Art Break: Nature Captured in Art By Georgia O’Keeffe at the New York Botanical Garden
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 14, 2018
Art is amazing for many reasons. One of the best is helping us reexamine and redefine our understanding and relationship to history, culture, people, or even everyday items. Case in point: all our Art Break picks this week. From Karl Orozco’s study of colonial influences in the Philippines to Georgia O’Keeffe’s close observation of the natural world and the effect of humans on it, art gives everyone an opportunity to expand their thinking. Take time this week to look at some art – it might just change your life.
Come You Back to Maynila Bay | Karl Orozco (May 12 – May 27) is a printmaking project sponsored by Chashama and Think!Chinatown Community Art Space. Through the imagery of Chinese mahjong tiles, Orozco examines Philippine culture and history as a colonial possession. As well as the exhibit, there will be printmaking workshops for children and adults every Sunday from 11-5.
Think!Chinatown Community Art Space
Hours: Mon – Tue: 2-7pm, Sat – Sun: 11-7
Richard Combes: Walls (May 17 – June 9) at Gallery Henoch is a stunning selection of photo realistic paintings on a deceptively simple subject: walls in the urban landscape. By focusing on details of color, light, and shadow, Combes creates an image more accurate and truthful than a photograph. Look for yourself – as they say, seeing is believing.
555 West 25th Street
Hours: Tue – Sat: 10:30-6
Jean Dubuffet: Théâtres de mémoire (May 18 – June 29) series was last shown in NYC in 1979. The canvases on view at Pace Gallery in 2018 are loans from American museums, the Fondation Dubuffet and international collections and are all stellar examples of Dubuffet’s late period. These large-scale collages/paintings crackle with energy, through intricate details and vibrant colors, reminding viewers how exciting modern art can be.
510 West 25th Street
Hours: Tue – Sat: 10-6
Wayne Thiebaud: Draftsman (May 18 – September 23) is a survey from his early days as an illustrator to current art works. Thiebaud’s subject matter may be the most ordinary items but his drawing technique and color choices transform them into objects of beauty. At 6:30 pm on May 18, The Morgan will hold a conversation with Wayne Thiebaud and Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern & Contemporary Drawings. To purchase tickets, click here.
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
Hours: Tue – Thur: 10:30-5, Fri: 10:30-9, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-6
Admission: Adults: $20, Seniors: $13, Students with current id: $13, Children 12 years and younger, accompanied by an adult: Free, Members: Free. On Fridays from 7pm – 9pm: Free
Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i (May 19 – October 28) takes its inspiration from a nine week trip O’Keefe took to Hawai’i in 1939. On view will be more than 15 paintings of the islands as well as several displays of living plants with explanations of their importance to the people and environment. Besides the art and nature, NYBG will host special after-hours events on Saturdays featuring live performances, specialty cocktails and food of the islands. Check out the Aloha Nights series here.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Hours: Tue – Sun: 10-6
Admission: Weekdays (includes exhibitions): Adults: $23, Seniors: $20, Students with current id: $20, Children ages 2-12, accompanied by an adult: $10, Children under 2 years of age, accompanied by an adult: Free, Members: Free
Weekends (includes exhibitions): Adults: $28, Seniors: $25, Students with current id: $25, Children ages 2-12, accompanied by an adult: $12, Children under 2 years of age, accompanied by an adult: Free, Members: Free
An additional recent gallery opening we’d like to mention is at Hales Project Room, presenting Rotimi Fani-Kayode: Rage & Desire (May 1 – June 16) a selection of photographs from the mid 1980’s. Some of the images on view, explicit yet sensitive to the nuances of human desire and identity, are unlike any other pictures from that time. Tragically, Fani-Kayode died in 1989, but the work he left behind continues to speak powerfully about issues of race, sexuality, and spirituality.
Hales Project Room
64 Delancy Street
Hours: Wed – Sat: 11-6
Cover: Georgia O’Keeffe: ‘Heliconia, Crab’s Claw Ginger’ (1939); oil on canvas, 19 x 16 in, Private Collection; courtesy of NYBG.