Gallery Hunting

On Thursday last week I decided to go into Chelsea and see some galleries.  For the most part I don’t really enjoy Chelsea’s galleries just because most of galleries only feature established and well-known artists.  However there were some exhibitions that I wanted to see and it’s always good to just surround yourself in art I think.

The first gallery I visited was the Toni Shafrazi Gallery on W 26th St.

Some of my favorites:“Oscar” 2010

Bill Beckley

Cibachrome Photograph, 77×44 in.

So I really liked this image, Oscar by Bill Beckley because I loved the colors he was able to incorporate.  I have an odd fascination with cibachrome (I’m sure this must be because my mom as a photography major loved taking cibachrome).  I just thought the shapes and repetitiveness of the patterns in this was really cool.  It also reminded me a little bit of the types of doodles I sometimes do.

“Psychic Pedestrians On A Spiral Horizon (Barycenter)” ,1971

Robert Williams

Oil on Canvas, 40×52 in.

Robert Williams style isn’t one that I am usually drawn too.  In some of the other images in the gallery of his they were kind of like political satire comedic sketches that one might see in newspapers.  (You know the ones where Obama has huge ears…) But this image of his I liked.  I think because it seemed to dig a little deeper.  I really like the circular opening, and how everything is based around that.  If you look closely you can see buildings, cities around the edge of this opening, almost like a whole world around this other world.  I really dig images that have a sort of spiritual element.  (I’m not religious, but I do think believe in having a sense of spirituality). 

“Orange”, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Acrylic on Canvas, 50×40 in.

“Untitled (Car Crash)” 1982

Jean-Michel Basquiat

oilstick and paint on paper, 17 3/4x12in.

Basquiat is really amazing to me because he has this incredible way of taking images that most people would think are doodles and turning them into amazing art.  I think one of the reasons he has been able to do this so well is because he has seemed to capture this sort of child-like innocence that so many artists try to immatate. (Can be seen especially in Car Crash).  I also really like in his image, Orange, you can see his use of text.  Recently, I have been really into different types of text and lettering.  (This has mostly stem from concert posters from the 1960’s.) But it was really cool to see him incorporate it.

The next gallery I went into was Mitchell Innes and Nash on W 26th.

The exhibition there was all Kenneth Noland:Paintings 1958-1968 (up until April 30th)

“Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) is among the most influential Post-War abstract artists and one of the central figures of Color Field painting. His unprimed canvases with geometric forms painted in thin washes of pure, saturated color forged a new direction in abstract art. The artist’s stated aim was to explore “the infinite range and expressive possibilities of color.”…..READ THE REST OF THE PRESS RELEASE

“Morning Span” 1964

Acrylic on Canvas, 103×154 in.

“Askew” 1958

Magna on Canvas, 67 1/2 x 69 in.

Usually, art work from the minimalist period isn’t really my thing except for the great Ad Reinhardt as an exception.  But I found Nolan’s use of color and thick brush strokes more appealing.  His image, “Askew” was also on the messier side for most minimalist paintings.  It didn’t have the thick, composed lines that most of his other works had.  The messy-ness and a little more daring of mixing colors etc. drew me to this painting.  I also like that the painting has all these light colors and then in the center is this dark black, which draws the viewer into the center.

Then right next to Mitchell Innes and Nash was The Robert Miller Gallery, which usually has art work that I enjoy, so I decided to check it out.  As it turns out they were having a really killer exhibit of Andy Warhol’s Early Drawings (until April 30th). Now I know that everyone always seems to want to see Warhol and I do like Warhol, for the most part.  But I was extra intrigued to see his drawings because usually people only see his later, more known stuff.

These were some of my favorites of his:

“Male Figure (Leprechaun with Yo-Yo)” c.a. 1953

ink and watercolor on paper, 18 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.

“Billie Holiday, Volume 3” 1957

ballpoint, ink, Dr. Martin analine dye on paper 19 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.

“Fairy Wings” c.a. 1954

ink on paper 14 5/8 x 11 1/2 in.

I think what I like most about these drawings by Andy Warhol is they have a rawness to them that I am always attracted to.  His use of lines makes me envious because they are so simple.  It’s like he didn’t erase, he just continued with his drawing, working off the lines.  This type of style, this simplicity is really nice for me to see.  Especially because my work is usually heavily detailed.  I also like his use of color, similar palette that is really stark.  In Billie Holiday (which he actually wanted to be the cover of her new album) shows another type of font that I like.


One response

  1. James

    When walking through Chelsea I like to visit galleries off of the street level; they tend to show lesser-known artists. There are also galleries in Chelsea that exist for the purpose of giving exposure to new artists or artists that have created a name for themselves but that have not gotten exposure in NYC. The Cue Art Foundation is a good place to pop in to for that type of experience.

    04/13/2011 at 12:29 PM

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