by Debbie Wells
Artful Circle took our groups to visit Chelsea to kick off our first session of our Art Gallery Spring Series. One of the highlights was to Danese/Corey to see the original drawings, tapestries, and pysanka (dyed eggs) by Roz Chast. A cartoonist with over a thousand works printed in The New Yorker since 1978, her art epitomizes our lives today – filled with family relationships, humor, technology, worry and wit. Chast, age 61, was born in Brooklyn and received a BFA in from Rhode Island School of Design. Her working relationship with The New Yorker started almost immediately, as well creating editorial cartoons for countless publications and authoring and illustrating her own books over the years.
The exhibit at Danese/Corey was displayed perfectly with walls lined with mostly black and white illustrations, dotted with a few colorful tapestries handmade by the artist. Display cases featuring hand painted eggs also expressed her humorous side with clever imagery and text.
Our Artful Circle groups slowly paced the gallery reading each cartoon, followed by hearty chuckles. Her art consists of simple lines and easy colors sprinkled with her perceptive observations which are so universally shared, it was easy to see why everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. From parenthood, marriage, city living, aging, school, work and everything else in between in today’s society, Chast has it covered. Fun and insightful, it was the perfect stop on our art gallery stroll and a welcome change from the typical Chelsea contemporary art scene.
And there is even more Roz Chast news…
Chast will be part of a summer speaker series at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Long Island, which also will include cookbook author Ina Garten and poet Billy Collins. Her talk and book signing will take place on August 20, 2015. Call Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or the box office for more information.
Roz Chast: Something More Pleasant: Drawings, Textiles and Pysanka Danese/Corey Gallery 511 W 22 St, NYC www.danesecorey.com March 20 – April 18, 2015 On-line catalogue: http://www.blurb.com/books/6062585-roz-chast (L-R): Egg #77, 2010-2013, eggshell, dye and polyurethane, 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 in; Hello, 2015, hand-hooked rug, 23 x 20 in; Urban Trail Mix, published September 13, 2010, ink on paper, 7 x 7.25 in