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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Collection of Sandy: Paintings Lost in Flooded Chelsea Gallery


This story was filed ahead of artcritical and the world learning of the extensive damage to work in many Chelsea galleries and beyond.  We extend our deepest sympathy to artists and galleries affected by the storm and its aftermath.  artcritical finally has reliable internet connection and power restored and will be posting articles held back in the last week.

First news in of a fine art casualty to chalk up to Sandy is the seriously tragic loss of a major series of paintings by artist Joa Baldinger.  Her series, I want to Talk about You, inspired by scenes from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Beware of a Holy Whore” (1971), were on display in the subterranean bunker-like space of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert on West 19th Street which got completely flooded Monday night.

Joa Baldinger, I Want to Talk About You,  2010. Oil on linen, from the quadriptych, IV/IV,  74 x106 inches. Courtesy of Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert

Joa Baldinger, I Want to Talk About You, 2010. Oil on linen, from the quadriptych, IV/IV, 74 x106 inches. Courtesy of Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert

I wrote about other paintings from the series at The New York Sun website when they were shown in the Hampton’s in summer 2010.  Sad to think of a cursory review outliving such stunning pictures.


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5 Responses to Collection of Sandy: Paintings Lost in Flooded Chelsea Gallery

  1. Rex Auchincloss says:

    I lament the loss of these paintings; as well, equally (if not more so), the missed opportunity for those who would have experienced the serendipitous impact of these works. I can bear witness to the mood that emanated from the space of the narrative outwards: inviting and indeterminate. One mingled in these scenes with the way the paintings’ borders faded and encroached further out kind of detached from the literal enclosure of setting. Joa has a lot of work behind (that went into) these canvases–she’ll re-gather the strains towards new motifs of beautiful appropriation.

  2. Paul C Smith says:

    The Joan Mitchell Foundation has funds available for artists/orgs suffering Sandy damage–check their website

  3. Dear David,
    Am a long time enthusiast of Artcritical.
    I loved the Lois Dodd image that Artcritical posted.. The reprinted image of blue umber and white was a spare, urgent, economical poetic painting.. then I went to see the show and the rest of Dodd’s pictures were a disappointment. Fairfield Porter style platt American images.. Even Alex Katz and California period Hockney who was infected with this dry decal reality barely get away with it.

    Joshua Neustein

  4. leslie samuel says:

    rex i want to helpyou put the lost peices back together and help rebuild the gallery get in touch with me please

  5. leslie samuel says:

    rex please get in touch with me samuelleslie@yahoo.com

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