Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Marionette Maker, 2014
Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street
Spent a fabulous day in Chelsea yesterday, after a long period of not being able to get down there. A few shows will close this weekend - so please try to see them today or tomorrow.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, "The Marionette Maker," at Luhring Augustine. So much fun - camper filled with fantastic creatures playing as a woman sleeps and sound effects in the gallery make you feel as though you are somewhere else. Listen for the plane overhead (I forgot that I wasn't up on Purchase College campus, where hearing planes overhead is normal).
Their work gets better and better - this show is outstanding!
And while you are on West 24th, look for Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures.
Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street
Once again Sherman disguises herself as older women. This time she inhabits the well-to-do in different circumstances during the 1920s. Now that a 68 year old grandmother is running for president, this show may have more resonance, but sadly it is not going to be around for the general election. Cindy Sherman is 62.
Carmen Herrera at Lisson Gallery, 504 West 24th Street
And speaking of age, no one inspires me more than Carmen Herrera. Born in 1915 in Cuba, she developed her hard-edge style in 1950, well in advance of Frank Stella, Kenneth Nolan, and Elsworth Kelly of the 1960s. The current show at Lisson Gallery's new New York venue (just opened in May) is thrilling! Herrera currently lives in NYC. On May 31, she turned 101. She sold her first painting in 2004, at age 89.
Asya Reznikov, Wet Bar, 2016
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 520 West 27th Street
Also - Asya Rezikov at Nancy Hoffman Gallery has been extended to the end of June. The artist is 43. Her exhibition is about her pregnancy at 39-40.
Richard Serra's massive sculptures are at Gagosian on West 21 and West 24th - open through July 29: Astounding! He may be the greatest artist of our time. And only 76. I wonder what he will produce at 101?
Will keep you posted on great exhibitions this summer.
Beth New York
aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange