Sunday, December 30, 2012
I usually don't review art exhibits that are closing the very next day, but I just found out about, and viewed, "Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989" at the New Museum. If you happen to be in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, you might want to take in the art, artifacts and ephemera of a formerly gritty area now rapidly undergoing gentrification (indeed, the New Museum itself is located on the Bowery and is part of the area's transformation, along with the nearby Whole Foods). The paintings, fliers, performance art videos, photos of artists and punk rockers, and magazines shown here were all part of a period that emphasized experimentation and mixed media. There's even a door (above) taken from the apartment of artist Keith Haring (the subject of an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum reviewed here) with the illustrations and graffiti of other artists, and photos of a huge, circular garden with a yin-yang symbol, since bulldozed, an act reflective of the Bowery's metamorphosis.
“Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989” continues through Dec. 30 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, at Prince Street, Lower East Side; (212) 219-1222, newmuseum.org.