With more than 20 years of experience, thinking, talking,and writing about art, Leslie Ava Shaw has selected galleries and artists that will make your afternoon a delightful one and should inspire you to view contemporary art not occasionally but often, especially with Leslie as your guide. Leslie will inspire you to discover unfamiliar artists whose work can be difficult to make sense of and appreciate. After the tour, you will have a new understanding of the wonders of contemporary art.
On view in three distinct galleries with major reputations, you will see the work of Nancy Grossman, who challenges the notion of the feminine with her sculpture made of an amalgam of found materials, from shoes to belts to biker jackets to metal tubing to create a work of art that references Ab Ex and Pop Art; Murillo, from Columbia, who creates a factory right in the gallery where visitors get to take a taste of the products made there; and Ken Price, an elder artist, who created exquisite objects of beauty that are viewed in delicate vitrines under dramatic lighting.
You will discover that within a few blocks, you can be enlightened, amused and awe-struck by art that is profound, disturbing and beautiful, all in just 90 minutes.
About the artist
Nancy Grossman, born 1940 in New York City, is represented in museums worldwide. She has received numerous awards, including NEA Fellowship, and Pollock/Krasner grant among others. The early work on view at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery focuses on the work she created when she was just 24 years old. New York Times art critic John Canaday praised her ability to combine “precise linear representational technique with intense expressive force, a combination that has been rare since the Renaissance.” And in a recent review of this exhibition in the New York Times, Roberta Smith writes about the work on view: "They are alien forces of nature yet fiercely in dialogue with much of the art of their time, riffing simultaneously and effortlessly on Abstract Expressionism, junk sculpture, Pop Art and a “specific-objects” type fusion of painting and sculpture."
Ken Price, born in Los Angeles, in 1935, died, 2012, is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Menil Collection, the Chinati Foundation and the Walker Art Center. He came of age in the circle of artists associated with the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in the early 1960s. Combining coarse textures with smooth surfaces, the objects, which are so small they can be hand-held, are made especially precious by the fact that each one is displayed in its own vitrine
Oscar Murillo, in his first exhibition with David Zwirner Gallery, was born in 1986 in Columbia. He received both a BFA and MFA from schools based in London. This work, a recreation of a candy factory, is inspired by the candy factory located in his hometown. Titled "A Mercantile Novel," the work reflects his own cultural heritage while focusing on issues of immigration, displacement, trade, and globalization. The visitor partakes in the experience of the making of a product, thereby becoming part and parcel of the work of art. His work is exhibited and collected internationally.