Art Break: Ariel DeAndrea’s Photorealism at Louis K. Meisel and ‘Charting the Divine Plan’ at the American Museum of Folk Art
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 11, 2018
Art Break has been reflecting on the phrase ‘thinking outside the box’ and the ways it can be interpreted. For instance, you could think outside the box if you decided to measure time in images instead of numbers. How about bringing the fantasies of your mind into the real world? Or make the hidden aspects of the world visible? All our picks this week, including Ariel DeAndres Photorealism at Louis K. Meisel Gallery, take old ideas, pull them apart, and build a new box full of exciting possibilities. Visit any or all these shows to start breaking out of your own box of preconceived notions!
signs and symbols™: Ornella Fieres: The Structure and Function of hidden Things (June 14 – July 22) is the German artist’s first solo art show in the US. Fieres magnifies and manipulates distortions of found images captured in milliseconds too fast for human eyesight, questioning concepts of time, permanence, and reality.
signs and symbols™
102 Forsyth Street
Hours: Wed – Sun: 11-6
Louis K. Meisel Gallery: Ariel DeAndrea: Ebb and Flow (June 14 – July 20) creates paintings using photorealism techniques. DeAndrea’s work reproducing ripples in water is especially vivid and convincing in its details.
Louis K. Meisel Gallery
141 Prince Street
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10-6
Ricco/Maresca Gallery: Clarence Schmidt: “Let’s Call It Hope” (June 14 – August 17) is a memorial show to one of outsider art’s great masters. Over two decades, Schmidt built a collection of structures covered with layers of found objects, paint, tar, etc. creating an installation impossible to reproduce today. By using photographs by contemporary visitors alongside sculptures from the artist, the gallery invokes the grand project that changed the art world’s view about what modern art could be.
529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor
Hours: Tues – Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6
Studio Museum in Harlem: Maren Hassinger: Monuments continues its mission while the museum undergoes renovation (reopening in 2020) by showing it’s still active in the community via the inHarlem initiative, a series of events for children and adults. Part of this summer’s programming is Monuments, 8 sculptures in nearby Marcus Garvey Park created by Hassinger and built with the assistance of the Studio Museum’s Teen Leadership Council and Expanding the Walls program. The artwork reflects and responds to the park environment and the sense of community created by the green space.
Studio Museum in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park
Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th Streets
American Museum of Folk Art: Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796-1863) (June 12 – October 14, 2018) is an outstanding exhibit of this noted American scientific illustrator. Hitchcock recorded the natural world, with a focus on the Connecticut Valley region, for her husband’s scientific publications and lectures in his academic career. Internationally admired for the skill and accuracy of her drawings and paintings, she consistently received full credit for her work, an unusual level of acknowledgement in her profession.American Museum of Folk Art
2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue between 65 and 66th Streets)
Hours: Tues – Thurs: 11:30-7, Fri: 12-7:30, Sat: 11:30-7, Sun: 12-6
We also recommend two recently opened shows:
Tyler Rollins Fine Art: Tracey Moffatt: The Travellers (June 7 – July 27) was part of her installation (representing Australia) at last year’s Venice Biennial. This segment of the work explores the issue of migration through photography and video. Moffatt creates a sense of universality between the viewer and the image by removing any markers of location or time, adding to the impact of the piece.
Tyler Rollins Fine Art
529 West 20th Street, #10-W
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10-6
Alexander Gray Associates: Hugh Steers: The Nullities of Life (June 6 – July 20) is a selection of the artist’s works made before his death from AIDS related causes in 1995. Steers favored a rich color palette and figural composition, unusual for paintings of the late 1980s – early 90s. These ambiguous paintings have extraordinary emotional power and force.
Alexander Gray Associates
510 West 26th Street
Hours: Tues – Sat: 11-6
Cover:Ariel DeAndrea: Crane #45 (San Francisco, CA), 2018; oil on linen, 14 x 14 inches; courtesy of Louis K. Meisel Gallery.