Fifty Shades of White, and More... | Edward Goldman

February 18, 2015 12:03 AM

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In spite of less-than-positive reviews, Fifty Shades of Grey has become a box office hit. I haven't read the book, and I'm not planning to see the movie, but I have to admit, I do like the title. Last Sunday, the Broad museum had a one-day invitation-only sneak peak preview of its top third floor gallery. I've been following the construction progress of the museum for a year now. Last Sunday was my third visit there, and I continue to be amused by the unconventional architecture by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The 35,000 square foot main exhibition space at the top of the building is flooded by beautifully controlled, soft daylight streaming through a honeycomb veil that wraps the whole building. Being there felt as if I'd been enveloped in Fifty Shades of White...

Upon entering Shulamit Gallery in Venice, one encounters a subtle, abstract, white on white wall relief by LA artist David Abir. This is another case where it is up to us viewers to count the number of shades of white. Further inside the gallery, there are additional room-sized installations by Abir...

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