Monument to Walken by artist Bryan Zanisnik
The annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition (DAF) 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 11 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.
Buffalo and Eagle found on Broadway at 40th Street
A flight of whimsy arrived on the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza in the Garment District yesterday. Titled A Fancy Animal Carnival, these eleven large-scale, colorful sculptures were created by the Taiwanese artist, Hung Yin. Each of the whimsical sculptures reflects folk culture as well as region, and represents a narrative expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols, which are believed to bring luck. They also represent the artist’s view of everyday life.
Mural by the Chilean artist El Cekis. Image via NotACrime
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, those of the Bahá‘í faith have been banned from teaching or studying in Iranian universities. Their businesses have been torched, they have been harassed, jailed and even killed for their beliefs. In an effort to raise global awareness, the organization Education is Not A Crime has created a campaign through art in New York CIty to show their plight.
This year’s campaign began on April 25th, with murals depicting the Bahá‘í struggle for equality. Curated by Street Art Anarchy, there will be fifteen murals in total, scattered throughout Harlem and East Harlem, created by artists from all over the World. The first mural is located on the wall of the famed Faison Firehouse Theatre by artist Ricky Lee Gordon, located at 6 Hancock Place near St. Nicholas Avenue and 124th Street. Below are images of the finished murals so far.
The marble lobby of the iconic Grace building on 42nd Street (that curved building along Bryant Park) has turned into a playful garden of colorful “flower clusters.” Entitled Beauties, the seven site-specific sculptures, created by artist John Monti, are an eye-popping entrance to a New Yorkers serious workday. People entering through the revolving doors were taking a sudden pause before flashing a quick smile, and a quick cell phone shot of the fantastically colored installations, now sprouting in their lobby. Even the security guards seemed to be enjoying the play-things, and the reactions from those on their way through the grand African mahogany paneled lobby. Below are a few photos of Beauties.