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John Ahearn Will Create Florent Morellet Monument for the High Line

Morellet. (Courtesy PMC)

Artist Florent Morellet, whose eponymous Meatpacking District restaurant served as a destination for artists, celebrities, drag queens and drug addicts alike, from its opening in 1985, when the area was still a no man’s land, through to its close in 2008, will be commemorated on the High Line with a monument designed by sculptor John Ahearn. The sculpture will be on view from this September through April 2014, joining the nine sculptures currently included in the “Busted” exhibition gracing the elevated park.

Mr. Morellet was selected via online vote, beating out the other four finalists for the sculpture (Peter Obletz, Dorothy Parker, Daniel Reddan and Magda Sawon) with more than 1,500 votes. The monument was commissioned by Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit conservancy that maintains the park and presents High Line Art, which is curated by Cecilia Alemani.  Read More

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Nick Cave’s Herd of Horses Hits Grand Central

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Dancing half-horses.

Fifteen sculptural horses look at the center of Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall from either end, confronting commuters in the middle with arresting, eyeless stares. Their colorful raffia bodies rest on sawhorses, allowing viewers to study their black fabric faces, which are embroidered with exotic designs. They came alive for the first time yesterday, their shaggy Read More

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For the Birds: Next High Line Show, ‘Busted,’ Examines Official Public Sculpture

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Goshka Macuga, Colin Powell, 2011

“Maybe because I’m Italian, I kept thinking of the High Line as a big boulevard or like a street of the Roman forum, and the public sculptures that dot that landscape,” High Line curator Cecilia Alemani said by phone last week.

Ms. Alemani was discussing her latest exhibition, “Busted,” which opens along the mile-long elevated park next month. It includes artworks that play with the conventions of such official public artworks. They’re by nine artists, many of whom rarely produce public art, like George Condo, who has made a beastly head titled Liquor Store Attendant, and Goshka Macuga, who is contributing a bust of Colin Powell delivering his infamous 2003 speech at the United Nations, gingerly holding that famous vial of anthrax. Read More

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Next Up in Madison Square Park: a Camera Obscura, Courtesy Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder


The next installation in Madison Square Park is going to turn viewers’ worlds upside down. Artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are constructing a walk-in camera obscura titled Topsy Turvy for their first-ever public art commission, which will open on March 1 and remain on view through April 5. The camera obscura will flip the Flatiron Building on its pointy head, projecting an inverted image of the city inside the installation. Read More