I traveled to Italy this week with my husband and some friends to see Christo’s newest work, “Floating Piers” on the beautiful Lake Iseo. I have always loved Christo’s work and have been fortunate to see his “The Umbrellas” in California in 1993, and “The Gates” in New York City in 2005.
Our group decided we wanted to view this work in every way we could. We started the tour by helicoptering from the north end of the lake, flying over the steep mountains that border this lake before swooping down to circle around the various piers and island surrounds created by Christo. After setting down, we walked the short distance to town to join the thousands of other tourists and walk the 5.5 km of golden fabric covered “floating” piers and walkways that are part of the exhibit.
The walkways are assembled from 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes that form its 53 foot wide walkways. Its surface is covered with a waterproof bright saffron-colored fabric that contrasts beautifully against the deep blue of the lake. I could see the movement of the water on the lake and feel the rocking of the waves under my feet. One of my favorite moments was just sitting on the edge of the pier and feeling the movement made by the water under me and the walkers around me.
We finished off the tour with a ride on a stunning 1971 Aqua Riva power boat that carried us around the piers and wrapped islands in high style before speeding down to the south end of the lake to finish off our tour.
It was a special day with special friends and I feel lucky to have had them with me to share it with. Now I have my fingers crossed to see Christo’s next planned installation in Colorado…”Over the River” hopefully installed in the next few years. Except this time, I’ll experience his art on a white water raft!
Looking for something to do this weekend? Head on out to Long Island City for the LIC Arts Open 6 and an opportunity to visit hundreds of artists’ studios. Have you ever looked at a painting in a gallery and wanted to know “how did they do that?” This is your chance.
Begin at Reis Studios (43-01 22nd St., LIC) with 200 artist studios to start your tour. See the inner workings of my art studio #225 where I’ll be demonstrating how I use a Gelli Plate to print the collage papers I use in my work and making FREE greeting cards for those who drop by. Come by to get yours. Studios open this Sat. & Sun. from 12-6pm. Directions below.
Artist: Michelangiolo Bastiani
The inaugural edition of CONTEXT New York took place May 3 – 8, 2016 in Manhattan. The fair was held at Pier 94 in Manhattan. CONTEXT New York is a leading alternative fair of contemporary art. I got an opportunity to see CONTEXT Art Miami during Art Basel this past December and it was fun to see lots of new art and some old favorites at the New York version. The fair focused on mid-career and emergent artists shown by sixty participating galleries displaying some wonderful examples of contemporary art. I got to walk the show with my husband, daughter, son, and his girlfriend. I always love seeing what pieces attract their attention and comments. These were some of our favorites.
Seo Young Deok
I visited the Armory Show in New York City this weekend (more on that in tomorrow’s blog post) but I had to show you the piece that gave me the biggest smile.
I spent last week in Miami Beach visiting eight of the almost two dozen art fairs showing work during Art Basel Miami. The US show of Art Basel, which began in 2002, takes place each December and marks the winter reunion for the international art world. This one show featured over 275 galleries from thirty-one countries, attracting seventy-five thousand collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts. Strangely enough, I didn’t actually make it to the Art Basel exhibition, where artwork prices ranged in the 6 figures and up, but instead checked out eight other art fairs more in my price range. I found the event crowded, vibrant, and stocked to the brim with great (and not so great artwork). If you love contemporary art, this was the place to be!
Joined by my friends at Art Advisory Service, a firm that specializes in developing customized art collections for individuals and luxury hotels, who knew the ins and outs of the massive fair and thankfully let me tag along. We started at 9 am each day for a quick breakfast, and then off to troll the art fairs sometimes not finishing until 10 pm when the fair “police” would kick us out. Here’s a photo of some of the fair maps which got heavy use as I was constantly lost inside the bigger fairs. I visited these fairs: Miami Project + Art on Paper, Context, Art Miami, Aqua, Untitled, NADA, Pulse Miami, and Scope Miami. Tomorrow I’ll post some of my favorite pieces I saw during the fair.
Members Salon Exhibition at the Falchi
Long Island City Artists has secured a wonderfully large space to feature the artwork of ALL its members in a month-long exhibition at the Falchi Building in Long Island City. This salon-style exhibition runs from Sunday, October 4 through October 31.
I will be showing my painting “EU Timetable“, a mixed media diptych, 24″x48”, $2000. I created this work after a group tour of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I loved the cobble stone streets, the gold-leafed churches and the colorful fishing boats. However, I was unprepared for the hectic pace of traveling with a tour group with timetables and schedules that were inflexible. My painting incorporates all these elements into a colorful, energetic collage. Look closely to see some of my travel maps I incorporated into the work.
As a side benefit, The Falchi Building is also the home of The Doughnut Plant where you can get your fix of gourmet fancy doughnuts. Known for their unusually creative flavors such as Tres Leches, Creme Brulee, Rose, Hazelnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam and much more, I can assure you that your tastebuds won’t get bored.
The Falchi Building and The Doughnut Plant are located at 37-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. The exhibition is open on weekends from 12-6 pm.