Lower Manhattan as a “growing organism”

Olive Ayhens’ “New York Goes On”

From the top of a skyscraper, Manhattan appears less linear and blocky and the buildings, big and small, take a more fluid existence. At least if you’re looking through the eyes of artist Olive Ayhens.

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Ayhens, whose work is being displayed in the Adam Baumgold Gallery, at 60 East 66th Street in Lenox Hill, draws the New York cityscape from the perspective of high-rises in fine ink and layered areas of watercolor.

Her Lower Manhattan is described by the gallery’s website as “a field of towering organic forms in the process of growth and decay,” and it is represented “as if viewing a growing organism through a microscope” (see image above). — Adam Fusfeld

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