Summer Hours

Even though the gallery season has ended and most shows on view are group shows, weird summer-themed shows, or indoor yard sales, there are still some highlights. We’ve listed below 3 that you should check out:

Make a note though – many commercial art galleries change their hours for the summer. These galleries are now open Monday through Friday, 9 – 5 pm.

1. Jo and Jack: Jo Baer and Jon Wesley in the Sixties

Start at Matthew Marks on 24th Street. Jo Baer and Jon Wesley present works that describe a symbiotic relationship in paint. Baer’s works are minimalist compositions — sparce, color and space-oriented, while Wesley’s works have a graphic look with an underground comic artist’s sensibility — playful and a little dark.

As a viewer, it’s fun to make comparisons between the two different approaches to painting — paint handling, composition, flatness of color, size. These artists lived together for over 10 years before divorcing in 1971.

Matthew Marks — 523 West 24th Street
until August 13, 2010

2. Tim Hawkinson: One Man Band

At Pace Gallery, you’ll find a totally different sensory experience. The consummate mad-scientist artist shows several more of his Frankenstein-like sculptures that come to life only as the viewer approaches. These monsters sing, however. The giant squid in the center of the gallery is made of twisted plastic bags, from the arms drip beads of water that splash down on pie pans in buckets, creating a strange percussive score.

The best parts of the piece are the mechanics — the ‘brain’ in this creature is visible and is made up of as much junk as the artist could find. Parts light up, twirl, click, slide and do so many other things. It could be shown as a kinetic sculpture all by itself!

Pace Gallery – 545 West 22nd Street
until July 30, 201

3. Defrosted: a life of Walt Disney

The artists use the biography of Walt Disney as a starting point, telling the life story of this legend in small but iconic bits.

The tower in the middle of the gallery is filled with trophies to the psychological warfare waged on the American (world?) populace. The strategy here seems to be: how many times can Mickey be transformed, disfigured, killed or erased? The works deal strongly with intellectual property, taking an existing icon and interpreting it. A strategy employed recently by Theater of the Arcade at the Game Play festival.

Postmasters Gallery – 459 West 19th Street
until August 6, 2010

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