Belgian artist James Ensor had a major influence on many of the expressionist and surrealist painters of the 20th century. His allegories and bizarre religious themes can now be seen at the MoMA’s exhibition of his work.
Cheim & Read presents a group show of the female figure by women artists with the aim of introducing new interpretations of the male gaze. From the press release: “This exhibition attempts to debunk the notion of the male gaze by providing a group of works in which the artist and subject do not relate as “voyeur” and “object,” but as woman and woman.”
The Female Gaze: Women Look At Women Cheim & Read
547 W. 25th Street
Or, rather, Michelangelo’s first painting? It is a copy of an engraving by Martin Schongauer called “St. Anthony Tormented by Demons.” Experts now say it was painted by Michelangelo in 1487, before his apprenticeship with Domenico Ghirlandaio, when he was 12 or 13. If it is indeed real it is only one of four known easel paintings by the master.
“St. Anthony Tormented by Demons” The Met
Matthew Marks at West 24th is showing three early sculptures by Charles Ray. Of note is Ink Line, a “continuous stream of black ink traveling from a dime-size opening in the ceiling into a similar hole in the floor.” This is the first time this piece has been publicly exhibited.
Marilyn Minter’s show at Salon 94 closes on Saturday. Green Pink Caviar “continues her examination of glamour and its underbelly” by juxtaposing “photorealistic paintings and painterly photographs which hone in on the moment where clarity becomes abstraction and beauty commingles with the grotesque.”
Marilyn Minter Green Pink Caviar Salon 94
12 E. 94th Street
Jacob Hashimoto’s show at Mary Boone in Chelsea “continues his longtime fascination with the intersections of painting and sculpture, abstraction and landscape. Each work in the exhibition is comprised of hundreds of small bamboo and paper kitelike
elements. These kite elements are strung together in chains, and layers of these chains are stretched taught between short dowels that project from wall-mounted brackets, creating a densely layered and fragmented tapestry of image or pattern.” The result is quite stunning and beautiful.
Marina Abramovic will have her retrospective next year at the MoMA. Titled “The Artist is Present”, Abramovic “will, quite literally, be present, positioned on a series of small platforms from March through May 2010, spending seven hours a day five days a week and 10 hours one day a week (Friday, when the museum stays open late) on one of the platforms. She’ll take off Tuesdays, when the museum is closed.”