The art season began in earnest last Sunday with an opening at the Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition and a block party on Orchard Street and many coordinated openings at many of the Lower East Side (LES) galleries. EAF13 at the sculpture park did not lack a certain controversy caused by a provocative but playful sculpture made by Thordis Adalsteinsdottir (photo 7). Daily News posted a blurred image of the sculpture in an article titled, “Bear bites – and possibly arouses – naked man in Queens sculpture.” Be sure to read the commentary section of the article for some much needed hilarity.
The LES was particularly mobbed, and I ran into friends and acquaintances at practically every block. Broome Street is becoming another hub for galleries in LES with the openings of Jack Hanley Gallery, White Box, Canada and Malborough Broome Street. Malborough had a a big pizza oven parked outside the gallery, handing out free pizzas to commemorate the inaugural group exhibition called Pizza Time! As usual, it was more convivial and energetic in LES than Chelsea. I am posting some photos from the day. Next week I will be in Paris for a friend’s wedding, and will post how “la rentrée” of the art world is going in Paris. A bientôt!