Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you, my dear readers, a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have been anxiously waiting to share my two perfect Thanksgiving art finds which I saw in person recently. One at the gorgeous Meret Oppenheim show that I saw when it opened at the Museum of Modern Art. It is an extensive and thrilling show, that I’ll be posting about soon. The other one is by one … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth Neel, Susumu Kamijo and Ginny Sims in New York, NY

I was walking between art shows on Avenue A in the East Village and passed an art book shop, Mast Books, that I adore. I immediately recognized the Susumu Kamijo painting in the window, and then spotted an Elizabeth Neel painting in the back. I was intrigued though with the small ceramic figures scattered throughout the bookstore. One had to be Alice Neel, (who is … Continue reading Elizabeth Neel, Susumu Kamijo and Ginny Sims in New York, NY

The ADAA Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, NY

I was in town during the Art Dealers Association of America’s annual fair, the Art Show. I love shows at the Park Avenue Armory. The space is grand, and I always feel just a slight bit elegant walking up the stairs and into the entry of the beautiful lobby. It takes me just minutes to feel invisible and underdressed. The crowd at any Armory event … Continue reading The ADAA Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, NY

Kamrooz Aram in New York, NY

Kamrooz Aram’s show Elusive Ornament, at Peter Blum Gallery in Soho, was one stop on my long list of shows I was interested in seeing. I’m so glad I stopped by. A “quiet exhibition, beautifully composed and rigorous, in which Aram continues his interrogation of the assumed distinctions between painting and its oriental “other,” revealing that instability is in fact at the core of these … Continue reading Kamrooz Aram in New York, NY

Beatriz Milhazes in New York, NY

Beatriz Milhazes: Mistura Sagrada, at Pace Gallery in Chelsea spotlighted ten large-scale acrylic paintings created in 2021 and 2022. I often think of my good friend Carol, when seeing such vibrant paintings. I’ve been taking ceramics courses from her for about eight years, and know what she likes. I’ll be expecting her to use Milhazes’ work as inspiration in one of her upcoming Surface Design … Continue reading Beatriz Milhazes in New York, NY

Alex Katz at the Guggenheim in New York,NY

Alex Katz: Gathering, a retrospective at the Guggenheim, is the first retrospective of his work since the Whitney’s in 1986. I have always liked Alex Katz. I love his devotion to his wife Ada, who he has painted well over 200 times. At 95 Katz is still painting. I was up for a few hours in the middle of the night before I went to … Continue reading Alex Katz at the Guggenheim in New York,NY

William T. Williams in New York, NY

William T. Williams (b. 1942) had a wonderful show at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Chelsea, one of the galleries I always pay attention to. William T. Williams: Tension to the Edge, a Selection of Paintings and Works on Paper, 1968-70 was special. “The centerpiece of the exhibition is a stunning selection of five wall-sized paintings, four of which have not been seen since 1969; … Continue reading William T. Williams in New York, NY

Vince Palacios at Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume in New York

Vince Palacios’ show Haptic Memory is currently on view at Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume, a collective design gallery in New York City. The gallery is in a gorgeous two story apartment in The Steinway Building right on 57th Street. The building has the old NYC elegance that I personally adore. The mixture of furniture and art in the gallery, as well as amazing light, was … Continue reading Vince Palacios at Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume in New York

“Stuff” in New York, NY

After running quickly to see “Informal Get Together” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, I walked one block south and ran into Pace Gallery to see STUFF, a group exhibition of 50 artists organized by Arlene Shechet. Below are some highlights. The groupings and display were really lovely. I adored the black and white backdrop for this show. Seeing the Sandback piece reminded me of the amazing … Continue reading “Stuff” in New York, NY

“Informal Get Together” in New York, NY

I was on a quick NYC visit getting my youngest off for his senior year of college, and walked up to Chelsea to see a show I really needed to see before it closed. I have seen so many good shows at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, and was thrilled there was a show featuring work by Jessica Stockholder and Arlene Shechet. If you read my blog, … Continue reading “Informal Get Together” in New York, NY

“Summer At Its Best” in New York, NY

There have been several good summer themed art shows in New York, but Summer At Its Best at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, was my favorite. With all my wandering around galleries in New York, I have a few that I try to stop into on every visit. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has museum quality exhibitions, and the staff could not be nicer. I love seeing what … Continue reading “Summer At Its Best” in New York, NY

Seattle Art Fair in Seattle, WA

It was really fun to be at an art fair in Seattle last night. Most of us were masked, but you could tell everyone was smiling. My two favorite booths were Stoney Road Press (Dublin, Ireland) and John Natsoulas Gallery (Davis, California). Perhaps I am partial as I know both of the galleries quite well, but I truly thought they did a great job of … Continue reading Seattle Art Fair in Seattle, WA

Marius Bercea in New York, NY

Next door to Ramiken gallery was Romanian artist Marius Bercea’s show Blue Silk. I love portraits and the show at the Francois Ghebaly gallery was right up my alley. “Across the exhibition, Bercea’s subjects quietly and solemnly enact the rituals of interior life. Each figure, cloistered in his corner of the domestic labyrinth, appears petrified in moments of respite or pensive focus. Gestures are inward … Continue reading Marius Bercea in New York, NY

Lukas Quietzsch in New York, NY

I’ve been keeping my eye on Ramiken gallery since seeing the phenomenal Eli Ping show last winter. I thought Lukas Quietzch’s exhibition Parallel Warning in Simple Arrangements was well worth a visit. There were seven paintings by this young Berlin based artist. The three below were my favorite. “The surfaces are primed in a swirling pattern with a chalky mixture. Next, colors are applied with … Continue reading Lukas Quietzsch in New York, NY

Ana Benaroya in New York, NY

Ana Benaroya: Swept Away, at Venus Over Manhattan’s new gallery space on Great Jones Street, was across from the Jay Milder show. Two great shows that could not have been more different. I loved both. Women’s bodies and their relationship to water is Benaroya’s central theme. The show included seven paintings and seven works on paper. “Ana Benaroya’s paintings depict substantial women whose extravagant musculatures … Continue reading Ana Benaroya in New York, NY

Michael Raedecker in New York, NY

Michael Raedecker’s show, now, at GRIMM gallery was absolutely fantastic. I don’t necessarily connect to gallery press releases as I often find them too wordy, and over the top, but GRIMM’s was spot on. “From a distance, the flat and rectangular objects that Raedecker has produced have the appearance of the things we once called paintings. In the studio he has engineered a mechanism of … Continue reading Michael Raedecker in New York, NY

Future Retrieval in New York, NY

Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker are the collaborative team known as Future Retrieval. Their exhibition, Crystal-Walled Seas, at Denny Dimin Gallery in Tribeca, was a total thrill for me to stumble upon. I adored the exhibition. “Since 2008, Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker have been collaborating together under the name Future Retrieval, mining archives and museums to digitally collect and make objects that … Continue reading Future Retrieval in New York, NY

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery inaugural opening in New York,NY

I just returned from the inaugural opening of the newly relocated Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. Tribeca was full of fabulous galleries when I was living in NYC in my twenties, so am ecstatic so many are migrating back. The new gallery space is similar, albeit larger, to the layout of their past Ludlow Street gallery. They always have good artists, and exhibitions. It was a … Continue reading Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery inaugural opening in New York,NY

The Whitney Biennial in New York, NY

I’ve been going to the Whitney Biennial for as long as I can remember, and enjoyed my time there on Sunday. It’s always interesting in some way and I’m never sure what to expect. The Biennial began as an annual exhibition in 1932, and as a biennial in 1973. Originally an exhibition of work by young and lesser known artists, it has evolved over time. … Continue reading The Whitney Biennial in New York, NY

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in Miami, FL

After a one year pandemic based hiatus, I was absolutely thrilled to be in Miami for Art Basel week. I had my time planned carefully as many of the shows required reservations this year. I don’t like to miss out on anything. My first stop after dropping off my luggage was to the Ice Palace Studios where the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) fair has … Continue reading New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in Miami, FL

Robin F. Williams in New York, NY

I’ve been watching Robin F. Williams since her first show, Rescue Party, at PPOW’s upstairs Chelsea gallery back in 2011. I remember being absolutely gobsmacked. It was one of the first shows where I remember really wishing I could take one home. Her prices have, of course, skyrocketed since then, and there’s a waiting list a mile long. Williams was born in 1984. I didn’t … Continue reading Robin F. Williams in New York, NY

Menoucher Yektai in New York, NY

I recently spent a great afternoon taking my husband to a bunch of East Village galleries. We particularly loved the Menoucher Yektai (1921-2019) exhibition at the two Karma gallery spaces on East 2nd. “With decadent colors, loose brushstrokes, and heavy-handed impasto, Yektai’s paintings fuse Eastern and Western traditions, synthesizing a unique blend of abstraction and figuration that owed as much to Franz Kline as it … Continue reading Menoucher Yektai in New York, NY

Peep Show in New York, NY

I hightailed it uptown yesterday morning to the new Ruby Neri show at Salon 94. It was phenomenal, and I’ll post after my second visit next week. It needs at least two. I might just be Ruby Neri fan #1. In the meantime, as I try to post as quickly as I can, while continuing to see more art, I’ll share this fun exhibition, Peep … Continue reading Peep Show in New York, NY

The Loneliest Sport in New York, NY

The Loneliest Sport group exhibition at Spazio Amanita gallery in Soho has 23 works that exclusively concern the sport of boxing. The gallery opening had live sparing matches. I’m personally not into boxing, but I thought the whole set up was just great. I was thrilled to see a work by Pierre Knop, an artist I’ve been keeping my eye on the past several months. … Continue reading The Loneliest Sport in New York, NY

Adrianne Rubenstein in New York, NY

I enjoyed stopping by to see Adrianne Rubenstein’s exhibition Global Warmth and Global Cooling at Broadway gallery. “The paintings….are full of flowers, stars and food — from otherworldly broccoli to a flat red apple that could have been lifted from Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” There’s also a ruby-red goldfish borrowed from Matisse and several references to Mollie Katzen, the cookbook author and artist. … Continue reading Adrianne Rubenstein in New York, NY

Matthew Hansel in New York, NY

I’ve been twice to see Matthew Hansel: Inner Demon Delectatio at The Hole’s Tribeca location. I first saw his work at their Bowery location that I posted about back in May. I totally fell for his weird and fantastical imagery. I am really drawn to the rich colors of these Hieronymous Bosch feeling oil paintings. There are fourteen in the exhibition. “For “Inner Demon Delectatio” … Continue reading Matthew Hansel in New York, NY

Lisa Yuskavage in New York, NY

The Lisa Yuskavage: New Paintings exhibition was among my favorite shows on my recent trip to New York. I loved Yuskavage’s larger color-field works. Photos do not do them justice. They are absolutely extraordinary in person. “In the more than three-meter-long Night Classes at the Department of Painting Drawing and Sculpture (2018–2020), faintly visible subjects were pulled out from the pentimenti of a deep cadmium … Continue reading Lisa Yuskavage in New York, NY

Alake Shilling in New York, NY

Jeffrey Deitch has two galleries in NYC, and the current shows are fun! Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America – By Land, Air and Sea is at the Grand Street location. I went the day as they were just opening. A gallery employee was doing last minute touch up work, gluing purple carpet fibers onto the super fantastic displays in the storefront gallery. “The … Continue reading Alake Shilling in New York, NY

Walker Street in New York, NY

I am beyond thrilled that galleries are taking over the streets of Tribeca again. I decided to spend some time on Walker Street, just a five minute walk from where I stay when I’m in New York City. Galleries there are a bit more spread out than the Chelsea gallery scene, and I honestly prefer it. I’m reminded of the old Tribeca gallery days, from … Continue reading Walker Street in New York, NY

Philip Guston in New York, NY

I adored the Philip Guston 1969-1979 show at Hauser & Wirth on 22nd Street in Chelsea. All eighteen works, in the two brightly lit street level rooms with high ceilings, were from private collections and museums. The first room had six canvases made in 1969 and 1970. “Prompted by the violence and civil unrest in America during the late 1960s, Guston explores motifs that harken … Continue reading Philip Guston in New York, NY

Ron Nagle in New York, NY

I am constantly making lists of shows I want to see, and Ron Nagle’s show Handsome Drifter at BAMPFA back in 2020 was on the top of it. For obvious reasons I wasn’t able to get to that one, so I was extra thrilled to see his current show, Necessary Obstacles, at Matthew Marks Gallery in New York. “Ron Nagle is known for his intimately … Continue reading Ron Nagle in New York, NY

Time-Life Building in New York, NY

I worked at LIFE magazine in the late 80’s/early 90s. As I headed up to Rockefeller Center yesterday, I walked into the Time-Life Building to see the lobby artwork that I’d walked by every day for seven years. I was in the production department and worked extremely long hours, so I was generally the last one to leave. I loved walking by the art in … Continue reading Time-Life Building in New York, NY

Art on Paper in New York, NY

The night after going to the opening of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show I was fortunate to attend the Art on Paper opening at Manhattan’s Pier 36. Everyone was masked, and the aisles were wide. There were 75 galleries, and people I wanted to meet in person. While I have truly enjoyed ZOOM classes, and all the great on line gallery exhibitions and talks, during the … Continue reading Art on Paper in New York, NY

SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, NY

I’m planning on spending a lot more time in New York City as my kids all live in the vicinity. Fortunately the timing of this visit coincided with the Armory Arts Week which I’ll be attending over the next few days. Last night I went to the SPRING/BREAK Art Show which took over two empty floors in what once was Ralph Lauren’s office space on … Continue reading SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, NY

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC

I’m in Chapel Hill this weekend for a wedding, and spent the day exploring the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Not only was it fun to see college students out and about, but I never miss an art museum at a university. The Ackland Art Museum was a real treat. Drawing Attention was a wonderful exhibition, and I particularly liked how it was arranged. The … Continue reading Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC

Elizabeth Neel and the Estate of Ruth Duckworth at Salon 94 in New York, NY

Each of these exhibitions at Salon 94 is worthy of it’s own blog post, but I am combining them as I catch up from my interlude in Minneapolis. I am eager to finally report on some of the truly excellent shows I saw on my last visit to NYC, and wanted to do so before I head back next week. I am in love with … Continue reading Elizabeth Neel and the Estate of Ruth Duckworth at Salon 94 in New York, NY

Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is a treasure. To get a sense of the vastness and variety of their collection, have a look at two prior blog posts I did on the Portraits from the Kunin Collection, and a special exhibition In the Presence of Our Ancestors. Below are some of the highlights from the rest of the museum. I had to be ruthless in … Continue reading Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN

Portraits from the Kunin Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is vast, as I mentioned in a blog post earlier this month. My husband returned home from the wedding we attended in Minneapolis with a breakthrough case of COVID. Thankfully, all is well now, and I’m trying to do a bit of catch up. Next up is my favorite room at the museum, Portraits from the Kunin Collection. Frankly, it … Continue reading Portraits from the Kunin Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN

In the Presence of Our Ancestors at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is a must see. It was my second visit and you could honestly spend days there. I’ll break up my visit into several posts in order to share some highlights. Upon entering the museum there was a special exhibition In the Presence of Our Ancestors. I really liked a few of the pieces. “In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern … Continue reading In the Presence of Our Ancestors at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN