Sunday, September 28, 2008

NYC Art On The Streets and In The Galleries

Art everywhere...the election campaign has been going on long enough that this Obama poster has become part of a street art collage.

While shooting photos for a project in the oldest part of Manhattan's Chinatown, I happened to come upon one of The New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson. This is one of 4 in the city, the works are monumental in scale, and stunning. For more images see

And of course this experience sums up what is so great about never know what interesting thing you will find. It's one gigantic visual treasure hunt.
While the bloated and extravagant feel of the Chelsea Galleries can sometimes remind one of the excesses of Wall Street.......there are plenty of interesting exhibits there. My personal favorites (of those I saw...missed many) starting with those closing soonest.
Collages made out of money. Sounds trite. Isn't. Unfortunately, the photos don't really give a sense of the 3 dimensional quality of the work.
Again, I'm afraid, the 3 dimensional aspect of the work doesn't come through. These pieces were really breathtaking....most of them are quite large. They have an all encompassing you are there in the work "The Falls" pieces above, or the wonderful JMW Turner paintings that were on view until recently at the Met.
Jay Kelly: Sculptures & Drawings Sep 13 - Oct 25, 2008
Beautiful, small and intense works.
Cecily Brown at Gagosian: 9/28/08
Abstract expressionism, this time mixed with images from lanscapes.
Jean McClung
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