From intricate murals that took 12 years to complete, to mysterious little black “blobs” suspended in the air, to the giant sheet metal assemblies of Richard Serra. A walk through the galleries in Chelsea can really give the art lover some great inspiration.
On a recent visit, I was bewildered with the array of exhibits in the West Chelsea Art District. And while I didn’t stop in every gallery, the ones that I did stop in definitely left me inspired. The highlight of my tour was hands down the Raqib Shaw exhibit, “Paradise Lost”, at the PACE Gallery. The exhibit is showing in both spaces and will not fail to leave you in awe of its beauty. Not only do his elaborate pieces draw you at first glance, but upon closer examination, the details are absolutely stunning.
Another exhibit that was quite curious and strange was Ham Jin’s “Unseen” at the Doosan Gallery. What looked like little black ectoplasmic blobs suspended in time, were actually quite animated when observed using the magnifying glasses provided. And while the exhibit had a dark feeling, there was a lightness to some of the characters created within the strange black objects.
I managed to see a couple more exhibits during the day, which you can see in the photos below. I would explain them to you but sometimes art needs to be appreciated in the eye of the beholder. And with that, I urge you to visit the West Chelsea Art District when in New York. And the best part of it all is that they’re free!