at 282-284 Bowery is open to the public until October 26 and then it will “disappear, like it was never here,” according to Lazarides, the ‘gallery’ putting the show on. Lazarides has worked outside the mainstream art scene, primarily with street and outsider art (for example, the infamous incognito graffiti artist Banksy whose currently banking tons). However, you can see from the photos that they present a much wider spectrum of art than that. This excellent and varied grouping was one of the most interesting shows I’ve seen, and included works by:
FAILE DAVID CHOE PAUL INSECT SPACE INVADER POLLY MORGAN ANTONY MICALLEF REAS BAST MARK JENKINS MIRANDA DONOVAN
Two things of special note: that super cool golden donkey in sneakers, which make Gilbert and George look like asses for not having done it themselves–
and David Choe. The pieces in the gallery I consistenly liked, and evn my not-so-arty boyfriend liked, were by Choe. It had a subltey that many of the more pop-influenced works did not, but was truly strong and stunning as well. My pics didn’t come out so well, so I snagged the one below that he took of the mural he did for the show on the building. Check him out at his website and blog.
Lazarides also notes on their website that Banksy has “on an unassuming corner of Manhattan, Banksy’s latest offering sees a fully kitted out Pet Shop and Charcoal Grill open to the public. Fur coats with twitching tails, hot dogs frolicking under heat lamps and chimps touching themselves in front of National Geographic.” Sweet–will be finding that next.
Now, how cool is it to live in NYC and run across this stuff all over town?