Marlborough Gallery was a little slice of heaven this September.
Their new, small space at 331 Broome Street housed PIZZA TIME!, an inaugural exhibit portraying what the gallery called “the unofficial emblem of New York City.” Over twenty-five works of art adorned the walls, featuring both realistic and abstract pies, slices, and even pizza boxes. On Sunday, September 8th, there was a pizza party to celebrate opening night (which sadly, I missed). Apparently, the curators sought to create an initial exhibit with a theme that could bring the community together–and what better than the beloved, non-pretentious pizza pie!
Fortunately, I was able to check out the artwork a few days before its closing. A wide variety of talented artists were featured: Cory Arcangel and Michael Frumin, Catharine Ahearn, Uri Aran, Darren Bader, John Baldessari, Will Boone, Chris Bradley, Willem de Kooning, Michelle Devereux, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, Samara Golden, Oto Gillen, Drew Heitzler, Martin Kippenberger, Andrew Kuo, Nate Lowman, Tony Matelli, Claes Oldenburg, John Riepenhoff, Reena Spaulings, Spencer Sweeney, and Mateo Tannatt.
Devereux’s drawing entitled “Dude on Pizza #6” was probably my favorite. This piece depicted a “dude” kickin’ back on a magic-carpet-esque slice that was floating in midair in a nondescript, modern land…with a dinosaur in the background. Those who opted for realism in their paintings left me drooling, but I did appreciate the creativity in the cartoon-like works. There was certainly nothing about this exhibit that I didn’t like. Generally speaking, I love art, but I can’t think of the last time I was so inspired!
Let’s hope the next installation features ice cream?
By: Emily Giove