The Grey Area

Artwork Spotlight: Robert Gober’s “Untitled Closet”

June 18, 2019 by Larry Luowei Zhang Robert Gober’s installation Untitled Closet (1989) is a unique work that some visitors may miss upon entering the Grey Art Gallery. In other words, Gober was very successful, in this case, in his stated goal of integrating his art into its surrounding environment. During the AIDS epidemic in […]

Exhibition Spotlight: Art after Stonewall

May 14, 2019 by Jacob M. Robinson Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s quick ascent to prominence in the 2020 presidential race demonstrates a remarkable progression for acceptance of the LGBTQ community in the U.S. What five decades ago began as a struggle for the most basic levels of toleration and decency has since expanded to an integration […]

Exhibition Spotlight: Zilia Sánchez, Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

May 6, 2019 by Carola Reyes Benítez Zilia Sánchez, Troyanas (Trojan Women), polyptych, from the series Módulos infinitos (Infinite Modules), 1967. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 ¾ × 54 × 9 ½ in., Collection of Laura Delaney Taft and John Taft, promised gift to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis   Often as Art History students, we […]

Spotlight: An Interview with Professor Dennis Geronimus

March 4, 2019 by Reshma Persaud We are delighted to kick off a new season of The Grey Area with an exciting interview with Dennis Geronimus, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at NYU. In addition to serving as professor and mentor to many students, including myself, he has authored numerous […]

Artwork Spotlight: Mary Corse’s “Untitled (Black Earth Series)”

June 27, 2018 by Shu Han Liu Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery from April 17 to July 7, 2018, is curated by renowned artist and photographer Joel Sternfeld. Hoping to explore the contemporary definition “sublime” and to spark reflections on humans’ relationship with nature and the environment […]

Artwork Spotlight: Matthias Weischer’s “Bulgarisches Haus”

June 14, 2018 by Luming Guan Curated by artist Joel Sternfeld and currently on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime is an intriguing experiment that explores the possibilities in representing landscape with over sixty artworks that range from the mid-nineteenth century to present. As the title indicates, many artworks […]

Artwork Spotlight: Ai Weiwei’s “Oil Spills”

May 21, 2018 by Mengyue Wu Upon entering the Grey Art Gallery, visitors encounter what look like giant puddles of crude oil pooling on the wooden floor. Occasionally stepped upon by visitors who neglect to look down, the shiny black “oil” is actually a porcelain installation, Oil Spills (2006), by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. […]

Frieze Art Fair in London

December 14, 2017 by Kawther AlKhudairy The Frieze Art Fair in London brings together a large number of some of the most passionate and renowned artists, gallerists, collectors, dealers, and art enthusiasts from around the globe for a weekend. This year alone, more than 200 galleries from 30 countries participated in the fair. Participating in […]

Past, Present, and Future: What Can We Learn from “Partners in Design”?

November 28, 2017 by Mengyue Wu The exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson,” currently on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, traces the friendship between Barr, the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Johnson, the first director of MoMA’s Architecture Department. Curated by David A. Hanks, the […]

Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Portraitist

August 9, 2017 by Kelly Ryser Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934) is a conspicuous name among neuroscientists and microbiologists, but beyond these fields, he is little known. A Nobel laureate and the father of modern neuroscience, Cajal reached unparalleled heights of scientific discovery through his micro-anatomical observations. Bolstering these feats are his carefully prepared drawings, which […]