On a nice quick jaunt through Chelsea yesterday I bumped into Jonathan from Art21 and a couple of his charming friends. We strolled (sprinted) to as many shows as we could before I had to roll on (like deodorant).
The looming, char-black pieces of wood in Leonardo Drew’s ceiling-high sculptures and Vic Muniz’s playful/pensive momento mori skeleton photos. The skeletons are “drawn” by all kinds of detritus laid out on the floor which is then photographed from above.
El Anatsui’s lovely huge tapestry-like sculptures made from bottle top foils. Brilliant reflective fabric-like expanses with great folds and plays with light.
Absolutely exquisite stuff which reminded me of the mastery of Francisco de Zurbarán’s richly colored folds of fabric on saints’ robes.
Diane Arbus’s small photo show at Cheim & Read. The best ones were a haunting shot of the Castle at Disneyland at night (above) and a flash shot showing the track inside the haunted house at Coney Island.
All of the Arbus prints were editions of 75 and were $35,000 each. (There’s 14 of them. If they all sold, that would be $36,750,000.) According to the friendly gallerino, they were all made posthumously except the black Madonna. Maybe I’ll print out my crummy camera-phone shots of them and pretend I’m a billionaire.