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Thomas Hirschhorn’s ‘Gramsci Monument’ Closes on Sunday

The work on day one. (The New York Observer)

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

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Do Art Collectors Dream of Concrete Sheep? Gas Station Gives Way to Les Lalannes Meadow

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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

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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