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New York – New Art

August 9, 2012

The last time we went to New York we were 17 years old, and on a college art trip. I was studying AVCE Art & Design; in love with textile art and Jenny Saville’s paintings. He took AS Level Photography and hated artists but loved taking photographs.

We spent most of the trip walking in & out of art galleries – I think on one day we visited 13 galleries, which even for me was a bit much. You couldn’t appreciate the work or enjoy the presence of the gallery as it was 472nd painting you had seen that day, and each photograph faded into the next.

Ten years later and I’m still just as in love with textiles art and Jenny Saville (and Trout). And he’s just as in love with photography. This time around I am so excited to select specific shows that I want to see, and spend time in my favourite gallery; The Guggenheim. When we were there last Matthew Barney was showing, and I just about died with happyness. To be surrounded by his work, and his presence, in such a fantastic space. It was unbelievable.

I’ve seen a few exhibitions which have caught my eye; artists whose work I know and love, and some that I haven’t heard of but am drawn to:

Weegee: Murder is my Business, International Center of Photography

Weegee was an American photography who captured crimes and news events for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies between 1935 and 1946. The photographs document whilst intrigueing the viewer, and have a sinister darkness about them. I really hope that we can squeeze in a visit to the center, as the show closes on the 2nd (the first full day we have in the city).

“This exhibition affirms that Weegee brought to street photography a new, often shocking vitality. The combination of grit, humanity, intensity, merciless opportunism and spatial precariousness…regularly resulted in pictures that you can’t stop looking at…and don’t soon forget.” The New York Times.

1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
Tuesday–Wednesday: 10 am–6pm/Thursday–Friday: 10 am–8 pm/Saturday–Sunday: 10 am–6 pm

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you, Whitney Museum of American Art

I was immediately drawn to the title of the show, which I think is so beautiful. I think the artists’ combination of activist and installation art is really intrigueing.

“In this tour-de-force solo show, the artist is equal parts activist, diarist, and journalist”

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York NY 10021
Monday & Tuesday – Closed/Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday – 11am-6pm/Friday 1pm-9pm

Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1

I loveKläs’ use of material and presence in these pieces.

22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101
Thursday – Monday 12-6pm, CLOSED Tuesday & Wednesday

Annette Messager, Marian Goodman Gallery
I am really disappointed that we’ll miss Messager’s show. We saw her exhibit at the Hayward Gallery and it was brilliant, but this show ends in August unfortunately.

If you guys have any recommendations or suggestions that would be great! We’re trying not to spend any money on entrance fees, but if something is super nice then maybe we can push the boat out…!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2012 12:03 pm

    All my boyfriend and I do on holiday is visit Art galleries too! Our families and friends think we’re weird, but it is what we love! Never been to New York, so I’m super jealous as I would love to go to the Guggenheim, although I have been to the Guggenheim in Bilbao when in Art College!

    • August 10, 2012 5:19 pm

      I wouldn’t say he is super excited about going to galleries – it’s more of a case of, “Come to this gallery and I’ll buy you a burrito afterwards”!

  2. August 11, 2012 7:22 am

    You guys are together for ten years? Thats amazing! I hope you two enjoy your NY Trip and you’ll find some great pieces of art.

    • August 11, 2012 12:28 pm

      Yeah it was our 10 year anniversary in March so we’re going to America to celebrate :) x

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