Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Art Around The Bowery, 1969-1989" At The New Museum


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.

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

I still have difficulty considering graffiti as art. First of all, if you don't own your "canvas" you have no right to impose esthetic interpretations on the real owner. That is called vandalism of which most graffiti is a sub-division. Secongly, the example in your post is nothing more than childish doodling, that is, as far as I am concerned. Graffiti seems to be, for the most part, an expression of anger resulting in urban blight. (Full disclosure: I once spent hours removing graffiti from the wall of my family's builing in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. If I had caught the "artist" I would have wanted to press charges.)

Jeff Tone said...

The door is not completely childish doodling. The crawling people and dogs are icons from Haring's art.