Arts Coverage and Review

September 21, 2017

Shrimp Peels and Hair

Observations of the contemporary art world

Greater New York at MoMA PS1


While most of the galleries take off for the holidays, this allowed me to check out some of the institutional shows beginning with a drop-by at MoMA PS1 for the Greater New York show. The show, now in its 4th edition, takes on a new point of view that complements current emerging artists with established artists, many of which were a first for me to see. Eckhaus Latta Gregory Edwards Ajay Kurian Initially, I was skeptical at the pairing, but after seeing the show, the inclusion of established artists added depth and context to the show where past and present contemporary art …continue reading

Alex Katz is at The High


Run…don’t walk!  In just a few weeks, The High Museum closes its blockbuster show, Alex Katz: This is Now which is a precious gem of a show that encapsulates the great American master’s love for landscape with a dash od “Ada” at the beginning of the show.  For me, it’s an immersive show, hijacking viewers into Katz’s monumental paintings held hostage to calming contemplation, as well as a pure appreciation for the Katz’s painterly skills and composition that swings between past and present. Of special note, congrats to High curator Michael Rooks for mounting such an elegant show, reflective of …continue reading

Jennie Jieun Lee’s First NY Solo Show at Martos Gallery


I first mentioned Brooklyn-based Jennie Jieun Lee last year in a ceramics post, and since then, the in-demand artist is “kiln’n” it with her oddly abstracted masks and vessels that are fast gaining the attention of art influentials and collectors alike.  So it was pretty cool to attend Jennie’s first NY solo show “Mrs. Thompson’s Mirror” at Martos Gallery (where her masks first hung in a group show curated by Eddie Martinez), finally meet her in person, and just catch the good vibrations of this eventful evening. Jennie Jieun Lee opening at Martos Gallery, Photo – Tony Mangle, Shrimp Peels & Hair Jennie Jieun Lee opening at …continue reading

One-Stop Studio Visits with Trudy Benson, Russell Tyler and Tribble & Mancenido


Whenever I make it back to New York, it’s a continual  juggling act between family, friends, galleries, fairs, museums…and of course, squeezing in a few studio visits from my wish list artists.  This time I lucked out with a one-stop Brooklyn industrial warehouse located on the BQE fringe and where artistic magic is made.  One floor, three emerging artists — Trudy Benson, Russell Tyler, and duo Tribble & Mancenido. Trudy Benson — It was a treat to see Trudy’s works at its various stages of progress.  Known for her layered painting and tubular techniques, her canvasses are commanding compositions of abstractions — …continue reading