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Strange Paradise at First Street Gallery

Added on by Roxana Alger Geffen.

Very happy to be included in the First Street Gallery's show, Strange Paradise, juried by Steven Harvey. It opened on June 27, 2015 and will be up until July 18, 2015. It's a very interesting show: with 144 artists, it had the potential to be a chaotic jumble, but is instead a coherent survey of contemporary work, and clear evidence of Steven Harvey's vision.

I was also pleased to discover that my cousin, Nicole Alger, a very accomplished painter, is also in the show, as well as my friend Susan Sussman.

 

Girl, 2014

And another thing:

Added on by Roxana Alger Geffen.

I love that Jeff Koons! Just saw his show at the Whitney. I remember when that work first appeared and I HATED it. I thought it was narcissistic, self-involved, concerned with the Art Market in a self-congratulatory way. But now it strikes me as exuberant and peculiar, almost lonely in its oddness. I love his celebration of the mundane, his elevation of small pleasures. And his big sculptures from the Celebration Series are amazing. His startling, effortless invocation of cognitive dissonance through the juxtaposition of materials--playdough made of aluminum that looks like foam--and manipulation of scale gave me the shivers.