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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cindy Sherman: Imagined Self

Untitled, 2010/2012
Cindy Sherman/Metro Pictures NY
 If you'd like to introduce your children to work of artist Cindy Sherman and want to pass on the exhibit at the MoMA, take them to Metro Pictures Gallery in Chelsea.  You will find gorgeous images that are breathtaking in size.  Ms. Sherman takes photographs of herself in scenarios that she creates with props, make-up and costumes in her studio.  More recently she has used photoshop to create imaginary landscapes and digital techniques to manipulate  her facial features.  Her exploration of self through character creation is something that children instinctively do as they form their inner and outer lives. Ask your children what they see in her character's expressions, body language, dress and location and what it tells them about the character.  As they view the photographs the they may imagine themselves as different characters and create their own fables. Perfect for all.  Exhibit ends June 9th.
Metro Pictures Gallery  519 West 24th
Credit:  Image courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sheila Hicks: Fiber Artist

Fiber arts always sounds to me like arts and craft projects offered at summer camp but the work of fiber artist Sheila Hicks is anything but. The Sikkema Jenkins Gallery  is currently showing an exhibit of some of her sculptures and smaller pieces.  She weaves a world of wonder and forms made from cords of,cotton, linen, leather, steel, rubber and more.  Some pieces tumble down from the ceiling like water and others are small, with  intricately woven objects into the fibers, like feathers, porcupine quills and stones. Ms. Hicks has been at it for over 50 years and she is a master.  The exhibit is up until June 2nd. Perfect for all.
Sikkema Jenkins Gallery 530 West 22nd street
image top center: 
"Oracle from Constantinople" , 2008-10 Linen  96x68x10
image right:
"Menhir," 1998-2004 (foreground)
"Shadow of Oracle from Constantinople," 1997

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Anish Kapoor : Mass and Madness

It's hard not to feel overwhelmed when you first encounter the new sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor on view at the Gladstone gallery on 21street. This massive metal egg shaped structure looks like it may have just landed from outer space.  It's large opening allows you to look into it's cavernous emptiness.  The adventurous may want to go in but the gallery thinks you better not.  Its warm rust color and mysterious darkness takes up most of the gallery space and your mind.   This exhibit is part of two part project.  The second exhibition is at the Gladstone galleries 24th location.  There you will find sculptures that have no form in the traditional sense but have taken on shapes on their own as all the layers of poured concrete kept on coming.  Think a soft serve ice cream machine on the blitz.  All the nooks and crannies are endless.
Perfect for all.  The  exhibits are up until June 9th at both locations
Gladstone Gallery
530 West 21st
515 West 24th