Broadway Mall Association Unveils Seven Outdoor Sculptures by Artist Sean Scully ~ Broadway Shuffle

 

 

 

Sean Scully, “Stack Blues (In honor of Arthur Danto),” 2018, Aluminum and automotive paint, 9 x 4 x 4 ft. (274 x 122 x 122 cm); Broadway and 117th Street. Image courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery.

The Broadway Mall Association unveiled seven outdoor sculptures entitled ‘Sean Scully: Broadway Shuffle‘. This vertical stack is presented along the Broadway median between 64th Street and 167th Street, on view to March, 2025.

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Gillie & Marc Invite You to Take a Seat at ‘The Wild Couch Party’ on Fosun Plaza in NYC!

 

 

 

Gillie and Marc ‘The Wild Couch Party at Fosun Plaza,, NYC. Image courtesy Gillie and Marc.

One of the most intimate experiences we share as humans is also the simplest, sitting down on the couch together and sharing time over coffee and cake. It’s a time where we can nourish, support, and enjoy time with each other, a time that is cherished by many families all around the world.

But not everyone gets to share this same level of love and support. The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction and the reasons can always be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet.

This public sculpture experience is an invitation to join the best party in the world. Expertly crafted in bronze, the couch is ready and the animals are already partying, all that is left is for the public to take their seats.

Take a seat at ‘The Wild Couch Party’ unveiled by Gillie and Marc on Fosun Plaza on June 9th!

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Update on ‘Victory’ Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell on Museum Mile in East Harlem

 

 

 

Victory Beyond Sims by Vinnie Bagwell. Image via CB11, May 15, 2024

Those who have been watching the empty pedestal on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, formerly holding the statue of J. Marion Sims, will be pleased to hear that there was an update at a recent CB11 meeting, with artist Vinnie Bagwell and Department of Cultural Affairs, David Mandel, presenting illustrations and answering questions.

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‘Suchitra Mattei: We Are Nomads, We Are Dreamers’ at Socrates Sculpture Park

 

 

 

Suchitra Mattei with artwork for the exhibition ‘We are nomads, we are dreamers’. Image by Anna Maria Zunino Noellert. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park, established in 1986 in Queens as a collaborative effort between artists and community members, is thrilled to announce the artists participating in its 2024 season. This year the platform for artists at Socrates has been reimagined by Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas, Director of Exhibitions and Curator, to challenge traditional notions of public art. Themes of migration, mapping, ecology, identity, and materiality—including textiles and plants—are all present in the work on view along the East River waterfront Park this year.

The 2024 summer exhibition is an immersive installation by internationally acclaimed, Indo-Guayanese and LA-based artist Suchitra Mattai. Drawing upon themes of identity, migration, and memory, the exhibition Suchitra Mattai: We are nomads, we are dreamers invites viewers to explore the intersections of cultural and personal histories through sculptured textiles, most notably heirloom, vintage saris. Her thought-provoking installations will transform the landscape of Socrates Sculpture Park, offering visitors a profound and immersive artistic experience coupled with dance performances. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, August 25, 2024.

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The 2024 Met Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj: Abetare on View

 

 

 

The Met’s highly anticipated 2024 Roof Garden Commission, by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj (born 1986, Kostërc, former Yugoslavia), is now on view through October 27, 2024. For his first major outdoor installation, Halilaj has transformed the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with a sprawling work that explores the intersection of reality and fantasy through the rich world of children’s drawings. The installation’s metal sculptures are inspired by children’s doodles, drawings, and scribblings found on desks at the school he attended in Runik, Kosovo, as well as schools in Albania and countries from the former Yugoslavia, which are now undergoing significant cultural and sociopolitical change. The Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj, Abetare is the 11th in the series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space.

The exhibition is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Additional support is provided by the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, and the Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation.

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Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) to Unveil ‘Travelers’ ~ Nine Monumental Sculptures by Bruno Catalano + Street Festival, May 18th

 

 

 

Bruno Catalano, Benoit, part of ‘Travellers” installation, May 2024

We thought it would be a rather hard act for the Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) to follow after its 2023/2024 commission, Carole A. Feuerman: Sea Idylls. But we believe they have risen to the occasion with the 2024/2025 commission by French sculpture artist Bruno Catalano, unveiling ‘Travelers‘, a series of nine monumental works along the Broadway divide from 35th to 38th Streets ~ concurrent with an exhibition at Galleries Bartoux in Soho.

Bruno Catalano: Travelers will be on view on Park Avenue from May 18, 2024 to May, 2025. A celebration of the opening will be held on May 18th at 4pm on 38th Street and Park Avenue.

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Monumental Women to Re-Create Augusta Savage’s 1939 Sculpture ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’

 

 

 

Augusta Savage in her studio working on her 1939 New York World’s Fair monument Lift Every Voice and Sing. Credit: Courtesy of Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

In honor of the Birthday of Augusta Savage, February 29th, Monumental Women announces the formation of a coalition to re-create African American sculptor Augusta Savage’s Lift Every Voice and Sing sculpture that was created for the 1939 World’s Fair held in Queens, New York.

Viewed by more than 5 million fair attendees, Savage’s sculpture was destroyed after the World’s Fair ended. Savage was an important part of the Harlem Renaissance and one of America’s foremost African American women artists. She worked as a sculptor and educator and fought against sexism and racism. Eighty–five years after its debut, Savage’s pivotal and inspiring artwork deserves to be re-created and known by a new generation.

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PBS American Masters Shorts Launches the Documentary ‘Searching for Augusta Savage’ Tonight

 

 

 

Animation of the creation of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Augusta Savage’s 16-foot sculpture for the 1939 World’s Fair. Credit: TMVRTX Studio for Audacious Women Productions

Searching for Augusta Savage, a 22-minute film that tells the story of an inspiring and enterprising artist, who in the 1920s and 30s, created a pipeline of creative opportunities for Black artists, will kick off American Masters Shorts, a new digital series from PBS’ flagship biography series, American Masters. Narrated by art historian and curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. (traveling exhibit and book, Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman), with Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black; The Glorias, The Equalizer) providing dramatic readings of the words of Augusta Savage, Searching for Augusta Savage premieres Thursday, February 15 on American Masters YouTube channel, PBS and the PBS App.

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Artist Sui Park Brings ‘City Ecology’ to Bella Abzug Park

 

 

 

Sui Park: City Ecology in Bella Abzug Park. Photo credit: Gabby Jones

On view now in Bella Abzug Park, City Ecology by NY-based artist Sui Park is an installation of 32 site-specific sculptures commissioned by the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK). For this exhibition, Park gives texture and shape to the colorful stories, dynamic relationships, and complex patterns of connection that she observes within New York City and amongst its residents, and she places those forms within the landscape of a public green space. The sculptures are carefully constructed using cable ties, an inexpensive and mass-produced industrial material. When woven together, Park creates seemingly organic, biomorphic shapes that both complement and contrast with the natural environment. She arranges them in clusters within Bella Abzug Park.

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Alexander Klingspor Brings ‘NYC Legend’ to Union Square Park

 

 

 

Artist Alexander Klingspor: NYC Legend. Image courtesy union squarenyc.org

An urban myth came to life in Union Square Park today with the unveiling of public art installation, “N.Y.C Legend.” The bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Alexander Klingspor, in collaboration with Mollbrinks Gallery, features a life-sized alligator on the back of a manhole cover lid, drawing on the century-old myth of sewer alligators inhabiting the underbelly of New York City. The installation will be on display to June 2024.

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Ana María Hernando: “To Let the Sky Know/Dejar que el cielo sepa” Unfolding in Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Ana María Hernando: “T Let the Sky Know/Dejar que el cielo sepa” in Madison Square Park

Ana María Hernando creates sculpture in an abundance of tulle—the sumptuous fabric netting—inspired by natural forms and transformed through the sewing process. Across the lawns in Madison Square Park, the artist has realized a series of beauteous, atmospheric clouds and a cascading waterfall that float above and alongside viewers. This public art project inaugurates the twentieth-anniversary year of Madison Square Park Conservancy’s art program, launched in 2004.

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No One Thing. David Smith, Late Sculptures to Open at Hauser & Wirth

 

 

 

David Smith © 2024 The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Zig I 1961 Steel, paint 245.1 x 144.8 x 81.9 cm / 96 1/2 x 57 x 32 1/4 in Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich.  Circles Intercepted 1961 Steel, paint 227.3 x 142.2 x 50.8 cm / 89 1/2 x 56 x 20 in Photo: Jon Etter

‘David Smith’s sculptures are—big or small, figurative or abstract—very complete, very attentive to your presence. They’re generous; they have no boring views. Circle them as you may, they are never napping. They present a total attention, and they are telling you that that is the way to be: on guard.’   …….. Frank O’Hara, 1964

One of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th Century, and the sculptor most closely associated with the abstract expressionist movement, David Smith (1906 – 1965) was at his most experimental and prolific in the last five years of his life. During this period, he created approximately a third of his sculptural oeuvre. He deployed welding to newly monumental ends, integrated open space into his arrangement of planar forms and animated sculptural surfaces with paint in color combinations that transcended logic—all innovations that transgressed the norm, solidified his legacy and impacted generations of artists to come. In their sheer variety, Smith’s late works are nevertheless united by a single shared characteristic: blazing, liberated inventiveness.

Opening 1 February, ‘No One Thing. David Smith, Late Sculptures’ at Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street gallery presents seven of the artist’s most important sculptures from these final years. The title of the exhibition, curated by Alexis Lowry, pays homage to the legendary artist’s radical versatility, stylistic ingenuity and experimental spirit. As Smith said in 1951, ‘My reality…is not one thing; it is a chain of interlocking visions.’

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‘R.I.P. Germain: Avangarda’ to Open at Sculpture Center in January, 2024

 

 

 

R.I.P. Germain, research image, 2023. Courtesy the artist

SculptureCenter is pleased to present the first exhibition in the United States of R.I.P. Germain, on view Jan 25–Mar 25, 2024 in the institution’s ground floor gallery. UK-based, R.I.P. Germain investigates how structures of exclusion lead to the creation of para-institutional spaces, practices, and modes of sociality and solidarity. His practice explores how a lack of access to financial, legal, and other forms of state-sanctioned resources foment support systems that respond to the needs of underserved and excluded communities.

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Times Square Arts + The Jewish Museum to Unveil a 50-foot-tall ‘Sculpture of Dreams’ by Marta Minujin in November

 

 

 

Sculpture of Dreams by Marta Minujin in Times Square

Presented by Times Square Arts and the Jewish Museum, New York, Sculpture of Dreams is Argentinian conceptual pop artist Marta Minujín’s first public sculpture in New York City, and one of the largest art installations hosted in Times Square to date. Minujín calls the vibrant, 16-piece inflatable an “anti-sculpture,” a reference to her work’s playful and subversive materiality — edgeless, soft, and ephemeral. On view November 8th.

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Mathias Gmachl’s Massive Luminous Whale ‘Echoes’ on Broadway in The Garment District

 

 

 

Alexandre Ayer / @DiversityPics for the Garment District Alliance

A monumental, majestic steel whale will grace Broadway in the heart of Midtown Manhattan in the Garment District, as the Garment District Alliance will unveil its latest interactive public art display titled Echoes – A Voice from Uncharted Waters on Thursday (9/14). With its captivating sound and light effects, the 55-foot-long installation invites viewers to reflect on the impact of everyday activities on nature and the environment. Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 38th and 39th Streets, Echoes – A Voice from Unchartered Waters is free and will be available to the public through November 13.

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‘Sophia Vari: A Retrospective’ at The Nohra Haime Gallery

 

 

 

Sophia Vari. Photograph by Pierre M. Dumonteil. Image courtesy The Nohra Haime Gallery

Two current exhibitions presented by The Nohra Haime Gallery celebrate the work of Sophia Vari (1940-2023), the Greek artist known internationally for her polychrome paintings, collages, and sculptures. Married to the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero, Vari passed away in May 2023.

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Viewing Charles Simonds Tiny Clay Village ~ ‘Dwellings’ ~ in a Stairway in the Historic Breuer Building

 

 

 

Charles Simonds,, Dwellings, 1981 located on a shelf above the window on the 2nd floor in the stairwell at The Breuer Building

Located above the window, in the corner of the 2nd floor stairwell in the historic Breuer Building located at 945 Madison Avenue, is a small, permanent art installation by the artist Charles Simonds entitled Dwellings. It was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1981 and is part of a series of three sculptures ~ one in this stairwell, and two located across the street. Let’s take a closer look.

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Don’t Miss Sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s Grand Circus on View at Cavalier Gallery NYC

 

 

 

Sculptor Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, Circus, 2022,bronze and steel, 78 x 39 x 117 in. (198.1 x 99.1 x 297.2 cm) Image courtesy Cavalier Gallery

A Koala Bassoonist! A Rhino Strongman! In Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s grand “Circus” installation, the animals themselves are running the show. The artwork, entitled Circus, is made of bronze and steel. It measures 78 x 39 x 117 inches. The full installation is on view through May, 2023 at Cavalier Gallery, 530 West 24th Street in Chelsea.

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Funk You Too! Humor and Irreverence Ceramic Sculpture at Museum of Arts & Design

 

 

 

Diana Yesenia Alvarado, Lista Para Volar, 2022, Earthenware, glaze, underglaze, and luster. 

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present the first major museum survey of humor and irreverence in modern and contemporary clay sculpture. On view from March 18–August 27, 2023, Funk You Too! Humor and Irreverence in Ceramic Sculpture brings together 50 artworks from the 1960s to the present day in which clay is used as a tool for critique and satire. In the exhibition, pieces by artists of the originating Funk art generation will be placed next to work by contemporary artists who are expanding on Funk’s legacy of humor, subversion, and expressive figuration.

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Hippo Ballerina & Friends Pirouette Over to One Dag Hammarskjöld Through March, 2024

 

 

 

Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, Hippo Ballerina, Hippo Ballerina, pirouette, and Rhino Harlequin, pirouette at their new destination at One Dag Hammarskjöld. Images courtesy Cavalier Galleries

Last year, New Yorkers in and around Pershing Square were treated to the whimsical outdoor sculpture installations created by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup affectionately named Hippo Ballerina, Hippo Ballerina, pirouette, and Rhino Harlequin, pirouette.

Now, a smaller version of Hippo Ballerina has been installed at One Dag Hammarskjöld alongside her friends, Hippo Ballerina, pirouette and Rhino Harlequin, pirouette.

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Artist Fanny Allié to Unveil 10 New Sculptures in Bella Abzug Park, Hudson Yards

 

 

 

His name is Mamadou’. He is one of 10 sculptures in Bella Abzug Part created by artist Fanny Allié for this site-specific commission as part of the installation, ‘Shadows.’ Image courtesy of the artist.

The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) today announces Shadows, an installation of ten new site-specific sculptures created by mixed-media artist Fanny Allié for Bella Abzug Park (542 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018) and inspired by the workers who maintain it. Shadows invites people to experience the park—a picturesque public green space surrounded by urban bustle—in a new way, as a place for compelling, free art.

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The Towering, Mythical Mother Sculpture ‘Ancestor’ by Artist Bharti Kher to be Unveiled at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in September, 2022

 

 

 

Public Art Fund presents artist Bharti Kher ‘Ancestor’ on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza

Public Art Fund is pleased to present Ancestor, an 18-foot-tall patinated bronze sculpture by New Delhi and London-based artist Bharti Kher. The powerful new work will grace Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park beginning September 8.

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Statue Paying Tribute to Playwright & Activist Lorraine Hansberry Leaving Times Square for The Schomburg Center and Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

 

 

On the plaza in front of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Artist Alison Saar unveiled her sculpture honoring activist, playwright and journalist Lorraine Hansberry, entitled To Sit Awhile, in Times Square. This was a fitting place for the first of three pop-up locations for this monument in the New York area, since Hansberry ~ author of ‘A Raisin in the Sun‘ ~ was the first Black woman to have her work produced on Broadway.

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NYC Parks’ Monuments Conservation Program Launches 25th Season beginning in Harlem with Richard Hunt’s ‘Harlem Hybrid’

 

 

 

NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program working on Richard Hunt’s Harlem Hybrid on West 125th Street in Harlem. Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

As the 25th season of NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) commences, a team of skilled conservators and trainees have started making the rounds to clean, recoat and treat several major monuments throughout the five boroughs. On Friday, this year’s three new seasonal apprentices worked with staff using ladders and a boom lift to preserve Richard Hunt’s (1935-2023) Harlem Hybrid in the Roosevelt Triangle on West 125th Street, along with other sculptures in Harlem.

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Artist Enrique Cabrera unveils El Toro de Oro in NYC’s Meatpacking District

 

 

 

El Toro de Oro by Enrique Cabrera, at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC. Photographer Credit: Alejandro Jimenez

Installed on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), El Toro de Oro adds to May’s plethora of art exhibition during Art Week, with the opening of the Whitney Biennial, TEFAF and NYCxDesign, followed by VOLTA, FRIEZE, and The Photography Show.

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Gillie and Marc Unveil ‘Faces of the Wild’ at Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

Photo credit: Cayla Spatz

Adding to the whimsical animal creatures on Park Avenue in Murray Hills, conservationists and sculpture artists Gillie and Marc will unveil ‘Faces of the Wild’ on the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village on Friday, April 1st.

This four-month exhibit (through July 31, 2022) will feature nine, six-foot-tall sculptures, representing some of the most endangered animals in the world. Each sculpture will have a QR code that provides more information on the animals and an option to donate to World Wildlife Fund, Gillie and Marc’s charity partner.

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced” – Sir David Attenborough

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral ‘4 Popes’ Sculptor, Carolyn D. Palmer Unveils Frank Sinatra Monument on his 100th Birthday in Hoboken!

 

 

 

Sculpture of Frank Sinatra by artist Carolyn D. Palmer unveiled in Hoboken, NJ. where he is a hometown legend. Image credit: nj.com

Sculptor artist, Carolyn D. Palmer unveiled her monument to Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth on December 12, 2021 in his hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey. The artwork is located in Frank Sinatra Park, 401 Sinatra Drive near the amphitheater, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

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Arnaldo Pomodoro: La Sfera Grande on the Cummings Plaza at Guggenheim Pavilion of Mt. Sinai Hospital

 

 

 

Did you know that an Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture is on the Nathan Cummings Plaza on the Fifth Avenue side of the Guggenheim Pavilion of Mount Sinai Hospital? We were intrigued and found the following information on this commissioned piece in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.

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Jaume Plensa: Water’s Soul ~ a Permanent Installation in Newport Pier Park, NJ

 

 

 

Jaume Plensa: Water’s Soul, 2020. Image courtesy Richard Gray Gallery. In this image, the enormity of the sculpture is captured in the scale of the pedestrians in the Park.

While we generally stay within our five boroughs, a very noticeable sculpture caught our eye In Jersey City’s Newport Pier Park. It is the permanent installation, by Internationally-known artist Jaume Plensa, entitled Water’s Soul.

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‘Share the Love’ Exhibit Unveiled in NYC on World Peace Day, September 21, 2021

 

 

 

Daniel Anderson: XO World at One World Trade Center, West Plaza. Image courtesy of the artist.

The 40th anniversary of World Peace Day (September 21, 2021) will coincide with the launch of a traveling art exhibit aimed at spreading equality, unity, peace, and love, and understanding of diverse cultures worldwide. Artist Daniel Anderson’s “Share the Love” XO sculptures will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony in New York City at 1 World Trade Center and Oculus World Trade. The two monumental sculptures are XO World and XO Play.

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The Cow Parade NYC Auction is Now Live!

 

 

 

CowParadeNYC2021. Image via glad.org

Cow Parade NYC 2021 is grazing across all five boroughs of New York City this month, benefiting the non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver. Fifty life-size fiberglass cows, arrived in two poses (standing and grazing), painted by artists, designers and celebrity supporters, with each cow sponsored by businesses and individuals. The cows are on display, (or put out to pasture) throughout the city’s five boroughs beginning August 18th, remaining on view ~ and now, rounded up for the gala auction, with proceeds going to the non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver.

All Cows are up for auction online on the Heritage Auctions website , now through October 7th!

Bid on the Cows Here

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Exploring the Artist, Yvonne Shortt and her Hair Stories in Art + Conversation

 

 

 

Yvonne Shortt: Remembering & Moving Forward in MacDonald Park. Image courtesy of the artist.

Where do we begin with the work of this incredible artist! Trying to pin her down is like trying to capture a breath of fresh air ~ but we think we captured just a few of the parks, private spaces and campuses where we found her work. The artist, Yvonne Shortt,

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FDR Hope Memorial Unveiling on Roosevelt Island Salutes Disabilities

 

 

 

FDR Hope Memorial. Image via rioc.ny.gov

Roosevelt Island unveiled the FDR Hope Memorial, the first memorial to FDR that focuses on his disability, with the sculpture depicting a joyous moment when FDR has turned away from his work to greet a young girl who, like FDR, wears braces on her legs.

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Remembering ‘Seward Johnson in New York’ a Garment District Alliance Installation, 2015

 

 

 

Seward Johnson in New York: Selections from the Retrospective in The Garment District, June 2015

The Garment District Alliance has commissioned a plethora of beautiful outdoor art installations on the Garment District Plazas over the years. Today, we are taking a look-back at ‘Seward Johnson in New York‘, life-like sculptures that graced the Plazas from 36th to 41st Streets from mid-June to mid-September, 2015.

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Richmond Barthé ‘Exodus & Dance’ at Kingsborough Houses to be Restored

 

 

 

Richmond Barthé’s Green Pastures: The Walls of Jericho (1938), a sculpture located at the Kingsborough Houses (also in Crown Heights). Barthé, who identified as homosexual, is considered the most important sculptor of African-American modernism in the first half of the twentieth century. Photos via NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

In 2021, the Fulton Art Fair celebrated Black History Month and the 100th birthday of artist Richmond Barthé with the announcement of a restoration for the much loved relief,  ‘Exodus and Dance.’ at Kingsborough Houses in Weeksville, Brooklyn.

At Kingsborough Houses for the groundbreaking on restoration work on Exodus and Dance. Image: The NYCHA Journal, January 18, 2024

The Richmond Barthé’ project finished design in the fall of 2022, and in an update in the NYCHA Journal, January, 2024, a groundbreaking was held at the development to announce a new partnership between NYCHA, the Public Housing Community Fund, and the Mellon Foundation, which provided a $2 million grant to restore the artwork as well as establish an artist-in-residence program and other place-based interventions to be chosen by Kingsborough Houses residents and community stakeholders.

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The Whimsical & Wonderful Intricate Sculptures of Kris Kuksi

 

 

 

Tabby Tyrant, 2021 Mixed media assemblage 31 x 31 x 9 inches / 78.7 x 78.7 x 22.9 cm, $35,000

Joshua Liner Gallery has made available new wall sculptures by the artist Kris Kuksi. In his practice, Kris Kuksi juxtaposes Baroque and Rococo design principles with the rigidity of the industrial landscape and classical architecture, to explore religion, culture, war, industry, and death.

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1920’s ‘Floating Woman’ Sculpture to be Installed in Hunters Point South Park

 

 

 

Gaston Lachase, ‘Floating Woman’. Image via National Gallery of Australis (NGA)

An acclaimed sculpture created in the 1920s will find a new home in Long Island City this week. ‘Floating Woman’ by Gaston Lachaise will be installed inside Hunters Point South Park on Thursday, September 24th, with a brief unveiling ceremony at 3 p.m Livestream on Instagram. The sculpture will be in the park for one year.

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Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own ~ a Documentary Film by Daniel Traub

 

 

 

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own

URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But she may be best-known for her staggering, triumphant body of work in public spaces – imposing pieces painstakingly crafted with complex surfaces including: a series of early installations reminiscent of wings in what became New York’s Battery Park; a monumental yet inviting piece outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and the stunning “Scientia” at M.I.T. which evokes the power of nature and the firing of brain synapses.

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‘Nivola in New York: Figure in Field’, a Gallery Exhibition & Walking Tour by The Cooper Union in 2020, Along with an Update on The Return of the 18 Restored Nivola Horses

 

 

 

Costantino Nivola at work, preparing for a sand-casting. Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.

New York is home to the largest gathering of Nivola’s public artworks — 21 pieces across all five boroughs, at least 17 of which still exist. So it is with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the opening of The Cooper Union’s next exhibition, Nivola in New York I Figure in Fieldthe first-ever to tell the story of Nivola’s built New York City projects through maquette and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera (2020).

Exciting update, January 9, 2024, The Nivola Horses have been restored and return to their original Upper West Side home at Stephen Wise Towers.

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Searching for NYC’s Monuments Dedicated to Women

 

 

 

Fearless Girl at her new home on Wall Street

With an outpouring of public sentiment wishing to have input into monuments citywide, and Women’s History Month upon us, Women.NYC and First Lady Chirlane McCray and former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen announced the next four monuments as part of She Built NYC, an initiative to honor the trailblazing women who have helped shape New York City while addressing the absence of female statue in our public realm.

The monuments will include Billie Holiday to be near Queen Borough Hall in Queens, Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the Vanderbilt Avenue Corridor near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, and Katherine Walker at the Staten Island Ferry Landing in Staten Island.

Artist selection for each of these monuments will begin by the end of 2019, with artist selection concluding in the first half of 2020. The monuments will be built throughout 2021 and 2022.

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Monumental Women ~ Unveiling Ceremony Livestream on August 26, 2020

 

 

 

Unveiling of the Monument, August 26, 2020

It’s here! It arrived at sunrise on August 15th, shrink-wrapped and covered.

We joined Monumental Women in the unveiling ceremony livestream on August 26th at 7:45am filmed on Literary Walk. Below are a few images taken from Livestream.

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Atlas of the Third Millennium Arrives in Marcus Garvey Park

 

 

Atlas: The Third Millennium 2016-1017 by Artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez in Marcus Garvey Park

With the temperature dipping to the mid-thirties, Atlas of the Third Millennium, along with its creator, the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, arrived for the installation in Marcus Garvey Park this past November.

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Tamar Ethan, ‘Eat A Pink Owl’ at Fridman Gallery

 

 

mage: A Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly, Part Pink, 2017. Performance at The Battery, NY, image by Jenia Filatova.

Artist Talk/Catalog Presentation with Barry Schwabsky and Wendy Vogel + Performance by The Moving Company on Sunday, October 1, 6pm.  Free & Open to the public at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street

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New York Talking Statues Arrive on a Cellphone Near You

 

 

The redesigned Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Rendering of the statue in its future Central Park location, image courtesy Monumental Women ~ Also part of the Talking Statues Project.

Talking Statues originated with David Peter Fox in Copenhagen, using modern technology to give voice to historical statues in parks and plazas around the world. The project grew to include Helsinki, London, San Diego, Berlin, and Chicago, And finally, New York Talking Statues will launch on July 12th, 2017 at the New York Historical Society’s West 77th Street entrance. The project gives voice to more than thirty-five sculptures, eight of which are women, throughout the boroughs by way of cellphones. With so many sculptures in New York, the thirty-six statues were chosen by using three criteria. Historical statues, pertinent to New York City – statues erected by immigrants highlighting culture – and statues of artists who have contributed to this City.

The most recent addition to the Talking Statue Project is the monument featuring Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to unveil on Literary Row in Central Park on August 26, 2020.

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