“Opening Night,” Carter Goodrich’s cover for the new issue, depicts a curious scene familiar to anyone who has visited Chelsea on a Thursday night: gallery visitors who appear more interested in each other than they do in the art.
Despite her assertive pose, Dutch painter Hannah van Bart’s enigmatic young lady appears to literally blend into the background as a shape-shifting wall the color of her dress manifests over her chest. (At Marianne Boesky Gallery through Feb 4th.)
Hannah van Bart, Untitled, oil on linen, 39 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches, 2016.
Olivia Locher I Fought the Law Steven Kasher Gallery NYC
Great show and great content. Olivia Locher breaks the most esoteric laws that are on the books in each state and photographs the law being broken. Great work and great concept. Check it out through October 21, 2017. Buy the signed book for only $18.
‘Rest During The Flight Into Egypt’ broaches the subject of migration in Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie’s latest solo show at Pace Gallery in Chelsea. Here, two kids wait on a railroad track in front of a heaving, blood-red landscape wearing masks that disguise their faces but not the damage inflicted upon them. (On view through Feb 18th).
Adrian Ghenie, Rest During the Flight Into Egypt, oil on canvas, 7’ 10 ½ inches x 9’ 6 ¼ inches x 2 inches, 2016.
Amazing show of Mark Ryden’s latest work. Amazing amount of detail to his process from painting on a lift with rollers to manufacturing the frames overseas to exacting specifications. There is no other world like his. Even the Fan Mom and Daughter dressed up and brought their favorite Mark Ryden dolls. It’s a macabre world where innocence and the gruesome comingal in an ethereal world. Check it out through January 23, 2016.
Displayed on a lightbox, Canadian artist Rodney Graham’s staged photographs are enticing, glowing portals into the past. In this unlikely scenario, a jazz drummer from yesteryear uses his kit as a table for a traditional meal of Salisbury Steak. (At 303 Gallery in Chelsea through June 2nd).
Rodney Graham, Dinner Break (Salisbury Steak), printed aluminum lightbox with transmounted chromogenic transparency, 44 5/8 x 34 5/8 x 7 inches, 2017.
Polish painter Paulina Olowska’s series of female figures suggest strong personalities; this shadowy character is based on gardener Valerie Finnis, who confessed to having once put plants before people. (At Metro Pictures in Chelsea through Dec 22nd).
Paulina Olowska, The Gardener after Valerie Finnis, oil and acrylic on canvas, 86 5/8 x 70 7/8, 2016.