chelsea galleries

Opens tonight, Sept 11, 6-8p:

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future
 Nir Hod

Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W27th St., NYC

exhibition of painting and sculpture features a large sculptural work, a snowglobe containing a moving scale model of a pumpjack encased in oil and swirling “snow” comprised of gold-colored flakes, a reflection of the immense wealth generated by the oil trade. Characteristic of Hod’s work is a dark glamour that is both alluring and menacing, exemplified in his three new series of paintings. In I Want Always to be Remembered in Your Heart, smoldering flames are superimposed on delicate flowers, alluding to the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and destruction. - thru Oct 25


Takashi Murakami (b. 1962, Japan)

Part 1 of exhibition views of Takashi Murakami’s In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow at the Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, November 10, 2014 - January 17, 2015

Photographs by Blair Prentice (iheartmyart)

See Part 2 and Part 3 of the photographs from the exhibition.  


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thru Aug 10:

Tara Donovan
Pace Gallery, 534 W25th St., NYC

Presents two new large-scale sculptures comprised from index cards and acrylic rods, respectively. With these works, the artist continues to explore the phenomenological effect of work created through the accumulation of identical objects. Untitled (index cards), the first such work created by Donovan, is a 13’ x 25’ x 30’ sculpture in eight parts comprised of several million 3x5" white cards stacked and glued into scores of interweaving columnar forms combining to reach a summit on each element. Also featured is a newly completed untitled sculpture made with thousands of acrylic rods. Donovan spends months or even years searching for a method of assembly that allows the simple and immutable characteristics of the chosen material to generate complex, emergent phenomena which keep the viewer cycling between perception of the parts and the whole between the forms themselves and the light that surrounds and divides them. The work draws on both Minimalist and formalist histories, while creating a radically new form which embraces complexity and iterative processing.


Now Open: Zhang Huan: Let There Be Light includes Zhang’s largest ash painting to date, measuring 122 feet long. Based on a photograph taken on June 15, 1964, the painting represents Mao Zedong surrounded by the central leaders of his government and over 1,000 loyal followers. The 18-panel work was made by laying it flat on the floor, priming the canvas with preparatory glue and then applying the ash, which is sourced from Buddhist temples in the Shanghai region. The temples know now what I am looking for. When they have enough ash they contact me. and we send a truck and make a donation [in return], Zhang says in an interview with Art Asia Pacific. 

Visit the exhibition at 510 West 25th Street on view through Saturday, December 5.

opens tomorrow:

Anthems for the Mother Earth Goddess
 Brian Adam Douglas, Chris Doyle, Peter Fend
 Katerina Lanfranco, Rigo 23, Kevin Sampson, Saya Woolfalk

Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 Tenth Ave., NYC (b/t 18th & 19th St.)

Andrew Edlin Gallery will host its final exhibition at its Chelsea location (before moving to the Lower East Side) with a presentation by seven artists who were invited to create works related to the environment and install them directly onto the walls, ceilings and floors of the gallery. Each artist has been given a large chunk of the space and seven days and nights to complete their piece. The building will then be demolished some time in the near future.


Hiroshi Sugimoto: A recent review from The Wall Street Journal features Hiroshi Sugimoto’s solo exhibition at Pace: “Mr. Sugimoto (b. Tokyo, 1948) is a master of technique: The pictures taken with a large-format view camera are rich in detail and the prints are luxurious in their tonal range." 

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life, an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs of dioramas taken at the American Museum of Natural History, is on view at 510 West 25th Street, New York, through June 28.