Thanks in large part to the High Line (see my blogs of January 13, 2013 and January 1, 2010) and the profusion of apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants and boutiques that have sprung up around it, the area that was formerly known as the Meatpacking district is now one of the chicest and most expensive in Manhattan. It has almost become a victim of its own success as galleries and artists who fled the high rents of SoHo, are now facing exactly the same situation in the territory that they pioneered 15 years ago.
But I digress. Armed with a Chelsea Gallery Guide, I spent a very pleasant afternoon checking out some of the exhibitions and installations now on view, while marveling at the fabulous gallery spaces that showcase this contemporary art.
David Zwirner is a large scale installation piece by the Colombian born artist Oscar Murillo entitled "A Mercantile Novel". This tribute to the artist's homeland and childhood is a complete re-creation of a local candy making factory where several generations of his family, including his parents, were employed in various capacities.
The artist's mother, Virgelina Murillo (center) working
at the Columbina factory in La Paila, Colombia, in 1988
I certainly availed myself of these complimentary candies and I am sharing my experience with you now. They are delicious! And I would urge you to visit David Zwirner's gallery at 519 West 19th Street before June 14th so you can experience them for yourself!