French Fair Cutlog’s NYC Debut brings a breath of fresh air

I was so exciting to see the French Art Fair Cutlog coming to New York.  I remember my friend Bruno Hadjadj, the co- director , talking about it after four successful years in Paris. Cutlog, devoted to emerging artists, took place during the Frieze Art Fair and occupied a former public school in the lower East side.  I enjoyed the grungy building, the laidback atmosphere, the low-key dealers and the genuine variety…

Exhibitors came from Paris, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Santiago.  You were greeted by a big fuzzy ball by ShoplifterImage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A site-specific installation by Monika Zarzeczna was hosted by Lesley Heller Workspace, while across the way are Haunted Mansionesque mirror pieces by Daniel Horowitz with L’Inlassable Galerie, where faces are creepily washed out to drip down the walls. Image

Painter Alan Neider simply rented his own booth and filled it with his work. Appreciating Cutlog’s gritty character, he wrote the organizers and asked them about the possibility of showing his work there…

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A new comer in the Gallery circuit, was the french Galerie 55 and his very approchable dealer showing the work of Niloufar Banisadr, Sexy Windows

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In another room, artist Clara Feder had put up a “Wall of Temptation”: visitors were invited to take a scratch-off lotto ticket, resist the urge, and stick it on a large canvas. Nearby voting booths and markers are provided so that participants can write something on their ticket. Feder, wearing a lab coat, told me, “In a culture where giving into temptation and submitting has become the norm, the project gives you a chance to resist.”

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Serra’s giant steel mazes

The Richard Serra show, titled “Junction/Cycle” at Gagosian untill November 26, revisits the graceful spirals and ellipses he exhibited 10 years ago.  The two giant sculptures, so exquisitely responsive to each other, manage to make the gallery feel intimate.

You are essentially walking through some gigantic steel mazes forced to make a choice: “left or right?  One path dead-ends leaving you in an elliptical enclosure; the other leading you along a narrow curving path where you will be presented with more choices.

Once you’re between those plates, you feel a tremendous surge. “Cycle” offers clearings, where you can pause and collect yourself. But the blind curves of “Junction” propel you through and, before you know it, spit you out. The movement feels akin to surfing, or being whooshed through a channel.

Echo: the Poetry of Dreams

As I was walking through the busy Flatiron district the other day, a giant otherworldly sculpture of a girl’s head caught my eyes. Jaume Plensa is the artist behind this this great art work.  Its elongated Modigliani-esque features oddly recalls a hologram.  Mr Pensa has for years dreamed of an “art totale”, he said, that would meld the contradictory disciplines of photography and sculpture.

Interactive Art at MOMA

When I was recently visiting MOMA‘s current exhibition “Talk to me”, I fell upon a beautiful and hypnotic moving image on a giant screen. A sign invites you to download the multiplayer game “Tentacles” on your iphone in order to start moving a squid-like form into the bottom of an imaginary ocean.  As more players join the game and interact, the giant screen turn into an amazing piece of “living art”…