Tesfaye Tessema at New York's Skoto Gallery in Chelsea December 9
Art is at the top of my holiday wish list. And one of the best ways to find affordable, museum-quality paintings is by discovering young, emerging talent or rediscovering an established master with a museum track record. That’s why I can’t wait for Thursday, December 9, when Tesfaye Tessema, a native of Ethiopia who lives in Harlem, unveils his newest work at New York’s Skoto Gallery (529 West 20th Street). The artist caught my eye several years ago, but he has a following among top gallerists, museum curators and serious collectors. The Guggenheim Museum has exhibited his paintings and the artist was invited to paint murals for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. But nothing prepared me for his latest abstract paintings bursting with juicy color. I love the dancing dots and squares. High-energy and life-embracing, these abstract jewels have a musical quality and shouldn’t be missed. In fact, I’d like to find one hanging on my wall come Christmas morning.