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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

David Rathman: Let's See What Stirs

Race cars, football players,  car crashes are not typically subjects in watercolor paintings but the artist David Rathman is not going for traditional in his current show at the Larissa Goldston Gallery.  Mr. Rathman focuses on competiveness in masculine contemporary culture.  He also exhibits a 9 min short film made from story boards of cinematic watercolors called "Strange Arithmetic"  an homage to the Old West and Spaghetti Westerns.  Perfect for all with a big nod to your little sports fans.  The show is up until May 12th.
Larissa Goldston Gallery  551 West 21st
Top Image: "Let's See What Stirs," 2012  David Rathman
Right Image: "Jeremy Roenick," 2012  David Rathman

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ernesto Neto: Slow iis Good

At last, an art exhibit that you won't have to keep your kids from touching or even climbing on.  In fact you can take your shoes off and climb right on in with them.  The Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, presents his new sculptures at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, in an exhibit called "Slow iis Good."  The sculptures were hand crocheted  by a group of women in a small village in Brazil.  Made from of polypropylene and polyester cord, they hang from the ceiling and are filled with small plastic balls at the bottom to form a path.  You and your kids can sit and admire at the beautiful soft structures and their vibrant colors or just enjoy a walk within its form.  There are also other pieces on the second floor of the gallery that are like swings and large hammocks. The sculptures are very soothing to hangout in and you'll be tempted to take a nap. Slow is definitely good.  Perfect for all.  Only three people in the sculptures at a time.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 521 West 21st
Top image: "The Island Bird," 2012  Ernesto Neto
Right image: "Sun Lits Life, Let the Sun," 2012 Ernesto Neto

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paul Graham: The Present

34th Street, 4th June 2010, 3.12.58 pm

© Paul Graham, 2012 
o courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery and The Pace Gallery, New York
gallery view
The Pace Gallery
 The ordinary activity of walking to and from our destinations is hardly anything to get excited about much less photograph, right?  Wrong.   In the current exhibit at the Pace Gallery, photographer Paul Graham captures the deluge of drama and details that  surround us as we walk past each other  on the streets of New York City.  The diptych above shows a woman in the left image wearing a smiley face t-shirt and crying into her hand,  while in the adjacent image she is gone, and another interesting person has taken her place.  As in the streets of the city, the visual connection we make with the subjects are as fascinating as they are fleeting. Much of the work has been hung just inches from the floor, or at "street" level.  This is a great plus for your smaller children, who can now really survey the scene.  Perfect for all.  Exhibit runs until April 21st.
The Pace Gallery  545 West 22nd 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dionisio Gonzalez FAVELAS

Nova HeliĆ³polis III, 2004

Dionisio Gonzalez 

courtesy of Galerie Richard

The photographer Dionisio Gonzalez can be considered to be a virtual architect.  He digitally interweaves real and fictional images to create a new vision for his subject: the Favelas or shantytowns of Brazil. The grim reality of poor housing conditions and unemployment stands out  with the imagined modern structural "renovations" that the artist has digitally created. They conspicuously sit side by side unbeknownst to the locals with only the brilliant sunlight to expose their improbable arrangement.  Perfect for most.  The exhibit is up until April 7th. 

Galerie Richard 514 West 24th st.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls

 "Elephant Drinking, Amboseli,"2007, by Nick Brandt is on view at the Hasted Kraeutler gallery in Chelsea,  along with his other breathtaking photographs of elephants, lions,  and other mammals of East Africa who are in danger of extinction because of poachers or environmental crimes.  Visit
with your children and watch their faces as they commune with the intimate portraits  of a vanishing world. Perfect for all.  Exhibit runs till May 19th.
image: "Courtesy of Nick Brandt / Hasted Kraeutler, NYC"
Hasted Kraeutler 537 West 24th