A (very) hectic week in the art world in NYC (Part II)
• On Thursday morning, I went to visit the gallery of my fellow Venezuelan, Henrique Faria. Henrique has an amazing eye and his gorgeous gallery on 67th street off of Madison Avenue, has the most beautiful light! I actually went to see an exquisitely-curated exhibit of Argentinean artists Margarita Paksas and Horacio Zabala. The show consists completely of works on paper, and has political overtones relating to South America in the 1970s. This is what the NY Times had to say about the exhibition: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/arts/design/28galleries-001.html
As a bonus, when I was visiting Henrique, I met Venezuelan artist Jose Gabriel Fernandez, who creates the most stunning molded wood and gessoed sculptures. Watch out for him and remember his name!
• On Thursday night I went to a private talk with the young and super talented artist Johannes VanDerBeek as part of his exhibition Another Time Man at the Zach Feuer Gallery. I really enjoyed meeting Johannes and listening to his experience as an artist, along with the sources of his inspiration. I was particularly interested in his concept of what images are left on the mind after we see it, and what remains in our memories when we don’t see that object anymore. In my opinion, his most genius pieces, all sold out, are wonderful human size mesh sculptures that are precisely ethereal ghosts. The NY times also weighed in on this show: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/arts/design/02sculpture.html?src=mv Brilliant!
• Finally, on Friday, I went to visit my friends at Lehmann Maupin in Chelsea where the exhibit of Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary “Light Darkness” is at the end of its run in the gallery. Her works are mostly large-scale paintings. The technique involves tiny, little words in a cryptic language repeated over and over. Seeing her pieces from a close vantage point, the images might look like a fishnet, a snake skin or even a honeycomb. Upon closer inspection, it’s possible to see each of the words, which reveals the level of detail and the enormous amount of focus that Shirazeh imprints on her work. Coming to Lehmann in a few weeks there will be an interesting group show of up and coming young artists. Very exciting!
This is sample of a regular week for me. It’s –no doubt- lots of fun and the level of visual stimulation is through the roof. I’m happy I can get to do this for a living, it really is very rewarding!