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Tuesday Under Ten: Paul McDonough

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K to support emerging (or, in this case, less well known) artists and young galleries. This week: I am thrilled Sasha Wolf introduced me to Paul McDonough’s photography. I love these glimpses into the gritty world of 1960/70s New York. As portraits, they are intimate and expressive — the kind of picture you have an ongoing relationship with. My parents met in 1973, so on a personal note, I feel like these are a view into the time and place of their new romance. McDonough is getting on in years, but he’s still involved in printing and signs each piece.

Paul McDonough, Kids with Cat, NYC, 1969

Paul McDonough, Kids with Cat, NYC, 1969

Paul McDonough, Central Park, Couple Kissing, NYC, 1972

Paul McDonough, Central Park, Couple Kissing, NYC, 1972

Paul McDonough, Central Park, Couple with Baby in Newspaper, 1973

Paul McDonough, Central Park, Couple with Baby in Newspaper, 1973

2018

It was such a joy to place so many wonderful works of art in 2018! Here are snippets of some of my favorites from the past year. Bringing art into people’s daily lives is the best part of my job, and I can’t wait to get back at it in January. If you’re interested in finding works of art for your home or office, please get in touch. Wishing everyone the best for the new year!

Gallery Round Up: November/December

Uptown, downtown, and in between -- here are some of my favorites currently on view at New York galleries. I want to add that the Sam Gilliam show at Mnuchin Gallery is staggeringly beautiful. I'm usually in and out of galleries in a few minutes, but I couldn't tear myself away from these. Definitely worth a visit if you're on the Upper East Side! 

Sam Gilliam at Mnuchin Gallery

Sam Gilliam at Mnuchin Gallery

Garth Weiser  at Casey Kaplan Gallery

Garth Weiser at Casey Kaplan Gallery

Alison Elizabeth Taylor at James Cohan Gallery

Alison Elizabeth Taylor at James Cohan Gallery

Lower East Side Galleries: October/November

Here's my round up of must sees on the Lower East Side this month and next! 

Tom Sachs at Sperone Westwater Gallery

Tom Sachs at Sperone Westwater Gallery

Holly Coulis at Klaus Gallery 

Holly Coulis at Klaus Gallery 

Sojourner Truth Parsons at Downs & Ross Gallery

Sojourner Truth Parsons at Downs & Ross Gallery

Melanie Willhide at Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Melanie Willhide at Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Chelsea Galleries: September / October Shows

Here are my five favorites currently on view in Chelsea! 

Ad Reinhardt at David Zwirner Gallery

Ad Reinhardt at David Zwirner Gallery

Nathalie Boutté at Yossi Milo Gallery

Nathalie Boutté at Yossi Milo Gallery

Lisa Oppenheim at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Lisa Oppenheim at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Ruth Asawa at David Zwirner Gallery

Ruth Asawa at David Zwirner Gallery

Leon Polk Smith at Lisson Gallery

Leon Polk Smith at Lisson Gallery

Favorite of the Week: Ettore Sottsass (by Sarah Archer)

This week Sarah Archer is taking over my weekly content! Tune in again tomorrow and Thursday for more awesome design posts. 

Sarah is a craft and design maven with a soft spot for all
things midcentury. She writes a monthly column on ceramics and glass
for Antiques Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Hyperallergic. You can read some of her recent writing here.

And, now, for Sarah's Favorite of the Week: 
The new exhibition “Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical” has just opened
at The Met Breuer, curated by Christian Larsen. This eye-popping show
features many of Sottsass’s classics, like the Valentine Typewriter he
designed for Olivetti, alongside some lesser-known works such as this
boldly graphic “Cabinet No. 56” from 2003 that deftly combines old
and new: ebonized pearwood veneer contrasts with bright red acrylic.

Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet No. 56, 2003, Image Courtesy of The Gallery Mourmans ©Studio Ettore Sottsass Srl.

Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet No. 56, 2003, Image Courtesy of The Gallery Mourmans ©Studio Ettore Sottsass Srl.

Favorite of the Week: Myoung Ho Lee

A gorgeous show of photography by Myoung Ho Lee opened at Yossi Milo Gallery on Thursday evening. He's only produced a handful of work over the past decade and this is a rare opportunity to see them all in the same space! 

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree... #2, 2011

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree... #2, 2011

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #2, 2006

Myoung Ho Lee, Tree #2, 2006

Favorite of the Week: Joseph Stashkevetch

I paid the artist Joseph Stashkevetch a studio visit last week and was blown away by his new work. Joseph is known for his exquisitely realistic conté crayon drawings - yes, these are all done free-hand!  His interest in beauty, transience, destruction, and decay is shown in images that include dilapidated architecture, refuse piles, and flowers. His most recent work - the last two images included here - has become sculptural, composed of multi-layered drawings that curve and undulate. If you're interested in considering Joseph's work for your home, please get in touch!

Joseph Stashkevetch

Joseph Stashkevetch

Joseph Stashkevetch

Joseph Stashkevetch

Joseph Stashkevetch, Denver Museum of Art, Installation view, 2013

Joseph Stashkevetch, Denver Museum of Art, Installation view, 2013

Joseph Stashkevetch, Denver Museum of Art, Installation view, 2013

Joseph Stashkevetch, Denver Museum of Art, Installation view, 2013

Joseph Stashkevetch, Torn Curtain #2, 2016

Joseph Stashkevetch, Torn Curtain #2, 2016

Joseph Stashkevetch, The Blue Mosque, 2017

Joseph Stashkevetch, The Blue Mosque, 2017

Favorite of the Week: Sam Samore

I spied this stack of Sam Samore Lips in a lobby on the north end of Madison Square Park last week! I adore this body of work! It's cinematic and voyeuristic and sexy but also a little gritty. 

Sam Samore, Madison Square Park, Installation View

Sam Samore, Madison Square Park, Installation View

I like it so much that I own one myself: 

Sam Samore, Allegory of Beauty #44, c. 1990-1999 and Joseph Stashkevetch, Untitled, 2016

Sam Samore, Allegory of Beauty #44, c. 1990-1999 and Joseph Stashkevetch, Untitled, 2016

But it's my dream to get two more (and, um, super tall ceilings!) to make a stack like this: 

Russell Groves Interior, photographed for Elle Decor with Sam Samore, Allegory of Beauty stack

Russell Groves Interior, photographed for Elle Decor with Sam Samore, Allegory of Beauty stack

And two more images just to give you the full picture! 

Sam Samore, Allegory of Beauty, 1990-1995

Sam Samore, Allegory of Beauty, 1990-1995

Sam Samore, Tower of Lips, 1990-1995

Sam Samore, Tower of Lips, 1990-1995

Weekend Agenda: Anselm Kiefer

Normally, when I go to Chelsea to visit galleries and do research for my clients, I'll spend the whole day and go to a huge list of about twenty shows. However, the current Anselm Kiefer exhibition at Gagosian is so big, spectacular, varied, and requires such close looking to really I enjoy, I recommend thinking of it as a museum show and making a special one stop Chelsea visit. The work on view includes paintings, artists’s books, and watercolors, referencing uncountable literary sources, and presenting an achingly beautiful vision of life and death, sensuality and spirituality. This show, on view through July 14th, is not to be missed. 

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Artist Book, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Artist Book, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Artist Book, Gagosian Gallery (detail)

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Artist Book, Gagosian Gallery (detail)

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Installation View, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Installation View, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Gagosian Gallery

Anselm Kiefer: Transition from Cool to Warm, Gagosian Gallery

Favorite of the Week: Antonio Murado

I was way downtown last week, so I had an opportunity to visit the Antonio Murado commission I worked on for Brookfield. These three gorgeous paintings went into the office building lobby of what was once the World Financial Center and is now part of the Brookfield Place campus. The Hudson River is right outside the lobby windows, and I love how the paintings relate to water without being on-the-nose waterscapes. At the same time, there's something earthy about them that fits in perfectly with the rough, warm stone surfaces of the lobby. Working closely with an artist on a large-scale commission like this is an exciting process and really different from what I do most days helping my private clients. 

Visit to Antonio Murado Commission at Brookfield Place, New York

Visit to Antonio Murado Commission at Brookfield Place, New York

Antonio Murado, Charon crossing the Styx, 2016, Brookfield Place

Antonio Murado, Charon crossing the Styx, 2016, Brookfield Place

Antonio Murado, Atlantico,I, 2016, Brookfield Place

Antonio Murado, Atlantico,I, 2016, Brookfield Place

Antonio Murado, Atlantico,I, 2016, Brookfield Place

Antonio Murado, Atlantico,I, 2016, Brookfield Place

Favorite of the Week: Katherine Bernhardt

(This is really my favorite of two weeks as we were out of town last week!) There is an awesome site-specific installation of Katherine Bernhardt paintings and sculpture at Lever House on Park Avenue open through the end of September. I adore her bright Pop Art canvases, and this was a great environment in which to experience them. In the artist's words: "When constructing the show, I envisioned a giant fish bowl tank, with giant Jurassic objects, paintings, and soft sculptures. In this show, gigantism rules. You'll find giant gummy worm sculptures and giant paintings. The gummies could also be seen as giant paint strokes that have fallen out of the paintings. You can play on them or rest on them as well as admire the beauty of gummy worms. The painted walls, colored film windows, and painted concrete blocks, all encapsulate this colorful crazy concrete jungle. Similar to the botanical garden, these works are contained in their own glass bio-dome: The Lever House.  Welcome to the Jurassic terrarium."

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Katherine Bernhardt, Lever House, Installation Shot

Tuesday Under Ten: Crystal Gregory

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: There is nothing I don't like about Crystal Gregory's cyanotypes. Delicate movement, vivid blue color, and interesting, entirely by-hand process - I adore this work! Technically photographs, the imagery in these pictures is derived from weavings Gregory, who has roots in fiber art, makes by hand. She also applies the light-sensitive emulsion to the paper herself, and many of the pieces use sunshine for the exposure. 

Crystal Gregory, Untitled, 2015

Crystal Gregory, Untitled, 2015

Favorite of the Week: Joan Mitchell

There were so many amazing pieces on auction last week for the big Spring Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary sales, but the one that shines out in my mind -- for which I would seriously consider trading a pinky toe -- was this Joan Mitchell diptych. It was offered at Sotheby's with an estimate of $1,800,000 - 2,500,000 and sold for $2,052,500 with the buyer's premium. 

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992

Favorite of the Week: Todd Bienvenu

There is so much strong figural work on view right now, and I'm loving it! A lot of Outsider Art feel with a dash of something historical. So many of these painters really have it going on. One of my favorites was the Todd Bienvenu show at Yours, Mine & Ours Gallery. I found these scenes so relatable, I could almost feel what the painted figures were touching. 

Todd Bienvenu

Todd Bienvenu

Todd Bienvenu

Todd Bienvenu

Todd Bienvenu, Water Sports, Installation view at Yours, Mine, & Ours

Todd Bienvenu, Water Sports, Installation view at Yours, Mine, & Ours

Favorite of the Week: Bernard Buffet

I have been so haunted by the Bernard Buffet show at Venus Over Manhattan on view through the end of this month. It's the first major presentation of his work in New York in thirty years, and I wasn't super familiar with him before I saw the exhibition. At points during his lifetime (1928 - 1999), however, Buffet was a major star, and there has been recent renewed interest in his work. I love his creepy, uncanny imagery and thick, thick paint. These are captivating pieces that demand a long look! 

Bernard Buffet, La mort 11, 1999

Bernard Buffet, La mort 11, 1999

Bernard Buffet, La mort 4, 1999

Bernard Buffet, La mort 4, 1999

Bernard Buffet, Ceropitheque, 1997

Bernard Buffet, Ceropitheque, 1997

Favorite of the Week: Keltie Ferris

I adore the Keltie Ferris show that is on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash uptown through May 6. I love the bright colors and innovative process, and I can't get over how good these pieces look on the wall. Plus, since they are at a reasonable price point, a whole row of them isn't out of the question. Keltie makes these pieces by coating her body with oil and pressing herself onto the paper. She then creates the image by applying pigment powder to the oil. A little bit Warhol; a little bit Yves Klein -- the result is fantastic. 

Keltie Ferris: M\A\R\C\H, Installation view 

Keltie Ferris: M\A\R\C\H, Installation view 

Keltie Ferris, Joan/Jonie, 2017

Keltie Ferris, Joan/Jonie, 2017

Keltie Ferris, Second Narcissus, 2017

Keltie Ferris, Second Narcissus, 2017

Keltie Ferris, sLaSh, 2017

Keltie Ferris, sLaSh, 2017