The urban jungle of New York City. A confusing web of concrete and exhilaration and sometimes a very overwhelming place to see art. Luckily I hit the pavements and did the hard yards for you to find the best (and most obscure) shows to see this (NYC) summer.
Now here’s the things with Chelsea…. don’t go on weekends! You will be met with a throng of tourists and you will never get anywhere. Want to see it like a true artsy New Yorker? Go on Thursday nights and get free champagne while you’re at it. This way you see the new shows (before the unknowing masses) that are opening for the week or fortnight. My top picks that will be up for a while are:
1. Richard Serra at The Gagosian (May 7- July 29) 522 West 21st Street and 555 West 24th street.
Grandiose and overwhelming, Serra is a master of cutting both space and light. His extreme steel forms are static in their nature, yet you find yourself moving through space in awe, like never before.
3. Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures (May 5-June 11) 529 West 24th Street.
Cindy is what I like to call a ‘character champion’. Creating different identities and personas, this show focuses on women in 1920’s Hollywood and is classically Sherman.
5. Juan Usle at Cheim & Read. ‘Membrana Porosa’ (May 5- June 18) 547 West 25th Street
One of the most incredible painting exhibitions I have seen for some time. Not only is the size impressive, but also Usle’s technique and composition is something I have never seen before. According to Cheim Read Gallery: “broad brushstrokes comprising these bands are based on the artist’s pulse—in an interview with John Yau for the Brooklyn Rail, he describes his “sequential field or territory of marks” as a “cardiogram.” If so, it is a cardiogram that is ruptured, torn, and tattered.”
3. Edgar Degas ‘A Strange New Beauty’ at The MoMA
(Showing now till July 24th) 11 West 53rdStreet
Those of you who think you know Degas, think again. This show will blow your mind in terms of how his career originated and progressed. The depths of his imagination, innovation and originality are far from the beautiful dancers you normally see from him. He touched on the voyeuristic and darkly candid elements of society yet could go right back to whimsical pastels of ballerinas. It’s an epic show full of extreme talent and relentless experimentation.
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