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A Gagosian-Skarstedt Kinda Day

As many New Yorkers and visitors alike look for indoor activities (it's getting cold!) we suggest a couple galleries to check out at their Upper East Side and Chelsea locations. Your perfect #ArtSaturday

Visit Skarstedt Gallery on the UES at Madison and 79th Street for Albert Oehlen's colorful Fabric Paintings. Through December 20th.

Head to Gagosian Gallery on Madison Ave. and 76th Street for Blair Thurman. Through December 1st.


Gagosian's Chelsea location on 24th Street has the fantastic works of Takashi Murakami. Now through January 17th.

Skarstedt Chelsea on West 21st Street has George Condo through December 20th. 





Now Open: Genieve Figgis

New Yorkers, add this to your calendar. The Genieve Figgis Exhibition Good Morning, Midnight is a must-see.

The figures populating Genieve Figgis’s paintings emanate from some luminescent netherworld, suspended between life and death, or living life and death or life through death in a land of the willingly lost, enchanted and menacing by turns, where the cauldron of the Weird Sisters who prophesy to Macbeth is recast as the Jamesian Golden Bowl. The psycho-landscape evokes an Edwardian house party but the estate’s been abandoned for a century, everybody is dead but they never left the place. Candles still sparkle but give off no heat. Evening attire: The ladies wear exhorbitant parures; the gentlemen teeter in their silk top hats. And it all looks like great fun, the scenes rife with smiles and laughter, hijinks and assignations, pranks and drolleries. But in this miscarried Merchant-Ivory film the guests look rotten, or rotting, their beaming visages collapsing into skulls, their bodies liquescent or rather deliquescent, like overripe cadavers, yet illumined from within by eldritch light. I remember reading an article about Stanley Kubrick in the New York Times when The Shining originally came out. Kubrick made one comment that has always stayed with me: Aren’t ghost stories essentially optimistic, he asked? After all they reassure us that there is a life after death.

- David Rimanelli*
*an excerpt from his essay "Wonderful Party, Darling" (Fulton Ryder, 2014)