|Urs Fischer by Urs Fischer||Oscar the Grouch||Madame Fisscher
David Zwirner and Tony Huang’s hospitality via Art Observed
“Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns?”, a show conceived by Urs Fischer & Gavin Brown, opened Friday night at Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. An outpouring of support from the community poured into the Chelsea gallery. Heavy rain could not keep Mr. Shafrazi’s friends, clients, and fans from flooding to fete his latest feat.
Benjamin Godsill & Annie Burns via Art Observed
Rod Pruitt’s “Viagra Falls”, greeted patrons as they climbed the sloping staircase to the gallery. Inside, Gallery Assistants and Security Guards alike have had their likeness emblazoned upon the gallery’s white walls as a whimsical accompaniment to the striking canvases and sculpture on display.
Fellow gallery owners, artists, thespians, athletes, collectors, musicians and socialites shared in friendly rainy evening banter and a suspicious-looking potage that was set up picnic-style on the otherwise pristine floors. Tony Shafrazi, Gavin Brown, Rod Pruitt and other affiliated artists were in attendance to socialize with well-wishers and greet a pleasing variety of guests. A black and white photo of Shafrazi in handcuffs following his arrest at MoMA in 1974 served as the opening’s invitation and poster-sized takeaway. The current exhibition features work by Keith Haring, Rirkrit Tiravanija (photo below), and photographs by Urs Fischer, superimposed on the new pieces on display. The overwhelming theme of the show was a celebration of thoughtful juxtapositions as they play out in history. Shafrazi’s spray-painting of the words “KILL LIES ALL” onto Picasso’s Guernica provided both a shining example and curatorial inspiration.
|Shovel in a Hole||Beds and Problem Paintings||Skinny Sunrise