Born and raised in Soviet Russia, painter Alexander Kaletski – who fled to New York in 1975 and has lived there since – holds certain associations with the color red: Communist ideology, dominance, and power. In a recent body of work, on view at both Mary Boone and Anna Zorina galleries through December 20, Kaletski reflects on how the significance of the color has shifted since he arrived in New York, recasting it in the context of the red carpet. His often humorous canvases, like 2012’s Train to Hollywood, left, critique the relationship between celebrity and power in American culture but also reflect a sense of optimism embedded within the red-carpet phenomenon and an appreciation for the outsize personalities it cultivates.
Opening this weekend at Freight + Volume is the solo show “If You Can’t Say Something Nice,” featuring Michael Scoggins, whose personal and political works range from scribbled drawings to handwritten notes, offering an intimate look into the mind of the artist. If that doesn’t satisfy your yen for satire, Pop art fans should stop by POP International Galleries, which is showcasing over 50 original works by the Superstar himself, Andy Warhol, beginning next week. For an additional dose of whimsy, don’t miss Alexander Kaletski at Anna Zorina Gallery, whose playful paintings offer a witty take on America’s celebrity-obsessed culture.
On view through December 20, 2014
ANNA ZORINA GALLERY 533 West 23 Street
MARY BOONE GALLERY 745 Fifth Avenue
For any further information, please contact Anna Zorina at 212-243-2100