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.
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.print