If you happen upon a slightly strange playground exiting the subway at Jay Street-MetroTech, don’t hold back. Run on over!
Public art installations come and go. The transience of such works—projects like Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in the Bronx or the flashy site-specific sculptures that pop up like perennials in Madison Square Park—fuels their energy and their urgency. The impermanence of these pieces is what makes us look at them harder, knowing that they’ll soon be gone. It’s rare, though, that the entire setting of a public artwork is also doomed to disappear. Read More
Curator Cecilia Alemani has recently been watching hi-tech gadgets, hipster snacks and bits of clothing get reduced to liquid in a blender. Artist Josh Kline is the man hitting the start button, preparing a sculpture that Ms. Alemani, the director of the High Line’s art program, has commissioned for her latest group show in the elevated park. The piece will be a commercial refrigerator stocked with smoothies designed for various lifestyles. The ingredients in the “Williamsburg” brew include kale chips, Kombucha and an American Apparel T-shirt. The “night life” is a concoction of Coke Zero and squid ink. Read More
Stephen Ross Will Force Horrible Public Art on Us Because He Couldn’t Handle Richard Serra Being Richard Serra
Buried deep in The Wall Street Journal‘s cringe-inducing report on the $75 million sculpture and public plaza Thomas Heatherwick is designing for Stephen Ross’s $15 billion Hudson Yards development is this gem: apparently, Mr. Ross walked out of a meeting with Richard Serra when the amazingly talented, world-famous New York artist explained that he doesn’t really do mock-ups, or compete for commissions. Read More
Topsy-Turvy, the cylindrical camera obscura that flipped the Flatiron Building when it debuted in Madison Square Park this spring, has reappeared in Brooklyn. Inside the nondescript-looking installation, a work by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, a stretch of the Manhattan skyline is projected on the walls, wrapping around the viewer. Originally a commission from Mad. Sq. Art, the camera is currently situated in the Empire Fulton Ferry section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Read More
Here’s the Full Letter From the Calder Foundation That Calls That ArtPrize Entry an ‘Abomination’ That Lacked ‘Understanding and Respect of Calder’s Genius’
Last week, screen printer David Dodde removed his entry in Grand Rapids, Mich.’s high-profile ArtPrize competition after the Calder Foundation objected to the work, Fleurs et Riviere, which covered a public monumental Alexander Calder sculpture from 1969, La Grande Vitesse, in white flower decals. Read More
Just a quick announcement that, if you have not yet made it to Thomas Hirschhorn’s lively, multifarious Gramsci Monument at Forest Houses in the South Bronx, you have only until this Sunday to do so. It’s one of the more interesting and unusual artworks that has graced this city recently, and I suspect that you will regret missing it.
Over the course of it’s run, the Dia-sponsored project earned largely positive reviews, though sometimes cut through with some skepticism. Read More
No one paid much attention when mounds of gravel and a small bulldozer materialized at the now defunct Getty gas station on the corner of Tenth Avenue and 24th Street last Friday, maybe because construction is to be expected: the site is slated for demolition and development into luxury condominiums. Yesterday, however, when the rocky hills were carpeted with real bright green grass, passersby stopped all day to take pictures from behind the white wooden fence surrounding the station. “Who’s the artist?” asked one woman, as she snapped photos of the undulating field. The art will be installed next Monday, when a flock of concrete sheep by the late French sculptor François-Xavier Lalanne arrive in the pop-up meadow. Read More