In late January, the artist Donelle Woolford, a black woman with short hair who looks to be in her mid 30s, was at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, outfitted in a 1970s-style suit and mustache, doing a Richard Pryor routine. It went well, but it could have gone better. The book fair, she wrote in an email shortly afterward, “maybe wasn’t the best context for a Richard Pryor routine.” This particular routine was recorded as the final episode of Pryor’s 1977 television show (which only lasted four episodes) and was pretty much engineered to be censored. “I think the audience was a bit taken aback by all the N-bombs and F-bombs,” she said. Everywhere she has gone—a museum in San Francisco and community centers in Chicago and Oakland have been among her stops—audiences have reacted differently.
Midcareer British artist and designer Paul Elliman is finally making his U.S. solo debut. Brace yourself. It’s a heady one.
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Among the areas of West Chelsea hardest hit when Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York at the end of October was West 27th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues, which is home to five contemporary art galleries. Thankfully, all five—Wallspace, Foxy Production, Derek Eller, Jeff Bailey and Winkleman—have repaired their spaces and are reopening on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Seeing this wild little sculpture in Wallspace’s new show, “The Mystery Trend,” last night, I automatically assumed that it was the work of some ambitious young sculptor, the latest in a burgeoning wave of superb and precocious ceramicists to arrive in recent years. But I was wrong.