Here is a look at a fascinating series of works from Dan Colen that are now on show at Oko Gallery in the Lower east Side in New York. “Entitled The Spirits That I called, this select body of work is a juxtaposition with that of a 19th century kindred spirit. Kind of an exploration of the ways which fantasy, theatrics and a deliberate challenge to high culture standards have preoccupied artists across the span of time. Colen painted two of what he dubbed “Miracle Paintings” inspired by a classic Disney movie Fantasia. At the center he placed an archetypal Fairy Painting by John Anster Fitzgerald titled Titania and Bottom: A Scene from a Midsummer-Night’s Dream to provide a contrast to these two “magical” paintings”.
Thanks to Arrested Motion for the information.