So it was a half day this Friday... thank you Chris Columbus!! We always knew we loved Italians !!
So...we made the rounds..and while most of what we saw totally killed time.. there were a few MAO thoughts and standouts..
very few standouts..
PPOW Gallery - Julie Heffernan's show Booty... great show..
amazing oil paintings.. thoughtful, and full of whimsical details..we could have looked at these self portraits for hours.. all sold.. not a surprise.
A very impressive show. Clearly this artist wasn't rushed, and she had some real thought and serious work behind all of these paintings. We love the tons of Witty art history references. The work is totally contemporary.. but in a very painterly style.. you just have to love it!
The show closes Oct 20th. This is one artist to watch.. and don't miss the show.
(Photo #1, Self Portrait as Raising Cain 2007, oil on canvas, 78 x 56 inches )
Here's one bloggers thoughts on the show, and here's one review. We're even sad we missed the book signing on Oct 6th. DAMN!
Yossi Milo Gallery - Kohei Yoshiyuki, The Park..
we'd seen this work many times before,
but seeing it all on the walls,
is very voyeuristic impressive. I'm not sure if this is exactly the type of images most people would want to live with, but it's still very cool to see.
The Sunday NY Times (Philip Gefter) did a huge
a bit over stretching
review a few weeks ago.
They dd a great reprint of the book which is amazing.. Plus they have signed copies in the gallery. Well worth picking up, since the original is impossible to get!
The show closes Oct 20th.
Now..a few of the
The Luhring Augustine Gallery - Larry Clark, Los Angeles 2003-2006. Has Larry done anything interesting since Teenage Lust in 1983? Even this book "Volume 1" from the show, is a total bore.
The Marlborough Chelsea Gallery - Tom Otterness, The public Unconscious, proving once an for all, bigger is not better. Dull, or Duller ?? The same thing this artist has done again, and again. The huge new Gallery Condo Tower ground floor space was even a disappointment.
Zach Feuer Gallery - Jules De Balincourt, Unknowing Man's Nature. We have generally loved this artist's work, so maybe we were expecting too much, but this work just seemed uninspired. Too much text, not enough imagery & painting. Some of the paintings looked like total show filler!! All sold of course...Yikes!
But, We did like this one large "Think Globally, Act Locally, 2007" (Photo #2) painting. The Show closes Oct 13th.
OK.. that's enough art bitchiness for today. I'm sure our MAO email-box will be overflowing with
hate mail gallerinas asking us to remove our disappointments. But hey.. why is every art review we read always glowing positive.. cause there's really some terrible crap out there in Chelsea....
FYI... These were just the disappointments, as in, artists we like their stuff, but who've done better shows in the past. Most likely, that was work created when these artists weren't pressed to mass produce/churn-out new art to feed the bloated gallery machine. Anyway..just a thought.
Happy Columbus Day!