Exhibition: Chelsea Lately

Every autumn the urban area inscribed by 12th and 6th Avenues + W 14th and W 34th Streets—New York’s Chelsea district—offers up its fall programme to art lovers thirsty after summer’s annual drought. At this time of year, Saturday’s order of the day becomes promiscuous trysts amongst partners like Marianne Boesky, Galerie Lelong, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Mary Boone Gallery. Depending on the gallery’s stamina, each encounter might last between 7 and 20 minutes. Paused by lunch at Pepe Giallo and ending with refreshments at The Half King, gallery-goers return home well sated, visually and gastronomically.

Thomas Hirschhorn: Concordia, Concordia, 2012
Gladstone Gallery, NY

In the wake of the tumult that Hurricane Sandy recently waged on this internationally important art district, my tour back in late September has taken on uncanny prophesy. Thomas Hirschhorn’s upended ship hull at Gladstone Gallery and Rosemary Laing’s sky-born trees gripping half-built houses now seem to have forecasted the impending deluge. Reading Jerry Saltz’s sobering account of flooded ground level galleries and the reticent discarding of unsalvageable, water-logged art reminds me that Chelsea remains a unique environment where commercial enterprise abuts critical engagement. Moreover, a dialogue surrounding artwork that is indulgent, as is sometimes presented by superdealers like Larry Gagosian, has a place among discussions of more compelling work.

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Case Study: Cy Twombly Foundation to Open Museum

In memory of the late mid-century painter Cy Twombly, a foundation he set up has purchased a mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with plans to open a museum and education centre. The Cy Twombly Foundation paid $27.5million for the 5-storey building, located at 19 East 82nd St., a hop and a skip from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although Twombly spent most of his adult life in Rome, he was born and raised in the United States and was considered to be one of the most influential and important American painters in the post-Abstract Impressionist movement.

Read an article from The Wall Street Journal detailing the purchase after the jump.

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