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!
I am a member of an artist group in Long Island City (where my studio is located) that meets monthly to support each other, discuss art and our artwork. Recently, our fearless leader (thank you, Phoebe) organized a field trip to two museums in Long Island City. We started at the SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street. “SculptureCenter’s space was built as a trolley repair shop for the subway system in 1907, but never used as such. In the 1940’s, the building was used for the manufacture, assembly, and repair of derricks, hoist, and cranes, which the facade reflects with the original signage from that era”(1). Most of the sculptures displayed were a little too avant-garde for my taste, but I loved the building space with its exposed original brick and steel construction.
Our second stop was at MoMA PS1, “an exhibition space that devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art”.(2) I found the artwork at MoMA PS1 to be more polished and the conceptions behind them better expressed, but still very experimental. My favorite work, a brightly colored web by Escobedo Soliz Studio, was strung in the entrance courtyard. “This woven canopy encourages visitors to slow down, potentially reframing how they interact not only with each other but also with the landscape and sky”. (3) I relaxed outside with my art group at the museum’s cafe to enjoy this canopy, a cold beer, and some great conversation.
What museums, galleries, parks, and other sites are in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored?
(1) http://www.sculpture-center.org, (2) http://www.momaps1.org, (3) the information plaque in the courtyard.
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
The “Armory” art fairs were held in New York City this weekend with both the Park Armory on the Upper East Side and the Armory Show on Piers 92 & 94. “Armed” with an open mind to see the newest ideas in contemporary art, I headed over to the piers to check out the Armory Show.
Now in its 22nd year, The Armory Show is billed as “New York’s premier international art fair, showcasing over 200 galleries from around the world. The Armory Show combines access to high quality modern and contemporary art with a commitment to spotlighting new and emerging voices in the visual arts.” I gave myself both Friday and Saturday to see the shows as there was just too much to see in one day. I found myself particularly drawn to the selections in the Modern Show (Pier 92) this year and even purchased a couple paintings by Darren Waterston from the DC Moore Gallery (see above). I’ve shared some of my favorites from the Modern and the Contemporary Armory Shows below.
Janaina Tschape, mixed media
Hard to believe, but I’d never heard of Janaina Tschäpe before the fair, though she’s been creating art for almost two decades. Apparently I’m the only one as a long standing collector bought her work while I was standing there admiring it!
John Grillo, oil on canvas
A beautiful example of John Grillo’s (who passed away in 2014 at the age of 97) colorful work.
Australian artist Julian Martin was having a good day as 14 of his 18 paintings on exhibit had already found new homes early on during the fair.
Gabriel de la Mora
From a distance, I thought this work of Gabriel de la Mora‘s (this photo is half of a mirrored diptych) was created from carved wood panels. However, it was actually created from the soles of tennis shoes! I love all the different patterns.
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.
Tomas Vu, mixed media on wood panel
It was a big art week in New York City. Ok, there is generally dozens of art exhibitions every week in the Big Apple, but this week featured some of the biggest art fairs of the year with the Armory Show at Pier 92/94 and the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. Additionally, one show you might not know is the “Art on Paper” art fair down on Pier 36. I headed down to the Lower East Side to check it out. As an artist who uses collage paper in her work, I have a special love for art created on paper and/or with paper. This exhibition didn’t disappoint. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from this year’s show.
Thomas McNickel, oil on paper
Mersuka Dopazo and Teresa Calderon, mixed media on canvas
Henry Jackson, mixed media on paper
Henry Jackson, mixed media on paper
Riitta Klint, Collaged Yupo paper
Rex Ray, Lithograph of 18 colors
I just returned from almost a week in Berlin, Germany. Having never been to Berlin before, I was really interested in viewing the street art scene I had heard so much about. Much of Berlin’s street art scene started at the East Side Gallery, a mile-long section of the Berlin Wall painted in 1990 by over 100 artists from across the globe. But the street art didn’t stop there and has spread all over Berlin onto hundreds of other walls and surfaces. Below, I’ve shared a few of my favorites. Sadly, taggers (those non-artists that choose to scrawl their initials on any and every surface) have defaced much of the street art by tagging over the top of it. Of course, many people think that the nature of street art is its impermanence and that layering one person’s work over another’s is part of the process. Personally, I don’t consider that art…or at least not good art. Sadly, the last picture is also a common site in Berlin. Which side of the argument do you fall on?
Berlin Wall “Escape”
A common sight in Berlin
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.