arts 07.17.03

7 NY Artists' Websites

Caio Fonseca was born in NYC and paints at his studios in New York and Pietrasanta. His acrylic on canvas abstract paintings (pictured, top left) bring us to musical analogies: they have a fixating rhythm to them as well as snappy licks and elegant harmonies.

Adam Stennett's latest work has featured mice in frequently perilous situations, including "Underwater Mouse 1" in oil on linen. His work can be seen currently in a group show at 31 Grand Gallery, 31 Grand [Kent] Bklyn, 718.388.2858.

Tom Otterness, the well-known sculptor, has works of public sculpture throughout New York. Mr. Otterness' work in the 14th Street and 8th Avenue subway station means that the A and C lines offer a rare bit of delight.

Devorah Sperber has a series of shag rug pieces where the sum of each is greater than the parts. The parts may include 165,000 two-inch chenille stems inserted into foam board, evoking a shag rug. But seen in an installed convex mirror, the 'shag rug' reveals a recreation of Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm". There are a number of other series on the site; it is compelling work.

Anna Sutton's oil portraits are wonderfully contradictory: nostalgic yet contemporary, immediately appealing and yet layered. "Live a Little" (pictured, top right) is as joyous as "The Dans" is pensive and sensual.

Alex Katz, born in Brooklyn in 1927, does work that is more recognizable than categorizable. He has said that narrative is not part of his process, though seeing something like "Black Shoes" (pictured, bottom right), does call to mind any number of questions. In works such as "Black Brook" and "Morning", it's hard to imagine a more recondite depiction of stillness.

Will Cotton says, "When I start a new painting now, I always begin with a sketch and a shopping list." That's because he uses all kinds of candies and desserts as models for his paintings. His oil-on-linen "Flanpond" (pictured, bottom left) can make us simultaneously yearn for, and recoil against, this separate but related universe .

Animal lovers, don't miss the new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, 2 W. 77th [CPW] 212.873.3400, called "Petropolis: A Social History of Urban Animal Companions". Now through November 9.

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