Periodically Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes glossy headlines when he rides the subway. That is now, but it’s pretty hard to imagine him stepping his Italian leather shoes into the graffiti-covered cars of Bruce Davidson’s Subways. They are a beautiful, haunting memorial to a city that has been “cleaned up.” A mix of vibrant color and dark shadows, sweaty skin and gritty surfaces, they are a reminder of just how inspiring our city can be. Look around; see it all!
As you take it all in, do you wonder if eventually electronic intelligence will outpace human capability? Artist Peter Gregorio does. He studies “The Singularity,” which is the idea that eventually bio & tech will converge. His current show, The Many Worlds Interpretation, is full of modular, multi-dimensional, large-scale paintings and video installations that explore this idea. It’s totally fascinating and frankly pretty terrifying to think about.
After that heavy stuff, Frank Stella's Geometric Variations at Paul Kasmin Gallery is a nice release. Stella’s concentric squares and mitered mazes are comforting in their smooth geometric patterns. This simplicity is easy to toss off, but stop and think for a minute about composition and color. There is a rich complexity in the execution.
Then, reward yourself at Ovest Pizzoteca with a series of circles that require very little thought. I mean, with the lunch-special 8” pies, don’t even think about choosing between the Martha and the Bufala, get them both! You'll thank me...
Venues: Aperture Foundation, Artgate, Paul Kasmin
Artists: Bruce Davidson, Peter Gregorio, Frank Stella
Streets: W 27th St, 10-11th Aves
Eats: Ovest Pizzoteca