There are some great gallery shows right now in the elegant Upper East Side galleries. What better to do on a Saturday than have a stroll and take in some art. Galleries are free to enter, the exhibits are bite size, and you get fresh air and legs stretched in between. It's really my absolute favorite activity!
STOP ONE: Tadaaki Kuwayama & Rakuko Naito at Barbara Mathes Gallery (22 E 80) I often feel like art made out of little worked pieces of paper is fussy and fit only for Etsy, but Rakuko Naito's sculptural masterpieces are complex and lovely. They invite close viewing and hold the eye.
Rakuko Naito, Installation view, Barbara Mathes Gallery (February 16 – April 21, 2017)
STOP TWO: Andy Warhol: Self Portraits (Fright Wigs) at Skartstedt (20 E 79) Skarstedt is showing a great group of Warhol's self portraits. One of the things I love about seeing a set of his work like this is that you can compare both the little differences among them and how an aspect like color can change the mood between identical compositions.
Andy Warhol: Self Portraits (Fright Wigs), Installation view, Skartstedt Gallery (February 23 - April 22, 2017)
STOP THREE: Damian Loeb: Sgr A* at Acquavella Gallery (18 E 79) Like the first show, I could easily imagine views of the nighttime sky to be ticky-tacky, but Loeb's canvases are anything but. His masterful handling of paint and really magnificent skyscapes are hypnotizing and transporting. This show is simply gorgeous!
Damian Loeb: Sgr A*, Installation view, Acquavella Gallery (March 3 - April 6, 2017)