Shop Alert: Newbury Street Update

I was back in town last week. Here are the changes I noticed on Newbury:

Le Tigre is open. Since when did they become relevant again?

Judi Rotenberg Gallery is closed. It’s too bad; they had some great work.

And right downstairs, Shu Uemura has shuttered too. Probably because they were so rude. [NOTE: A reader was offended by this comment, so I’ll clarify.] I found the service at this boutique to be unprofessional and unresponsive each time I stopped by or contacted them. By contrast, the service at MAC (112 Newbury Street) is always impeccable. PS – I use products from both lines and love them.

ARTmonday: Mary Ellen Strom

Two years ago at the School of Museum of Fine Art’s annual holiday sale (now called Inside Out), my husband and I were mesmerized by a video installation by Mary Ellen Strom (the first one pictured below). It was a little pricey (after all, you’re buying actual video equipment), but we seriously considered the purchase. Strom, who teaches at the SMFA, is represented by one of my favorite galleries in Boston, the Judi Rotenberg Gallery.Strom’s work has been shown at MOCA, MOMA, and the ICA, as well as the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The three images below were part of Strom’s 2005 solo show “The Nudes”, at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, comprised of a series of video projections re-staging paintings of female nudes by well-known male artists, including Manet, Velasquez and Magritte. Strom’s installations feature contemporary women artists who are portrayed as subjects rather than objects.  The videos are staged with live models in meticulously produced settings, and videotaped with a high definition video camera. The nudes were installed as a series of individual video projections onto the gallery walls. The projections are the size of the original paintings.

Strom says of these works, “We can identify with the subjects and feel power and sexuality not passivity. We can be conscious of our act of viewing while allowing ourselves to experience pleasure, theirs and ours.”

StromNude2Nude No. 4, Andrea Hendrickson — 58″ x 48″, video projection, 2004

Strom Nude1Nude No. 3, Dillon Paul — 69″ x 48″, video projection, 2004

strom Hope Clark 4 Nude No. 2, Hope Clark — 48″ x 32″, video projection, 2004

A F T E R . . .

artwork_images_423788845_162510_maryellen-strom“The Surprised Nymph” by Edouard Manet, 1859-60

dillon ptg“Venus” by Diego Rodriguez de Silva Y Velazquez, 1649- 51

magritte“Bather Between Light and Darkness” by Rene Magritte, 1935

ARTmonday: Anne Beresford

Entwined at Judi Rotenberginstallation from Entwined at Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, 2006

A few years ago, I fell in love with a painting by Anne Beresford at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston. It was very pale, all ivory and robin’s egg blue, with gray and black architectural-like drawings on the canvas. It reminded me of sculpture in Paris, somehow. I didn’t have the funds to buy it at the time, though I had the gallery call it back in last year to consider it for our house on the Cape (which, by the way, is still devoid of all art). I brought my husband to see it and we decided, unfortunately, that its soft renderings would be lost in the space. I can’t find an image of that particular painting online (I’m sure somebody bought it by now), but I can at least show you these . . .

Homeward Bound 2
ink, acrylic & oil on paper on canvas

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RisingWorldofWatersRising World of Waters
ink, acrylic & oil with collage on canvas

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UproseUprose (Hommage a Van Gogh)
ink, acrylic & oil with collage on canvas

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OfAFeatherOf a Feather
ink, acrylic & oil with collage on canvas

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After Auden

After Auden
ink, acrylic & oil with collage on canvas

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TempestTempest, (from The Exeunt Series)
ink, oil, engraved aluminum

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Very Small Things
mixed media
Artwork courtesy of Judi Rotenberg Gallery