Spring has finally come to New York City and we’re making the most of these first few balmy days with leisurely strolls through the gallery districts.
This week, New York based Gemini G.E.L. at Jonio Moisant Weyl will be showcasing a special group of Robert Rauschenberg prints called the Hoarfrost Editions. The name of this series is derived from the unlikely but delicate image of ice crystals congealing on top of a fragile blade of grass. This image is important because it is reflected in the very composition of the prints in this series. All of the eight works on display are built on a foundation of either silk or chiffon only to be topped with printed material. In the case of these works, the support material is lighter than the printed material in the same way that a blade of grass is lighter than a crystal formation. One cannot support the other and yet the effect is one of beauty because the crystal produces a glistening glow just as the prints produce soft wave-like motions at the slightest movement of a passerby. Rauschenberg is deeply concerned with the notion of the effect in these works. This group of prints is also significant because they convey Rauschenberg’s attitudes about artistic practice through their composition as well. Rauschenberg completed this series of prints between the years 1974 and 1976 in collaboration with the Gemini G.E.L workshop. Rauschenberg believed strongly in the collaborative nature of printmaking and in keeping with this belief continued to make prints out of this workshop up until the time of his death. In effect this exhibit is a meditation on practice and process in the world of the artist. Be sure to go see this exhibit, Robert Rauschenberg: Hoarfrost Editions 1974. It is on view now through the 23rd of May.
On a gloomy, overcast Wednesday afternoon in Cologne, the European art set descended upon the city for this year’s annual Art Cologne fair. As the focus of the German art scene shifts increasingly to Berlin and the European art scene has already shifted to Basel, the devolution of influence has moved decidedly away from the Rhineland. Nevertheless, a quick glance of the list of exhibitors reveals that the art powerhouses David Zwirner, Thaddaeus Ropac, and Hauser & Wirth are not yet ready to concede their presence.
Now that New York’s ice age is finally over, we can’t wait to spend afternoons gallery hopping through Chelsea. Take a look at some of our favorite openings tonight.
This week, New York based gallery Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art is hosting a group show of Russell Sharon, Jeff Muhs and Bradley Narduzzi Rex. The exhibit, entitled, Horizons, will display acrylic and oil paintings on canvas concentrating on color and the compositional effects of a bold division in the picture plane accentuated through a representational horizon. Specifically, Russell Sharon’s most recent large scale paintings evoke the idea of the visual horizon in a more literal sense; though upon further review provide a much more captivating visual experience through bold sections of dramatic color.
Aaron Curry: From Texas Kid to International Art Star
Aaron Curry is one of those exceptional artists who has stayed true to his own unique style while taking his career and work to the next level. So, how did the soft-spoken Texas kid grow up to become an internationally acclaimed art star?
Mid career artists are often confronted with the creative challenge of maintaining their own unique style while exploring new ideas and concepts to take their career to the next level. At 41, Aaron Curry is an artist who finds himself in the middle of this period. Contrary to some of his contemporaries, he’s defying expectations by continually building on his early success - by showing impressive consistency and exploring new materials and mediums within his distinctive style rather than trying to reinvent himself and his art. Curry’s outdoor exhibition in New York’s Lincoln Center plaza late last year gave the artist well-deserved public exposure that could potentially be viewed as a breakthrough moment. The 14 piece show featured Curry’s trademark brightly colored abstract figurative sculptures.