders of the Japanese movement Mono-ha (School of Things), some of Suga’s minimalist pieces appear to transformational. For instance, the installation of Diagonal Phase is dependent on the height of the gallery, allowing the work to appear differently each time it is displayed.

IMG_9576Placement of Condition // Kishio Suga // stone & wire // 1973/2016

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Diagonal Phase // Kishio Suga // wood & stone // 1969/2012

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Accumulated Effects // Kishio Suga // stone & vinyl // 1979/2016

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Law of Halted Space // Kishio Suga // wood & metal // 2016

Mourning Flags

IMG_9525Mourning Flag 3 // Paul Jacobsen // charcoal on paper with charred frame // 2017

In a time of uncertainty, where women, the LGBTQ community and civil liberties are being questioned, artist Paul Jacobsen has created a series of works to express his emotional response to these issues. Titled “Mourning Flags,” Jacobsen used charcoal to draw abstract representations of flags in various positions to address the current state of events. The pieces encourage onlookers to stop, reflect, or in Jacobsen’s case, mourn.

IMG_9526Mourning Flag 2 // Paul Jacobsen // charcoal on paper with charred frame // 2017

Adrian Ghenie

IMG_9673The Alpine Retreat // Adrian Ghenie // oil on canvas // 2016 // 270.5 x 300.4 x 5.1 cm

Adrian Ghenie is known for his unique oil painting style which blends abstract and representational figures and objects. Earlier this year Ghenie showcased some of his most recent paintings at Pace Gallery. Inspired by his homeland in Romania and the refugee crisis in Europe, Genie’s works swirl with vibrant colors and deep meaning.

IMG_9671Moloch // Adrian Ghenie // oil on canvas // 2016 // 210.2 x 200.7 x 5.1 cm

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Degenerate Art // Adrian Ghenie // oil on canvas // 2016 // 200.7 x  179.7 x 5.1 cm

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Crossing the Sea of Reeds // Adrian Ghenie // oil on canvas // 2016 // 240 x 299.7 x 5.1 cm

Jack Whitten

IMG_9546.jpgThe Third Entity #1-10 // Jack Whitten // black graphite & renaissance wax on evolon // 2016 // 76.2 x 55.9 cm

Recently on view at Hauser & Wirth Chelsea was a solo show dedicated to American artist Jack Whitten. Works from various series including Quantum Walls, Black Monolith, and Portals, were showcased throughout the gallery. My favorite series was Portals, as the abstract nature of the pieces appeared like photographs of planets taken from space. The swirling details drew me in and were mesmerizing. My favorite Portal, is “The Fifth Portal.”  

IMG_9547Quantum Wall, II (Missing Matter) // Jack Whitten // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 121.9 x 243.8 x 48 x 96 in

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The Third Portal // Jack Whitten // acrylic and mixed media on canvas // 121.9 x 121.9 cm

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The Fifth Portal // Jack Whitten // acrylic on canvas // 121.9 x 121.9 cm

Kulturgeschichte

IMG_9555Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013

Covering floor to ceiling in Dia:Chelsea is the piece Kulturgeschichte by Hanne Darboten. 1,590 sheets of paper measuring 50 x 70 cm each fill the gallery walls. Each section centers on a particular theme and color. For example the black and white panels illustrate photographs of celebrities, musicians and actors whilst the red sheets are from Schreibzeit. In addition to the works mounted on the wall, each section also displays three-dimensional works such as a small rocking chair, a crescent moon and two mannequins sporting jogging clothes. Kulturgeschicht is presented as an archive of periods of cultural history. The juxtaposition of sculptures to photographs serves to enhance its relationship to the historical narrative shown.

IMG_9557Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013

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Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013

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Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013

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Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013

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Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013

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Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983) // Hanne Darboven // 1,590 sheets, 19 elements/sculptures // 2013