Sunday, January 31, 2010

Passing the Chelsea Hotel: Sincerely, R. Riccardo

Had a great day yesterday passing the Chelsea Hotel on the crosstown bus, thinking of the history of the place and its legendary inhabitants (including Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe). Despite the frigid temperature outside, I had a wonderful time visiting the delightful shows of Andy Warhol and Annette Lemieux at Paul Kasmin's two spaces, breathtaking abstractions by German painter, Christian Hellmich at Lehmann Maupin, the ethereal worlds of Patti Smith and Steven Sebring at Robert Miller, Anthony McCall at Sean Kelly (I had a nice private conversation with him discussing his mystical work), the fascinating Superflex, a Danish collaborative at Peter Blum with a must see 21 minute film entitled, Flooded McDonald's, and the hypnotic Gelitin show at Greene Naftali with blindfolded scantily clad men and their assistants creating sculpture for an audience with piano accompaniment. Nothing like interesting visual art to warm the soul...Image: Superflex, Flooded McDonald's, 2009 at Peter Blum Chelsea.

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