Chelsea Contemporary Art Openings, New York, April

Strolling through the slightly rainy streets of Chelsea tonight, I came across photographs at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert in my first opening of the evening in a show called Engines of War.

Anthony Suau, Women’s day anti-Iraq war demonstration…2003 Photograph 13 x 19 in Edition of 12

The images in the show focus on the themes of preparing for and conducting war.  Some artists range from documentary photographers such as Eugene Richards, Teun Voeten, to artists such as Lisa Barnard, as well as war photographers Benjamin Lowy and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.

Next, Hannah Starkey‘s  In the company of mothers at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

Hannah Starkey, Untitled, January 2013. 2013 C-print 49 x 65 1/8 inches; Edition of 5; 2 AP

The brightly colored photographs of women with children placed against stark urban backdrops were staged throughout different areas of London.

Finally, a quick visit at Robert Miller Gallery revealed one of my favorite pieces of the evening: a wonderful Polly Apfelbaum (whom I met briefly at Yaddo about four years ago) vibrant floor piece, placed as panels.  The show, Untitled (Hybrid), focused on the work of Lee Krasner, with, besides Polly, Alisa Baremboym, Sarah Cain, Leidy Churchman, Joanne Greenbaum, Julia Hechtman and Dona Nelson.

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