Friday, July 11, 2008

" I Won't Grow Up" @ Cheim & Read

This is a typically crowded summer crowd-pleaser type of show, containing dozens of pieces from lots of well known folks. The gallery website allows views of all the rooms, as well as each individual work, so you can get a good sense of it even if you can't manage a visit. My two favorite pieces were these: an early ( c. 1938 ) Louise Bourgeois painting with pencil on canvas " The Runaway Girl ", and this wall of Mummified Barbies by E.V. Day. Using beeswax, twine and silver glitter she has come up with something that is delightful and disturbing at the same time. They had a kind of Lonely Space Traveler allure to them that brought to mind the lyrics from Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" ( "Flying Mother Nature's Silver Seed to a New Home in the Sun....") ( C'mon, you know that song ) Show continues through august. 547 W 25th St. nyc

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