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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Art on Exhibit - James Jean in Chelsea

James Jean Exhibit, NYC
Photo by myself at the Jonathan Levine Gallery on 20th Street in Chelsea.

Many galleries in New York are housed in old warehouse buildings. The galleries are usually found together in Soho and Chelsea, however they are also on the Upper East Side and in Midtown.

People often take an elevator to the top floor, then visit galleries on each floor on the way down, taking the stairs. Private galleries differ from museums, in that there's no admission fee.


Mark and I visited a gallery in Chelsea, Saturday, featuring one of our favorite artists, James Jean. At only 30 years old, Jean has published several books of his work and has received numerous awards for his paintings and illustrations. Jean was schooled at the School of Visual Arts and now lives in California.

It was the last day of the exhibit and nearly all the art had been sold. People milled about marveling at the fantastic, huge images. On opening night, Susan Sarandon and Keith Carradine were in attendance.

Mark and I visited several other galleries in the building on our way out. We saw an assortment of folk art, huge color photographs, impressionistic painting and abstract sculptures.

I find visiting galleries more fun than traditional museums because you never know what you're in for.

James Jean Exhibit, NYC

James Jean Detail
A gorgeous detail from one of the paintings.

To see Jean's website click here.

Related posts: New Museum, The Bowery, Warehousing Art in Chelsea and Artsy Fartsy.


Word Freak said...

omg!! i love it so much!!
thanks a lot for these great pitures, i mean a blog with great pictures AND New York... for me that the best combination ever!! so thanks a lot ^^

Lily Hydrangea said...

it's nice to hear about an artist with a sold out show! great photo Kitty.

Fredrik said...

He's very talented. I like the japanese influences.

valeria said...

I had never heard of James Jean before so I went to see his site and I like it so much. He is so talented, I like most of his works (I must say that a few of them are a bit upsetting, though). Thank you for showing this corner and for opening a "window" for us to see some good art...

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Oh these are wonderful Kitty, I wished I hadn't been feeling quite so lazy on Saturday ;-)

Donna j. Gehl said...

Thanks for putting the dude in the shot to give me the right perspective as if I was there. Good work.