Charles LeDray at the Whitneyhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/museums/ledray%E2%80%94pushing-craft-into-art/971/
The bone sculptures are simply eerie. He also uses ivory, which he’s carved into a human finger. A cricket cage made of bone resonates with all kinds of references – that man, even after his probably self-imposed demise, can manage to enslave and destroy nature. They’re not quite as viscerally icky as Paul Thek’s meat cross-section sculptures on the next floor, however. The Thek show (through Jan 9) offers a glimpse at another artist prone to obsessions, although with a broader palette, and a more conceptual bent. These two exhibitions were pleasantly uncrowded, but as I entered the third floor, I found where everyone was — packed into the Edward Hopper show (through April 10), several deep in front of paintings both new to me and very, very familiar.