I realized that the Sheila Hicks show I’ve been meaning to see was closing this week, so despite the usual confusing weekend subway changes, I made the trek downtown. It was definitely worth it. I’ve always loved her small woven studies, and the one pictured above was a favorite.
There was also a lot of fiber work I was unfamiliar with though, including some wrapped pieces, some of which were then woven in places. I liked the white on white pieces.
You can see how they are constructed from looking at the side. Interesting technique.
Another draw to go downtown was Giorgio Morandi. Wow! is all I can say.
As always, I walked around and stopped into other galleries along the way. Interestingly, they told me not to take photos of Bridget Riley, although her stuff is available easily in photos online of course. I had already taken these two photos…
but what I really wanted was pictures of her studies done on graph paper. They remind me of my days in the knit textile industry, because that’s exactly how I designed (and still design for my hats and scarves). So I found one online to post, above. Riley works with geometric pattern and color and I enjoy her graphic explorations. The paintings themselves are very large. She has a kinship to Sol LeWitt for sure.
This ruglike work by Miranda Lichtenstein attracted my attention. It’s actually composed of layered photos of stitching printed on some kind of plastic. Which makes sense since she’s a photographer.
I’d love to see the original textiles though.
Jim Lambie is an artist who was once in a band with members of Teenage Fan Club. The color attracted me here. Those are painted books under the hanging sculpture…not sure how I feel about that as a use for books. Some of the work of his I saw online looks more interesting.
Viba Galhotra had a fascinating exhibit at Jack Shainman Gallery. One wall was composed of tiny framed pictures, some drawn or painted, some altered photos, some altered text. I spent a long time looking at this meditation on how humans are changing the environment.
There are also some very large wall sculptures composed of tiny metallic bells. I will be looking for more from this artist, as I liked her work very much.
And as I was heading home, I was attracted by these pink walls of black and white woodcuts. They turned out to be the work of Tal R, an artist I know and like because of his colorful and exuberant paintings. But he is effective in black and white too.
You can read about other visits to Chelsea art galleries here.