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Art Break: You’ve Heard of Pop Art—Now There’s Pope Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 17, 2017

Time to test those history skills by visiting our Downtown pick this week. Devon Dikeou has created a combination photo/object installation of ten chairs that reference portraits of Catholic Popes. Each chair is linked to an artist and a Pope – it’s up to you to fill in the gaps of the background: historical, political, and religious. It’s the kind of show where audience participation adds to the enjoyment. Those who can remember their old world history without help will have a slight edge over those who have to Google but everyone should give it a try. No prizes offered, just bragging rights about your fantastic range of knowledge. As always, all our listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: James Fuentes, 55 Delancy Street

When: Now through July 28, Wed – Sun: 10-6

Who: Devon Dikeou: “Pray For Me” – Pope Francis

What: Installation of ten chairs each with references to artistic, historical, political, and religious ideas

Why: Consider how a simple object can be interpreted in a variety of ways

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street

When: Now through July 28, Tues – Sat: 10-6

Who: Meschac Gaba

What: Three installations that reference and discuss the current state of immigration and identity in the world

Why: A dialog of current world affairs, conducted in an artistic atmosphere

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

Where: Jason McCoy Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 11th Floor

When: Now through July 28, Mon – Fri: 10-6

Who: Ilana Manolson: Sum of

What: Paintings that offer a subjective view of the natural world

Why: Images that seem to shift in perspective and content in front of your eyes

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

Where: Meislin Projects, 819 Madison Avenue, #4-C

When: Now through August 11, Mon – Fri: 10-5

Who: Hadassa Goldvicht: I Am Yours and My Dreams Are Yours/The House of Life

What: Photographs and video projections of the Venetian Jewish community

Why: The artist honors past history through the act of remembrance


Cover: Devon Dikeou, “Pray for Me” —Pope Francis I, Velazquez: Pope Innocent X, 2014 mounted c-print, 47 x 45 inches (119.38 x 114.30 cm), Edition 1/1 + I AP; courtesy of the artist and James Fuentes.


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