"When One Leaves the Other"
Thomas Erben Gallery: Jenny Scobel’s new exhibition features three outstanding works and some duds. "Throw the Rudder Down," "Manhattan Beach," and "When One Leaves the Other" are all beautiful.
"Albino Auroch with Two Legs"
Fredericks Freiser Gallery: Nicholas Di Genova’s drawings on layered mylar are spectacular. I’m ready to trade (or steal) to get one of these. Check out his website to see some more.
Sara Meltzer Gallery: Jason Middlebrook presents us with some dull, mechanical sculptures of Pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) and mosaic tree stumps, but his 2-dimensional offerings are far more successful. There were a number of works I would have loved to take home: "The Provider (Turkey Vulture)," "The Provider (Pileated Skull)," "The Provider (House Sparrow in Plaid)," "The Provider, Mallard At Night," "The Provider, Mate For Life," and "The Provider, Black-capped Chickadee."
Friedrich Petzel Gallery: "Los Angeles," the new film by Sarah Morris, is a hypnotic portrait of the title city. I am disturbed by how captivated I was, particularly whenever a celebrity appeared on screen.
Jack Shainman Gallery: "The Whole World Is Rotten" places historical photos, documents and Black Panther memorabilia alongside art works, most of which are contemporary. For the most part, the history is far more interesting than the art, but one watercolor painting by Jeff Sonhouse and two photographs by Margaret Bourke-White standout.
"Tears of Sadness"
Kravets/Wehby Gallery: At first glance, the works on display by Wendell Galdstone seem too tight and simple for my tastes, but after I spend some time with them I grow more fond of his warped little worlds.