Public Art Fund Celebrates ‘Golden Age of Public Art’

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Ryan McNamara as security guard

The full airport-style security checkpoint that greeted guests at the Public Art Fund’s fundraiser at the 82 Mercer event space in Soho on Thursday night seemed a bit much. Sure, the art industry is getting glitzier and more moneyed every year, but was there really going to be anyone in attendance among the usual gang of curators, collectors, dealers and writers whom someone would wish to harm? Don’t answer that.

The security guard looked familiar; it was artist Ryan McNamara. The checkpoint was actually an artwork that he dreamed up with David Colman. Guests could skip the whole charade, but those who braved the line received a little bottle of Absolut in one of their shoes. A nice surprise. Read More


6 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before October 29

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THURSDAY | "Glenn Ligon: Neon" at Luhring Augustine


Talk: Monika Sosnowska’s Public Art Fund Lecture
Polish artist Monika Sosnowska, who’s famed for installations and large-scale sculptures that often take outmoded architectural styles and forms to twisted, unsettling ends, will discuss her work as part of Public Art Fund’s long-running lecture series. These talks have a habit of being intensely engaging. Ms. Sosnowska’s latest project, a public sculpure at the southeast corner of Central Park, also goes on view this day. —Andrew Russeth Read More


Franz West on Greek Temples, Shit

Franz West's 2004 Public Art Fund exhibition at Lincoln Center before its unveiling.  (Courtesy Stan Honda/AFP/Getty)

The next time you have 10 minutes to spare, read this 2007 conversation between Tom Eccles, the former director of the Public Art Fund, and the late Franz West, who died today at the age of 65. It’s a beauty.

West discusses growing up in Austria immediately after World War II, his dentist mother (“There was always a lot of screaming and blood”) and various series he’s produced over the years. Read More

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How Paola Pivi Rolls: Her Spinning Airplane Is the Most Daring Public Artwork New York Has Seen in Years

'How I Roll' (2012) by Paola Pivi. (Courtesy the artist and Public Art Fund)

New York is, famously, a city whose seen-it-all citizens are above doing double takes when celebrities walk by. Neither, as it turns out, do some of them raise an eyebrow at a six-passenger, 35-foot-long twin-engine airplane spinning above their heads. How I Roll, which has been somersaulting above Fifth Avenue at 60th Street for a few weeks now, is a monumental kinetic sculpture by the Italian artist Paola Pivi and, jaded New Yorkers notwithstanding, it’s remarkable. Read More