Highlights from NYC Gallery Visit.. some still on
New York City in mid May, very hot and unexpectedly a perfect time to visit the galleries … it is post the Frieze show.
I was expecting one or two good shows with one or two artists I would enjoy learning about, but not completely stellar shows with world class artist displaying some of their best work from the likes Tracey Emin, Anthony Gormley, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter, James Rosenquist, James Turell and Cindy Sherman
Tracey Emin show was a feint, you initially looked at it it looked like pen and ink drawings on paper, look again ..Self portraits stitched into fabric/bed sheets, subtle, sexy pure revelatory Emin. On until June 18 that the Lehman Maupin
Anthony Gormley show at the Sean Kelly gallery was form meeting energy. The square elements of the human sculpture possessed kinetic energy that you think would instantly animate the figures…. powerful beyond the human castes of the past see on the top of the Heyward gallery.The show is on to July 29th.
David Hockney was on at the Pace Gallery and I was not expecting much after his Yorkshire pictures at the Royal Academy and his iPad work in Paris. The colours and the multi-panels of the RA work were vibrant and iPad art was certainly novel.
The Yosemite series was a combination of both and given the date was 2010, it looks like he has combined both influences to tremendous artistic effect…his best and freshest work in years. The forms have huge depth and the colours pop of the wall. The show ends on June 18th.
Gerhard Richter abstract pictures were fabulous, it was a feast of juddering colour ..all you would and should expect from Richter. The show is on until June 25 at Marian Goodman.
The great thing about going to another country is that you can be exposed to artists in depth that are newish to you. This trip did not disappoint with James Rosenquist and James Turrell.
Rosenquist’s work was showing at the Judd (until August 6th) and at the MOMA, a room filling piece: F-111. This work sparks and pops with luminous colour and shows off a lesser known vision of Pop Art. F-111 distills the essence of 60’s America. Like Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, James Rosenquist is a pillar of the Pop Art movement that is lesser known than Warhol and Lictenstein which if you are a collector is an opportunity. Read more from NYT.
The Blackhole is a darker representative piece with all the colour sucked out of it and is powerful contrasting piece to the majority of his work.
The James Turrell show on at Pace was a surprise. I did not know the artist before I saw the show, which is a disappointing loss in not seeing and seeking out more of his work. Many people talk about the lightness of touch with paint, few would expect to see light to present a physical object leveraging the walls and shadows of a room in the 60`s; brilliant. The show ends June 18.
The last show to be reviewed is the Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures, it closed on June 11.Her first work in 5 years and it is as powerful and approachable as it has ever been. It looks like a series of pre War starlets posing for publicity photos,but you can see Cindy Sherman in them and this imbues them with a greater humanity than some of her other portaits. NYT review.
Can`twait to go back to NYC.