Gallery Mondays: “The Fall” by Anja Niemi

anja niemi the fall she could have been a cowboy

The Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is exhibiting some pretty intriguing art lately, so I could not resist stopping by to check out She Could Have Been A Cowboy by Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi.

The exhibit features several photos (among other cowboy-themed photographs) of a woman in a blonde wig that covers her face. In some of the photos, she’s pictured in cowboy getup. In others, she’s in a pink dress or other feminine garments. When she’s dressed as a cowboy, she looks alive, moving her body in different ways. However, when she’s dressed in feminine wear (or sitting in the bath unclothed) she appears sad and still. The exhibit reminded me of the unhappy and unfulfilled 1950s housewife.

Of all the photos, “The Fall” stood out to me the most. The woman in the blonde wig is standing in the middle of the desert with a lasso in hand, wearing her sleek cowboy attire (loving the neutral pink-ish tan and brown palette, btw!), her body captured in a pose I guess one would strike if they were falling backward gracefully.

What is she falling from, though? There’s no horse in sight, so it must be something figurative. Is she falling back to into a reality where she’s not a cowboy, but instead a dreary housewife who has just taken off her sad pink dress to sit sulking in the bath?

Maybe I’m reading this wrong. Regardless, Niemi gives us some interesting material to think about this Women’s History Month.

Catch the exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery before it closes on April 14, 2018!

Gallery Mondays: Chelsea Guitars

A couple of weeks ago, I walked past Chelsea Guitars and saw this awesome sculpture of a woman sitting outside the shop with a mini guitar in hand.

It took me a while to realize this woman is Marilyn Monroe. Boy, I’m slow sometimes!

Marilyn Monoe is wearing her infamous white dress from Seven Year Itch, the top of which is covered with one of the Chelsea Guitars Coat of Arms tee shits. So clever.

I’m not a guitar player, but I would have totally went inside if I were. Chelsea Guitars seems like a really cool shop!

Check out Chelsea Guitars online!

Gallery Mondays: “Crazy From the Heat #2” by Beau LaBute

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Happy National Comic Book Day!

I really wanted to feature comic book art in honor of National Comic Book Day today, but then I realized I don’t have any in my camera roll.

So, the closest piece of art I could dig up that looked similar to comic book art is this ink on paper drawing by Canadian artist Beau LaBute. I saw it almost 2 years ago at Printed Matter in Chelsea, New York City.

Boy, is it difficult to find anything about this piece, “Crazy from the Heat #2” on the internet! I’m still amazed that I was able to find anything on the artist!

There’s a lot going on in this ink on paper drawing, but two things stand out to me the most. The first is the man, cat, sheep combination going on in the top right corner of the piece. The second is actually more than one thing located in the top left section of the square sitting in the middle portion of the piece.

Yes, I’m talking about the four wine bottles. Does that make me a wino?

Although I couldn’t find much online about this piece, I did notice that LaBute created some similar artwork with artist Peter Thompson, as seen here, here, here, and here.

I wonder what “Crazy From the Heat #1” looks like, if it exists.

 

Gallery Mondays: Kobra’s ‘The Kiss’

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Valentine’s Day is coming, so it’s time to get a bit lovey-dovey.

This colorful mural by Eduardo Kobra might trigger a black and white memory of a real life event that happened in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945 commemorating our victory over Japan.

The photo, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, captures one of the most romantic kisses of all time between a soldier and a nurse. Swoon.

Kobra turned their black and white memory into color, and for that I’m sure they’ll be eternally grateful.

Looking for a cute Valentine’s Day photo to take with your honey? Imitate Kobra’s street art, which can be found in Chelsea NYC, specifically on West 25th Street and 10th Avenue.

Learn more about V-J Day in Times Square here and check out more of Kobra’s work at eduardokobra.com.

Gallery Mondays: Arlés del Rio’s “Fly Away” @ Robert Miller Gallery

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A few weeks ago I was killing time by perusing some of Chelsea’s art galleries and found this awesome work of art by Cuban artist Arlés del Rio.

The gallery I had stumbled into was the Robert Miller Gallery where the Nuevos Colores exhibit was on display. This piece was towards the back of the gallery. It stood out to me, for obvious reasons.

The piece is called “Fly Away” and if you were in Times Square during the summer of 2014 you might have seen a similar work by Del Rio by the name of “Nearness.” The cut out artwork makes it look like something has burst through the gate and off to somewhere new.

I got kind of sentimental thinking about how the piece stands for our ability to break free from the things that hurt us, even if breaking free means hurting a bit more before it’s finally over.

Head to the Robert Miller Gallery to check out the exhibit before it closes on November 14th!

Gallery Mondays: Allen Ruppersberg’s ‘Too Many Books’ @ Printed Matter

allen ruppersberg too many books

Printed Matter opened their new location on 11th Avenue last week, so I went to check it out with two of my friends before heading to dinner in Little Italy.

The book store is filled with tons of art books by artists, as well as artwork for sale, and an exhibit which is currently Paper Rad: The Zines of Paper Rad.

On the second floor of the book store, I found this 4.5 x 3-foot photo block by Allen Ruppersberg leaning against the wall. It’s called Too Many Books, and you can buy it for $2,000.

I wonder if the pile of books ever fell before the photo was taken. The books are piled almost as high as the guy in the photo, who looks about 5’7″ or 5’9″, so it must have been fun piling all those books up on the sidewalk.

If you’re in Chelsea, be sure to check out Printed Matter’s new location!

 

Gallery Mondays: Michael Shvo and Paul Kasmin Gallery’s #GettyStation

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If you needed a good laugh today, you’re welcome.

I remember walking passed this public exhibit in Chelsea during the fall of 2013. I was on my way to an art gallery for a job assignment, but I didn’t notice this lovely faux gas station until I walked passed it a second time on my way back home.

The exhibit is called Getty Station, a public art project presented by Michael Shvo and Paul Kasmin Gallery, which features the “moutons” (French for “sheep”) from late artist François-Xavier Lalanne’s Moutons de Laine.

You can imagine how quickly my face of utter confusion quickly turned into the face of a girl who had just been ultimately trolled as I stopped to take some photos.

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I’m sure all the drivers in cars passing by the exhibit in desperate need of gas were pretty upset about this.

Learn more about #GettyStation here.