Ivan Witenstein's show (closed June 18th) at Derek Eller Gallery included lots of nude and salacious works; bordering pornographic. The show was great, some of the subject matter of his works confused me a little; "why" you ask because, his inspiration for his works come from Nazism and it's history, jazz musicians, Life magazine photos, (Federico) Fellini's cinematic characters and other current pop culture public figures. I liked it, just some of Ivan's references, images and quotes couldn't be processed properly by my little brain; but none-the-less I loved it!
Nir Hod's last show Genius was exhibited at Paul Kasmin Gallery; creepy, creepy, creepy. The artwork is beautiful but I must admit that the subject matter of children depicted as adults, posing with cigarette in hand, scares me because, guess what (news flash), there are "children" out in the world doing "adult things"; reminds me of a PSA for Marlboro cigarettes. I know there's a meaning behind the message but "little adults" scare me. Yikes!