Sylvia Sleigh Men a group show @I-20 Gallery 557 West 23rd StreetNew York 10011
Whoosh! Zoom! Are those speed lines? It looks like as if the chair is falling from the sky. (Maybe the guy was made in heaven.)We dig the somber, gray palette. Wan.
no very well endowed if from heaven. anybody go to the opening last night? somthing really turned me off about the press release.
best thing I saw recently was the Turrell piece at Nyehaus--up till tomorrow--that shit looked dope.....
Hmmm. This looked better in person and with 3 beers in my Burrito Belly. The bottom right floor area pretty dead. I like the way she did the books...
THat room looks cold, I imagine the air conditioner is set to a cool 65, and the tri-corder is set to Beckett. Or Brecht. Or Fraggonard. Take your pick.
Sylvia's guy is hard to get away from. I like this painting. Very fond of the evaporating left foot.
Oh yeah - this is great, fantastic - the best NY has to offer. So skillfull and intellegent, never seen anything like this before! Are you guys kidding?
Seriously, I live in a sleepy town, New York City is suppose to suprise me, yes? I see this work here in Seattle every month, in fact I just visited a friend on the University campus last month, and a studio mate was making works like this, actually now that I think of it, compositionally, it was more dynamic than this. Really that bad there huh?
i have that same eames lounge chair. a nice chair to sit naked in, though this dude looks kinda uncomfortable. maybe his foot is disappearing into a cloud or some unexpected floor fog?
i like it. i like the meteor chair delivery, and the cropping of the feet, and the colors, and the books. he is like peter parker taking a moment to consider his awesome responsibilities.
nice reading, martin!
This painting is stuck to the roof of my mouth.
harold,New York is sleepy too, but in a less cafeinated more coked-up kind of way. Seattle isn't that sleepy either - you got your green River Killer to NY's Son of sam, you got your Starbucks to your Starbucks.They are showing "Zabriskie Point" at the BAM, and in Seattle they are playing Jan Svankmaujers "Lunacy" at the Film Forum. That film, sir, is what New York is REALLY all about. Go see it you provincial hayseed.By the way, there was some driftwood-reminiscent art at the Whitney Biennial, reminded me of that Norwegian Northwest thing.
is this all the female gaze has to offer?
This artist is 90 years old and painted this painting this year.
and the new york art world said "tell me, whats wrong with me"and they said, "every single thing you do"
Provincial Hayseed huh? I'll check out Lunacy, was just in the Czech Republic recently, so it should be just right for someone like me who happens to be so local loving...thanks for the tip, hey what's on You Tube?
I like her group paintings from the seventies. This one on it's own is kind of a yawn. He looks like he is on some nudist's flight with a lot of turbalence. He should have shaved something interesting down there for the sitting. Maybe fashion a handle-bar mustache?
do not underestimate the power of you tube!thats the thing about this show... i don't get any energy between subject/s and 'creator'
Looks like a Christian Schad, but without the decadent angst. Not my favorite, but a nice bit of relief from all the tiresome paint smears and faux-naivety.
Men show was Disappointing. Some good artists not at their better moments. Summer show problems
Martin, more like Bruce Wayne between changes deciding if he's going to need his Bat-thermal-nuclear underwear.
wow, just read all about sylvia sleigh, and she is famous for painting nude men as a feminist statement so it's great they included her.as far as the painting...i think it takes courage to paint like this. i love the kind of direct painting style almost naive but of uppermiddle class environs and subjects. cool!
"Alfred! Alfred! Where are my Bat-briefs?""Sorry Mr. Wayne, they're still in the dryer.""Hrmph."
I'm not so enthralled by the eyebrows, or the feet disappearing out through the base of the painting. Interspersing is the edge and its kilter managed and tweaked by the things that are disinteresting. It’s a good painting--clean and has physiological impact, expresses manners that bend appropriately. Is the artist that old?I would love it be someone young.I love the intent and clarity, which many young miss and replace with flabbergasted style. Not ALL THOUGH!
he's so stiff! and the composition, so stagnant and so comparmentalized. the sterileness of this ptng makes me crazy! it makes me want all the crappiness of paint that i know and love. maybe that's the gayness of the picture. i think sylvia is teasing the messy painters.
how old is the woman that painted this?if she is not a sunday painter then i applaud the effort because it is so hilarious i love it. I guess i would have to see more of her work. the cutting off of limbs is wicked. perhaps a massive dong would be too much, or maybe there is not enough of that stuff. yes cut off the feet like i know you mean it and give me the slightest drip between his legs.
this is the kind of realism I like, kind of awkward and slightly melancholy. I think she's a really good painter. her figures have 1000 times more heart than say someone like...what's his name, the guy who does all the headless nude women with all the crap around them. what's his name? damn brain.
By the way, did I say it before? LASSEN ROCKS!! Where did you find him zipthwung?
Now this one looks like it's trying for faux-naivety without realizing it really is naivety.
If I want to see this I'm going to look at some Alice Neel.
you forget that this woman was revolutionary in the time that she started making these.
sad she didn't progress much. this is flat. and not as a style.
Okay, people chill out. Sylvia Sleigh is a living legend, I am shocked that she is still painting at all. Look at some of the later work of Alice Neel, it's never as good as their younger years. This painting is a little stiff, and a little painting 101, but I still find such beauty in it! You go Sylvia!!
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