Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Venue  |  Exhibitions  |  Reviews

Following Lines

by Natalie Hegert
Sarah Sze’s installations exist somewhere between magic ritual, science experiment and cabinet of curiosities.  Sze hasn’t done a gallery show in New York for five years, and this time she’s gone all out, filling the entire two floors of Tanya Bonakdar gallery. Following the lines of painter’s tape, string, rope, wire, like schematics lead the eye, we find an extraordinary assemblage of everyday objects, repackaged, repurposed, reinvested with new meaning.  Endless shelves house minerals, electronics, plants, bottles, soap, electric fans all teetering implausibly at a maybe 10 degree tilt, held up, w... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 9/26/10

Play Things

by Keith Miller
Ernesto Neto has long been playing with us. He invites us to play with him and makes his work so that we can enter, interact with and be challenged by it. It is not an over-statement to say that he has done more with Lycra than any other artist. This may not sound like a compliment, but it surely is. Entering his piece The Wisdom of the Parts one feels the joy of walking into a model of the human rib cage, or in fact any mammalian ribcage. The only weakness we might feel is the adult’s aversion to childishness: by the time we near the halfway point we are forced to get low to the ground and... [more]
Posted by Keith Miller on 11/2/08

A Look at Tomas Saraceno

by Keith Miller
We are a domesticated lot. So often art viewers go to galleries and seek out bold new experiences and then stand in front of the work waiting for it to happen to us. In Tomas Saraceno's Galaxies Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of A Spiders Web the viewers walk to the threshold of the gallery and look in, amused, perhaps even awestruck. Many smile and walk away. But Saraceno does not content himself to make art that merely happens to the visitor/viewer. Like many of the artists who show in this gallery, he demands that if he makes the work happen, that the viewers partic... [more]
Posted by Keith Miller on 4/10/08