NYC///THE REAL BONES BRIGADE…

September 26, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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ANDY WARHOL, "Untitled (Skeletons)," 1976

We'll admit that we're a sucker for anything with a skull in it, so it's no surprise that "I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art," a group show chronicling the appearance of the human undercarriage in art through the ages caught our attention when it debuted at CHEIM and READ gallery last week. Featuring multimedia work by an impressively diverse list of both modern and historical A-Listers including Salvador Dalí, Damian Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Edvard Munch, Alice Neel, Matthew Barney, Pablo Picasso, and Lady Pink, the exhibition is far more lofty in its presentation than its otherwise alluring title suggests, but presents a fairly well-rounded and genuinely fascinating survey nonetheless. In fact, Dalí's rarely seen 1950 watercolor is worth the trip uptown alone. We couldn't help but notice a curious lack of work by KAWS and Pushead, though (surely an innocent curatorial oversight). PEEP THE HIGHLIGHTS:

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JAN FABRE, "Skull with Budgerigar," 2000

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TONY MATELLI, "Sad Skulls," 2003

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DONALD BAECHLER, "Crowd (Skulls) #1," 2006

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ADAM FUSS, "Untitled," 2002

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, "Untitled (Skull)," 1982

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DAMIEN HIRST, "Male and Female Pharmacy Skeletons," 1998

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MARCEL BROODTHAERS, "Femur D'une Femme Francaise," 1965

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ALICE NEEL, "Self-Portrait, Skull," 1958

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JENNY HOLZER & LADY PINK, "Tear Ducts Seem to be a Grief Provision," 1983-84

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EDVARD MUNCH, "Death and Love," 1894

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ANDY WARHOL, "Self-Portrait with Skull," 1978

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PAUL DELVAUX, "Squelettes (Skeleton)," 1949

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SALVADOR DALI, "The Toady," 1950

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MATTHEW BARNEY, "Untitled (Study for Dear General Macarthur), 2006

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PABLO PICASSO, "Le Pichet Noir et la Tete de Mort," 1946
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KRIS MARTIN, "I Am Still Alive," 2006

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