With the temperatures warming up, going into the city, gives the surburbanite a nice break from the routine of work and more work! Chelsea offers some wonderful shows! At Gallery LeLong, catch the work of ground-breaking feminist artist, Nancy Spero. Her scrolls are wonderful with images of Egyptian goddesses and screaming women as the overlaid text describes the horrors of women's treatment in third-world countries. Nancy Spero was one of the ground-breaking female artists who came to the forefront in the women's art movement in the late 70's. It's a show worth seeing. Along with her, Faith Ringgold, opens at the ACA Galleries this weekend. Ms. Ringgold is another ground-breaking feminist artist, whose exquisite quilts and prints told the story of her African-American heritage and the treatment of women of race through the format of the quilt! This should be a wonderful exhibit and can't wait to catch it! One of my favorite galleries specializing in collage is Pavel Zoubok Gallery has moved to new digs on 26th Street with an exquisite larger space. Their inaugural show is Swiss artist-duo HENDRIKJE KÜHNE and BEAT KLEIN. Their intricately wrought collages and sculptures of cut postcards create spatial environments that are at once familiar and fantastical. I can't wait to see this show with its color and texture! Another exciting happening is the installation of "This Rose" by Jay DeFeo which is the seminal work which marked the beginning of the Beat movement at the Whitney. This work is heavily impastoed and is larger than any published images reveal. Check the Whitney website for duration of display! That's it for now and looking forward to Spring!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!