• Staff Pick: Duro Olowu

    With the weather in New York tending towards the dreary, rainy, and slushy in late February, our Vitamin D-deprived minds are longing for sunnier climes. In lieu of a week in the Caribbean, the next best thing is to walk down the block from RxArt's space to the Duro Olowu exhibit at Salon 94 Freemans. The show, beautifully curated by the Nigerian-born, London-based fashion designer Olowu, is a treasure trove of contemporary art, furniture, fashion, jewelry, books, and photography by the likes of Juergen Teller, Hamidou Maiga, Laurie Simmons, Philip Kwame Apagya, and Lorna Simpson among others, all of which is set against brilliant pops of colorful vintage West African textiles. All of these elements coalesce to transform the small space into a cabinet of curiosities that makes lingering indoors a pleasure. 

    Some of our favorite pieces include handpainted book covers by Glenn Ligon created specifically for Olowu, mirrors by architect David Adjaye, glazed ceramic milk crates by Mattias Merkel Hess, and the arresting studio portraiture of Malian photographer Hamidou Maiga. Of the eclectic mixture, Olowu states on Salon 94's site: "My work, like my eye, is certainly international in its aesthetic, offbeat yet focused. As such, I am always open to the surprise of the new, the technique and skill of the past and the ability of fashion and art to challenge preconceived ideas of taste and culture."

    See photos below the break and better yet, check out the show before it closes March 31! All photos courtesy of Salon 94.

  • Staff Pick: Cindy Sherman Retrospective at MoMA

    On Sunday I went up to MoMA to see the highly-anticipated Cindy Sherman retrospective. A master of disguise, Cindy Sherman has assumed a multitude of roles throughout her career, both in front of the camera—as a housewife, aristocrat or clown—and behind it—as a photographer, stylist, and art director.

    From her groundbreaking series "Untitled Film Stills" (1977-80) (Sherman in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s films), her ornate history portraits (1989-90) (in which she poses as aristocrats and milkmaids in the manner of Old Master paintings), and her larger-than-life society portraits from 2008 that address the representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status, Sherman styles herself into female archetypes circulated by our image-driven culture.

    The Cindy Sherman retrospective is open at MoMA until June 11th. Be sure to check it out!

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  • Andre Saraiva: Love Letters

    Saturday night artist André Saraiva opened 'Love Letters', his first-ever solo exhibition in New York. The playful and charming show includes graffitied french mailboxes and a series watercolor love notes. Incorporating quotes by Jacques Prévert and Henry Miller and painting scenes of everyday life, André invites the viewer into his world.

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  • A tribute to a friend

    RxArt mourns the loss of bookseller John McWhinnie, who died tragically in a water accident while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands last Friday. A friend and key supporter of RxArt, John served on the benefit committee for multiple galas and generously donated artwork to the auctions throughout the years. His kaleidoscopic knowledge of books and art was unparalleled, and his kindness and loyalty will never be forgotten.


  • Rotary Connection at Casey Kaplan

    In the first group show of the year, Casey Kaplan brought together 13 artists for the group exhibition Rotary Connection, organized by gallery director Loring Randolph. Artists include RxArt friend Andrew Kuo, Julia Dault, Benoit Maîre, Marlo Pascual, and Isabelle Cornaro. The result is a fun multidisciplinary show exhibiting the diversity of the New York contemporary art scene. 

    Golden Girl, Julia Dault

    Self-Portrait, Andrew Kuo

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  • Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room

    What do you get when you combine thousands of colorful polka-dot stickers, kids, and psychedelic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama? The Obliteration Room, an interactive installation which is part of the exhibition "Look Now See Forever" at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Kusama brought her characteristic polka-dot aesthetic to a monochromatic, fully furnished white room, which served as a blank canvas. Over the course of two weeks, thousands of visitors were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, covering the room in a cacophony of color. Check the end results below!

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  • Art Basel Miami Beach

    This weekend, RxArt was in Miami for another installment of Art Basel. Artists like Nate Lowman, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Campbell, Brendan Fowler, Sam Falls and many more were represented at the fair. With all the events, booths, and parties going on, trying to see all the art becomes a hectic event. Below are a few selects.

    Dan Colen

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  • Terry Richardson "Mom & Dad" at Half Gallery

    Tonight marks the opening reception of Terry Richardson's "Mom & Dad" exhibition at Half Gallery. As the title suggests, the exhibition centers on photographs of Richardson's mother and father. In the artist's words, "My parents split up when I was four. It feels good for me to have them back together again, even if it's in a gallery and only for a little while." The floor of Half Gallery is strewn with photographs of the artist from childhood, while the walls feature a video piece and images of Richardson's parents. "Mom & Dad" will be up until December 4th. Don't miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the private life of one of today's most celebrated photographers!

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  • Marilyn Minter at Salon 94

    Often called the queen of glitz and glam, Marilyn Minter returns to Salon 94 with a show two years in the making. The exhibition features five works - from painting to video - that showcases Minter's signature glamour and vitality. The central work is a 10-foot tall painting entitled Mercury, which portrays a baby happily splashing oozing silver paint; this is echoed in Minter's video, Play Pen, in which children gleefully smear and splatter shimmering silver liquid. Minter also presents photorealist paintings of heels splashing in metallic pools of paint.

    The show is open until December 4th - check it out while you can!

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  • The Brant Foundation Art Study Center: David Altmejd Opening

    RxArt spent the weekend in Greenwich, CT for the opening of David Altmajd's exhibition of sculptures at the Brant Foundation.

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