Haute Art: “The Spirit Level” At The Gladstone Gallery

The Gladstone gallery is one of my favorite gallery in NYC. For those who like Minimal and Conceptual art. They represent artists such like Sol Lewitt, Dan Flavin, Banks Violette, Donald Judd, Fausto Melotti, Robert Ryman, Damian Ortega, Mario Merz and many others…. Ugo Rondino, who is also represented by the gallery is the curator of the new exhibition. Ugo Rondino is a major Swiss artist who was born in 1962. His installations, which often include a performance by the artist himself and keep track video, depict a central character, alter ego of the artist, a clown, a figure of sadness and disappointment. Once he said: “I’m an artist first—but I like to have other people’s art around me.”

The Spirit Level is a group show featuring 19 artists curated by Ugo Rondino. The exhibition takes places in both galleries: the one on 24th street and the one on 21st street and is organized like an initiation. One advices you to start your visit at the 21st street space with Peter Buggenhout’s three and leaning constructions, parrafin-coated crepe-paper leaves made by Martin Boyce, black printed-stars by Joe Bradley, two particolored, unstretched canvases by Sam Gillian.

In the other gallery one can see the three giant – four-foot-high – penises made by Sarah Lucas and made of bubblegum-pink,plaster and rubber. In another room Hans Josephson’s small odalisques are grouped with Alan Shields’s large triangular canvases.Works exposed balance each other even if they seem paradoxical at first. they are captivating, erotic, fun, innocent …

Exhibition just opened a few weeks ago and will be on view until April 12.

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Born and raised in Paris, Delphine De Causans decided to move to NY after graduating from the Sorbonne where she got a master degree in social sciences and history of art mention contemporary art. Once in New York she went to the Christies School and she got a certificate degree. She used to work as an intern during all her studies for an auction house, several galleries and art dealers in both Paris and New York. She’s now working on her first book which is dedicated to contemporary art in general