The latest show to hang at Chelsea’s Danziger Projects may be titled “Wallflowers,” but there isn’t a shy daisy in the bunch. As an ode to spring, gallery owner James Danziger collected floral paintings, photographs and sculptures by artists including Ryan McGinness, Annie Leibovitz and Cecil Beaton. “There are no specific pictures of flowers,” Danziger clarifies of the pieces on display through May 24. “One of the things I realized was the inescapability of flowers as a subject or secondary subject, even though it wasn’t a still life.” For instance, in a Laurel Nakadate photograph, a pair of rose-printed panties fly in the wind, and in another print by Seydou Keita, three girls pose for the camera, dressed in matching floral frocks.
Of course, fashion’s obsession with colorful blossoms is nothing new. The theme appears frequently in the exhibit. There’s Adam Fuss’ X-ray of a Chloé dress from the spring 2006 collection and a Sandra Bermudez collage of butterflies with wings and antennae that, if one looks closely, are actually a collective of Gucci sunglass parts.
All together, the artistic mix creates a diverse garden, but Danziger insists his green thumb is only of the Pantone variety. “Despite my interest in flowers, I’m not much of a horticulturist.”