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Art Break: Water-Inspired Works by Maya Lin at Pace Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2017

This week Art Break is highlighting Maya Lin, a unique voice in contemporary art. Among her many strengths as an artist is the ability to use unusual materials, such as water, to invoke a mood or state of mind in the viewer. Lin’s work as an architect and memorial designer shows a distinctive connection to the natural world, creating unexpected emotional responses in the viewer. Her latest exhibit in Chelsea uses installations and sculptures to represent and explore the various states of water, with a special emphasis on environmental concerns. It will inspire you to think about the natural world in a different way. As a bonus tip, check out the website Lin calls her last memorial. It documents species and habitats that are or are becoming extinct — a sobering list that gets longer every year.

As always, all shows listed are free of charge.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Marc Straus, 299 Grand Street

When: Now through October 15, Wed – Sun: 11-6

Who: Margaret Loy Pula

What: Paintings from the noted Aboriginal artist

Why: Explore the connections between the real and spiritual worlds

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Pace, 537 West 24th Street

When: Now through October 7, Tues – Sat: 10-6

Who: Maya Lin: Ebb and Flow

What: Installations and sculpture

Why: Follow the elusive forms of water with the artist

BONUS TIP: Check out the website to see Lin’s memorial to the species and habitats that have been or are currently being made extinct.

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Forum Gallery, 457 Park Avenue

When: Now through September 29, Mon – Fri: 10-5:30

Who: Seeing with Our Own Eyes: An exhibition of works by progressive women artists

What: Group show of drawings, paintings, and sculptures

Why: Sample different visions, techniques and styles in one place

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Craig F. Starr Gallery, 5 East 73rd Street

When: Now through October 28, Mon – Sat: 11-5:30

Who: RYB: Mary Heilmann Paintings 1975-78

What: Early paintings exploring the limits of primary colors

Why: Restrictions within shape and color produce interesting results


Cover: Maya Lin: ‘Folding the Columbia’ (2017); glass marbles and adhesive; 13′ x 26′ x 1″ (396.2 cm x 792.5 x 2.5 cm); Maya Lin Studio; photo by Kerry Ryan McFate; courtesy of Pace Gallery.


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