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Pizza Time at Marlborough Chelsea New York (PHOTOS)

In a show opening this week, Marlborough Chelsea has put together a mouth-watering selection of works about New York’s best dish: pizza.

Pizza Time!

From September 8 to October 6, one New York icon is getting the plaudits it has long deserved. We're speaking, of course, of pizza. The Marlborough Chelsea has put together a special exhibition celebrating the illustrious dish for its first exhibition at its new space on Broome Street in New York. As the gallery launches itself into a new neighborhood, perhaps it's fitting that curator and Marlborough associate director Vera Neykov told Art News that, “sharing a pizza is a metaphor for community and getting together.” See different artists' interepretations of pizza—including Oto Gillen's untitled (Vanitas), which is quite literally dripping with mouthwatering pizza, and is enough to make one never want to see another still life of fruit again. Also quite fun is the series by Michelle Devereux, particularly the trippy Caveman on Pizza. And for those with eyes bigger than their stomachs, don't miss John Riepenhoff's pizza-on-pizza Pizza Networking Theory! See the mouthwatering highlights from the show. 

John Riepenhoff: "Pizza Networking Theory"

pizza on pizza

38 x 28 in.

96.52 x 96.52 cm

Courtesy John Riepenhoff

Chris Bradley: "Dog Bitch"

2012

steel, aluminum, cast bronze, paint, and screw

24 x 24 x 3 in.    

60.96 x 60.96 x 7.62 cm

Courtesy Shane Campbell Gallery 

Oto Gillen: "untitled (Vanitas)"

2007, artist frame 2013

traditional chromogenic print, matte board, UV glass and wood (walnut, maple), screws

29 x 33 in.

73.66 x 83.82

courtesy Oto Gillen

William Boone: "Brothers Pizza 3"

2013

Enamel, acrylic on canvas

48 x 32 in.

121.92 x 81.28 cm

Courtesy William Boone

Drew Heitzler: "Big Pizza Hut Wonder Woman #1"

2012

light-jet print

48 x 36 in.

121.92 x91.44 cm

courtesy Marlborough Chelsea

Catharine Ahearn: "Meat Lovers"

2011

multi media

36 x 62 in.

91.44 x 157.5 cm

courtesy JTT

Chris Bradley: "Grease Face (Tony)"

2011

steel, aluminum, cast bronze, hubcap ring, spray paint, oil paint, and colored pencil

23 ¼ x 23 ½ x 2 ¼ in.

59 x 59.7 x 5.7 cm

courtesy Shane Campbell Gallery

Michelle Devereux: "Dude on Pizza #6"

2012

colored pencil and airbrush on paper

24 x 36 in.

60.96 x 91.44 cm

courtesy Michelle Devereux

Samara Golden: "Diet Piece: Painting, A Wall"

2013

canvas, polymer clay, paint, glue, framed in red oak

8 ½ x 8 ½ x 4 in.

21.59 x 21.59 x 10.16 cm

courtesy Samara Golden

Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe: "Pizza Dog 4"

2013

Paper mache

24 x 7 x 16 in.

60.96 x 17.78 x 40.64 cm

courtesy Marlborough Chelsea

Michelle Devereux: "Dude on Pizza #6"

2012

colored pencil and airbrush on paper

24 x 36 in.

60.96 x 91.44 cm

courtesy Michelle Devereux


Chris Bradley: "Grease Face #4"

2011

steel, aluminum, cast bronze, band saw blade, twist tie, spray paint, oil paint, and colored pencil

23 ½ x 22 ½ x 2 ¾ in.

59.7 x 57.15 x 7 cm

courtesy Shane Campbell Gallery

Reena Spaulings: "Enigma 17"

2011

acrylic paint on cardboard (pizza delivery box), mounted on dibond

22 x 44 in.

55.88 x 111.76 cm

Michelle Devereux: "Caveman on Pizza"

2012

colored pencil and airbrush on paper

24 x 36 in.

60.96 x 91.44 cm

courtesy Michelle Devereux

Catharine Ahearn: "Pepperoni Pizza"

2011

multimedia

74 x 62 in.

188 x 157.5 cm

courtesy JTT