Monday, July 23, 2018

Lower East Side Gallery Hop

     Been awhile since I did a Lower East Side (LES) gallery hop. Maybe doing it in the 90s in July wasn't the best idea, but the art more than made up for it. The gallery scene here seems to grow by leaps and bounds, and there were plenty of new places to scout. Memories of the old SoHo gallery scene flooded over me; tiny spaces where the minute you walk in you know what the gallery sitter is having/had for lunch. Tucked in between, below or above old-school businesses (like on Orchard St), spaces that haven't been touched by the developers gobbling up real estate and and replacing them with straight lines and updated everything.
     It's summer so there were the traditional group shows along with many solos, too. Here are some pics, enjoy!

Anna Glantz "Annunciation" 80x74 aat 1969 Gallery

Jessie Makinson "She-Dandies" 27x22  at Lyles and King




Matt Mignanelli "Nocturnes" at Denny Gallery

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Iman Raad "Untitled" 25x49" at FiloSofi Arts
Tania Marmolejo "Strange Skies" 20x20 at Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery

Wayne Adams "Sheep and Goat Hug It Out" NY Artists Equity 72x54"



Victor Rodriguez "Pink Phantom Lady"  78x58   Lyle O Reitzel Gallery


Nancy Sharer "Flat Goods" 15x32x17 at Derek Eller

Ryan Mrozowski "Untitled" 50x40 (x2) at Lyles and King





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Recommended art website:

Platinum Cheese is a cool site with reviews of contemporary art exhibits. Check it out at:

http://www.platinumcheese.com/

Hope your summer is going great! Joey B, The Gallery Guy

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Volta NY 2018

     With an initial slow start due to the winter nor'easter that blew in, Volta, like the other fairs, was back up to speed on Thursday. Each booth had solo projects. This could be "putting all your eggs in one basket" financially for some galleries but it also avoided the cacophony of images at other fairs.
     Volta had alot of surface play and materials play. There was quite a bit of what I'll call "controlled abstraction" and very little concept work. Paintings on view leaned to the less academic side. Little to no tight, rendered realism.

     Probably my favorite work from the fair was at Jan Kossen (NY). These pieces by Troy Simmons mixed concrete w colorful acrylic/plastic stripes. An unusual and very effective pairing. The piece above was in the 3x5'+ range, and they had a few smaller ones to the side. I want one!

     These Tomashi Jackson pieces at Tilton (NY) reflected the mixed media prevalent at Volta, playing with material, imagery, shape and texture.




William Bradley at Unix Gallery, NY

Didier William at Anna Zorina Gallery, NY


Jeong Yun, Choi at Bien Gallery, Korea

Myung Nam, An at Bien Gallery, Korea

John Cheatwood at Beers (London)

John Cheatwood at Beers (London)

Takato Yamamoto at Gallery Kogure (Tokyo and NY)
Aubrey Levinthal at Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY

William Buchina at Slag Gallery, Brooklyn

William Buchina at Slag Gallery, Brooklyn

Starsky Brines at Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany

Not a great photo, but this little portrait caught my eye. Rendered in purple, loaded with paint on the face but better appreciated in person. Looks a bit like a violet Willem DaFoe, eh?


Friday, February 23, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5Pointz verdict (Hyperallergic.com)

A verdict was reached in the controversial 5Pointz graffiti building. As much as the owner has the right to make a living, the judge stated that had he waited til he got the permits and communicated with the artists to whitewash the building, this could have been averted. Artists and developers should take heed: if you want to uplift a building or area with art, and artists are willing to do it, just be clear with eachother before the project(s) begin about expectations. The artists should know beforehand that it's finite until re-development begins, and that they'll be notified in a timely manner to allow for photos and documentation. The artists need to be clear about that, perhaps get something in writing about a timeframe before demo. Both can benefit from a situation like this, and both can avoid legal hassles, heartache and disappointment.
https://hyperallergic.com/426658/judge-rules-developer-must-pay-5pointz-graffiti-artists-6-7m/