|Should you go?|
|Time spent||23 minutes|
|Best thing I saw or learned||A couple of black and white, square, surreal architectural prints by Brandon Williams. This project is not supposed to be about shopping for art for me, but I would totally like to own them.|
Perched up on the fifth floor of an old industrial building in the middle of the High Line / Chelsea art gallery district is the International Print Center New York, a non-profit that puts on regular shows on the art of printmaking.
This is the first of likely several blurry “museum-or-not?” places on my list. This was undoubtedly an exhibit; the show currently on view is called “Idols and Impossible Structures” and had a definite curatorial bent to it. But the pieces were for sale, too. So, if this is a museum, so is Pace or the Gagosian? They put on amazing shows. I guess the non-profitness of it puts it into the museum category, but like I said, it’s a blurry line.
Anyway, it’s a nice space, a little rough around the edges, lofty, huge windows, not too big, and it makes a nice contrast with the extremely, extremely polished high-end gallery spaces that most art-seekers visit in that neighborhood.
The Idols and Impossible Structures show was interesting, and featured a good variety of work, a lot of which had a surprising sense of humor about it. A printed, “cut and fold it yourself” model of an old school telephone jack was great. I bet most people under the age of 15 don’t have any idea what those things are.
Should you go? I wouldn’t plan a special trip to go there, unless the current exhibition was of great interest to you. But it would make a great part of an art day in Chelsea.
|Address||508 West 26th Street, Room 5A, Manhattan|