Review: Tiny III at Gallery 924 

click to enlarge R.A. Buys, “Festival of the Steel Phallus”
  • R.A. Buys, “Festival of the Steel Phallus”

Through Jan. 9. TINY III was billed as a “huge” show by Gallery 924. And in terms of the number of artists displaying small-scale work (89), it certainly was. Some of those artists are pretty huge in the contemporary art world too.

Like Anila Quayyum Agha, who won $300,000 for her installation “Intersections” this fall at ArtPrize, and contributed to this show two small, abstract grayscale paintings that are like solid pieces of a foggy day.

And then there's the huge shock value inherent in R.A. Buys’ three “Festival of the Steel Phallus” cast aluminum sculptures, each of which could fit in the palm of the hand (much like the organ referred to in the work). They all take the form of a laughing Buddha with a phallus, said phallus being absurdly large in proportion to the Buddha. One of them even had a dick as a head, designed, I guess, to offend practicing Buddhists and the Mike Pence crowd in equal proportion.

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