Thursday, April 21, 2016

NY Photos

Me: left, Jane Freilicher: right

I spent a good weekend in NYC April 9-11th.  Conveniently, I was in two shows and one opened Saturday, the other Monday, so I could make one trip and enjoy some time up there.  Not so conveniently the first show, April Flowers, was at Queens College which by way of public transportation in the rain was quite the feat.  

I laughed when I got home and noticed I took these three photos on different public trans through the day.  Philly subway to subway to Boltbus to NY subway to subway to bus...and repeat back.  Good husband right there.

But, it was worth it!  To be in a show with my painting heroes -- Biala, Victor Pesce and Jane Freilicher was pretty absurd.  I felt a little like an impostor but simultaneously happy as hell.  Its a beautiful show curated by Xico Greenwald.  It was a rare opening in that I got the chance to really look at and think about the work.  Very subtle and strong, a favorite show to be a part of.

left: Paul Resika, right: Xico Greenwald

 left: Edith Schloss, right: Janice Biala

 left: Thaddeus Radell, right: Saskia Sutherland

 left: Victor Pesce, right: me

The second show which opened Monday April 11th is Drishti: A Concentrated Gaze, curated by Patricia Spergel and Elizabeth Heskin.  It is at 1285 Avenue of the Americas in the lobby of the UBS Building.  Its a huge space and a 33 person show, so a very different experience of a group show and my own work.  I was able to see the show before the opening which was a good thing because there were probably 500+ people mulling about which was totally overwhelming -- I felt like I was at a wedding for paintings.  But it was fun.  I thought it was so thoughtfully organized and curated for the space, drawing connections between a diverse group of painting and sculpture but all with a love of material and form.  Here are a few photos I took or am borrowing from kind people who uploaded them to my facebook.

 The first painting I saw was this gorgeous Judith Simonian.

 furthest left: Hiroyuki Hamada, near left: Patricia Spergel, right: Sharon Horvath

 furthest left: Kathryn Lynch!! (love her work), mine, right: detail from Tracy Miller!! (also loovee)

Here is the list of artists in the Drishti show:

Andrew Baron
Jebah Baum
Paul Behnke
Emily Berger
Mary Bucci McCoy
Sasha Cohen
Guy Corriero
Beth Dary
Graham Durward
Ashley Garrett
Nicola Ginzel
Elizabeth Gourlay
Hiroyuki Hamada
Julian Hatton
William Holton
Sharon Horvath
Erick Johnson
Zachary Keeting
Osamu Kobayashi
Jaena Kwon.
Aubrey Levinthal
Timothy Linn
Sarah Lutz
Kathryn Lynch
Amy Mahnick
Jackie Meier
Tracy Miller
Keiko Narahashi
Petra Nimtz
Fran O’Neill
Mary Schwab
Judith Simonian
Sandi Slone
Patricia Spergel
Sarah J. Tortora
Katharine Umsted

This show is up through July 1, M-F 8am-6pm.  AND...its like 2 blocks from MOMA where I spent Monday morning at the Degas: A Strange New Beauty show pretty much drooling over the monotypes.  


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