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Nancy Margolis Gallery misses; Blue Mountain hits
By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
Editor & PublisherNEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2017, 6 p.m. - When entering Nancy Margolis Gallery, walls were found sparsely populated with some of the worst art of the season.
Jeff Depner's "Vague Affinities" is clumpy, sloppy and pointlessly anti-constructivist oil on canvas.
For example, "Echo 2016" showed some signs of strong color concept, but those ideas are lost in an ocean of paint. This is a case where the show postcard looked better than the art in person.
When I spoke to the artist about it he told me that he wanted to just trying something different. Still, viewers who are looking for abstraction that is different may have to find it across the street.
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Winston Wächter Fine Art has art worth viewing. The work of Betsy Eby's "Beyond Measure" is uplifting.
The Georgia-based artist is always a favorite as she is able to make the viewer feel the mood of the beeswax and resin-laden paintings. The works have a tranquil flow in what seems like effortless motion.
"When the Wind blows the Water White and Black" is poetry on canvas.
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Still, I most enjoyed Blue Mountain Gallery's juried show.
My love of juried shows is strong because I am often able to view scrappy new artist who I may not get to see otherwise.
New York is a big city full of artist with few galleries to show them all and this is a good show with a lot of nuggets of talent.
For example,"Contemplations" by Nataliya Scheib is thought provoking.
What is more, Andrea Anderson's "HIV Treatment Diary" is also a different view on an important topic.
(Artist, professor, broadcaster and internet journalist Rob Redding regularly reviews artistic New York and presents creative minds on his daily internationally known and award-winning talk show, "Redding News Review Unrestricted." You can subscribe to the daily talk show at ReddingNewsReview.com and keep up with his artistic work at SmearPainting.com. You can find out more about his music at RobRedding.com).
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