There is still a queue on Saturdays outside the Museum of Modern
Art, where Giacometti is showing superbly. But things are
different from before in Chelsea. Its all in the mind's eye.
Gagosian Gallery is showing Torqued Spirals, Toruses and Spheres
in a sublime recourse. Also, in Soho, 116 Prince Street, there is
the much-talked about exhibition entitled Here is New York.
This massing of deeply personal imagery fills two shops especially
available for the exhibition. Inhabitants of the city were requested
to offer for exhibition their own video clips, stills, and photographs
of September 11 and the aftermath. (The images can also be visited
on the exhibition's special site, at www.hereisnewyork.org.
Tel: +1 212 334 6684.) The present showing ends on 4 November, unless,
as hoped for, it can be extended or transferred. All photographs
are to be sold in aid of those children hit by the tragic events
of September 11. The images comprise numerous poignant items revealing
a scenography more powerful than any press material published. The
pictures reveal the fallout of ashen dust, black smoke palls, running
or sobbing figures of all ages, stoical helpers and plaintiff written
notices. They also demonstrate the presence of place: when without
human figures alive or dead things abandoned, displaced
pieces of now meaningless or trivial public art and shop contents
lie around, silent and inanimate. Such reality now affects intimately
the manner in which one can look back uptown at Giacometti, or move
through Serra, or walk these sidewalks, or crave those innocent
sprees pre-September 11.
The particular Giacometti works from the l930s on show at MOMA, such as No More Play, seem trenchant too: light falls across diminutive, rounded concave depressions primitive graves even in miniature. Differently, City Square, from the l940s, has loping figures, transitional past each other, and one frozen, paralysed individual, arrested by time, space, and maybe the memory of violence. Same day too, viewing Richard Serras gigantic spirals, one cannot erase the image of ashen, dust-covered public art, and the remnant wall structure of part of one tower. Returning to the airport, other considerations predominate for the average traveller. There is no shortage of images from Manhattan, moving or static, human or satanic.
Giacometti will be reviewed during November.
Alberto Giacometti, Museum of Modern Art, 11 October 2001 through 8 January 2002. Tel: +1 212 708 9480.
Richard Serra, Gagosian Gallery, Chelsea, 11 October 2001 through 10 November 2001. Tel: +1 212 741 1111.