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Art Break: Things Get a Little Hairy With ‘Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017

Halloween is one of New York’s favorite holidays: after all, how often do you get to pretend to be someone else for a night? Ok, we do that all the time here, but on October 31 everyone goes all out with every kind of craziness possible. Get some inspiration for your costume from our downtown pick of Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures. These freakish and disturbing images fit right in with everything we love about New York on that special night. You’ll be ready to join the famous Village Halloween Parade – just like our picks, it’s free to participate (as long as you’re in costume).

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street

When: Now through December 22, Tues-Sat: 12-6

Who: Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures

What: Images of the artists in beards constructed in various materials

Why: Get inspired for Halloween

BONUS TIP: More work from Gilbert and George can be seen at the other Lehmann Maupin gallery, 536 West 22nd Street

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Burning in Water – Gallery, 317 Tenth Avenue

When: Now through November 18, Tue – Sat: 12-8

Who: Borinquen Gallo: Like a Jungle Orchid for a Lovestruck Bee

What: Installation and sculptures using brightly colored plastic tapes and discarded items

Why: The grandeur of the forms makes you forget the simplicity of the materials

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Christie’s Auction House, 20 Rockefeller Plaza (49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues)

When: Now to November 4, Mon – Fri: 9:30-5

Who: Leonardo da Vinci: Salvator Mundi

What: A recently rediscovered painting from the Italian Renaissance master

Why: There’s no guarantee that a museum will buy it, so see it while you can

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th Street

When: Now through November 17, Mon – Fri: 10-5

Who: Three Dimensions: Modern & Contemporary Approaches to Relief and Sculpture

What: Group show of sculpture in various media

Why: Explore assorted methods and materials used in sculpture



Cover: GILBERT & GEORGE BEARDARK (2016); mixed media; 59.45 x 74.8 inches 151 x 190 cm © Gilbert & George; courtesy the artists and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.


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