Thursday, April 17, 2014

busy busy busy

i just started catching up on transferring iphone photos to my desktop. icloud is not interfacing with windows. can't our operating systems just get along?

my, i have seen a lot of art in the past month. about which more later.

today alone i visited three galleries, their shows focused more or less on collage.

at pavel zoubok in chelsea there's a show of wonderful work by artist/designer/illustrator ivan chermayeff. even if you don't recognize his name you've doubtless encountered his logos. even knowing his work for mobil, pbs, nbc, showtime, chase and on and on, his collages are a revelation.

the work of kristen morgin at zach feuer would be utterly charming if it was exactly what it appears to be: delicate constructions involving faded and water stained corrugated cardboard festooned with peeling price tags and cartoon stickers, rusty cans on piles of books, damaged toys and deteriorating comic books.

yet they are not what they seem: they are all unfired, painted clay and even the closest examination fails to convince. each is a small tour de force.

the current show at the sidney mishkin gallery at baruch college (i keep typing baruch collage) is an intimate look at the work of artist ray johnson. about this show i defer to the website hyperlinked above. the show is mounted with such love and attention to detail it shouldnt be missed.

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