Art Advisor Heather Flow Suggests Four Chelsea Gallery Shows You Shouldn’t Miss This Holiday Season
The noted art consultant suggests a quartet of shows to see in New York's hottest gallery district, from emerging artists to revered masters.
With the holidays arriving, carrying in tow their parade of dinner parties, work events, and family celebrations (and obligations), there are few greater gifts one can give oneself than a few hours of quiet contemplation alone or with a specially chosen companion. Considering their placement nestled on New York’s far West Side, where their white-cube interiors offer elegant respites from the winds that now blow bracingly over the Hudson, the galleries of Chelsea are an opportune place to spend these stolen moments—perhaps followed by a cocktail at one of the local art-world watering holes.
Luckily, this season there are several exceptional shows on view in Chelsea as well, from new work by conceptually geared art stars to historic pieces by 21st-century greats. To help choose an itinerary through the city’s most famous art district, we asked the art advisor Heather Flow—a specialist known for her nuanced feel for the pulse of emergent art—to suggest a few stops to hit, and why.
“Hell Has Everything”
Through January 5
456 W. 18th Street
“This is Prices’s first solo exhibition in Petzel’s Chelsea location in six years, and the works continue Price’s exploration of “skins,” which the artist uses as a term to encompass both high-resolution photographs of skin, consumer packaging, and vacuum-formed casts of limbs.
“Color Panels for a Large Wall”
Through December 22
522 W. 22nd Street
Displayed in the show, “Color Panels for a Large Wall II (1978)”—a suite of 18 small monochrome paintings in primary colors displayed in two horizontal rows of eight—”is the sister work to Color Panels for a Large Wall (also 1978), which is installed in the National Gallery of Art. Both pieces represent the artist’s return to color after a period of working in black and white.”
Through December 22nd
548 W. 22nd Street
“This is Barlow’s first solo exhibition in New York in six years. She continues her exploration of how forms and colors can break from established ideas of sculpture.”
Through December 21
515 W. 24th Street
“The exhibition features works that reveal Haring’s unique interest,” says Flow, in imagery relating to love and relationships and religious iconography.
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