Roving Eye: The Rolling Eye

Last week the Roving Eye once again rolled through Chelsea in search of fresh ideas and interesting points of view. These days I start my tour with shows of the tried and true, and hope not to find it tired and blue.   My first stop was, of course, the Picasso show at Gagosian on 21st Street, even though I’m feeling totally Picasso-ed out. The recent (and tedious) “Picasso: Guitars… Read more

Roving Eye: A Hunger for New Minimalists

Jacob Kassay, Untitled (detail), 2009
There was plenty to see and think about this past auction week.   The week’s most popular gallery show was the Nate Lowman blockbuster spread across Michele Maccarone’s and Gavin Brown’s galleries. I was told it sold out within hours of the opening. Even if that’s just the gallery spiel, I’m sure it will all sell soon enough.         Lowman’s show was certainly his best yet, even… Read more

Roving Eye: Why I Like the Big Bear with the Light on Its Head

Seagram Plaza
Urs Fischer’s monumental bronze Untitled (Lamp/Bear) (2005–2006), will be offered for sale at Christie’s New York on May 11, estimated to sell for about $10 million. The work is installed in the plaza in front of the Seagram Building until September.
It’s a funny thing, outdoor sculpture—makes me think of kitschy Henry Moore bronzes, garish Calders rusting at the corners, a Mark di Suvero abandoned in a field; perhaps… Read more