Thursday, September 13, 2012

camminando & vernissage | Midtown and Uptown Vernissages: a Feast of Sounds Images Colors

While the sunlight hours get shorter as we approach the fall equinox, important exhibitions open all over town. After gazing the last daily sun rays in my walk through Central Park I arrived at  Hauser & Wirth, where "A Visual Essay on Gutai", featuring works in several media, opened. Yoko Ono's visit seemed to animate the gallery

Yoko Ono visiting "A Visual Essay on Gutai" at Hauser & Wirth

Sunset sky from skyline viewing from Madison Avenue
My meandering continued toward midtown, to the Austrian Cultural Forum featuring several site specific installations on the theme "Against the Specialist: Contemporary References to Arnold Schoenberg in Image and Sound" The quite specific title says it all...Thought provoking and eye catching, I believe the best exhibition I have ever witnessed at ACF.

 "Against the Specialist: Contemporary References to Arnold Schoenberg in Image and Sound"at the ACF
Divergent narratives and media were also present in another remarkable exhibition which opened in the same night:  Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery. The exhibition featured Strip Paintings, 2012 and a thesculpture, 6 Standing Glass Panels 2002/2011. The large scale digital Strips Painting are based on a rigorous generative system, where "complex system of rules for a new game of chance which imposes on the painting an extreme vertical fracturing of the space... As his plan develops a life of its own, it generates a process of mirroring, repetition and multiplication of ever more reduced sections, until finally a display of more than 4000 patterns are formed, as if the digital process had now assumed the role of sorcerer."
Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery

Walk length: 7km