Anton van Dalen represents a lesser acknowledged artist archetype: the non-heroic, civic-minded observer and chronicler.
Using simple means, often just pencil and paper, van Dalen has made careful, painstaking images of cyborgs, pigeons, and war machines.
From an increasingly diversified roster of galleries to a surprising slew of rock art, the mega-fair is impressively eclectic this year.
Next time you’re walking through the East Village, take a moment to look up at the skies over Tompkins Square Park. You might just spot Anton van Dalen’s flock of snow-white pigeons. The artist, who first learned to rear the birds at the age of twelve, is one of the few remaining pigeon keepers in Lower Manhattan.
New Works and the Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre, Anton van Dalen’s first solo show in eight years, charts the shifting landscape of New York City. Populated with imaginative characters, the artist’s latest work vividly documents the forces of gentrification and change.
It didn’t. I lied. I’m sorry. But I did like these things at the Art Dealers Association of America’s (ADAA) art fair.