Nir Hod’s Melancholic “Genius” Now Available for the China Cabinet

One of the cherubic faces from Israeli-born, New York-based Nir Hod‘s 2011 Paul Kasmin “Genius” solo show is now immortalized in porcelain and gold. Grey Area now offers a limited edition of 120 plates featuring “Petrus,” 2008, the very first in Hod’s series of 51 portraits of angel-faced children with hauntingly adult expressions of derision and ennui, plus some disturbingly ’80s hair and clothing. From the china cabinet, this radiant young boy, dramatically shrouded in the darkness of his backdrop and black turtleneck, can burn holes in your house guests with his gaze alone, or with the end of his cigarette.

So tiny, yet so overflowing with contempt.

— Janelle Zara