Friday, October 30, 2009

NYC [Art] Recap

Baby steps. I'll post at least once a month and work up to higher frequencies of blogging.

On Tuesday my boyfriend and I returned from a trip to New York City to visit some friends and see Beth Cavener Stichter's opening at Claire Oliver Gallery. Chasen (the boyfriend) had just gotten back from a two-month long internship with her a few weeks ago and since we have friends in the city we decided we would make it a trip. I had to take advantage of the opportunity to see her work in person, internet photos just don't do three-dimensional art justice-- or any art, for that matter. I have nothing intelligent to say about her work other than the fact that it's absolutely gorgeous.
And unsettling. I don't normally take photos at gallery openings so I felt a little uncomfortable taking pictures there. I'm so glad I did, though. Have a look-see:

More (higher quality) images of her work can be viewed on her website. Downstairs in the gallery were more visual goodies. The pieces that caught my attention in particular were those by Kate Clark and Bernardi Roig.

Work by Kate Clark.

Up close view of the burn and embellishment.

Such unnerving work. I love it. We also visited the Met-- sadly, where I did not bring my camera-- and Neue Galerie where, unfortunately, I did bring my camera and was not allowed to take pictures. I highly recommend anyone with the slightest interest in German and Austrian Secessionist Art visit Neue Galerie if you have the opportunity. The museum is a beautiful mansion that houses works by Otto Dix, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Sheile and Gustav Klimt-- just to name a few. Not only did I get to see work by artists that I greatly admire but also be exposed to ones I hadn't heard of (or at least thought about since some of my art history courses. Man, do I need to brush up on that stuff) like Emil Nolde, Lyonel Feninger and Alfred Kubin. The place also made me want to get back into the printmaking studio more than ever...