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
The Brooklyn Academy of Music will unveil a new site for bike parking on September 4, with a mural by the Brooklyn-based artist KAWS, and bike racks designed by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. Read More
Jack Goldstein’s 1978 video The Jump will be screened on 15 of the largest digital signs in Times Square. According to a news release from Times Square Arts, the video will premiere “just before midnight” on Aug. 1. Read More
As part of the High Line’s art program, a work by the artist duo Gilbert and George will grace the billboard at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue–which in the past has featured pieces by John Baldessari, Thomas Bayrle, Raymond Pettibon and many others. Read More
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
Getting pretty excited for Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument over here at the offices of The New York Observer! The project, which is set to run July 1 through Sept. 15 at Forest Houses in the Bronx, will feature a theater, an exhibition space and a restaurant, among other amenities, and now it also has a website: http://www.gramsci-monument.com. Read More
The Dia Foundation announced today that Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn’s next installation in his monument series will take place at the Forest Houses, a housing development in Morrisania, in the South Bronx. Read More
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
“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