Monday, March 30th, 2015

ARTCRITICAL PICK: Aristides Logothetis at the Bronx Museum of the Arts


See a spider coming your way in an art museum? If it’s bigger than you are it must be a Louise Bourgeois, right? Not at the Bronx Museum of Arts. Craft and Colony, 2014, by Aristides Logothetis, on view in the museum lobby through April 12, is her hipster post-modern granddaughter, her plastic tentacles bursting with massed banks of printed needlepoint.   The Athens-born, New York-based sculptor acknowledges Bourgeois as mentor, having attended the matriarch’s legendary Sunday salon. His other mother in sculpture is fellow Greek American Lynda Benglis, but his biological mother – a tailor and entrepreneur who kept a formal front parlor under plastic wraps – is no minor influence either. Logothetis is a seasoned master in wrapping up coded signifiers of gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality in intriguing bundles. His channel-hopping plastic spider slips us deeper into the semiotic web. DAVID COHEN

Aristides Logothetis, Craft and Colony, 2014. Fabric, digital print, needlepoint, foam, plastic and steel, 93 x 127 x 117 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Bronx Museum of the Arts.  1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street, Bronx, 718-681-6000


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