Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Art in America online/Deborah Grant

The title of New York-based artist Deborah Grant's new exhibition at New York's Drawing Center, "Christ You Know It Ain't Easy!!," derives from "The Ballad of John and Yoko," a 1969 Beatles song about John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a couple of near-mythic status. Grant's exhibition (through Feb. 28) consists of 32 works in which Grant presents an imagined meeting of another complicated-albeit fictitious-couple: Henri Matisse and a virtually unknown Black American folk artist, Mary A. Bell.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Art in America online/Larry Siegel's Image gallery

"I was 24 years old, a kid, and I had no idea what I was doing," said photographer Larry Siegel, talking to A.i.A. about Image Gallery, which he opened in 1959 and which was the only New York gallery of its time devoted exclusively to exhibiting photography. Image was situated at 100 East 10th St., on the same block that housed the so-called 10th Street galleries. During its three-year run, Siegel, now 79, showed the work of many soon-to-be-famous younger photographers working in the realm of photojournalism, including Steve Schapiro, Enrico Natali and Saul Leiter. The gallery was the first to show the work of Duane Michals, and also gave Gary Winogrand his first solo show.