Saturday, May 10, 2008

LOWBROW OR RE-BROW

We went to see the Alex Gross show at Jonathan Levine Gallery today and it was closed for the next show installation - my goof, but on the way down we stopped at the ACA Gallery on the 5th floor of the same building and came across the art of James Ormsbee Chapin (1887-1975). He was born in New Jersey and studied art at Cooper Union and the Art Students League in New York. I was taken by how his work is so much like a lot of the work represented in this new Lowbrow "Movement" that is taking place now. check out the piece called "The Deer Hunter" below.


















He had a few other pieces that I can't seem to find on line that even more so supports the notion some believe that no art movement is totally new but just old, sometimes forgotten artwork reshuffled and presented differently. I don't know enough about the history of Mr. chapin - it seems he was relatively renowned --- but it's still cool to see work like this and not be able to distinguish the fine lines between past and present. Pretty cool, I think.

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