Exhibitions by Alice Aycock, Elizabeth Peyton and Kenny Scharf

April 22, 2013

The Parrish Art Museum in conjunction with the Grey Art Gallery at New York University presents “Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating,” a retrospective tracing SVA BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Alice Aycock’s career from 1971 to the present. While Aycock is most known for large-scale installations and outdoor sculptures, her drawings reveal the full range of her ideas and concerns. The Parish Art Museum will display 55 works focusing on Aycock’s development of her visual language in later work from April 21 through July 14. The Grey Art Gallery’s exhibition, on view April 23 through July 13, features 48 of Aycook’s early works including detailed architectural drawings, sculptural models, photographic documentation, along with other ephemera from realized and yet-to-be realized architectural projects.

Elizabeth Peyton (BFA 1987 Fine Arts) latest exhibition feature the artist’s signature portraits of quickly rendered images of celebrities and friends. The paintings, not much larger than a sheet of notebook paper, are spaced far apart on the gallery walls, giving them a lonesome feel that is at times maudlin when they appear to elevate society’s ongoing obsession with youth, fame, and beauty, and at others hollow when it seems to mock it. A dominant color palette of grays, browns, and the white of the paper add to this effect. On view at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, through May 13.

Kenny Scharf (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) rose to prominence in the East Village art scene of the 1980s alongside friends and colleagues such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring (1979 Fine Arts). His work incorporates cartooning with images of classic Americana and advertising, which results in lively compositions bridging high and low cultural divides.“Kolors” features paintings inspired by color field painters and sculptures based on Scharf’s iconic imagery of the past 30 years. On view at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 10th Avenue, through May 4.

Image: Alice Aycock, The Celestial City Game, 1988, black ink and watercolor on cream paper, 61 ½ x 91 inches.

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