What happens when you blend the New York Sight Seeing Tours, Crazy Gideon, Beverly Hills Star Maps and Exit Through the Gift Shop? You get Jen & Paul’s Bus Tours – this season’s hilarious & unique spoof on the New York art scene. Using a double decker bus, Brooklyn artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw present their view on how to bring the circus that is the Chelsea art scene to the people. The project entitled “Jen & Paul’s One Stop Shopping Souvenir City And Chelsea Bus Tours” invites Chelsea […]
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We recently attended the absolutely packed opening of Marcel Dzama’s latest solo show at David Zwirner, entitled Behind Every Curtain. As promised, the exhibition featured Dzama’s signature watercolor works on paper and dioramas, but also included some amazing life-sized figurative sculptures, as well as sketches and renderings for his movie A Game of Chess. One of the most captivating pieces of the show was the rotating carousel of metal robot characters, which really captured the whimsy and imagination that make Dzama such a favorite. See […]
Opening March 4 at Chelsea’s David Zwirner is the latest exhibition of original art work from infamous cartoonist R. Crumb. For this show, Crumb will have drawings from his controversial comic version of the first book of the Old Testament, entitled “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb,” which after a half decade in the making was released late last year. This exhibition was previously at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. See an installation view and some additional images from that show, after the jump.
Continuing on with our walking tour of Chelsea (see part 1 from yesterday here), we stopped at Metro Pictures on 24th Street to see “Midnight Madness,” the latest show by painter Gary Simmons. Simmons’ “erasure” style – he uses oil paint, pigment and cold wax to produce ghostly smeared images on textured backgrounds – works perfectly with his current theme: horror-movie houses and old theater marquees. His rendering of the Bates House from Hitchcock’s 1960 classic “Psycho” (pictured above) was particularly effective: huge and looming, […]
New York City is currently digging out from yet another snowstorm. But last weekend, the weather in New York was beautiful, and luckily, we took advantage of the brief window of sun to spend the day strolling around Chelsea popping in and out of art galleries. And even more luckily, we saw lots of amazing art – so much so that it was too much to talk about in just one post. So, enjoy part 1 of our virtual Chelsea stroll today, and check back […]
We were able to catch Inka Essenhigh’s latest show “The Old New Age” at 303 Gallery just before it closed last Saturday, and we were glad we did. Whereas the surrealist painter’s works had previously been abstract compositions with forms that hinted of being representational of people and landscapes, her current pieces are for the most part figurative, portraying enchanted scenes of forests and goddesses. Her bright palates and fantastic images bring to mind stills from beautifully rendered animated stories. See all the images, after […]
While wandering around Chelsea, we happened upon “The Birthday Party,” a fun show at ClampArt by New York-based artist Scott Daniel Ellison. We were not familiar with Ellison’s work but were immediately intrigued by the groupings of small illustrative paintings – dark yet humorous – with a painting style reminiscent of Marcel Dzama’s earlier painting style, but perhaps more expressionistic. Many of the works had sold, which was not surprising given the quality and the very affordable prices. Unfortunately, Saturday was the last day of […]
Mike Weiss Gallery in Chlesea recently opened an interesting show by young German artist Stefanie Gutheil. The exhibition is entitled “Kopftheater”, which translates to “Theater of the mind” and is a fitting description of the strange and imaginative worlds portrayed in Gutheil’s paintings. The press release name-drops 15th and 16th-century Dutch painters Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel as influences, but we think that her creatures remind us a lot of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Take a look at the images and decide for yourself, after the […]
An exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez recently opened at Chelsea’s ZieherSmith Gallery. From small works on paper to large mixed media canvases, Martinez paints with a expressive and energetic style, creating chaotic compositions often featuring cartoonish characters. See images from the opening, after the jump.
AM recently had the pleasure of visiting with Tat Ito at the Queens, NY, studio that he shares with his assistant Yuyu Yang. Readers may remember that we thought that Ito was one of the standout new artists included in Joshua Liner Gallery’s excellent summer group show (covered). Well, Mr. Liner must have agreed with us, because Ito has a show with the gallery scheduled for February 2010, and from what we saw during our studio visit, it’s going to be a stunner.