Tag Archives: NYC

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

Big Bling

FullSizeRender 2Big Bling // Martin Puryear // pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, fiberglass, gold leaf // 40 x 10 x 38 ft  // Photograph by Erin Fong

Standing 40 feet tall in Madison Square Park is the abstract elephant sculpture Big Bling by Martin Puryear. Constructed out of pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood and fiberglass this colossal piece was designed to look like a chain-link grid pattern. The tusks and harness of the elephant are embellished with gold leaf, which seems a sharp contrast with to the primary building materials used for the body of the elephant. The juxtaposition provides social commentary on the rich diversity of New York City and its inhabitants who visit Madison Square Park.

FullSizeRender 3Big Bling // Martin Puryear // pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, fiberglass, gold leaf // 40 x 10 x 38 ft  // Photograph by Erin Fong

 

Places to Be

IMG_9582.jpgBright, bold blocks of color radiate off the canvases by artist Steven Alexander. His solo show in The Curator Gallery in NYC, “Places to Be,” showcased his vibrant pieces which are painted in an effort to transport the viewer to different places times invoking a change in the viewer’s feelings.

IMG_9592.jpgVoice 4 // Steven Alexander // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 72 x 48 in

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Tracer 10 // Steven Alexander // acrylic on canvas // 42 x 60 in

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Four Winds 10 // Steven Alexander // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 42 x 36 in

Remembering Steve

IMG_9623.jpgIn a tribute to Steve Wolfe (1955-2016), many of his works were recently on view in Luhring Augustine in NYC. Hanging on the walls appeared books such as “Andy Warhol” by Rainer Crone and the Beetles album “Hey Jude/Revolution.” Wolfe used techniques such as screen-printing and materials including modeling paste to create replicas. This forces the viewer to determine if the object on view is an original or a masterpiece by Wolfe.

IMG_9624Untitled (Andy Warhol by Rainer Crone) // Steve Wolfe // oil, screenprint, modeling paste, paper, canvas board & wood // 1999 // 11.25 x 9 x 11/8 in

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Untitled (Hey Jude/Revolution) // Steve Wolfe // oil, enamel, lithograph & modeling paste // 1992 // each sheet: 4 x 9.5 in