September 09, 2005

Shock'N' Awe - Chelsea openings



The art season starts with a lot of galleries first-out-of-the-gate openings. Not much shock and a little awe. Maybe more like awe shucks with David Ellis at Jessica Murray. Orlan looks good at Stefan Stux. I'd say she's doing a battle with Picasso using the African mask motif of the "Demoiselles D'Avignon." Didn't go to the Gordon Matta-Clark show at White Columns but then again I was there when he originally did the work. Rob says that when you see cartoon inspired art the market is either about to expand or about to crash. My observation is that the art market is tied to the real estate market. After people buy their new condos they need to "decorate." Noah Baen's piece at Art Gotham (547 w.27) was fun but you needed to know how it got there. He collected all the plants that were growing out of the cracks in sidewalks and vacant lots in Chelsea. A latter day Robert Smithson with no hubris. Philip-Lorca Dicorcia has big cibachromes of exotic pole dancers. Noah's comment was it harkens back to the Beaux Arts tradition of the last turn of the century. His comment was nice I said it catered to CEO's who hang out in "gentlemen's clubs." Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner is cartoony-cute. the plush and furry Saskwatch sculpture were kinda funny but the whole thing is Canadienne "lite weight." Paul Brach's show at Flomenhaft (547 w.27th) of hand painted Op Art is refreshingly good. He's a 2nd generation AbEx. These guys were on the wane when I blew into town in the early seventies. If I were investing in Art I'd buy these cause their undervalued.

Posted by gh at September 9, 2005 11:11 PM