Great gallery visits this week. Here are the top 3 – all running thru 10/22:
LEHMAN MAUPIN, 536 West 22nd Street
A fantastic immersive experience by the Brazilian street art twins Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, otherwise known as Os Gemeos (which is the Portuguese word for twins).
They’ve taken their mural art to a whole new level, covering almost every inch of the gallery with colorful, surreal characters and sculptures. It is the most popular and crowded show in Chelsea – especially among younger art fans. It will be interesting to see Roberta and Jerry weigh in. I have a feeling that while it is a crowd favorite, the art world elites might not get the appeal.
HAUSER & WIRTH, 511 West 18th Street
LOVE this show especially “Antoine’s Organ, “ the large installation, inspired by the African diaspora, consisting of live plants, shea butter sculptures, books, and ceramics. Magnificent work – lots to ponder here!!
GLADSTONE GALLERY, 515 West 24th Street
This show confirms Matthew Barney’s longtime obsession with the creepy and the weird – and also shows what a master he is at turning all that strangeness into something beautiful.
The works in this show are from his 1991 NYC debut (when Barbara Gladstone Gallery was still in Soho). The sculptures, videos and drawings from the series are reunited for the first time in 25 years at this show.
Intriguing to see afresh the work that made him an art star back in the 90’s. Also interesting to note how both he and Paul McCarthy were doing “body” work at exactly the same time.
See below for photos from all 3 shows.