September 26, 2009

Gallery quest 2

Here's a smattering of other things that I liked during my tour of some galleries on West 57th Street last week.

Above is a still I captured from a video of a chess champion,, Jennifer Shahade, and a friend keeping hula hoops spinning around their waists while duplicating the chess moves of a game played by Marcel Duchamp, the artist.

It was part of a show at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art at 24 West 57th Street called Marcel Duchamp, The Art of Chess.

I watched the video over and over and it made me smile each time. You can catch a segment by clicking this link.

The video was done by Daniel Meirom of DimMak Films in conjunction with Shahade, who is also an author and self-defined games player.

This thoughtfully gathered and presented show is up through October 30.
This sculpture of a dancer is at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, 37 West 57th Street. It is a painted bronze by John DeAndrea. She sat amid a solo show of paintings by photo realist painter Gus Heinze. The show just ended but you can still see Heinze' images at this link. While you're there you can see some of DeAndrea's nudes under his name in the artists category.

I took this photo of the dancer who is in a window overlooking the building across the street. DeAndrea's sculptures, from the gallery's booklet on his 2006 show, is a photo realist himself.

One of the most incredible things about his sculptures is that they look as if you touched them, the flesh would yield. I don't know how that is done in hard metal.
This wooden sculpture is part of a timely show at the Franklin Parrasch Gallery, 20 West 57th Street. The solo show of work by John Cederquist is called Treachery of an Economy.

Surprisingly this piece is also a functioning, finely constructed chest of drawers. I never saw that coming until Chris opened a drawer for me. It is up through October 10.
And here's a pre-installation shot I took of a photo by Peter Bialobrzeski of Germany. It drew me into the Laurence Miller Gallery, also 20 West 57th.

Called The Abstracted Landscape, the show, up until November 14, will also include photography by Stephane Couturier from Paris, DoDo Jin Ming of Beijing and New York, and Toshio Shibata of Tokyo.

You can take a look by clicking this link. You can enlarge the photos in this blog by clicking on them.

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