For his new exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, “Signs,” the prolific and outspoken British artist David Shrigley has seemingly tapped into the most recent super-viral cat meme, Grumpy Cat, to produce a series of foam-stuffed canvas cats, each of which is painted with a decidedly downtrodden message.
Shrigley’s veritable litter of grumpy cat sculptures includes “Cat (It’s OK, It’s Not OK)” (at top, all works 2012), “Cat (Kiss My Ass)” (above), “Cat (Kill Your Pets)” (below), and more. The total tally of tabbies in the exhibition makes this the largest concentration of cats in an exhibition on West 20th Street since cat-obsessed painter Allison Schulnik’s exhibition “Mound” at ZieherSmith in December 2011.
— Benjamin Sutton
(All photos by the author.)