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This Tuesday, the Christina Grajales Gallery will open “Baroccabilly,” the first U.S. show of British architect and furniture designer Nigel Coates (through April 1; cristinagrajalesinc.com). “Nigel has always been an irreverent designer,” Cristina says. His pieces—Pop-accented takes on Baroque architecture and furnishings—are intelligent, witty, and playful, much like the maverick gallerist herself. Christina opened her gallery in 2001, specializing in twentieth-century modern masters like Charlotte Perriand and Alexandre Noll. Here is Coates’s Castellieri chandelier made of Swarovski crystal, stainless steel, fabric, and leather.

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The Wings table, one of an edition of ten, is made of hand-carved beech and aluminum leaf.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

Nigel’s Pompadour Chair incorporates a timber frame and silk upholstery to make a comical but stately slipper chair. To me, the seat evokes a huge eighteenth-century ball gown.

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The Baroccabilly carpet brings to mind a modern Rorschach test.

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The Aviator sofa (velvet and silk upholstery over a timber frame) is one of several homages to the iconic sunglasses.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

These silvered beveled-glass mirrors are another play on aviator glasses, though they stand on their own as abstract sculptures.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

A silvered-glass-and-stainless-steel wall mount comes in an edition of twelve.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

The Gianno lamp suggests a person’s face being lit up from several angles at once.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

The Hypertosphere Saddle is a piece of sculpture made of fabric, metal, and leather. Though it looks like two separate pieces, it’s actually only one.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery

For me, the high point of the show is this, which manages simultaneously to be a painting, a force field, and an electromagnetic visual discharge. This is an artist sloughing off old consciousness, making something he doesn’t even know is art, giving up nearly all known languages of painting, and maybe violating the laws of nature by making something that seemingly puts off more energy than went into making it.

Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery
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