Installation view of Mike Kelley, Terence Koh and Jeff Koons at Mary Boone Gallery
Two exhibitions worth catching before they close this weekend: the butt plug show and related ephemera at Mary Boone (actually titled Mike Kelley, Terence Koh and Jeff Koons) and Jacqueline Humphries large-scale abstract paintings at Greene Naftali. Each provide significant grounds for discussion– both for their quality and imperfections therein.
Jacqueline Humphries at Greene Naftali
Almost everything looks good in Greene Naftali’s stunning gallery space, though Jacqueline Humphries’ paintings seem particularly well-suited. The black in many of these abstract gestural works play off of the grid on the windows, and the silver sheen of the paintings beautifully reflect the sunlight. Only the smaller works in the show seem less resolved– there’s not enough space in these pieces, and the gesture feels confined.
Naturally, the patette gives the work a cinematic feel, though an untitled black and silver bulls-eye does all but spell that connection out. I don’t have a problem with this — palette alone might not have led me to draw the initial connection — though over all, the perfection of the work leaves me with a small pang of doubt. The compositions resolve a little too easily, and I left wishing at least one of the larger works challenged awkwardness and pulled it off.
Terence Koh, Untitled (Urinal), 16 by 288 by 16 inches, mixed media, 2008-2009. Image via: Mary Boone Gallery.
Over at Mary Boone, Javier Peres puts three of his favorite artists side by side (or says the press release). The process, though, is a little more complicated than he makes it out to be. The crystal butt plug platter, stretched urinal/double glory hole, and stainless steel liquor sets each reveal the sexual charge of class consciousness. My only issue with this show, if it is one at all (I’m not sure), is Koh’s obvious debt to Robert Gober’s sinks. But Gober’s work would have been too gritty for this slick exhibition. I know its dreadfully out of vogue, but I still love the look of the overly polished.