Meet artist Martin von Haselberg at the opening of his exhibt “Floatulents” from 6 to 9, tonight (June 10). Review below.
Art seen: Critic Doug MacCash rates New Orleans art exhibits.
The ratings: Wonderful, Worthwhile, Whatever
“Floatulents” is not your normal narcissism
Talk about having a swollen head. Artist Martin von Haselberg, who splits his time between New York and Los Angeles, has crowded one of the New Orleans Museum of Art‘s upstairs galleries with hundreds of photos of himself.
But, to be honest, they’re not the most flattering shots.
Von Haselberg apparently prefers to see the grotesque in himself. He uses a computer to twist, stretch and squeeze his poor head like Silly Putty. If that weren’t enough, he prints his distorted self-portraits on large sheets of crinkly paper that he uses to make weird balloons and pillows. One or two are free to languidly stagger the gallery floor as if they had spent a bit too long on Bourbon Street. And to lend everything a dignified air, Von Haselberg titled the exhibit “Floatulents.”
The overall effect is like a psychedelic version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And who wouldn’t want to see that.
The rating: Wonderful
OK, there’s another point of interest here. Nobody likes to stand out just because he is the husband of a celebrity, but I have to tell you anyway. Von Haselberg is married to Bette Midler.
The exhibit of strange self-portrait paper balloons continues through Sept. 6 at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. Museum hours are Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.