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

Friday, April 22, 2011

Stan Douglas: Midcentury Studio

"Suspect, 1950" Stan Douglas, 2010  courtesy David Zwirner Gallery
Your Nancy Drew's and Hardy boys will enjoy unraveling the mysterious scenes depicted  in Stan Douglas's  photographs on view at the David Zwirner gallery, through April 23rd.  Hyperreality in black and white,  the images are perfectly lit, staged and crafted like stills from old Hollywood films or  news photographs.  You'll see a covered up crime scene,  a sideshow knife thrower, a suspect in the backseat of a cop car, the curious and the exotic.  Each image evokes a time when the public was not yet jaded by drama. With a giant nod to  Weegee and lesser known Canadian, Raymond Munro, Mr. Douglas takes on the persona of  a tabloid press photographer bringing gritty reality to us, "hot off the press." Perfect for: 8 and up.

David Zwirner Gallery 525 West 19th street.

Thornton Dial: Sweet Refuse

"We all live under the same old flag"  2010
Thornton Dial  courtesy,  Edlin Gallery
Thornton Dial hails from Bessemer, Alabama.  Born in 1928, he has worked as a brick layer, carpenter, and a welder for a railway-carriage factory.  He is a renown self-taught artist who works  in the Southern African-American tradition of homemade yard art constructed by using, found objects, fabrics, metals, and wood.   A selection of his mixed-media paintings and sculptures is on view now at the Andrew Edlin gallery at 18th street and 10th Avenue through September 18th.
Each spirited piece has an urgent message.  Their themes touch upon, war, racism, bigotry and  homelessness.  The gallery is small but becomes large when standing in front of each of Mr. Dial's three-dimentional pieces.  They are expansive in breadth and powerful in message.
-Edna Suarez
Perfect for:  Ages 12 and up
The Andrew Edlin Gallery 134 10th Avenue