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While in New York

While in New York, I decided to visit five galleries in the Chelsea district. The first gallery I visited was Lisa Yuskavage’s works called Babie Brood: Small Paintings. Yuskavage’s gallery featured a series of small-scale paintings of typically nude woman with a very stylized rendering to their faces. The next gallery I visited was displaying Norman Lewis’s work. His work featured a series of calligraphic abstract compositions combining the energies of his interests in music, nature, and social equality. The next gallery was Al Loving’s exhibition called Space, Time Light. The exhibit had Al Loving’s work from 1977-1993 of paintings and mixed media construction having a big emphasis on color and form and composition. The next gallery was called Sakura and was featuring traditional Japanese art by Ukiyo-e and Nihonga.
The gallery I personally found the most interesting was Diane Arbus’s exhibition called “Untitled.” Arbus’s exhibition featured a series of untitled photographs of people who were mentally retarded in the early 1970’s. All the photographs were in black and white, and ranged in the different kinds of emotions portrayed in the pictures. Some photos had a very dark vibe illustrating the model wearing a mask with an eerie background, while some were more pleasant portraying the models in normal settings and holding hands with a lover. During the time these photos were taken, the mentally retarded were typically locked up in mental institutions shunned away by their families, but I feel Arbus was trying to normalize them in her work. Little is known about the story behind these images because Arbus unfortunately committed suicide in the middle of her work, but from what I can infer her photographs creates such a powerful message.
I ended the arts bus trip by walking down the Highline at night. The Highline features public art on and around the walkway in hopes of sparking a dialogue about the importance of art in city life. The piece I notably enjoyed was the IRONWOODLAND sign. The structure reminded me of an altered replica of the Hollywood sign in California. At night, the sign lights up and randomly flashes in different areas having a sort of dystopian style. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in New York City and I am very pleased with the artwork I got to explore. For my next art bus trip, I would possibly like to go to a museum or have a more planned out and researched schedule of what I would like to see.