A New Yorker returns: Art in Chelsea

pace2Hey, I’m in NYC, visiting from Los Angeles, where I write for LA Metblogs. I  used to live here for a couple decades, moved to LA five years ago– jury is still out on that move but I get back to the city for a shot of cultural stimulation now and then. In LA there is very little of either unless your idea of culture is shopping and talking about how great the weather is.

I’m holed up with the boyfriend in London Terrace for a couple weeks. Yesterday we stuck around the neighborhood, art peeping and such.

Top of the list was the Manzoni exhibit at Gagosian (555 W 24 St.) It was curated by Germano Celant and is displayed chronologically with a time line for each year of his short life (he died at the age of 29), placing Manzoni in context artistically as well as historically. Holland Cotter’s review here. Highly recommended.

The other notable exhibit I saw was Robert Irwin at Pace Wildenstein (545 W 22 St.) Appealing in a visceral sense, monumental in size and if you like Dan Flavin, this will work for you.

Photo of Robert Irwin exhibit @ Pace Wildenstein by CP.

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