NY Academy of Art
This September, the New York Academy of Art is showing an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by their 2013 Academy Fellows Jonathan Beer, Aleah Chapin, and Nicolas Holiber.
Annually, the Academy awards three exemplary graduating students a post graduate fellowship through a highly competitive selection process. Current Fellow Aleah Chapin was first prize winner of the National Portrait Galley’s BP Portrait Award in 2012, the second American to win the prestigious prize. Previous fellowship recipients include: Ali Banisadr, Fellow 2009, Amy Bennett, Fellow 2003, and Will Kurtz.
On view through Sept 29, 2013, the show presents a powerful case for deeply-informed, conceptually based figurative art.
United Stasi of America
Berlin: German artist and activist Oliver Bienkowski, who beamed the words "United Stasi of America" onto the wall of the U.S. embassy in Berlin on Monday, says Washington’s spy methods make the former East German secret police look like boy scouts. Evoking memories of the Nazi Gestapo and the Stasi security police, Government eavesdropping is a highly sensitive topic in Germany. The german artist was beaming his protest against U.S. surveillance programs revealed by fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Jay-Z performed Picasso Baby, for six hours at New York’s Pace Gallery yesterday, to the delight of fans and art lovers. The rapper’s music video shoot was inspired by the work of performance artist Marina Abramović, who attended the show. Taking inspiration from Abramović’s 2010 installation, The Artist Is Present, Jay-Z faced off with some well-known faces such as artist Mickalene Thomas and Laurie Simmons as well as director Judd Apatow.
Art & The Hamptons
The Hamptons are an ideal beach escape in the hottest months of the summer and in July, three art fairs make the area a top art world destination as well. Throughout the month, artMRKT Hamptons, ArtHamptons, and Art Southampton will pitch their tents at the beach to celebrate art’s finest Modern and Contemporary works.
Meeting Orly Genger
“If I could put my body into my work, that would be the ultimate.” -Orly Genger.
Over the past few years, Genger has become well-known for her incredible large-scale installations, created from seemingly endless coils of rope. The artist crochets shapes into works that recall Modern masterworks.
Made of 1.4 million feet of hand-crocheted lobster-fishing rope—enough to span the length of Manhattan nearly 20 times over—her latest installation, Red, Yellow and Blue, is on view in Madison Square Park until September. Don’t miss it!
The artist grew up in New York City with parents who collected Modern Art. She later attended Brown University, where she discovered and fell in love with sculpture.
Now, we’re very excited to host Orly Genger for an ArtTable breakfast at our office on June 19, 2013! ArtTable was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to the visual arts and to advancing women’s leadership in the field.
Golden Lion For Sehgal
Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal has won the Golden Lion for best artist at this year’s Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious Contemporary Art event.
The art world equivalent of an Oscar, Sehgal received the award for his performance piece in which a few people hum and beatbox while moving on the floor. The jury praised Sehgal “for the excellence and innovation that his practice has brought opening the field of artistic disciplines.”
Discover more of his work at Marian Goodman Gallery.
PooL Art Fair
Inspired by the French tradition of Artists Fairs, starting from the famous 1863 Courbet’s Salon des Independents, (AKA Salon des Refusés) PooL Art Fair is dedicated to the many fantastic but unrepresented artists.
PooL’s main purpose is to create a meeting ground for outstanding unrepresented artists—and for gallery owners, curators, and other art enthusiasts to discover them.
Mark your calendars: Debuting May 10, 2013, this three-day show includes lectures addressing the challenges of the art world, along with special projects and events.
This work, by artist Jonathan Stanish, was shown as part of Peekskill Project V, an initiative of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, in support of talented young artists.
Peekskill Project V is devoted to bringing cutting edge Contemporary Art out of the museum and into the community. Using the city as a stage, Peekskill Project activates the urban environment and its inhabitants through site-specific art exhibitions, by emerging and established artists selected by renowned curators.
Browse more work from Peekskill Project V.
We wish you and your loved ones Happy Easter!
Pictured is Fabergé's Lillies of the Valley Egg, which was presented by Emperor Nicholas II to his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, at Easter in 1898.
If you can’t go to TEFAF Maastricht this weekend, watch our short videos from the 25th edition of the European Fine Art Fair. Get a feel of the art buzz and the artworks; nude artworks by Modern and Contemporary artists, Van Gogh masterpieces, and Old Masters are featured below.
World Water Day
"We must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource," said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Today is a very important day; it is World Water Day. Access to clean water has always been the foundation of human development, and it continues to be so to this day. Thankfully, most of us can now take this for granted.
However, the United Nations estimates that some 800 million people still do not have access to clean water. This crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
Find out how you can help.
Join the The New York Foundation for the Arts’s Young Patrons Circle at their 2013 Benefit After Party for a fabulous evening of art, a few drinks, and a lot of dancing!
The NYFA Young Patrons Circle is a vibrant group of young professionals in the creative, entertainment, social, and business sectors, between the ages of 21 to 40, dedicated to empowering artists across all disciplines.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention their special offer for new members: purchase a ticket and YPC membership for US$250 (value: US$400).
Ai Weiwei’s Music Career
Chinese activist, artist, and now musician Ai Weiwei announced plans to release a Heavy Metal album. Who would have predicted this to be his genre of choice?
"The lyrics are about the current political situation," said Ai Weiwei of his debut album Divina Commedia, named after a poem by Italian poet Dante, which will be released next month.
This album is not Ai’s first foray into the music world; his parody of Gangnam Style was a huge success in October 2012.
But the real question is: how will the Chinese government react?
Toshiko Mori Architect was the recipient of the 2013 AIA New York Chapter Design Honors Award in Interiors for their unique architectural approach to Sean Kelly Gallery’s new Hudson Yards location, which opened in October of 2012. The new space was lauded for the “tautness” of the design that defines the relationship between the viewer, the staff, and the art. Despite its large scale, it was praised for not feeling overwhelming or intimidating to visitors.
The Design Awards Exhibition, which opens on April 18 at 6:00 p.m. and will be on view in the Center for Architecture’s Helfand Gallery through May, will feature all winning projects, including Sean Kelly Gallery.
The Armory Show is in an especially celebratory mood this year, as 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking fair! The first edition of the fair had changed the course of art history by introducing American audiences to Marcel Duchamp and other figures of the European avant garde.
Flip through our album for a sneak peek of the fair!