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Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculptures, September 18th, 2011 – March 4th, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

At the end of February, I took a short trip to Boston for an opening at a pop-up gallery that my boyfriend and some friends are a part of. It was a short trip to Beantown, which included a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Ellsworth Kelly show just days before it came down.  The show, a collection of 30 wood sculptures that Kelly made over the course of his career, was elegantly stunning.  Most of the sculptures were massive, solid pieces in an array of woods from birch to zebra, which felt like paintings in their own right.

Check out the book Ellsworth Kelly by Christoph Grunenberg (Tate Publishing, 2008).



Roy Lichtenstein: Landscapes in the Chinese Style, Gagosian, through April 7th 2012
Chelsea, New York

Back in New York, we spent this past Saturday in Chelsea, checking out some of the shows that have recently opened.  At the Gagosian, Lichtenstein’s re-interpreted traditional Chinese scenes are on view.  A detached and cool-handed homage to the genre, they are silkscreen sublime.

Check out the book Whaam! The Art and Life of Roy Lichtenstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008).


At Ziehersmith Gallery, The Look of Love is Liz Markus’s fourth solo exhibit at the gallery. These sparsely painted, stained canvases were romantic, light and whimsical, with a feel of California sunshine, while others manage to convey great weight and depth like, I Say a Little Prayer for You, 2012. The show runs through March 17th 2012.


Georg Baselitz, Gagosian, 522 West 21st Street, through April 7th 2012
Chelsea, New York

The Gagosian on 21st Street is showing Georg Baselitz’s most recent paintings and sculpture, on view through April 7th 2012.  “I don’t want to create a monster, I want to make something which is new, exceptional, something that only I do…something that references tradition, but is still new. –Georg Baselitz.

I think that says it all.

Check out the book Georg Baselitz: A Retrospective Royal Academy of Arts Publication by Norman Rosenthal, Richard Shiff Carla Schulz-Hoffman and Georg Baselitz (Royal Academy Publications, 2007).


Tom Friedman: New Work, Luhring Augustine, through March 17th 2012
Chelsea, New York

Tom Friedman’s latest show, titled New Work is showing at Luhring Augustine through March 17th.  Mostly sculpture, the works are full of delightful surprises.  For instance, the piece Untitled (peeing figure) made of stainless steel is large and invokes a chuckle upon entering the room, but upon closer inspection of the work, you find that the sculpture looks like it was constructed from aluminum pans. The works are well executed, light and carefree.


Donald Moffet: The Radiant Future, Marianne Boesky, through April 7th 2012
Chelsea, New York

Donald Moffet’s show at the Marianne Boesky gallery was one of my favorite shows that we found along the way.  These industrial sculptures have spots of color that look like painted doormats or turf, but are actually oil on canvass and each blade of paint is methodically placed onto the surface.


Terry Winters: Cricket Music, Tessellation Figures, & Notebook, Matthew Marks, through April 14th 2012  - this show is just plain awesome.


Jonathan Lasker: Early Works is on display at Cheim and Read through March 24th 2012. 



Anton Kern is showing Ellen Berkenblit through March 31st 2012.

Nate said, “it looks like prohibition era outsider art… in a good way.”


Alison Gervais is Senior Production Manager for ABRAMS.

on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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