In Ghosts and Chic Portraits, the Spirit of the Street

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Two exhibitions now up in New York infuse the spirit of the street into unique modes of art and design. First is Y Gallery‘s show by German artist Jim Avignon, whose style we think is best described as Gary Baseman meets John Kricfalusi with a pinch of Yoshitomo Nara (for that umami tang). Curated by Cecilia Jurado, the show is called “i looked in the mirror and i saw a ghost” and features Avignon’s whimsical paintings, furniture, and murals. The work focuses on, well, ghosts, as well as the prospect of living out multiple identities in a fictional world, which the gallery thinks is a good fit for its own diverse home: Jackson Heights, Queens. Also a good fit for the ‘hood is Avignon’s commitment to “democratic art distribution” (translation: all exhibition pieces are priced at under $200 each). The show runs through February 9 at Y Gallery.

sartorialist photo.jpgAnd then there’s The Satorialist (a.k.a. Scott Schuman), a man who needs little introduction to the aesthetically and sartorially astute UnBeige readership. Just in time for Fashion Week, Danziger Projects in Chelsea has mounted a show of Schuman’s sublimely lit and composed photographs of chic people the world over. How does he manage to get the Paris pavement to gleam so cooperatively? Where does he find those ethereal Swedes? How does he manage to convey Milan by nothing but a doorframe and a burnt orange scarf folded just so? And why does New York’s Meatpacking District never look quite so fetching in person? While we didn’t expect to find answers at the Danziger show, we assembled a whole new list of questions once we’d seen the images on paper as opposed to on screen. The show runs through February 23 at Danziger Projects.