~TERRY RICHARDSON OPENING NITE PIX
TERRY RICHARDSON . . . MOM DAD
OPEN NITE: NOV 11, 2011
the show runs NOV 11 – DEC 4, 2011
HALF GALLERY – 208 FORSYTH ST – LOWER EAST SIDE – NYC
TERRY RICHARDSON pops a cold one . . . at his new super-heated re-constituted ‘family’ package show.
“My parents split up when I was four. It feels good for me to have them back together again, even if it’s in a gallery and only for a little while. It’s something I’m doing for me and in a way, for them.” ~ Terry Richardson, 2011
“and his mother Annie — still alive and kicking it (!!) in Ojai, California — was a former Copacabana dancer, stylist and . . . Jimi Hendrix paramour. (!!) Although they divorced when Terry was quite young, the couple are brought together again here in these touching, funny, sometimes funny, sometimes desperate photographs.” ~ gallery press release
just coming off, as I was – the fantastico CATTELAN show, that had defied the gallery mind-box, floor and walls. well really brought into play the entire circle of the staid Guggenhiem – it was captivating to step into the Half Gallery – and see that Terry had just as much disdain – for the status quo of gallery viewing !!
shake it up, baby !! twist and shout.
Terry up at bat. the pix on the floor were just as mesmerizing – as the pix on the wall. but also loved how they spoke to: down with art objects, the relentlessness and unstoppable march of time, the fragility of the human condition, and of course – hard copy before the age of computers & digital cameras !! and the absolute bad boy disrespect – !! – as they all ended up being pretty trashed by the end of the nite. though they remain, however they devolve – and rightly so – as part of the exhibit. someone else can write the thesis.
BILL POWERS . . Half Gallery is his baby – and it stands so apart and so above the rest of the mediocre and predictable riff raff on the Lower East Side – as to be the only Lower East Side venue that can rightfully claim the honored moniker of this once gloried frontier hood. Chrystie St. never looked better. this Half gallery exhibit is the first show Terry Richardson has presented in NYC since his last show at the now defunct Deitch Projects in 2004.
Bill told me he remembers going to the Alleged opening (Aaron Rose) on Prince St. for the even earlier Richardson show: ‘These Colors Don’t Run’ in 1998, and from which – he even bought a piece.
so what else goes hand-in-hand with photo portraits and the sad, or rather tremendous but ephemeral parade of history ? they have audio of Terry’s late dad, Bob leaving voicemails for him. personally I couldn’t make the no-holds audio tape journey. maybe next time. I did hear they moved people to tears.
with INDIE 184 !!
INDIE told me that her and COPE will have a pop-up store in the WYNWOOD section at the Miami Art Fair – I guess that be – next !! weekend, already.
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PHOTOS of the OPENING NIGHT & INSTALLATION: NANCY SMITH