Ephemeral Art: Street Art (i.e., sanctioned graffiti, painted heating units, rubber-band spider webs, etc. ) curated by the Wooster Collective, is being exhibited on the outside and inside of a soon-to-be-razed building. The NY Times article says "Depending on your point of view, the hulking 19th-century brick building at 11 Spring Street in NoLIta, a former stable and carriage house, was either a stunning eyesore or one of the most famous canvases and lodestars in the world for urban artists." All art will disappear after this weekend.
Dec 15-17, 11-5, 11 Spring Street, Manhattan.
Not to be missed Trio of artists at the Brooklyn Museum: Liebovitz's magnificent photographs, including several hundred photos exhibited casually as if the equivalent of "outtakes," and a to-die-for portrait of the glowering Cheney with the rest of the Bush cabinet. Now thru Jan 28/Feb 11, 11-6, 200 Eastern Parkway.
Walton Ford's hyper-realistic watercolors of animals and flora are "wry and subversive comments on society,"...check out the human and other shapes in the tiger stripes, for example. Or the allegorical plentitude on the elephant at left.
And! Ron Muecks's ultra-hyper-realistic sculptures of brooding/angry/explicit men and women are extraordinary, if not as much for their fine-artistic merit as for their level of detail and imagery. "Disorienting," as the museum says, since none are life-sized, and the pint-sized ones are as fascinating as the 16-foot brooding man (right)..."makes you think he's about to get up and strike us all," said the little D. A video detailing how Mueck makes the sculptures, including inserting individual hairs into the silicone surface, is equally absorbing. [images: from Brooklyn Museum website]