The Arts of New York City

The arts of New York City are diverse and beautiful, yet many never see more than the well-known galleries or museums. The Arts of New York City will bring you exhibitions and events from lesser-known and under-appreciated galleries, museums, concert halls and more. Not everyone is an art connoisseur, but everyone can feel like one. The Arts of New York City is alive.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First [art] Love - 'Twelve Bubbles' by Lenore Cohen

People often ask me if I'm an art collector, since I write about so many art galleries and museums in New York City. 'No, I'm not, but I sure wish I was!' is my typical answer. Until yesterday, June 21, 2011, I didn't even own any original art (I did have a piece from an art store, but it was a replica). All of that changed when I met Brooklyn-based artist Lenore Cohen.

One day, while perusing Twitter for new NYC artists to follow, I stumbled upon @thatartistgirl, Lenore Cohen. I enjoyed writing about events that Lenore participated in, such as the One-night Group Exhibit of Young Artists at Chelsea Modern back in May, and viewing photos of her artwork in various stages of completion.

I absolutely fell in love with a piece by Lenore titled "Twelve Bubbles." It was my first love. First art love, that is. I love the soft, yet strong palette and the geometric, yet almost floral, design. My bookcase was almost screaming 'twelve bubbles'! As I mentioned, I never purchased original art before and thought that if I ever could afford to, I'd buy a Lenore Cohen original. The tides turned in my favor and I received a promotion at my job. As a treat, I decided to contact Lenore and arrange a viewing.

We met in a local Starbucks for me to view my soon-to-be first painting. We chatted briefly as Lenore explained how she created this piece and helped me find all 12 bubbles. Oddly enough, I could find the 'hard to find' bubbles, but didn't see the obvious ones!

I jealously guarded my new pieces while walking to my car through the bustling streets of SoHo. It was a day of firsts. This was my first original art purchase. I was Lenore's first sell to a first-time buyer and first sell to an online customer. Lenore is an extremely talented artist. I can see that she will go far and soon her works will be well above my price point. One day, when her works are hanging all over the world, I'll be able to say that I too, have an original Lenore Cohen.

Moral of the story: always go with your first love.
Me with my new 'Twelve Bubbles' - still unframed

Monday, June 20, 2011

Horton Gallery Throws a 'Monkey Wrench'

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Style: Impressionism
Date(s): June 24 to July 22, 2011

Monkey wrench (n): something that interferes with functioning; obstacle.

When referred to in conversation, a monkey wrench is a negative word to express an interruption in set plans or expectations. In a similar way, the artists featured in the Horton Gallery "Monkey Wrench" exhibition don't follow conventions and don't feel the need for traditionalism. The artists featured in this exhibit are Stacy Fisher, Michael Berryhill, Hilary Harnischfeger, Sally Ross, Wallace Whitney and Kate Steciw.

In this exhibit, the artists use "complicated modes of image-making as well as categories of artistic media" to build the complex visual layers on their works. They skew traditional representations and develop something brand new. The Michael Berryhill work seen below, "Pop up" is a perfect example of that. The object seems to 'pop up' from the pages of the book, yet it never fully resolves. The mystery leaves much to the imagination of the viewer.

The "Monkey Wrench" exhibit will be on display at Horton Gallery from June 24 to July 22, 2011. A special opening reception will be held on June 24 from 6-8p.m.

Michael Berryhill

Pop Up

Oil on linen
12x9.5" / 30.4x24.1cm

Friday, June 17, 2011

Feature Friday’s on Arts of NYC: DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea

The Arts of New York City has a new feature on the site called “Feature Friday’s” where one gallery or artist will be highlighted for their excellence in bringing arts to NYC. This week’s feature is awarded to DC Moore Gallery.

DC Moore Gallery specializes in American 20th century and contemporary art from a collection of over 20 artists that they represent. The relatively large staff works with collectors, museums and art professionals to acquire and sell fabulous art.

Currently, DC Moore Gallery is featuring two simultaneous exhibitions in honor of the great George Tooker. The "Reality Returns as a Dream" exhibition features the rare and unseen works of George Tooker. Below is a little bit about the exhibition.

George Tooker was a world renowned artist whose works have been featured globally. He was one of the 2007 recipients of the National Medal of Arts, presented by then President George Bush. Tooker is often associated with the genre of magic realism, which he didn’t take a liking to. He didn’t feel his works were fantasy or Surrealism, but he was after “painting reality impressed on the mind so hard that it returns as a dream, but I am not after painting dreams as such, or fantasy.”

More about the "Reality Returns as a Dream" exhibition can be found here.

In addition, DC Moore Gallery is also featuring the works of several of George Tooker's close friends and associates. Here is a little about "An Intimate Circle."

Known for his influence on Magic Realism, Tooker personally influenced and befriended many artists. These artists, particularly Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Margaret French, and George Platt Lynes, have all held personal and/or professional relationships with Tooker. The works of George Tooker and his close friends will be featured in the simultaneous exhibition fittingly entitled “An Intimate Circle.”

More about the "An Intimate Circle" exhibition can be found here.

DC Moore Gallery continues to bring New York City the beauty of art, while celebrating the lives of great artists. Check out their two current exhibitions. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

DC Moore Gallery ‘An Intimate Circle’ Extends Celebration of George Tooker

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Style: Contemporary
Date(s): June 9 to August 5, 2011

Unlike some galleries that are satisfied with showing only one exhibition at a time, DC Moore Gallery goes above and beyond. The gallery is celebrating the life of acclaimed artist George Tooker by holding two simultaneous exhibitions. The first, “Reality Returned as a Dream” will show rare and unseen Tooker pieces that have been kept in private collections. Read more about the “Reality Returned as a Dream” exhibition here.

Known for his influence on Magic Realism, Tooker personally influenced and befriended many artists. These artists, particularly Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Margaret French, and George Platt Lynes, have all held personal and/or professional relationships with Tooker. The works of George Tooker and his close friends will be featured in the simultaneous exhibition fittingly entitled “An Intimate Circle.”

The relationship between these artists is fascinating to read about. For example, Tooker met Cadmus when he was a young art student in 1944. Cadmus was 16 years his senior and encouraged Tooker to experiment with egg tempera. Soon, this became Tooker’s favorite and principal medium.

The PaJaMa collaborative was founded by Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French. One of their photographs can be seen below. The three spend many summers together on Fire Island, NY or Provincetown, MA, which is also where much of their photography was taken. Read the DC Moore Gallery website for more information on the long history between these five artists.

The "An Intimate Circle" exhibition will be on display at DC Moore Gallery from June 9 to August 5, 2011.

PaJaMa, Margaret French, George Tooker and Jared French, Nantucket, c. 1946
Vintage Silver print, 5 x 6 7/8 in. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

George Tooker Memorial Exhibition ‘Reality Returns as a Dream’ at DC Moore Gallery

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Medium: egg tempera
Date(s): June 9 to August 5, 2011

George Tooker was a world renowned artist whose works have been featured globally. He was one of the 2007 recipients of the National Medal of Arts, presented by then President George Bush. Tooker is often associated with the genre of magic realism, which he didn’t take a liking to. He didn’t feel his works were fantasy or Surrealism, but he was after “painting reality impressed on the mind so hard that it returns as a dream, but I am not after painting dreams as such, or fantasy.”

Below is a photograph of one of the Tooker works that will be part of the special memorial exhibition at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea. The exhibition is entitled “Reality Returns as a Dream.” The title is fitting when you consider his quote above. The medium that he chooses for his works, egg tempera, is a traditional Renaissance medium that is not as commonly used by some contemporary artists today.
George Tooker - DC Moore Gallery

While I make no pretense of being an art critic or even educated in the arts, I do enjoy viewing almost all works of art and can appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to make these masterpieces. I can really relate to the image above. I work in an office and while I must say, we’re pretty lax here, not everyone is so lucky. It is so easy to feel like just another mouse stuck in a cubicle cage. The cubicles above all interconnect, allowing no escape, and seem to go on forever. Each is full of generic men and women office workers. The expression on the woman’s face in the center is especially striking. You can almost hear her begging to be let free.

George Tooker’s works are definitely special. What is even more remarkable is that Tooker only created less than 170 paintings in his long and storied career. Many of these were held in private collections or within his estate and never before seen. The DC Moore Gallery will offer New Yorkers an exclusive opportunity to view these select works. Karli of DC Moore Gallery was kind enough to send me the information on this exhibition, as well as the simultaneous “An Intimate Circle” exhibit (post to follow).

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the works of the great George Tooker before the “Reality Returns as a Dream” exhibition is over. 

‘Showboat Shazzam’ Dazzles at the Waterfront Museum

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Style: Performance
Date(s): June 5, June 19, June 26, July 24, 2011

The Waterfront Museum is a fantastic New York City gem that is incredibly underappreciated. The museum will be hosting “Showboat Shazzam 2011” during this summer. As described on their site, the beauty of circus performance is the “rapture and excitement of young people as they observe featured performers their own age exhibit the skill and dedication it takes to achieve at a high level onstage.”

Four Sunday’s during the summer will feature talented young professionals displaying their circus talents. The shows begin at 1p.m. and 4p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The dates, location and performers are listed below. Tickets can be purchased through the Waterfront Museum website.

June 5, 290 Conover St. near Fairway
Adam Kapilow, Megan & Marui, Craig the Crooner, the Sorbet Sisters, Tanya Solomon

June 19, 290 Conover St. near Fairway
Will Shaw, Jazmin Ment, Aerial Emery, Gabeze Trapeze, David Sharps

June 26, 290 Conover St. near Fairway
Dikki Ellis, Hilary Sweeney, Hilary Chaplain, Therese Schorn & Tuvlo, Josef Woodson

July 24, Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6 / shoreline of Atlantic Ave.
The Great Adammo, "Josephine," David Sharps, David Sharps, Aerial Emery

In addition to the "Showboat Shazzam" shows, the Waterfront Museum is also featuring a "Circus Lives" exhibition. Find out more on this event.

"Showboat Shazzam" at the Waterfront Museum

Friday, June 10, 2011

ArtQuilt Gallery-NYC's Second Exhibition Features Japanese Quilt Artist Noriko Endo

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Style: Impressionist
Dates: June 16 to August 6, 2011

Have you ever tried to make a quilt? I have. Trust me, it’s a lot harder than it looks! Now, have you ever tried to create an impressionist ‘painting’ with your quilt? Well, that’s exactly what Japanese quilt artist Noriko Endo does. Where can you see her works, you might ask? Where else, other than the only New York City gallery to solely feature quilts as art – ArtQuilt Gallery•NYC.

The ArtQuilt Gallery•NYC was opened by Cathy Izzo and Dale Riehl, co-owners of The City Quilter, April 2011. The gallery is the only place in NYC that features quilts as art. Noriko Endo’s impressionist quilts will be the gallery’s second exhibition since opening. The image below can’t fully capture the beauty and intricacy of these quilts. Each is composed of thousands of tiny pieces of fabric that have been sewn together in a pattern to create an impressionist landscape.

Noriko Endo is from Japan and finds her inspiration in nature. I especially enjoy this commend that Endo made when asked what inspired her to create her “confetti naturescapes”: “I love to walk in the woods. I look for a place chased by the light, where pretty pink flowers are blooming, small mushrooms are smiling, and wild birds are calling their partners. I feel nature keeps some of its her secrets hidden. I can find inspiration everywhere and then narrow down the ideas to the most compelling.”

I contacted ArtQuilt Gallery•NYC and co-owner Dale Riehl was kind enough to answer my questions about the exhibition.

Why did you choose to show Noriko Endo?
Well, she is simply one of those outstanding quilt artists that we will be showing in our new gallery.  As we say on the home page of our web site, we will be showcasing the best quilts from around the world.  When Cathy Izzo and I (she is my wife, co-owner and the real brains behind The City Quilter!) were at Quilt Market, the quilting industry trade show last Oct, and had only very recently committed to the space expansion that permitted the creation of the ArtQuilt Gallery), Cathy was thinking about who to start with and ran into Ms. Endo whose work she had admired for years.  So there was a bit of serendipity at work. Plus, Noriko Endo had the complementary affect of communicating that our gallery would be drawing on the best the World had to offer.

How do you feel this exhibit reflects the mission of The Art Quilt Gallery?
Yes, as already indicated.

I presume there will be an opening reception. What can be expected at the opening reception? Will there be any special guests? Approx. how many will attend?
Yes, there is an opening reception, but it is NOT open to the general public. Noriko Endo will be coming in from Tokyo for this event, as well as to do a gallery talk the next day, June 16, starting at 6:15pm.  Please note that the gallery talk is open to the public.

The Noriko Endo Impressionist Quilts exhibition will be on display from June 16 to August 6, 2011. A gallery talk will be held on June 16 at 6:15p.m. with the artist. 

133 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Noriko Endo "Autumn Splendo"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fred Torres Collaborations to Display Luca Pizzaroni: ‘Gone with the Wind’

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Medium: oil on photograph
Dates: June 9 to September 2, 2011

Have you ever heard of “painthography”? I haven’t, until today. In this case, painthography, or paintography, is the purposeful manipulation of photographs with the use of paint. It’s kind of crazy, right?

Luca Pizzaroni is one artist that uses this technique for his works. Pizzaroni will have his exhibition, “Gone with the Wind” display at Chelsea gallery Fred Torres Collaborations. I contacted the gallery and Elana Rubinfeld was kind enough to send me a press release for this event. For the past 20 years, or so, Pizzaroni has been collecting photographs from anonymous photographers. He has created a narrative between the photos and then tied them all together by dipping them in paint. The result: painthography.

The photos were taken from the ‘50s to ‘90s and cover a wide variety of subjects. I particularly enjoy this quote from the artist, “Gone with the Wind gathers the intimate accidents of genuine novice film photographers from the 1950's to the 1990's, and adds an additional layer of accidental information through strong abstract-expressionistic oil painting and scanning techniques.”

Luca Pizzaroni: "Gone with the Wind" will be on display at Fred Torres Collaborations from June 9 to September 2, 2011. An opening reception will be held on June 9 from 6-8p.m.

Fred Torres Collaborations
527 West 29th Street
New York , NY 10001
Luca Pizzaroni: "Gone with the Wind"

Demisch Danant Brings the Beauty of the works of Joseph André Motte as Part of Design Miami/Basel

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Style: Modern
Dates: June 14-18, 2011

To some, art is defined only as paint on canvas. Some open their minds to other forms of art, but few think of furniture as an art form. Well, those people must not have seen the works of Joseph André Motte. Born in France, Motte has become one of the most highly influential and innovative figures in post-war French design. He trained under Marcel Gascoin and quickly became a hotly pursued artist.

Motte’s designs were commissioned by multiple prestigious institutions, including the Orly and Roissy airports, the Préfecture du Val d’Oise, and the Musée du Louvre. Talk about accomplishments! His works are some of the “best kept secrets of Modernism,” largely due to his utilization of new materials.

This exhibition will be the first to focus solely on the works of this marvelous designer. The setting will be early ‘60s-inspired architecture, focusing on the “contrast between interior/exterior and public/private space.” A total of about 20 pieces will be on display, many of which have never been seen before. These include a pair of Tripod armchairs from 1949, a Catherine armchair from 1952 and a rattan bed from 1953. This is truly an exceptional collection of art that deserves to be viewed.

The André Motte exhibition for Design Miami/Basel will only be on display at Demisch Danant from June 14 - 18, 2011.

Demisch Danant
542 West 22nd St
New York, NY 10011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Museum Mile Festival in NYC on June 14, 2011

For those unfamiliar, Museum Mile is the mile long section of Fifth Ave from 82nd to 104th streets in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The mile of streets just so happens to be filled with some of New York City’s most prestigious museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Goethe-Institut/German Cultural Center, Neue Galerie New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, and Museum for African Art. Wow, that was a mouthful!

So, what’s so special about the Museum Mile Festival? An entire 23 New York City blocks will be closed down and all the museums in that sector will be FREE from 6-9p.m. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, live bands and street performers will entertain the adults, while art-in-the-street will keep the kids (and kids-at-heart) busy.

The evening will begin on the steps of the Neue Galerie New York museum at 5:45p.m. The Museum for African Art isn’t open yet (slated to open Sept ’11), but they will have a table on the corner of Fifth Ave and 105th Street. Street muralist De La Vega will be creating a beautiful mural that everyone can contribute to by grabbing a piece of chalk.

This is the 33rd annual Museum Mile Festival and the festival usually draws over 50,000 visitors, so I’d suggest getting in early.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
Fifth Ave from 82nd to 105th Streets

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Daniel Cooney Fine Art Features Jen P. Harris 'American Kiss'

Quick Facts
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Medium: oil on canvas, ink on paper
Dates: June 9 - 30, 2011

Opening its doors in Williamsburg, Daniel Cooney Fine Art features emerging and mid-career artists in the NYC area. In 2004, the gallery moved to its current location in Chelsea and has actively participated in the growing culture of online art auctions. Everything is moving online these days, including art. Using, Daniel Cooney Fine Art holds an Emerging Artist Auction that features new and promising artists. That is where the gallery was introduced to Jen P. Harris.

Harris will display “large-scale oil paintings and smaller ink and ink wash works on paper” for the exhibition entitled "American Kiss." She has already had her works shown in other galleries across the nation, which comes as no surprise considering her BFA is from Yale and MFA from Queens College.

I reached out to Daniel Cooney Fine Art and Daniel Cooney himself was kind enough to send me the press release to the event, as well as answer a few questions. The email interview is below. 

Why did you choose to display the works of Jen P. Harris?
I met Jen through the Emerging Artists Auction’s that I hold online at I enjoyed the work I saw on her website and the few pieces I had seen in person. We arranged a studio visit and I continued to follow her work. I don’t usually show paintings but I have always thought of summer as a season to experiment and her work is so beautiful and thoughtful. I’m very excited for her show and to see what my audience thinks of it.

How do you feel this exhibition reflects the mission of Daniel Cooney Fine Art?
My mission with the gallery has always been to promote emerging and mid career artists. I usually start with the artists first exhibition and develop their careers through promotion and continue to exhibit their work. Keeping the gallery’s audience interested is always a challenge. They come to expect a certain aesthetic but I want to continue to surprise them with refreshing and new work of the highest quality. I think Jen’s work will do just that.

I see there will be an opening reception. Will there be any special guests? Approx. how many do you expect to attend?
We usually get about 300 people at an opening. I think the most special guest will be the artist!

The works of Jen P. Harris, "American Kiss," will be on display from June 9 - 30, 2011.

Daniel Cooney Fine Art
511 West 25th Street, #506
New YorkNY 10001
Tues - Sat 11a.m. - 6p.m.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

'Success' – To an Artist

Success (n): favorable or desirable outcome; the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence.

Most will agree that everyone has a different view as to what success means to them. To some, success is landing that promotion with the corner office. To others, it’s being able to put food on the table. On this blog, I try to bring readers a taste of the NYC art scene that most don’t see. Today I thought I’d branch out a bit and ask several artists “what do you feel is “success” to an artist?” The responses were quite poetic. I decided to create a color-coded collage of all their responses. The artist behind the response can be found below.

The definition of success as an artist is to me is the creation of work that is work that flows from their own authentic being and could have only be created by you and you alone  after years of honing your abilities.” "An “artist” has a drive, a hunger, that comes from deep inside their soul.   Their creations are not voluntary.” Art is a full time job and then some. Seeking a certain amount of financial success within the art world however is necessary to facilitate the artistic process.” “With that said, an “artist” is going to create whether they sell or not.  It’s that hunger that drives them.” But, It must be said, I think you sell art so you can make more art, not that you make art so you can sell art." Success is interaction between passion of my inner music and response of the viewer who acknowledges significance and value." “So, to an artist, “success” would be the completion of a vision that has dominated their thoughts for days and finally came to life on the canvas. An artist’s success comes when they step back from their work and they get a feeling of satisfaction and a rush of completing a vision.  To me, that is success."

Zeke HighamSalt Lake City artist studying at the University of Utah. (website)

Maude McDonald – Studied in Houston, France and Holland. Her works have received international recognition. (website)

Marty Poorter - Dutch artist whose works concentrate on humans and animals. (website)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Cavin-Morris Gallery Brings NYC Shozo Michikawa: ‘The Nature of Clay’

Quick Facts

Neighborhood:  Chelsea
Medium: Clay
Date(s):  May 28 to July 1, 2011

Cavin-Morris Gallery will be presenting the first New York solo presentation of renowned artist Shozo Michikawa: “The Nature of Clay.” Michikawa is a native of Japan, hailing from the most northern area. He currently works out of Seto, Aichi and displays his works in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

While clay is often viewed as a very traditional medium, Michikawa finds a way to keep his works both traditional and modern. Art Historian Simon Martin visited the artist at his workspace and noted that while his clay pieces look like they are sculpted, they are actually created on the wheel! The energy and magnificent shapes “comes from the twisting of fractured planes on an internal axis.” Michikawa is even quoted as saying his is having a ‘conversation with the clay.’ His profound respect for nature is clearly evident in his pieces.

The pieces look more weathered, than antique. I particularly enjoy the two pieces below. While I am only an artist at heart, I have great respect and admiration for Shozo Michikawa, a true master.

Cavin-Morris Gallery is located at 210 11th Street, Suite 201. The gallery is open from Tues to Fri 10a.m. – 6p.m. and Sat 11a.m. – 6p.m. You can also follow their blog.

Kohiki Incense Burner, 2008
Stoneware Kohiki Glaze
4 x 5.5 x 4 inches
Natural Tall Ash Pot, 2011
Stoneware, natural ash glaze
19.5 x 6.5 x 6 inches

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Adelson Gallery Show Impressionist Works of Jacob Collins

Quick Facts
Neighborhood:  Upper East Side
Style: Impressionism
Date(s):  May 11 to July 28, 2011

The Adelson Gallery was founded by Warren Adelson in Boston in 1964. Almost 50 years later, the gallery displays some of the best works in the fields of American Impressionism, Realism and Modernism. They are now located in a turn-of-the-century townhouse in the Upper East Side.

The current exhibition at Adelson Gallery is of Jacob Collins, his first solo show with this gallery. The exhibition is comprised of “approximately 30 new landscapes, portraits, and still-life works.” Collins is known for receiving fantastic criticism and attracting great collectors. Not only does Collins excel at painting landscapes and still-life, but he is also adept at portraiture. His sitters include President George H. W. Bush and Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger. As described, he relies on “meticulous observation, careful draftsmanship, and dramatic use of darkness and illumination to create works that—while set in the present—exude a sense of timelessness.”

The works in this collection are absolutely stunning. I am usually drawn to more contemporary styles, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with some of the magnificent floral paintings below. The landscapes and portraits are executed beautifully, but the flowers just speak to me. Does it speak to you too? Unfortunately, both paintings below are already sold.

Adelson Gallery is located at 19 East 82nd Street and is open Mon - Fri: 9:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.
Peonies, 2011
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches
SOLD Image
Peonies, 2011
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches

Jacob Collins (b. 1964)
Pink and White Roses, 2009
Oil on canvas on panel
14 x 12 inches
SOLD Image
Jacob Collins (b. 1964)
Pink and White Roses, 2009
Oil on canvas on panel
14 x 12 inches

Barbara Mathes Gallery Displays ‘Sol LeWitt: Structures and Drawings’

Quick Facts
Neighborhood:  Upper East Side
Style: Modern, conceptual
Date(s):  April 28 - June 30, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York City’s finest museums, yet around the corner, is another gem. Located only a few steps away, Barbara Mathes Gallery is in a townhouse in the Upper East Side, offering an intimate setting to view the beauty art has to offer.

Barbara Mathes Gallery’s current exhibit is "Sol LeWitt: Structures and Drawings," an exhibit that features selected works from LeWitt in both two and three dimensions. In case you don’t know who Sol LeWitt is, here’s a small biography. LeWitt has amassed a large collection of structures and drawings over the last five decades of his career. He has been instrumental in the development of Minimalist and Conceptual art, a feat few can boast. His signature working method involved LeWitt creating written statements and diagrams that would them be given to an assistant for construction. This was a far cry from his earlier technique which involved LeWitt hand-making everything, even his paint!

This exhibition is composed of enamel on aluminum structures, wooden structures, ink drawings and Gouache on paper paintings. The viewer really gets a feel for the diversity the artist is capable of. The installation view shows just how large some of his pieces can be.

Barbara Mathes Gallery is located at 22 East 80th Street in the Upper East Side. The gallery is open Mon – Fri 10a.m. to 5p.m. 

Detail Image
Installation View

Detail Image
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007)
Wavy Bruhstrokes
1994, Gouache on paper