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New York City Art – Gallery Insider: May 8-May 12

Posted Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 at 11:01 am by GalleryInsider in Cultural Bees. More in 10011

It seems that beautiful weather is here for good, so there’s no better time to walk from gallery to gallery in search of the best art, best people watching, and best open bar. This week, our anonymous Gallery Insider gives the rundown on events celebrating the work of Louise Lawler, Stuart Hawkins, Delia Brown, Christopher Wool, Robert Therrien, Neo Rauch, and Anish Kapoor.


Thursday May 8th

Louise Lawler, “Sucked In, Blown Out, Obviously Indebted or One Foot in Front of the Other”, Metro Pictures 519 West 24th Street, 6-8 pm
Louise Lawler consistently, and beautifully, photographs how we look at art, and the way presentation impacts its meaning. Whether this means photographs of auction house storage rooms or the installation of an impeccable Warhol in an Upper East Side townhouse, she makes looking at how we look at art a valuable and interesting idea. As an added bonus, if my memory serves me right, Metro serves wine, rather than beer…

Stuart Hawkins, “Deluxe”, Zach Feuer Gallery, 530 West 24th Street, 6-8 pm
Zach Feuer Gallery is one of those places where everyone sits up and takes notice of who they are showing. You’ll find everyone from collectors to students at their openings. Hawkins, based in New York and Nepal, is a photographer and video artist who for this show photographed her collaboration with local artists in Kolkata, India to build oversized versions of items one would find in a luxury resort. Look for a creative critique of the global disparity of wealth at this show

Delia Brown, “Precious”, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, 6-8 pm
Delia Brown’s paintings—sensuous and beguiling—once looked at illicit activities, but this new series depicts the artist as a mother—with children borrowed from her friends. This fact definitely brings an edge to what might have otherwise been reduced to beautiful paintings of women basking in the glow of motherhood.

Friday May 9th

Christopher Wool, Luhring Augustine Gallery, 531 West 24th Street, 6-8 pm
If abstract painting is your thing, head here.

Robert Therrien, Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, 6-8 pm
Step into Robert Therrien’s show and you’ll think you’re wearing red-tinted glasses. It took Therrien 7 years to bring together 888 red objects behind a set of Dutch doors. You’ll just have to see it to believe it. Expect the crowd to be a bit snooty, but if you just focus on the art, they aren’t too bad.

Monday May 12

Neo Rauch, David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street, 6-8 pm

Zwirner always shows the crème de la crème, and Neo Rauch is no exception. This show of epic new paintings follows his 2007 solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This new group of works springs from a fascination with the figure and the mysterious process by which each painting develops from dreams and real situations. Rauch’s works are as inspired by Old Masters as they are by contemporary painters, so even if you’re usually just a fan of Michelangelo, Vermeer, and a dash of Botticelli, Rauch’s work will make you feel right at home in the present.

Anish Kapoor, Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street & 530 West 21st Street, 6-8 pm

Kapoor’s abstract sculptures set the standard for the sublime and sensual use of materials, always taking into account the viewer’s interaction with the objects. Enjoy disappearing into his impressive creations that are inspired by mythology’s enduring impact on the present. This show inaugurates Gladstone’s new 21st Street space, so look out for an extra-festive atmosphere.

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