MuseumVisit

Tuesday Under Ten: Oeuffice

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: If you can't get enough of that Ettore Sottsass postmodernism (and if you haven't seen the awesome show at Met Breuer, you should!), take home an Oeuffice object today! I love these limited edition inlaid ziggurats that stand about 20 inches tall. Super chic! 

Oeuffice, Ziggurat "Loewen Stripes Edition, 2012

Oeuffice, Ziggurat "Loewen Stripes Edition, 2012

Weekend Agenda: The Cooper Hewitt (by Sarah Archer)

This weekend, pay a visit to Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era at The Cooper Hewitt -- a jewel of an exhibition that accompanies the museum's current blockbuster Jazz Age show. There are over 100 luxurious compacts, clocks, cigarette and cosmetic cases by the likes of Cartier and Van Cleef Arpels. This little wonder from 1929 is a Mystery Clock by Maurice Coüet and Cartier.

Maurice Coüet and Cartier, Mystery Clock, 1929

Maurice Coüet and Cartier, Mystery Clock, 1929

Weekend Agenda: The Met

I saw two shows at the Met recently that blew me away. The first is the Irving Penn retrospective. Known as a fashion photographer, Penn's body of work is actually big and varied, including truly sensitive portraits, still lifes, magazine covers, and travel images. Here are two favorites! 

Irving Penn, Modern Family, 1947

Irving Penn, Modern Family, 1947

Irving Penn, Glove and Shoe, 1947

Irving Penn, Glove and Shoe, 1947

Next, you must pay a visit to Sara Berman's Closet. This pint-sized period room is meticulously filled with clothes and assorted objects, including a jar of white buttons and a bottle of Chanel No 5. For me it was incredibly appealing because I love white on white, tidiness, and a minimalist lifestyle, but I think there's also something so intriguing about looking into this idiosyncratic and highly aesthetic personal space.

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sara Berman's Closet, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Weekend Agenda: Doug Wheeler at the Guggenheim

I think I would be a better person if I had a Doug Wheeler installation in my home that I could spend time in every day. Until that miraculous moment comes, there's one at the Guggenheim that can be experienced through August 2 (don't forget to buy your timed ticket in advance!). For the uninitiated: by manipulating space, light, and sound, Wheeler creates rooms with a sense of infinite space that are both disorienting and extraordinarily peaceful. I walk away feeling like my brain has had a spa day. 

Doug Wheeler, Installation, Guggenheim Museum

Doug Wheeler, Installation, Guggenheim Museum

Weekend Agenda: Whitney Biennial

Every two years, The Whitney Museum puts on an large exhibition called the Biennial. It's a big deal because the show is known for encapsulating what's now and what's next. If you want to know what is driving artists today, and what the art world is going to be talking about tomorrow, a visit to the Biennial can help -- even if a lot of the work is not your cup of tea visually. Most editions exhibit many emerging artists, and inclusion can catapult an artist's career to the big league. 

The Biennial began in 1932, making it the longest-running show of its kind for American art. This -- the seventy-eighth edition -- is the first in the new Meat Packing District building.  The focus of many of the 63 included artists, perhaps not surprisingly, is on racial and economic inequality and political tension. Here are some highlights! 

Larry Bell, Pacific Red, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

Larry Bell, Pacific Red, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

John Divola, Abandoned Painting B, 2007, Whitney Biennial 2017

John Divola, Abandoned Painting B, 2007, Whitney Biennial 2017

Carrie Moyer, Glimmer Glass, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

Carrie Moyer, Glimmer Glass, 2016, Whitney Biennial 2017

Dana Schutz, Fight in an Elevator, 2015, Whitney Biennial 2017

Dana Schutz, Fight in an Elevator, 2015, Whitney Biennial 2017

Weekend Agenda: Francis Picabia

The Francis Picabia retrospective at MoMA is a must see. It’s the most ambitious US exhibition of his work to date and includes material from all phases of his career.  As you march through the artistic moments of Picabia’s life, it’s hard to believe that all of the work was made by the same person. The styles he tries out include Impressionism, Modernist abstraction, Realism, and Dadaism. Whether you like all of the work or not—and in my opinion, some of it is just not very good—it’s an intriguing insight into the life of a modern painter in the first half of the twentieth century. My favorite Picabia work, and the pieces that have probably had the most attention in the art market, are his Monsters executed in the 1920s. These surreal, often-double exposed portraits of kissing couples have a quirky beauty that really sticks with me!

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change, Museum of Modern Art ,   November 21, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change, Museum of Modern ArtNovember 21, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Weekend Agenda: Marilyn Minter

The Marilyn Minter show at the Brooklyn Museum is a knock out. These photorealist paintings are steamy and sensual, making this a great stop on a Valentine's Day date! Followed by dinner at Faun or Olmsted -- I can't imagine who wouldn't fall in love! And, if you find yourself thinking as much about the pictures as you are about your date, get in touch! Minter's work is available at several price points (she makes both unique and editioned pieces), and they look sensational in the home.

Marilyn Minter, Black Orchid, 2012, Chromogenic print, 86 x 57 inches   Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, Brooklyn Museum, November 4, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Marilyn Minter, Black Orchid, 2012, Chromogenic print, 86 x 57 inches
Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, Brooklyn Museum, November 4, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Weekend Agenda: Agnes Martin

New feature! Stay in the know by checking out my website every Thursday for a recommendation on art viewing for the weekend! I will include museum and gallery shows, auction previews, art fairs, and more. 

First up: The Agnes Martin retrospective at the Guggenheim closes on January 11, and I can’t recommend highly enough seeing it before it does! Seen individually, Martin’s paintings are meditations on line, form, and minimalist repetition; seen as a whole, they are a symphony for the eyes, inviting comparison and a study of her progression. 

Agnes Martin, Installation view, The Guggenheim Museum, October 7, 2016 - January 11, 2017

Agnes Martin, Installation view, The Guggenheim Museum, October 7, 2016 - January 11, 2017

2016 Favorites

Introducing a new weekly feature! Every Monday, I will share an image of my favorite work of art I saw the previous week. To close out 2016, here is a round up of my 2016 favorites! 

Favorite Museum Show
Visiting Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest exhibition at the New Museum is like exploring a magical underwater land. Enchanting for adults and would be super fun with kids. It’s beautiful, transporting, and interesting—everything I’m looking for in art. Open at the New Museum through January 15.

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest, Installation view, New Museum, October 26, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest, Installation view, New Museum, October 26, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Favorite Gallery Show
My favorite gallery show of the year was Elizabeth Peyton’s perceptive, sensitive portraits at Gladstone uptown. Exquisitely painted and extraordinarily expressive, I could not tear myself away from these pictures. Living with one of these paintings would be such a privilege. If you’re drawn to her work, I would love to talk to you adding a piece to your collection. 

SPEED POWER TIME HEART: New Paintings by Elizabeth Peyton, Gladstone 64, November 4 - December 21, 2016

SPEED POWER TIME HEART: New Paintings by Elizabeth Peyton, Gladstone 64, November 4 - December 21, 2016

Favorite Piece I Sold to a Client
I am so proud of the three commissioned paintings by Antonio Murado I placed in the Brookfield property that was once the World Financial Center in downtown New York. Adjacent to the Hudson River, these watery abstracted seascapes offer a moment of escape in a busy corporate lobby. I love working on commissions for both private and corporate collections. It allows my clients to get exactly the piece they want and something that was created specially for them. Please get in touch with me to discuss a commission for your home or office! 

Antonio Murado, Atlantico I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 66 x 72 inches

Antonio Murado, Atlantico I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 66 x 72 inches

Antonio Murado,  Charon crossing the Styx, 2016, Oil on canvas, 90 x 150 inches

Antonio Murado, Charon crossing the Styx, 2016, Oil on canvas, 90 x 150 inches

Favorite Piece I Bought for Myself
I have wanted a lips photograph by Sam Samore for a decade. This piece failed to find a buyer at a Phillips auction last spring, so I made an offer and got it for a great price! If there’s a picture you’ve been hunting, let me know, and I will keep my eyes open for a great a deal for you! 

Sam Samore, Allegories of Beauty #44, c. 1990-1999, Gelatin silver print, 26 15/16 x 49 3/4 inches  AP 1 (from an Edition of 2 + 1AP)   

Sam Samore, Allegories of Beauty #44, c. 1990-1999, Gelatin silver print, 26 15/16 x 49 3/4 inches
AP 1 (from an Edition of 2 + 1AP)