Last week I visited the New Museum of Contemporary Art, which reopened in a new building on the Bowery at the end of 2007. This was my second visit to the museum. During my first visit I was unimpressed by the art, but I liked the roof top balcony and found the crowd interesting. I had never seen so many people in skinny jeans in one place. I also spotted Fran Lebowitz in the elevator (I’m not a huge fan, but celeb sightings are always fun!).
On my recent trip I went to see the Elizabeth Peyton show, which is on view until January 11. The exhibit is a survey of her work and features mostly watercolors of friends/celebrities from the rock music and art worlds. Her first show was at the Chelsea Hotel, and a lot of the portraits are of people who are associated with the hotel.
The one thing I didn’t like about the show was that the portraits are not framed. I understand that this was intentional, but I thought the works would have looked more finished with something around them. I found it interesting that Peyton paints a lot from photographs.
I recommend the show because the portraits are beautiful. I would love to commission a painting from Peyton one day!