Chinese Artist Gets Painted Out, Atomic-Bomb Photos, Hirst
The hodge-podge of color and images that finally transformed him head to toe would make no sense if he weren’t standing before a makeshift magazine stand lined with 100 recent publications. Liu had been painted with whole covers and segments of glossies featuring Lady Gaga, plump babies and new gadgets. He had become a vertical slice of the shelves.
The 38-year-old artist’s shtick is to “disappear” into the background, then have the trompe l’oeil captured by photographs. Since arriving in New York last month, he has blended with Kenny Scharf graffiti on Houston Street, elements of Ground Zero and a bull sculpture on Wall Street.
He says his disappearing act is a form of protest against the Chinese government after it razed an artist village where Liu worked. Before the compound turned into rubble, he painted himself against one of its red brick walls.
“I have no power to fight the government,” he said. “This is my protest.”
Photographs of earlier “disappearances” range from $6,000 to $15,000. “The Invisible Man” runs through Aug. 28th at 462 West Broadway; +1-212-255-4388; http://www.elikleinfineart.com.
Are you missing Damien Hirst, the once so ubiquitous Brit?
Proceed down the block to DTR Modern Galleries where the walls are lined with Hirst dot prints. They come directly from his studio and vary in dimensions and edition sizes.
There are also images of skulls and butterflies. Prices range from $4,900 to $100,000. The gallery rotates its Hirsts as they sell but they’re always in stock, said director Julia Morris.
458 West Broadway; +1-212-677-2802; http://www.dtrmodern.com
“The Atomic Explosion” at Peter Blum displays 66 vintage photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, when more than 200 nuclear bombs were tested by the U.S. government.
In one creepy image, a group of men -- journalists, defense officials and two governors -- sit on chairs in the middle of the desert in heavy black glasses, watching the explosion as if it were a Broadway production.
Prices for individual photographs range from $1,200 to $10,000. Through July 29 at Peter Blum, 99 Wooster St., +1-212-343-0441; http://peterblumgallery.com
In 1967, self-taught French artist Robert Filliou photocopied the hands of his fellow artists and called the project “Main d’artiste” (“Artist’s Hand”).
Some of these were later enlarged to 4-foot-square images and displayed in the windows of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) Three hands -- of Filliou, Marisol and Bob Watts -- are on view at Peter Freeman Inc. as part of the late artist’s first New York solo exhibition since 1998.
Filliou liked to turn everyday materials like cardboard, bricks and bicycle wheels into witty and poetic installations.
Prices range from 14,000 euros ($20,260) to 150,000 euros. The show runs through July 15 at 560 Broadway, #602; +1-212-966- 5154; http://www.peterfreemaninc.com
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