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2009 Chelsea Opener

James Kalm, despite the daunting task of trying to capture the grand spectacle of 113 openings, muddles on, and brings viewers a select few of the exhibitions on offer. Drawings and recent paintings by Raoul De Keyser and the “Afro Margin” drawings by Chris Ofili begin out tour at David Zwirner. Heading north, we pop in for a glance at the double shows of Kara Walker and Mark Bradford at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and then slip in at Sonnabend to catch a look at the Photo-Realistic Surrealism of Matthew Weinstein. Trying to beat the clock we get an oh so brief look at Maya Lin’s installation, ”Three Ways of Looking at the Earth” at Pace/Wildenstein. We wrap-up with a viewing of the luminous abstractions of Kylie Heidenheimer, at 532 Thomas Jaeckel Gallery and pause to reflect on the 9/11 Memorial Lights over lower Manhattan.

Good shotgun blast from Loren


A hard night to be comprehensive, what with 113 openings. It was a madhouse in Chelsea, with not only art exhibitions but also Fashion Night Out. Thanks for your reportage from 19th, 22nd and 25th Streets.

Did you make it to Zieher Smith's new space at 516 W. 20th? Quite impressive. 3500 square feet and ceilings up to there^^^. High, wide and handsome.

Would also like to point out that, in addition to Matthew Weinstein's work, Sonnabend featured a Rona Pondick booksigning AND an exhibition of photographs by horticultural enthusiast Lawrence Beck. He has shot in botanical gardens, woods, fields and meadows. This time it was ponds and lily pads.

Beck has been working in nature for years, steadily refining his craft. His work deserves greater attention.