Showing posts from September, 2015

New York Dispatch: Sue de Beer "The Blue Lenses" at Marianne Boesky Gallery

"Lying awake, Marda West decided upon her plan. She got out of bed, she took her clothes from the wardrobe and began to dress. She put on her coat and shoes and tied a scarf over her head. When she was ready she went to the door and softly turned the handle. All was quiet in the corridor. She stood there motionless. Then she took one step across the threshold and looked to the left, where the nurse on duty sat. The snake was there. The snake was sitting bent over a book."
   - from Daphne du Maurier, "The Blue Lenses"
Sue de Beer's current solo show "The Blue Lenses" is a video installation about transformation and its dark consequences. Based on a short story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, "The Blue Lenses" tells the tale of a woman given surgery to restore her vision: upon the bandages being removed from her eyes, she sees people entirely differently, that is, with predatory animal heads rather than human heads. In this exhibition,…

New York Dispatch: John Seal at Gavin Brown Enterprise

On my first night in New York City, I had the privilege to attend the opening of Los Angeles-based artist John Seal's solo show "I Upon My Frontiers Here Keep My Residence" at Gavin Brown Enterprise in the Bowery district. When you encounter Seal's work,there is a tension between the image that is shown and the color "form," that makes it presence known.

        Seal makes reference to "worlds" that are created by color, image and their histories. The works vary from each other. There are a series of works where the outline of a gold jacket are invaded by a bouquet of colorful shapes and flowery images that populate the surface of the jacket outline. The still life paintings rotate from the sculptural work portrayed to the invaded object covered with color forms in the same still life. In "Almost Flesh, Almost Love, and Almost Laughter." the porcelain sculpture of two lovers is placed with a copy of "Paradise Lost" and a…

"America is Hard to See: 1965 to the present" at the New Whitney Museum of American Art

I was fortunate to see this exhibition on the last week of its showing. Due to problems with my phone, I was only able to bring you highlights from the art shown on the 5th floor. The new Whitney building is amazing and the exhibition space serves the work well. The exhibit is basically the Whitney's permanent collection. The amazing aspect of the show, particularly the part of the show which dealt with art from 1965 to the present, was the strong showing of artist from Los Angeles. Mark Bradford, Catherine Opie, Mike Kelly, Raymond Pettibon, and others reflect a shift in focus that even the docent agreed with the change. If you did not have a chance to see this in person, here are some highlights.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014

Felix Gonzalez Torres

Keith Haring

Jean Michel Basquiat

Robert Gober

Karen Kilimink

Christopher Wool

Raymond Pettibon

Lutz Bascher

John Currin

Cory Archangel

Wade Guyton

R.H. Quaytman

Nicole Eisenman