Gallery Gurls Spring 2013 Art Picks
There is a stellar selection of Pop themed art currently on display at several art spaces. The timing couldn't be more apt with the glorious weather and the spring art season in full swing. At venerable UES galleries including Venus Over Manhattan and Hollis Taggart, there are engaging works by the late surrealist William Copley and social documentarian Idelle Weber, respectively. Here are a few of my picks ranging from cosmic pop, to Pop Masters, to hyper- sexualized Pop.
William Copley, known as CPLY, was a seminal figure in the modern art world in New York City. Copley wore many hats as a painter, collector, author and art entrepreneur. A late surrealist who bloomed in the 50s, he was heavilyinfluenced by his friends Magritte, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp. Aside from exhibiting their work as a gallerist, he began to paint on his own with a satirical style. 'Gang Bust', currently on view at Venus Over Manhattan, depicts his highly erotic, raw, and explicit paintings and sculptures from the 70s.
'The Pop Object' currently on view at Acquavella Galleries analyzes the traditional theme of still life which was consistently present in Pop artists' work. Including works by Pop legends James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, John Wesley, and Mel Ramos, a colorful array of painting and sculpture fill the bi-level space. From sexually charged ruby red lips to practical household items, daily life is explored through vibrant and eye appealing visuals.