The Photograph Gallery
Most NYC modern artwork galleries take a break in the summertime, so in anticipation of the approaching yr (Sept-July), I’m looking again at my 5 favourite experiences within the galleries of the 2011/2012 season. I’ll return to discovering and sharing unimaginable present exhibitions after Labor Day.
Ernesto Neto at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery April 14 – Might 25 2012 Final spring, the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery introduced the hanging work of Ernesto Neto. After you admired the crocheted “sculptures” for a couple of minutes, a gallery attendant invited you to take off your footwear and climb on!!! I desperately need one of many smaller hangers for my front room (sure they’re as snug as they appear).
Photographs courtesy of the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Exhibition web site & extra photographs
Leandro Erlich at Sean Kelly GallerySept 10 – Oct 22, 2011 For those who entered the Sean Kelly Gallery final fall, you’d discover a bay of elevators… which was unusual as a result of the gallery is just one flooring. As soon as contained in the elevators nevertheless, you’d discover one thing much more unusual: you had no reflection. It seems that almost all of “mirrors” on this sculpture by Leandro Erlich usually are not mirrors in any respect – they’re open home windows into a 3-dimensional reconstruction of the elevator in reverse!! You’ll be able to put your hand proper by means of!
Subsequent, in case you dared, you can duck right into a small darkish passageway to seek out an elevator shaft turned horizontal. The sensation was not solely disorienting, however a bit scary as you walked in the direction of the elevator on the finish, not sure if it might transfer to crush you (it didn’t).
Set up views of Leanardo Erlich: Two Totally different Tomorrows at Sean Kelly Gallery © Leandro Erlich, images: Jason Wyche, New York Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New YorkExhibition web site & extra pictures
Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin GallerySept eight – Oct 22, 2011 Artist Do Ho Suh introduced probably the most intricate sculpture of the yr on the Lehmann Maupin Gallery: a 1/5th scale duplicate of the condominium he moved into from Korea in 1991.
The brilliance of this piece was that you simply COULD simply see the entire thing directly (as within the first photograph), however you didn’t. It was SO detailed that you simply by no means seemed forward, making the gradual destruction of the rooms as you moved proper a complete shock. And that’s when the complete influence of the piece hits you – virtually actually. Turning the nook you’re stunned by ANOTHER home crashing into it: a 1/5th scale duplicate of his childhood house in Korea, arriving by way of parachute.
Pictures courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.Exhibition web site & extra photographs
Richard Serra at Gagosian GallerySept 14 – Nov 26, 2011Richard Serra sculptures are greatest skilled from the within however greatest photographed from the air. The primary picture under was shot outdoors, earlier than it was moved contained in the Gagosian Gallery. This exhibition contained two of those large and dizzying labyrinths of rusted metal. The gallery launched all these photographs in black & white, so I included a photograph under of a few pals to provide a way of the superb colour.
Photographs courtesy Gagosian Gallery, New YorkExhibition web site & extra photographs
Doug Wheeler at David Zwirner GalleryJan 17 – Feb 25, 2012 Within the bleakness of final winter, Doug Wheeler introduced my favourite exhibition of the yr on the David Zwirner Gallery: an empty room. Guests might enter just a few at a time (wait occasions amounted to over two hours) and have been requested to take off their footwear and don paper booties. Along with portray the flooring and ceilings pure white, Wheeler meticulously rounded all of the corners of the room and lit the area in such a means as to stop any shadows. The end result was an area so empty that your eyes had no body of reference to gauge distance. Appropriately, he calls it an “infinity surroundings.” Gallery employees warned you to cease when the ground started to curve (about 15 steps farther than you thought) so that you didn’t hit the again wall.
DOUG WHEELER SA MI seventy five DZ NY 12 1975/2012 Photographs by Jonathan Smith Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York © 2012 Doug WheelerExhibition web site & extra pictures