Thursday, October 11, 2018

 


50 Years: An Anniversary

A Benefit Exhibition for March For Our Lives

October 10 – November 3, 2018
524 W 26th Street 

Thank you Paula Cooper for your presence and enormous contributions to art history. 

This extraordinary show, “50 Years: An Anniversary” celebrates the October 1968 opening of the Paula Cooper Gallery, the first art gallery in SoHo at 96-100 Prince Street. This fiftieth anniversary show in 2018 includes artworks from that time period by the original artists: Carl Andre, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Bill Bollinger, Dan Flavin, Robert Huot, Will Insley, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Murray, Doug Ohlson, and Robert Ryman.

On view at 524 West 26th Street, is Carl Andre’s original 1968 work, composed of twenty-eight found bricks laid end-to-end directly on the floor, which challenged traditional conceptions of material, labor and value.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017

At The Met Breuer
September 6–December 2, 2018

Technological Totem Pole

Jack Whitten

(American, Bessemer, Alabama 1939–2018)
Date: 2013
Medium: Black mulberry, metal, Gortynis marble,
Braun alarm clock, mixed media.



I too was raised in Alabama in the 60's. Mobile is on the Gulf Coast and south of Bessemer, and had its activism that was very grassroots.

Jack and I were friendly in the naissance of the SoHo art community. The late 1960's and early 1970's energy of creative exploration is evident in this body of Jack's work. I am ever so grateful to the Met for mounting such an intelligent and well curated show.

This exhibition presents the extraordinary and previously unknown sculptures of acclaimed American artist Jack Whitten (1939–2018). Whitten's sculptures, which he first created in New York and later at his summer home on Crete, consist of carved wood, often in combination with found materials sourced from his local environment, including bone, marble, paper, glass, nails, and fishing line. Inspired by art-historical sources rooted in Africa, the ancient Mediterranean, and the Southern United States, Whitten's sculptures not only address the themes of place, memory, family, and migration, they also give expression to a transnational, cosmopolitan perspective. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

At The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters
May 10–October 8, 201


In this magnificent installation we see the influence of religious art on innovative fashions. This Met exhibition is extravagant and heavenly!!

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

The visual reference of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present are shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.

For more on this extravagant spectacle click on Met Museum.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Georgia O'Keefe in Brooklyn

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

The exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum through July 23, 2017  is organized in sections that run from her early years, when O’Keeffe crafted a signature style of dress that dispensed with ornamentation; to her years in New York, in the 1920s and 1930s, when a black-and-white palette dominated much of her art and dress; and to her later years in New Mexico, where her art and clothing changed in response to the surrounding colors of the Southwestern landscape.

The final section explores the enormous role photography played in the artist’s reinvention of herself in the Southwest, when a younger generation of photographers visited her, solidifying her status as a pioneer of modernism and as a contemporary style icon.

It was an intimate visit with Georgia OK - I felt as if I was going thru her closets and shopping with Georgia at Marimekko.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland


   


















        
Norman Kleeblatt's masterfully curated show of Charlemagne Palestine's vision is full of humor. Bear Mitzvah, at the Jewish Museum, is contemplative and bursting with a rainbow of color and whimsy.

The teddy bear’s invention in 1902 by an immigrant couple in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where Palestine was born has become a near obsession for the artist. The first bear was hand sewn by Morris and Rose Michtom as a tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt following his much publicized hunting trip during which he refused to shoot a bear cub that had been readied for his aim. The incident was popularized by the prominent illustrator Clifford Berryman’s cartoons in the Washington Post. The Michtoms, along with the rest of America, became fascinated by the story and thus dubbed the newly invented toy “Teddy’s bear.” The bear’s invention quickly became a commercial and media success

Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland, March 17 - August 6, 2017. The Jewish Museum, NY.

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Birthday

                                                                                                   Gordon Parks

I was raised in Mobile, Alabama. Today, on Martin Luther King's birthday, I happened upon a Gordon Parks photo - a true miracle.  “Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping, Mobile, Alabama,” (1956).  Mr. Parks has captured the feel and texture of that time in Alabama.

This photo was taken at the entrance of my family's department store.

Segregation Story: Gordon Parks continues at Salon 94 Bowery (243 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan) through January 17. Photos from the same series are currently also on view in Gordon Parks: A Segregation Story 1956 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery (118 North Peoria Street, Chicago) through February 20.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Monk With A Camera

Nicky in Central Park
I had the great pleasure to see the magnificent movie, "Monk With A Camera".  Seeing Nicolas Vreeland's spiritual journey was inspiring in this intimate and honest documentary.

Nicky with the Dalai Lama
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position.

You can watch the film on line. Click to download the film.  

 
Nicholas Vreeland


Nicky Vreeland's photos can be viewed. Please click to see portfolio.