Reuse art in NYC galleries

May brings the shows of several “reuse artists” to New York City.

John Chamberlain at Gagosian Gallery (555 W. 24 Street) Tue-Sat 10-6, through July 8, 2011

Detail from "Essex" (1960) by John Chamberlain. Automobile parts and other metal. Museum of Modern Art, New York.

John Chamberlain (American, b. 1927 Rochester, IN) shows new sculptures at Gagosian’s 24th Street gallery in Manhattan. The gallery’s website describes Chamberlain’s process as “crumpling, crushing, bending, twisting and welding to form individual objects, which may be further painted and sprayed, [and combined] into aggregations, often on a monumental scale. The new works are made of metal taken from mid-century American cars, and the implied violence of the compacted forms proposes a dystopic end to the post-war American dream of fast cars, open roads, and endless skies.”

John Chamberlain, New Sculpture at Gagosian Gallery (555 W. 24 Street) Tue-Sat 10-6, through July 8, 2011. Call 212-741-1111 for more information.

Romare Bearden at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (24 W. 57 Street) Tue-Sat 10-6, through May 21, 2011

Detail from "Cobblestone Courtyard" (1981) by Romare Bearden. Collage. ACA Galleries, New York. © Estate of Romare Bearden / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Collages by Romare Bearden (American, b. 1911(?), Charlotte, NC; d. New York City, 12 March 1988) are on view at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. The exhibition features 21 collages created between 1964 and 1983.

The New York Times’ review of the show raves, Romare Bearden “spent more than 30 years striving to be a great artist, and in the early 1960s, when he took up collage in earnest, he became one. A small exhibition at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, organized to celebrate the centennial of Bearden’s birth, delivers this message with unusual clarity.”

Romare Bearden, COLLAGE, A Centennial Celebration at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (24 W. 57 Street) Tue-Sat 10-6, through May 21, 2011. Call 212-247-0082 for more information.


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3 Responses to Reuse art in NYC galleries

  1. Helen Moss says:

    No group recycles quite as well as artists!!!

  2. Pingback: Creative Reuse: From the Studio Museum to our classrooms | Materials for the Arts

  3. Pingback: John Chamberlain, master of creative reuse, dies at 84 | Materials for the Arts

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