Alison Elizabeth Taylor is back at the James Cohan Gallery, in a show that should been seen and appreciated. Taylor’s work is immediately recognizable, and she has gained a reputation for “reinvigorating the Renaissance craft of marquetry, or intarsia wood inlay, a medium once made popular during the unprecedented age of luxury of Louis XIV’s Court of Versailles. By choosing a medium that is typically associated with wealth and power to portray dystopian scenes of everyday life, Taylor creates a tension between the luxurious connotations of the material and a certain abjectness of the subject matter.”
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street
May 7 – June 19
Jim Campbell’s show at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Exploded View, continues his exploration of LED technology. With this new work Campbell “takes a traditional two-dimensional surface and pulls it apart into a three dimensional grid,” resulting in pieces that force the viewer “to rely on perception and memory as a means to understand its logic.” It’s the most interesting show I’ve seen this season.
Good for Swoon. She has a book coming out in correspondence with her current work at Urban Art Projects. A book signing will take place at their headquarters, 136 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, on Saturday, May 8, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Greenwich Avenue becomes a strolling gallery this month with their annual “Art to the Avenue,” May 6 – May 31. More info here.
Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold at Christie’s ‘Spring Masterpieces’ auction for $106.5 Million, the most money ever paid for a piece of art. The home where it had hung is noteworthy as well.
Andy Goldsworthy’s show at Galerie Lelong, New York Dirt Water Light, consists of “photographs, sculpture and videos made exclusively in New York City” showing “debris, a passersby, and the interplay of natural and artificial light—demonstrating the artist’s broad, compelling understanding of nature.”
New York Dirt Water Light
528 West 26th Street
May 6 – June 19
Virginia Martinsen shows at ATM Gallery.
Stephanie Winters, a prominent cellist and patron of the arts, was interviewed on April 23 by Harry Allen on his WBAI show “Nonfiction.” Listen to it here.