By PAUL LASTER, JAN. 2015
An artist with an incredible sense of whimsy, Djordje Ozbolt packed the house at Hauser & Wirth’s Uptown gallery with paintings, drawings and sculptures, complemented by a captivated audience anxious to explore three full floors of engaging work.
The Belgrade-born, London-based artist presents 34 recent works, including 50 ways to leave your lover, which is made up of 50 quickly made, experimental paintings that touch on culture and politics, figuration and abstraction. Other imaginative works range from a painting with a Sunny Side Up egg splayed on a landscape and another canvas of an accumulation of abstract brushstrokes defining a Poet Smoking a cigarette to a big pink sculpture of a Really Big Mac and a drawing of miniature heads of recovering alcoholics at an AA Meeting.
Masterfully composed, with a broad knowledge of culture and everyday life, Ozbolt’s first New York solo with Hauser & Wirth is a delightful treat.
Scroll through the photos below to see some of the work on view with some of the people that turned out for opening night. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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