Sunday, October 28, 2012

CLOSER TO CHUCK CLOSE! Major Art Event At Pace + Phil Noto at Bold Hype / Chelsea Shows Not To Miss!

Chuck Close never fails to amaze us all.  Pace Gallery, who has represented Close since 1977, presents an exhibition of recent paintings, prints and tapestries.
For more than five decades, Close has captured his friends and family in abstract portraits that are realistic executed in a range of media and techniques.   (Paint, airbrush, finger painting, pulp, pencil and photography you name it!) 
Look at the size of this crowd.  Highlights of the exhibition include a never-before-seen portrait of Cindy (Sherman) and Phil (Glass), both above.
This is as close as I could possibly get to Close (get it?)  Each of the mega-large rooms at Pace were filled with thousands, I'm lucky I could get this "close" to even snap these....
Hundreds of fans all waiting for their books to be singed....
Front entrance...
This exhibit also features Close's new watercolor prints, the artist's first in-dept experimentation with digital technology.  He uses approx. 14,500 of his own, hand made, watercolor marks individually scanned into the computer, as the vocabulary for the works.  Close has won countless awards and one of the most respected artists of our generation.
You can learn all about Close by simply googling him or visit for the most recent press release.   The show runs through December, 22, 2012.  
Pace is located at 534 West 25th Street, you can't miss it, let's just say.
Dogs love art too. (Big post on that soon!)

On to Paul Kasim Gallery for Makots Saito's show; "Face to Face / Composition" on view until Nov. 21, 2012.  

I especially love this pic, man in hat, man in hat art, get it? 

Visit wither of Kasim's spaces, and store. Snooty attitude, yes.  Cool art things for sale, yes. So, you'll have to deal with the staff. You know how I love that.

More from the shows....this one is by Maya Onoda called "Kaleidoscope." This you need to actually see in person to believe - the images are huge, floor to ceiling and mesmerising.  Visit Magnan Metz Gallery, 521 W 26th Street running until November 24, 2012.

Another big show that evening was "35 MM" by Phil Noto at Bold Hype Gallery.  The first 50 people in the door received a free print, I was number #13, lucky for me.  Noto has done a wide range of animation work for Disney Feature Animation and works on the Lion King, Lilo and Stitch, Pocahontas and more. He is heavily influenced by 60's and 70's art and fashion and has published two books.  Have a look...
This is was comp print, but in blue...
For more info visit, located at 547 W. 27th, 5th Floor.  This exhibit runs thru November 10, 2012.