East Village Summer Stomp


This summer, for lack of a better description, has been unusual in that it has been busy for the art world. For those of you who don’t know me in the writing forum: in my other life I own an art shipping company, and we have been busy!  As have many of my competitors!  Good for everybody.

Also good for the East Village, where I was gallery-hopping with my friend and writer, David Carbone. Yes, in the dog days of summer everyone was open late in the day -- here are some who bear mentioning who have kept the flag up well after 4 PM on a Saturday afternoon. 

Elizabeth Denny and Denny Gallery for her show Works off Canvas, ending on September 8th. One artist who is a true standout in this group is Amanda Valdez, who paints solid liner color theory but within each canvas uses one section to hand-embroider a chosen block of color [immediately above].

Leslie Heller Workspace's show entitled Yard Sale, which ended on August 17th, felt like a greatest hits summer group show.  Within it were some pictures by Deborah Brown, such as Tower of Babel 7 [below] and 10, very romantic stuff with colorful abstract gestures over solid blocks of color. In back of the space, leaning up against the bin room wall, was Field Battle [top], a stunning large work by Jon Soon Im with hundreds of laser-cut soldiers defending various princesses of Asian pop culture.

Bosi Contemporary had the exhibition Head, a standout for me this summer (reviewed here). Mayson Gallery was open well past 6 and then it was time for David and I to move along -- get out there and see some art, people, everybody is open. - Elizabeth Stevens


Ms. Stevens has been in Art and Antiques for 30 years, from representing her family's auction house in Cincinnati to Import Director at Hedley's New York in the early '90s to Salander O'Reilly Galleries, organizing art fairs and traveling exhibitions for more than 12 years. She is the former director of Yellow Bird Gallery in Newburgh, NY. She is now the New York partner for Williams Hill & Stevens, a fine art logistics company located in Tribeca.