With home-grown terrorism and oil spills stressing up our lives, it’s a good time to be be immersed in beautifully mysterious and interwoven fantasy worlds. Which means it’s also a good time to visit “The Art of Daniel Merriam,” an exhibition that opens on May 20 at the Animazing Gallery in SoHo, New York. Merriam is a pre- post- and future-Raphaelite fantasist, with a dollop of Maxfield Parish who is reminiscent of the Symbolists as well. His metier is absorbingly detailed complexity. Read more here.
The Animazing Gallery (54 Greene Street) is home to many weird, wonderful and wacky artists and illustrators, including Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Ralph Bakshi, and more. The exhibition lasts from May 21 to September 6 (with a reception on May 20). Lots of time to become absorbed. The collection is also online at 6 p.m. on May 20 here.