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 Harlem Hybridalong 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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‘Scooter LaForge: Sculpture’ to Open at Theodore in TriBeca!

 

 

 

Scooter LaForge, Birdie, 2022; 13 x 6 inches. Images courtesy of the artist and Theodore, New York.

Theodore is pleased to present (and we are excited to see) an exhibition of sculpture by Scooter LaForge opening on May 6th, with Opening Reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

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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 to be 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) 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

As we approached Black History Month 2021, the Fulton Art Fair, in celebration of its 100th birthday of artist Richmond Barthé, announced the restoration of the much loved relief, ‘Exodus and Dance.’

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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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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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Tyrone Mitchell: Dreams, Discourse & Speculation. A Selection of Works at Atelier212 Gallery in Brooklyn

 

 

Image via Tyrone Mitchell, Sculptor on Facebook

“Tyrone Mitchell: Dreams, Discourse & Speculation. A Selection of Works” at Atelier212 Gallery, Brooklyn for a limited engagement

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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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