Tag Archives: New York City

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

IMG_8066“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

Ai Weiwei’s latest public work in New York City was a large fence resembling a bird cage centered in the middle of the Washington Square Arch. Visitors who wished to pass under the arc had to walk through the fence. But, once inside the arch, you are also in the middle of a cage. Trapped in the Washington Square Arch. You can of course walk out the cage, but the feeling of entrapment stays. The theme of freedom lost is frequently addressed in Ai Weiwei’s work, though this one allows for the audience to play an active roll in understanding the meaning of his work. 

IMG_8068“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong



Tiffany X Whitney Biennial

IMG_6333.JPG.jpegPhotograph by Erin Fong

This past March was the Tiffany X Whitney Biennial curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. The exhibition, which took place at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, consisted of works by five artists who participated in the Whitney Biennial: Harold Mendez, Shara Hughes, Ajay Kurian, Raúl de Nieves and Carrie Moyer. Each artist worked with a Tiffany designer to blend Tiffany’s style with a contemporary work of art. Mendez created a sterling silver death mask. Hughes painted landscapes on a bone China pitcher which rotated under a light, allowing for different views of the pitcher to be illuminated at different times of the day. Kurian made sterling silver card holders with intricate designs and phrases, such as the word ‘PSYCHO.” Nives work consisted of detailed etched glass and Moyer made an installation for the front window.

IMG_6327.JPGPhotograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6328.JPGWinter Wonderland // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6329.JPGSculptural Still Life // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6331.JPGModern Secrets // Ajay Kurian // Card case in sterling silver featuring a stereogram hiding the word “PSYCHO” // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6326.JPGRemote Twilight // Shara Hughes // abstract landscape hand painted on bone China pitcher // Photograph by Erin Fong

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


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

Nepalese Seasons

IMG_9708.jpgA recent exhibition, “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual” at The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC explored the natural element of rain in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. On view were works which related to the importance of rain and rain deities for both Hinduism and Buddhism.

IMG_9723Divine Ancestor Hatha Dya // gilt copper alloy // Nepal, 16th century


IMG_9711Upper Section of a Torana // copper alloy; repoussé // Nepal, 1810

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.


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


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


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


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.

IMG_9530Skerts // Laleh Khorramian

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


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


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


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