When the New York Times Becomes Art
Estimate $750. David Colman composes his finely tuned assemblages using a variety of evocative materials found at flea markets, second-hand stores, and online. This work is a collection of 19th century prints of German mountain wilderness held in place with magnets on top of a burlap-covered steel plate, with a pale blue-toned print of a Gothic architectural motif laid partly over them, kept in place by three highly magnetized glass bottles of cadmium yellow/orange pigment pills.
David Colman is a longtime writer for The New York Times and numerous glossy magazines, as well as a visual and performance artist and curator. Colman’s best-known artworks are his assemblages, which share the spirit and the spatial sensibility of Gerald Murphy’s iconic Jazz Age paintings. His performance work, which Colman says “addresses the social and aesthetic role that art plays in society and in the lives of individuals,” has been presented by the Public Art Fund, New York, and featured at Art Basel Miami Beach.