While some have already dismissed skull imagery as a passing trend, we think when it's done right it can be a timeless memento mori. If you're anything like us, you're going to enjoy "I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton In Art," a group show that opened last week at Cheim & Read Gallery in Chelsea.
Like the title of the show suggests, the attraction to the subject has to do with our shared corporeal experience, which artists in the show have interpreted using clever, horrific and, at times, alluring imagery. The exhibit brings together more than 30 works by a who's who of artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol (below left), Sigmar Polke, Matthew Barney, Jan Fabre (above right) and Damien Hirst, among others. View more works from the show after the jump.
Matthew Barney, "Untitled"
Salvador Dali, "The Toady"
Adam Fuss, "Untitled"
Pablo Picasso, "Le Pichet Noir Et La Tete De Mort"
Jean-Michel Basquit, "Untitled"
Jan Van Oost, "Salome"
Edvard Munch, "Death And Love"
Damien Hirst, "Male And Female Pharmacy Skeletons"