Saturday, February 21, 2015

Noguchi and Nevelson

The Pace Gallery in Chelsea has two museum quality shows on now. Louise Nevelson (this closes soon) and the newly opened Noguchi show. Both artists are among my favorites, both are theatrical and both come out of Cubism and you can see their influences clearly and at the same time you can see the influence they have had on the many artists who followed them. The works of both are tactile and subtle in their use of colors. Noguchi was more commercial creating his famous line of lights and coffee tables both are well represented here.  I never met Noguchi but I did meet Nevelson once in the early 70's when I was lucky enough to go to a party at her Spring Street Building which was like walking into one of her black sculptures. She really did wear fur eyelashes and she was towering and impressive for sure. The party was elegant lots of famous artists were there including Johns, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, and Kurt Vonnegut. I was too shy to speak to them. Nevelson was so sure of herself that she served a buffet of Delicatessen. This is a great chance to see the work of two major artists of the 20th Century.


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