Best Of The Best 2006: It Figures

  • Sheila Gibson Stoodley

Hirschl & Adler Modern director Shelly Farmer says the Manhattan gallery showed many different types of contemporary art when it opened 25 years ago. “It had no specific mission when it opened,” she says. “It changed with the times.” Now, however, it concentrates on figurative and representational works, including the vivid still lifes of Amy Weiskopf and the nudes of Jacob Collins. Also among the gallery’s wares is a sculpture by Elizabeth Turk titled Collar #8. Appearing lacy and ethereal, the piece belies the heaviness of the marble from which it was carved. But the sculpture seems abstract, which raises the question of how it fits the gallery’s current mission.

“Yes, it’s very abstract,” agrees Farmer. “It is representative in that it resembles an Elizabethan collar, but it is pushing the envelope for us.” The gallery, which is the contemporary arm of Hirschl & Adler Galleries and resides on the fourth floor of the Hirschl & Adler Galleries building on the Upper East Side, displays works dating from World War I to the present.

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