On Saturday, we saw a bunch of small galleries near the High Line in Chelsea. Those were really awesome to see because even though, I did not like all of it, it was on the cutting edge of the art scene in one of the most artistically active areas of the world. We got to talk to artist, Stella Michaels, about some of her incredible abstract pieces and see lots of incredible work that pushed a lot of boundaries (sometimes in a good way, but sometimes not as much like the giant penis show at Gladstone Gallery). I was absolutely in love with the work of Irfan Onurmen at C24 Gallery. The show consisted of oil paintings and oversized tulle portraits that were absolutely incredible. Onurmen used images from Instagram, then created delicate reliefs from layers of tulle that feel like brushstrokes. I also enjoyed Galerie Richard's "Perspective in White" by Norio Imai which were 3-d objects behind a stretched canvas that had a really profound visual interest.
The Guggenheim was pretty interesting. There was a featured exhibit on Italian Futurists, which i did not love.. However, there was an incredible photographer's exhibit. Carrie Mae Weems is an African-American photographer that in a very clever, amusing, but realistically serious way examined the history of the African people, especially regarding slavery and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as art history and the everyday life of black people in America.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incredibly intimidating, and there was a lot we didn't want to see. We saw the modern art wings and the photography, but that was enough for us. It was really awesome though to see such famous works, pieces we had talked about and studied in class, in the flesh. The Whitney was really interesting and had a ton of intriguing pieces that were incredibly current which I really enjoyed. I really loved the sculptures by Carol Jackson. They had a really natural quality, but were also very surprising in their shapes and color use. Charline von Heyl's Ukrainian visual folk story exploration was really interesting. Travis Jeppeson's sex room was super weird and interesting.
MoMA was really cool and it was a good ending to the trip. It was awesome to see lots of modern artists that I actually really like. There were tons of pieces by well known artists that I like a lot like Rosenquist, Franz Kline, Rosenquist, Jeff Koons, Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Man Ray, Andrew Wyeth, and so many others. One of my absolute favorite pieces at MoMA, probably my favorite piece from the whole trip was an oil painting of a tree by Pavel Tchelitchew. The piece was so incredibly intricate and well done that Sam and I were convinced it was a digital piece that had been printed out. There were so many intricacies in the subject matter and so many intelligent decisions that the piece was really impactful and memorable.
Overall, New York was really fun. Even though it was totally exhausting and overwhelming, I had a really good time and learned a lot, but I also realized how much I knew. Going through Impressionist, Abstract Expressionist, Cubist, or Pop Art galleries, I could identify the majority of the artists which was super pleasing. I got way more excited than I thought I would about all this art and I am really glad I got to go on this trip.