Inaugurating its first New York location, Galerie Perrotin presents Paola Pivi's, Ok, You Are Better Than Me, So What?, the Italian artist's first comprehensive solo exhibition in the United States.
On display on the ground floor of the posh Madison Avenue gallery, eight life-size, rainbow-colored polar bears greet visitors and attract the attention of many passersby outside. Made from Urethane foam, plastic, and feathers, the whimsical creatures pose playfully—a turquoise bear suspended from the ceiling appears to be flying; a fuschia bear lying on the floor with hind legs crossed and a front paw draped over its face resembles a weary diva. Though covered in bright, Crayola-colored feathers instead of snowy fur, Pivi balances the extraordinary with normalcy by giving her bears life-like features and expressions. Pivi's fun, feathery bears bring a cheerful lightheartedness to typically staid gallery hopping.
Be sure to also check out the lower level of Galerie Perrotin where Pivi's stainless steel Money machine (true blue, baby I love you) periodically spits out coins and dollar bills—a fitting nod to the building which formerly housed a bank. Learn more at perrotin.com and at the artist's website paolapivi.com. Through October 26th.