New York Nocturnes

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Alan Wolfson, “Paradise-Playhouse,” 2014, mixed media, 9 x 12 x 12 in. (c) Hollis Taggart Galleries 2016

On view through December 17 at New York City’s Hollis Taggart Galleries is an amazing display of dexterity and skill through the sculptures of Alan Wolfson — master of the diorama.

Collectors not from New York City could easily bring it into their homes with Alan Wolfson’s incredible dioramas. Intricately detailed and crafted with skill, Wolfson’s miniature urban vignettes offer an intimate portrait of the city through abandoned storefronts, street corners, and subway stations.

Alan Wolfson, “Occupied Hotel Room,” 1979, mixed media, 18 x 26 x 26 in. (c) Hollis Taggart Galleries 2016
Alan Wolfson, “Occupied Hotel Room,” 1979, mixed media, 18 x 26 x 26 in. (c) Hollis Taggart Galleries 2016

A selection of Wolfson’s works is now on view at New York’s Hollis Taggart Galleries. Via the gallery, “Devoid of figures, Wolfson’s scenes are primarily focused on the architecture and design of his chosen urban locations, but most importantly on the leftover evidence of those city dwellers that have been and gone. Trash, cigarette butts, and graffiti all indicate the presence of people and yet the works are left empty, creating a world of possible narratives. As viewers, we become voyeurs peering into the unkempt and lonely corners of the city that Wolfson invites us to explore. These elaborate snapshots are the result of months of extensive planning and research, with each detail having been meticulously crafted by the artist himself. Wolfson’s final sculptures represent a careful balance of the real and the invented, combining elements from memory, reality, and imagination.”

Titled “New York Nocturnes,” the solo show will be on view through December 17. To learn more, visit Hollis Taggart Galleries.

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