1. Be a realist. Expect the impossible! Ian Davis at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

    Be a realist. Expect the impossible! Ian Davis at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

    Be a realist. Expect the impossible! Ian Davis at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

    In 2012 an 84 year-old Roman Catholic nun and two male companions cut through three fences at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  They then waltzed into the very center of the ‘most secure’ nuclear facility in America and conducted an anti-war/anti-nuclear ritual by writing peace slogans on the walls, throwing a little human blood on stuff, stringing up police crime scene…

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  2. New Sculptures by Deborah Butterfield at Danese / Corey

    New Sculptures by Deborah Butterfield at Danese / Corey

    New Sculptures by Deborah Butterfield at Danese / Corey

    New Sculptures by Deborah Butterfield at Danese / CoreyOne of the highlights of the Chelsea opening night last week was Deborah Butterfield’s striking sculptures of horses, apparently made out of drift wood or ‘found’ wood. This was the type of show where people entered the gallery and immediately said, “Wow, this is amazing. How did she do that?”  That’s important, of course.  The artist has to arrest the viewer visually, first, before the…

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  3. Mark Beard’s Alter Egos at ClampArt

    Mark Beard’s Alter Egos at ClampArt

    Mark Beard's Alter Egos at ClampArt

    Mark Beard's Alter Egos at ClampArtSeveral months ago I wandered into ClampArt on a Saturday afternoon and saw that the gallery was primarily filled with large homo-erotic oil paintings attributed to Bruce Sargeant (1898 – 1938). There was also a nicely sized collection of his apparent mentor, Hippolyte Alexander Michallon (1849 – 1930). Sargeant’s work seemed more interesting to me, however, as it was a strange cross between…

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  4. Satan Ceramics at Salon 94

    Satan Ceramics at Salon 94

    Satan Ceramics at Salon 94

    Satan Ceramics at Salon 94

    Cyclops, 2014 Tom Sachs Porcelain, stereo components, bamboo, and Sharpie markers

    Cyclops, 2014 by Tom Sachs
    Porcelain, stereo components, bamboo, and Sharpie markers

    When Michelle Grabner curated the Whitney Bienniala line was drawn, a declaration that there is a clear role of ceramics in the contemporary “high“ art discourse. So let the battle begin. Who is to use this material now as an “artist”? What is the material’s overall purpose in and out of…

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  5. Swarm the world: the butterfly project by Tasha Lewis

    Swarm the world: the butterfly project by Tasha Lewis

    Swarm the world: the butterfly project by Tasha Lewis

    Swarm the world: the butterfly project by Tasha LewisMy name is Tasha Lewis and I want to share with you the story of my global collaborative street art project Swarm The World. For the past two and a half years I have been working full time as a visual artist. In my sculpture and installation art, I create new hand-made versions of natural specimens. Starting in July of 2012, I began making butterflies from cyanotype photographs that I released…

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  6. Christopher Le Brun: At Once Covered and New

    Christopher Le Brun: At Once Covered and New

    Christopher Le Brun at Friedman Benda

    Christopher Le Brun at Friedman Benda

    Two painintgs by Christopher Le Brun photo from Friedman Benda Gallery

    Two painintgs by Christopher Le Brun photo from Friedman Benda Gallery

    Into each life of an artist, some paint must fall. But depending on the intent, does it fall accidentally or deliberately to enforce the old or define the new? These are the push-pull dynamics explored in the latest show of Christopher Le Brun at Friedman Benda for his opening of New…

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  7. PICTURE THIS: Ted Lawson Is Staking New Territory

    PICTURE THIS: Ted Lawson Is Staking New Territory

    Another great art night in Chelsea

    Another great art night in Chelsea

    (L-R) Joseph Gross with artist Ted Lawson

    (L-R) Joseph Gross with artist Ted Lawson

    The electric backdrop of art at Joseph Gross Gallery

    The electric backdrop of art at Joseph Gross Gallery

    Viewing the work of Ted Lawson

    Viewing the work of Ted Lawson

    There is a new frontier in this part of Chelsea as the newly launched Joseph Gross Gallery (taking over the majority of the space that was ArtNow NY) featured the amazing technical based fine art of Ted Lawson for his show The Map Is Not…

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  8. PICTURE THIS: Very Colorful Vistas at Danziger Gallery

    PICTURE THIS: Very Colorful Vistas at Danziger Gallery

    A good crowd at David Benjamin Sherry opening in Danziger Gallery

    A good crowd at David Benjamin Sherry opening in Danziger Gallery

    Artist David Benjamin Sherry

    Artist David Benjamin Sherry

    David Benjamin Sherry opening at Danziger Gallery

    David Benjamin Sherry opening at Danziger Gallery

    Perusing the work of David Benjamin Sherry

    Perusing the work of David Benjamin Sherry

    David Benjamin Sherry is the new Ansel Adams on a Kool-Aid trip as his mono-color photographs testified super saturated majestic views for his show that opened last Sept. 11th at Danziger Gallery. AF came and…

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  9. Vegan Fashion Kills The Old Dress Code

    Vegan Fashion Kills The Old Dress Code

    Alexander Gray (in orange jacket) with the designer and models

    Alexander Gray (in orange jacket) with the designer and models

    Vegan Grade Couture deserve Vegan Shoes

    Vegan Grade Couture deserve Vegan Shoes

    With the FALL art season in full swing, I almost forgot that it coincided with New York Fashion Week for Spring 2015. If there were a miracle mash up where both art and fashion can happen in one event, it would be sheer heaven. My prayers got answered last weekend when a friend of mine who is a…

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  10. a once imagined ocean: David McQueen at Kim Foster Gallery

    a once imagined ocean: David McQueen at Kim Foster Gallery

    A once imagined ocean: David McQueen at Kim Foster Gallery

    Why did New York City become one of the centers of the world banking system?  It started with shipping. Before Wall Street there was South Street, and this is where the ‘rise’ of New York City began. New York Harbor is, actually, the deepest harbor in the western hemisphere and it was easier to bring in huge cargos to South Street than it was to bring them to the other places along the coast. …

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  11. Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery

    Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery

    Kent Henricksen's Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery

    Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue at The Lodge Gallery

    More amazing work by Henricksen

    More amazing work by Henricksen

    After a couple of days of attending openings for this new season, we stopped by The Lodge Gallery to see Kent Henricksen’s Disharmony in Blue and Gold. This show is captivating, manipulating and controlling all at the same time. The first thing you see as you walk in are a large number of golden stakes that…

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  12. Artist llustrates Unjust World Masked by Color

    Artist llustrates Unjust World Masked by Color

    Liu Bolin, In Junk Food No. 3, 2014 Acrylic on copper, 14 1/8 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches (36 x 36 x 26 cm)

    Liu Bolin, In Junk Food No. 3, 2014
    Acrylic on copper, 14 1/8 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches (36 x 36 x 26 cm)

    Liu Bolin, Hiding in New York No. 9 - Gun Rack, 2013

    Liu Bolin, Hiding in New York No. 9 – Gun Rack, 2013

    The Klein Sun Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting several new painted sculptures, photographs, and lightboxes by Liu Bolin for his exhibition titled A Colorful World?

    The works in this show reflect the many colorful advertisements, and…

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  13. The Art Of Burning Man

    The Art Of Burning Man

    Between Dimensions, Nathan Kandus (image by Evan Novis) These two 20’x30’ walls consist of 794 projection screens that create fractals as people move through them.

    Between Dimensions, Nathan Kandus (image by Evan Novis)
    These two 20’x30’ walls consist of 794 projection screens that create fractals as people move through them.

    Invisible, Kirsten Berg (image by Evan Novis) (In)Visible is a juncture of forms and light. Its sleek, shimmering cuboid forms rise 21’ high, creating a balanced pillar of prisms.

    Invisible, Kirsten Berg (image by Evan Novis)
    (In)Visible is a juncture of forms and light. Its sleek, shimmering cuboid forms rise 21’ high, creating a balanced pillar of prisms.

    “Take a look at some of the massive installations from…

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  14. The playground of the fantastical at Galerie Protégé

    The playground of the fantastical at Galerie Protégé

    The playground of the fantastical at Galerie Protégé

    The playground of the fantastical at Galerie Protégé

    Artist Maria Lynch

    Last week was the opening night for the new season and we couldn’t wait to hit the Chelsea streets chasing the next distinctive show. We initiated our Gallery walk at Galerie Protégé to see The Playground of the Fantastical. Galerie Protégé is part of Chelsea Frames and the brain child of Jaclyn Acker. The gallery, which is located downstairs, has been transformed into a…

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  15. Lost Time by Jean Lowe at McKenzie Fine Art

    Lost Time by Jean Lowe at McKenzie Fine Art

    Ephemera (Lost Dog), 2013 Casein on paper 19 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches


    Ephemera (Lost Dog), 2013, Casein on paper
    19 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches

    The work of Jean Lowe caught my eye in 2010 when she presented her ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ show at McKenzie Fine Art in Chelsea (I was happy to see this gallery on Orchard Street now). 2010 was the first time I had seen her quite funny papier-mâché and enamel books with titles like: Who’s Who in American Prisons, What Would Satan Eat?,…

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