Take heart antique dealers of the world! Just because there are no more sales for pewter, Lionel Trains, Model T’s and spinning wheels does not mean the industry is dead. Pier Shows, Armory and Barnstorm shows are all taking dirt naps right now. But stop all your complaining. You will be fine. Reset. Look at brighter, more exciting stuff. Like Tattoo flash. Look at the age of the crowd at Ricco Maresca’s exhibit of Rosie Camanga’s tattoo work. The drawings are brilliant and resonate with a younger crowd. And they are engaged. The one to watch is the visionary gallerist Frank Maresca. This collection is from Don Ed Hardy (yes, the awful clothing guy). But he is also one of the most respected guys in the tattoo world. He alone set the scene for contemporary tattooists to prosper. He’s a Yale educated writer who years ago pointed out that human skin is the new canvass. Movable, time sensitive and site specific, to quote a bunch of artworld buzz terms. He is right.
Switch gears, put all your 19th century furniture in long term-park-lock-take the key storage. Better yet, keep on walking to the nearest pier and throw the key in. It’s over.
“Let’s all go over to Jason’s apartment and see his new antique quilt and paperweight collection.” Said no one. Ever.
Rosie Camanga ROSE TATTOO March 9 to May 6, 2017
Opening Reception, March 9th 6-8pm
Ricco Maresca Gallery
29 West 20th St. 3rd Floor (between 10th and 11th Ave)
Tue-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 11am-6pm