Wandered through Chelsea with a friend on Saturday to find fewer folks than expected after the long summer hiatus, but still, there were cluster of crowds at some galleries. There was a crowd surge at Lehmann Maupin to view the eccentrically funhouse creations of OSGEMEOS, the Brazilian artist duo of twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. In their first show at the gallery the multi room installation covered every kind of media combined with wild works that move and emit sounds. Originally graffiti writers, the twins are now internationally recognized as avatars of optimism in the face of economic depression, drug use and violence.
Two other hit shows in larger spaces featured Oscar Murillo at David Zwirner and Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth. The first Murillo group, entitled “Untitled Anxious Audience, “recalled Basquiat’s black skulls set in a grid system, but “through patches of corn, wheat and mud” displayed brilliantly colored slashes of multi-imaged fragments. A third section, “futile mercantile disposition,” is a maze-like installation of black paintings slung along high steel bars. Whatever the materials involved there is a distinctive odor that drove my friend out of the space almost immediately, so that we were gone from Chelsea hours before the bomb went off on 23rd Street.
Dr. Elin Lake-Ewald
President of O'Toole-Ewald Art Associates Inc. (OTE)