A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mindy Shapero: "Breaking Open the Head"

Mindy Shapero 'Breaking Open the Head," 2011
Mindy Shapero, Installation View 2011

Now that all the kids are back in school and the piles of homework promise to kill the joys of learning in every last one of them.  Have mercy and let them out for air with a brisk walk down to the Marianne Boesky Gallery in Chelsea to see Mindy Shapero's show "Breaking open the Head."
No worries, there is not a spot of blood or brain matter to be found in place but rather wires and tribble-like (see early Star Trek episodes) objects that look like they are the strange things  you hear rattling around in your head when helping with the new math homework. The sculptures are minimalist in style and each piece feels connected to the next.  The clean lines of the wires are lines of an image without the a canvas. The tension of the pieces are in the spin-art looking colors that inhabit  their centers or cling and drip off of them.
Perfect for all ages. 
Marianne Boesky Gallery  509 West 24th street

Stefanie Gutheil,  Installation View 2011
 For your  teens who only respond to something more pop-culture or edgy looking, walk down the street to the Mike Weiss Gallery and check out  the work of German artist  Stefanie Gutheil.   Three-dimensional paintings bursting with color and crazy characters that invade her head will assault yours.  Strange pet-like creature sculptures stare up at you begging to be taken home, but you dare not. The gallery describes the work as Escher-esque and I would just add that  it's more tricked-out than that.  Sounds like too much? Ok,go into the gallery first and see for yourself it's free!  
Perfect for some 14 and up
Mike Weiss Gallery  520 West 24th street