A quietly cinematic view from Inside Cheim & Read looking out
Having already posted an extensive piece on the devastation in Chelsea, I have decided instead to focus on the art I saw and photographed in September through just about a week before the storm. Some of the exhibitions, such as Valerie Jaudon at Von Lintel, are still up. Others were curtailed as a result of the water damage to the exhibitions spaces. Even on the upper levels, where everything remained dry, electricity was out and so the galleries remained dark. But the point of this post is not who lost what, but that
survived. Even now, while cleanup and repairs are being carried out on so many spaces, exhibitions continue. This is the first of four or five posts. Marketing Mondays will return later in the month. Chelsea
Matthew Cusick's September solo at Pavel Zoubok Gallery on 23rd Street would be a harbinger of things to come. His collages of maps on panel offer views of turbulent skies and a raging sea.
Matthew Cusick, Rachael's Wave, 2011, inlaid maps and acrylic on wood panel, 30 x 42 inches
Below: partial panorama of the installation. The work on the back wall is shown in full and with a detail after this image
All of This World at Once, 2012, inlaid maps and acrylic on wood panel, 40 xc 70 inches
At Cheim & Read Gallery, Louise Fishman's recent work was up through October 27. Fishman is having a well-deserved moment, with this exhibition of recent work and a five-decade retrospective at Jack Tilton Gallery uptown (through October 13). But back to Chelsea: How did Fishman's work make it through the storm? "We didn't have any damage to any artwork," the gallery reports.
View from the entry
Postscript, 2010, oil on linen, 50.75 x 29.5 inches
Installation view of the large gallery with Crossing the Rubicon and A Simple Pulsation
Installation view of Assunta, 2012, oil on linen, 70 x 60 inches
Full view below
That's a smiling Asya Geisberg in her 23rd Street gallery in late October, surrounded by the work of Melanie Daniel, who meshes images of military technology with painterly pattern. The gallery sustained a good deal of damage just a week later. Geisberg reported that paintings were being moved to a dry space and that the work of pumping out and repairing the gallery was underway.
Installation view of Echo Shield, 2012, oil on canvas, 67 x 70 inches; image from the gallery website
Valerie Jaudon's exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery, up through November 21, made it through whatever water damage the gallery may have sustained. "The paintings were not damaged," said the person I spoke with at the gallery. Jaudon is, of course, one of the founders of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s. Her work, always graphically strong, has gotten more powerful, muscularly calligraphic you might say, in this recent shift to black and white. What you can't see well from the photos is the luscious quality of each brush stroke, a staccato, hither-and-thither direction at lovely odds with the curve and flow of each composition.
View from the entrance: Circa, Archive and Glyph
Archive, 2012, oil on linen, 54 x 72 inches
Below: Detail of Glyph
Installation view of Coda and Telos
Telos, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
At Winkleman Gallery on 27th Street, I saw Chris Dorland's solo, Permanent Vacation, just before it closed on October 20. Using stock photography and other images of fashion, advertising, logos and commodities, Dorland layers images of a culture to the point of saturation. Yes, you do want to get away from it all. But you also want to keep looking. The saturated colors--acidic and clashing, but compelling--heighten both sensations..
The block between Eleventh Avenue and the West Side Highway, an immense warehouse building that also houses the Derek Eller Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery and others, sustained significant basement flooding as well as water damage in the galleries themselves. On his blog, Ed WInkleman wrote yesterday: "We have been so focused on the gallery and without much in the way of contact with the world, due to 5 days without electricity at home either, that we have only just begun to realize the extent of devastation in neighborhoods like Greenpoint, Redhook, and Staten Island. Our hearts are broken for the losses suffered so widely."
Still he retained a sense of humor, which you have to go to his blog to read (I'm not spoiling the story).
Installation view: back wall of main gallery
Installation view: back wall of small gallery
Installation view: Back gallery
More posts next week. Marketing Mondays will return on November 29