Lonely Bankers, Doomed Women, Brancusi: Chelsea Art
A frying pan, four wooden broomsticks and a bronze cast of instant noodles are a few of the objects populating the “Everyday Abstract -- Abstract Everyday” exhibition at James Cohan Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.
Organized by Matthew Higgs, an artist and director of the nonprofit art space White Columns, the show brings together 37 emerging, established or dead artists, working with plain materials.
“Bleu Ciel” is an 8-by-12-foot sheet of crumpled sky-blue paper attached to the wall. Created by Michel Francois, it fills your entire field of vision and sets the tone for what lies ahead.
Wolfgang Breuer folded four dry leaves and taped them to the wall as if they were four edges of a frame, containing nothing. Bill Jenkins’s “Bed with Rope and Fence” (2012) consists of interlaced pieces of rusty wire and rope. The concoction looks like a mattress spring and evokes calligraphy and origami.
Blobs of chewing gum stuck onto four rows of rice-paper sheets resemble a makeshift herbarium in Hannah Wilke’s 1975 “S.O.S. -- Starification Object Series (#2).”
Minimal in every way is a 4-inch branch of wisteria on a 4- inch metal shelf by Bill Walton (1931-2010).
Prices range from $1,400 to $450,000. The show runs through July 27 at 533 W. 26th St.; +1-212-714-9500; http://www.jamescohan.com
Step into Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s Paris studio in an exquisite exhibition at Bruce Silverstein gallery.
More than 40 original gelatin silver prints made by the artist (1876-1957) in the 1920s and 1930s depict his individual sculptures, studio views, grouped works and self-portraits.
Arresting lighting and intimate close-ups turn these images into an art form in its own right. Brancusi reveals, conceals and exercises complete control over how his sculptures should be viewed.
The carved wooden totems, cracks exposed and texture palpable, leave a patchwork of shadows on the walls. The smooth bronze heads gleam mysteriously. Marble “Sleeping Muse” seems to be floating in a milky void.
Prices for individual prints range from $50,000 to $250,000. “Brancusi: The Photographs” runs through June 23 at 535 W. 24th St.; +1-212-627-3930; http://www.brucesilverstein.com.
Mitra Tabrizian’s large-scale photographs at Leila Heller Gallery mix reality and fabrication to create an acute sense of loneliness and displacement.
Staged in England and Iran, they depict groups of people and lone individuals in derelict or vacant settings.
In “City, London, 2008,” bankers in dark suits stand in a generic office building lobby; each stares in a different direction as if alone.
“Untitled 2009” shows a group of mostly grim-looking women and a few men, all in black clothes on a road by a mountain slope. You have a sense that they are doomed but don’t have the energy to care.
Prices for the artist, who lives and works in London, range from 13,100 pounds ($20,587) to 42,000 pounds. The artist’s first solo show at the gallery runs through July 7 at 568 W. 25th St.; +1-212-249-7695; http://www.ltmhgallery.com
Muse highlights include Mark Beech on music.
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