Friday, April 11, 2008

Shai Kremer at Julie Saul Gallery

Abandoned Syrian Base, Golan Heights, 2007 © Shai Kremer
Fighting back a sickness that has ruined me for the past several weeks I ventured to Chelsea last night for Shai Kremer's Broken Promised Land opening at Julie Saul Gallery. The opening was hopping and Shai's prints looked amazing. For over seven years Shai has been documenting the effects of military action on the landscape of Israel. The work is both sobering and beautiful and raises a lot of questions about the generations of people born into an environment where this kind of destruction is the norm.

After making the rounds at Shai's opening we walked a few blocks to the Blind Spot auction at David Zwirner. We went to the auction with a strong desire to make serious bids on a couple of pieces, but the place was so incredibly crowded it proved impossible to see the work let alone write your bid down. I quickly tucked the credit card back in the pocket and made a beeline out the door and into the beautiful New York night.
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