They’re back! The Paparazzi Dogs have left the Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo, and resettled at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue, Avenue of the Americas, and Eighth Street. Created by Australian husband and wife team of Gillie and Marc, The Paparazzi Dogs have cameras aimed at the doors to C. O. Bigelow Apothecaries, the oldest surviving apothecary in the United States. No word on how long the four sculptures will be at that location.
With the new Metropolitan Transit Authority ventilation system complete (looking like a fake townhouse), the Tiles for America have been permanently reinstalled on the three walls of the new structure. The tiles were created after 9/11 by artists and local residents, and spontaneously placed on the chain-link fence that surrounded the empty lot where the new MTA facility now resides. It became a gathering place for the people in the community, with additional tiles adorning the fence over the years.
Stacked Dominos by artist Donald Sultan is a large-scale (96″ x 96″) painting (above), made of black tar and white latex paint, showing twenty-eight Dominoes scattered throughout, appearing as if in mid-shuffle.
The game of Dominoes has been played throughout the centuries in various parts of the world, and has become an important part of the tradition in immigrant communities here at home. The exhibit, Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: an Exhibition About Dominoes at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, celebrates the game as it’s played throughout El Barrio. More than twenty participating artists have created visual compositions of the game, while exploring its cultural importance.
Monument to Walken by artist Bryan Zanisnik
The annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition (EAF) at Socrates Sculpture Park has opened. The fifteen emerging artists were chosen from an open call process that attracted hundreds of candidates, and reviewed by the park’s 2016 curatorial advisors, Larissa Harris (Curator, Queens Museum, and Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem. They will be exhibiting their work from September 25, 2016 to March 13, 2017. Here are each of the fifteen winning artists, with photos obtained from Socrates Sculpture Garden website.
AQ625: Site on the Move by artists Dachal Choi and Mathew Suen. Image via Socrates Sculpture Park
October is filled with fantasy, from outdoor installations in Socrates Sculpture Park to a miniature Redwood forest growing in Brooklyn. As we fantasize about how we would change our landscape in a growing city, our imaginations take us far away to a Fancy Animal Carnival. In our artistic travels, which will take us from the Bronx, through Manhattan, to Brooklyn, we will stop at a historic chess club for a photographic view of life in Uganda, and finally step onto a restored 131 year old ship returning to the South Street Seaport. Here are 12 installations and exhibits not to miss this October.
Artist Ron English standing in front of Evolutionary War Guernica at Allouche Gallery
The Allouche Gallery in the Meatpacking District, opened its doors this week to its first solo show – a timely and stunning exhibit of new work by artist Ron English entitled Ron English: Guernica. The eighteen paintings are English’s narrative to Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica, which was Picasso’s immediate artistic reaction to the Nazi’s bombing practices on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The wide, mural-size Guernica of the 1930s reflects the suffering on civilians in its political message. English, taking a three-year, deep dive into the creation of this body of work, has brought Guernica into the twenty-first century, forcing the viewer to face cultural biases, embedded in our consciousness, the complexities of waste, destruction, horror and conquest.