A2G’s Art Picks for New York in May 2015

Posted by The G on May 12, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos and words by G.  Art by Various Artists.

Spring has arrived in New York (thank god!) and now that you can leave your dwelling without wearing 10 layers and still freezing your ass off, take yourself on an art adventure!  Here’s a handful of exhibits you should see, According to G.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley

David Shrigley by David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, located at 532 West 20th Street.  Now showing through May 23, 2015.

Beau - Mechanical Shark Week

Beau – Mechanical Shark Week

“Mechanical Shark Week” by BEAU at Ami Li Projects, located at 66 Mott Street in Chinatown through June 3, 2015.

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

“The English Garden” by Cecily Brown at Maccarone, located at 98 Morton Street through June 20, 2015.

Ron English Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English “Baby Hulk” Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English’s “Baby Hulk” Mural at the corner of Bowery and Houston.  Ongoing (at least until June, 2015) and viewable 24/7.

Closeup of "Baby Hulk" by Ron English

Closeup of “Baby Hulk” by Ron English.  Click to enlarge!

Click on the photo to see all the awesome (and hilarious detail).

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine (Chelsea exhibit pictured)

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine.  Located at 531 West 24th Street in Manhattan and 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn.  Through June 20, 2015.

Yayoi Kusama - Give Me Love 5

Yayoi Kusama – Give Me Love

“Give Me Love” by Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner, located at 519 & 525 West 19th Street through June 13, 2015.

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism (Featuring historically significant works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman and Frank Stella), at Paul Kasmin Gallery located at 515 West 27th Street until July 10, 2015.

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

“The Luminous Poem” by Airan Kang at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, located at 505 West 24th Street through June 13, 2015.

The Whitney Museum.  Now Located in the Meat Packing District.

The Whitney Museum. Now Located in the Meat Packing District.  Photo by Gail Worley.

The Whitney Museum,  now located at 99 Gansevoort Street in New York.

Happy Spring!

Spring 2015 Tulips

Spring 2015 Tulips

 

A2G’s April 2015 Art Picks For New York

Posted by The G on April 13, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Here’s a list of exhibits that are worth checking out if you are in the New York area between now and May 2015.  This beats sitting on the couch and texting, according to G.

I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno

I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno

“Space Forgets You” by John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee Gallery (located at 545 West 20th Street) through May 9, 2015.

Paula Hayes - Gazing Globes 3

Paula Hayes – Gazing Globes

“Gazing Globes” by Paula Hayes.  Through April 19, 2015 at Madison Square Park. (23rd Street and Park Ave).

"God Complex" by Joseph Grazi

“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi

“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi at Joseph Gross Gallery (located at 548 West 28th Street #232) through May 2, 2015.

Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery

Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery

New work by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery (located at 510 West 25th Street) through April 25, 2015.

"Cacophonous" by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery

“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery

“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery (located at 534 West 25th Street) through May 9, 2015.

"Mise-En-Scene" by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery

“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery

“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery (located at 325 West 38th Street) through May 16, 2015.

The Drawing Room - Hans De Op Beek

The Drawing Room – Hans De Op Beeck

“The Drawing Room” by Hans De Op Beeck at Marianne Boesky Gallery (located at 509 West 24th Street) through May 2, 2015.

Katsushika Hokusai - Under The Wave off Kanagawa

Katsushika Hokusai – “Under The Wave off Kanagawa”

Katsushika Hokusai’s (circa 1830-32) iconic “Under The Wave off Kanagawa” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art located at 1000 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street).  Ongoing.

Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum

Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum

Infinite Possibility: Mirror Works and Drawings” by Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum (located at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) through June 3, 2015.

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production (located at 623 West 27th Street) through April 18, 2015.

 

Must See Art: “The Art of the Brick” by Nathan Sawaya

Posted by The G on June 5, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Nathan Sawaya.

The Scream by Edvard Munch by Nathan Sawaya

The Scream by Edvard Munch by Nathan Sawaya

I’ve seen several exhibits by Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya before (“Red” and “In Pieces“) and I’ve really loved them, but his most recent showing “The Art of the Brick” in Times Square takes the cake for awesomeness.  Sawaya has used over 1.2 million legos in his sculptures and the exhibit will appeal to people of all ages.

Starry Night by Van Gogh by Nathan Sawaya

Starry Night by Van Gogh by Nathan Sawaya

Aside from his mind-blowing sculptures, where nearly every one of them on display – and there are over 100 – will make you think “how did he do that?” possibly what I liked the best was the way the exhibit was laid out.  As you walk in, you are in a museum like atmosphere where you see Sawaya’s renderings of some of the most iconic paintings and sculptures of all time.

The Sculpture Garden by Nathan Sawaya

The Sculpture Garden by Nathan Sawaya

As the sculptures are made of Legos, the exhibit will surely be a big hit with children, who may be too young to appreciate art.  By seeing these works, Sawaya potentially exposes and inspires a new generation to explore the vast world of art, and for that alone you should definitely take the kids to see this exhibit.

The Vetruvian Man by DaVinci by Nathan Sawaya

The Vetruvian Man by DaVinci by Nathan Sawaya

After seeing Lego-versions of The Mona Lisa, Starry Night and so many other classics, you will see a bunch of Lego sculptures that will blow your mind.  For example:

Lego Dinosaur!

Lego Dinosaur!

Easter Island Sculpture

Easter Island Sculpture

Hug that pole!

Hug that pole!

I don’t want to spoil the exhibit for you by showing too many pictures, but as you can see from the photos that have been posted, you should not miss this exhibit!!!

The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick

You can get tickets for this exhibit (with location info, museum hours, etc) at this link.

G interacting with Nathan Sawaya's Lego Sculpture

G interacting with Nathan Sawaya’s Lego Sculpture.  Photo by Gail.

“The Poetry of Silence” by Mark Kostabi at Martin Lawrence Gallery

Posted by The G on May 23, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mark Kostabi.

Twister Sister by Mark Kostabi

Twister Sister by Mark Kostabi

New York!  Make sure you head over to Martin Lawrence Galleries in SoHo to check out a new exhibit of works by Mark Kostabi entitled “The Poetry of Silence.”  There is always so much going on in Kostabi’s works, you will find yourself discovering subtleties in his works which dramatically change the meanings of the painitings.  For example, in the work above, the lady appears to be playing a game of Twister, but in fact, the board is a spot painting by Damien Hirst.  It could make for a pretty expensive game!

Art by Mark Kostabi

Art by Mark Kostabi

Mark Kostabi’s art career has endured several decades and in fact he is more successful now than ever!  An accomplished artist, he is also a musician and at the opening night reception for this exhibit, he treated us to a mini-concert with a 3-piece jazz band!

Mark Kostabi (seated at the keyboard)

Mark Kostabi (seated at the keyboard)

If the breadth of Kostabi’s talent fascinates you, you will be blown away that there are dozens of coffee table books featuring his art and his life is also the subject of several documentaries.  He is also one of the only people on the planet who can show with proof that he has a photo with (and in the same shot, no less) with Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat!  Whoa!

Mark Kostabi 2014

Mark Kostabi posing in front of his epic photo with Warhol and Basquiat!

In Arm's Reach

Kostabi!

If you are not already super-impressed, Kostabi also hosts a game show at his studio Kostabi World in Manhattan where contestants compete for cash prizes to name his paintings.

Mark Kostabi 2014

Mark Kostabi 2014

From my experiences in the art world, I can say without a doubt that Kostabi ranks at the top of the list as a person you want to get to know.   Not only has Kostabi “made it,” so to speak, but he has done so on his own terms and he is and extremely nice and generous to those in his inner circle.  According to G, those are his greatest accomplishments because very few artists can honestly say the same thing.  Well done, Mark!

Mark Kostabi 2014

Mark Kostabi 2014

Get to know Mark Kostabi at his exhibit “The Poetry of Silence” which is showing at Martin Lawrence Gallery (located at 457 West Broadway) in New York through the end of June 2014.

10 Art Shows Worth Seeing In Chelsea – March 2014

Posted by The G on March 11, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Here are 10 art exhibits worth your time in New York in March 2014:

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas – “Nud Nob” at Gladstone Gallery (located at West 24th Street) through April 26, 2014.

Desire Obtain Cherish

Desire Obtain Cherish

Desire Obtain Cherish – “We Are Known By The Company We Keep” at Unix Gallery – through May 6, 2014.

Gary Taxali

Gary Taxali

Gary Taxali – “Unforget Me” at Jonathan Levine Gallery through March 22, 2014.

How and Nosm

How and Nosm

How and Nosm – “Way Things Are” at Pace Prints through April 5, 2014.

Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell

“New Work” by Jim Campbell at Bryce Wolkowitz – through April 19, 2014

Jordan Wolfson

Jordan Wolfson

Jordan Wolfson at David Zwirner through April 19, 2014.

Julie Opermann

Julie Oppermann

Julie Oppermann – “Palinopsia” at Joshua Liner Gallery through March 29, 2014.

Thrush Holmes

Thrush Holmes

Thrush Holmes – “More” at Mike Weiss Gallery through April 5, 2014.

Kevin Cyr

Kevin Cyr

Kevin Cyr – “Right Place, Right Time” at Jonathan Levine Gallery – through March 22, 2014

Chloe Wise

Chloe Wise

Various Artists – “The Last Brucennial” at 837 Washington Street through April 4, 2014.

 

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