I saw some art! What else is new?

On Friday, after I did this thing, I went to Chelsea. I visited maybe 15 galleries and saw lots of work that did absolutely nothing for me. Kind of a bummer. Nevertheless, there were some stand-outs, including…

Michelle Stuart’s “Silent Movies” at Leslie Tonkonow, which mixes Stuart’s own photographs with found and archival images — some in their “original” form, some manipulated — and storyboards them into an impressionistic narrative or formal tone poem. Loverly.

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Then there was Zarina’s “Descending Darkness” at Luhring Augustine, which featured works mixing luminosity, in the form of gold leaf or literal illumination, and black so black it becomes tangible.

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After that, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, whose “Floating Chain” was, like many of their previous installations (including this one, which I saw in 2012), composed of a fun-house of disparate interiors. Present throughout, however, was a grid pattern inspired by Superstudio’s Continuous Monument, a superstructure grid that they proposed to wrap around the earth. And at the center of the multi-room installation was a traditional theater, where visitors could watch a film, “The Floating Chain,” a montage of randomly associated images and voiceovers — a floating chain of signifiers.

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Then at ClampArt: Robert Voit’s “New Trees,” images of cell phone towers disguised as trees, and “The Alphabet of New Plants,” clinical close-ups of artificial plants, aping the tropes of natural history photography.

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Then: Julian Stanczak’s “From Life” — Op Art paintings meant to evoke the “natural” forces of energy and light — at Michell-Innes & Nash. I learned at the gallery that Stanczak studied with Albers. Makes sense.

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Then on Sunday, I spent an hour at the IFPDA Print Fair at the Armory. Some highlights: Richard Estes, Polly Apfelbaum, Lawrence Weiner, Allen Ruppersberg, Robert Mangold, Josef Albers, Brice Marden (I just love saying that name!), Emil Lukas, John Baldessari, Cy Twombly, Mitchell Squire, and Anish Kapoor. Wow — so few women. What’s wrong with me?

Richard Estes

Richard Estes

Estes, D Train

Estes, D Train

Polly Apfelbaum, Empress Twist 6

Polly Apfelbaum, Empress Twist 6

Lawrence Weiner, The Travel of Margaret Mary

Lawrence Weiner, The Travel of Margaret Mary

More Weiner

More Weiner

Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg

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Robert Mangold

Josef Albers, Astatic + High Up

Josef Albers, Astatic + High Up

Brice Marden, Etchings to Rexroth

Brice Marden, Etchings to Rexroth

Emil Lukas

Emil Lukas

John Baldessari, Six Rooms -- I WANT THIS!!!!!!

John Baldessari, Six Rooms — I WANT THIS!!!!!!

Baldessari, Two Unfinished Letters

Baldessari, Two Unfinished Letters

Balessari, Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V, Transparent)

Balessari, Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V, Transparent)

Cy Tombly, Untitled, 1971

Cy Tombly, Untitled, 1971

Mitchell Squire, Structure of Perception

Mitchell Squire, Structure of Perception

Anish Kapoor, Fold III -- this is an etching!

Anish Kapoor, Fold III — this is an etching!

Kapoor’s etchings really remind me of Tauba Auerbach’s RGB Colorspace Atlas.

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RGB COLORSPACE ATLAS – Blue Axis from Jonathan Turner on Vimeo.

And rather than offer a proper conclusion, I’ll just come to a screeching halt.

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