This summer the traveling retrospective of Yayoi Kusama's work is making its final stop at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibit offers an overview of the artist's work spanning 60 years of her practice and featuring more than 300 works. An intimate and entertaining examination of the artists life, the retrospective has been sparking the interests and imaginations of viewers across the globe as it's traveled from the Tate Modern in London, to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte in Madrid.
On view at the retrospective you can expect Kusama's beautifully dense dot patterns, her Accumulation sculptures; which feature everyday objects (chairs, sofas, suitcases, and shoes) covered in an overwhelming mass of protruding phallic-like fabric. Photo collages, new paintings, and large-scale environments will also envelop the viewer within Kusama's surreal world. In the main lobby of the museum, art seekers can enter a wonderfully immersive and celestial environment entitled Fireflies on the Water. Entering one by one, Kusama’s dazzling den is an experience of seemingly endless space with mirrored walls, 150 hanging lights, and a pool of water.
Tonight more than a dozen of the most iconic digital signs in Times Square will be made into an immense display of art, while a street party erupts below to mark the occasion. The scale of this exhibition is extraordinary, with signs that reach as high as 23 stories. The works will be on display for several weeks to the half-million people who cross through Times Square daily.
In collaboration with the Times Square Alliance and the non-profit group Chashama, Artists Wanted has produced Art Takes Times Square, a worldwide call for entries searching for inspired works by artists, designers, photographers and all creative talents from across the globe to curate one creative vision and an opportunity of a lifetime - as chosen artists receive a radiant presentation on Times Square’s digital billboards before millions of observers this summer.
"It’s been a fantasy of ours, and of many artists, to turn Times Square into an awe-inspiring art experience," said William Etundi Jr., Founder and Director of Artists Wanted. "It’s an honor to work with the Times Square Alliance and Chashama to turn that fantasy into reality."
Join host QuestLove, of the Roots, and the thousands of expected art enthusiasts tonight on 43rd Street from 7pm to 11pm to kick off this huge and historic exhibition.
Demiurge New York is thrilled to have one of our unique 17th century antique tables featured in the videos for the Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit at the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.
This past weekend theMetropolitan Museum of Artopened it's rooftop to visitors with a curious sculpture of sixteen stainless steel framed… "bubbles"? Standing at 54 feet wide and almost 30 feet high, Cloud City, is part of the Met's rooftop sculpture program, currently in its 15th year.
The cutting edge brainchild of Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno, Cloud City is a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials which visitors may enter to experience panoramic views of central park and a high rise vision of manhattan's cityscape; all from within the various interiors of the modular structures. The alternately reflective, shined and transparent glass components create dizzying spatial illusions and a stunning aerial perspective of our picturesque city.
"What inspired me was the geometry of the soap bubbles or the foam, of how they connect one sphere to the other," says Saraceno. When asked about her experience inside Cloud City a visitor stated "It's pretty disconcerting. I keep losing my center of gravity and feeling like I am going to fall. It's very cool, but I wouldn't recommend having a drink before you get in here."
The exhibit is open, weather permitting, during regular museum hours till
November 4th 2012
Hailed simultaneously as a provocateur, prankster, and tragic poet of our times, Maurizio Cattelan has created some of the most unforgettable images in recent contemporary art. His source materials range widely, from popular culture, history, and organized religion to a meditation on the self that is at once humorous and profound. Working in a vein that can be described as hyperrealist, Cattelan creates unsettlingly veristic sculptures that reveal contradictions at the core of today’s society. While bold and irreverent, the work is also deadly serious in its scathing critique of authority and the abuse of power.
Maurizio Cattelan: All brings together virtually everything the artist has produced since 1989 and presents the works en masse, strung seemingly haphazardly from the ceiling of the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda. Hoisted by rope as if on a gallows, the suspended objects explicitly reveal the undertone of death that pervades the artist's work. More than just a powerful culmination of a career, this exhibition signifies its end. With the opening of Maurizio Cattelan: All, Cattelan announced his retirement from the art world, although what this means precisely remains to be seen.
In a vibrant and meticulous new translation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Taschen has commissioned Matthew R. Price and editor Noel Daniel with the task of re-interpreting 27 of the famed stories based on their final 1857 editions.
Coupled with enchanting illustrations, throughout the 1820's - 1950's, by master artists' such as Gustaf Tenggren, Arthur Rackham, and Walter Crane. This rich new edition includes classics such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty with the addition of lesser known tales like Little Brother and Little Sister, and The Devil with Three Golden Hairs.
Thoughtfully included are brief introductions to each fairy tale and extended artists' biographies. "I sincerely hope readers will feel that our efforts resulted in a fresh and enjoyable translation reflecting the depth and wonder of these magnificent tales, which offer something for all ages." writes Price.
Beautifully realized and rendered by Taschen, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm is the perfect gift this holiday season. Sure to bring out the fairy tale lover and inner child in all of us, this opulent edition should live happily ever after with any reader young or old.
Join Matthew Price and Taschen this Friday, Dec 9th, for a glass of wine and casual holiday shopping from 6 - 8.
Taschen New York, 107 Green Street, New York, NY 10012
DÉMIURGE NEW YORK INTERIOR DESIGN BUILDING 306 EAST 61ST STREET / 4TH FL MONDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-6PM Please visit us at our new showroom as we carry on
the tradition of rare and eclectic antiques and custom furniture
in the spirit of my late great aunt Amy Perlin.
DÉMIURGE (n.) THE ROOT OF CRAFTSMANSHIP AND AESTHETICS
Démiurge New York is proud to introduce timeless European design for the new American aesthetic. Rachel Shorr picks up where her aunt, legendary antiques dealer Amy Perlin left off, and will carry on the tradition of rare and eclectic antiques and contemporary antique furniture while bridging her passions for fine art and fashion. For those of you who knew Amy, we thank you for your support throughout her impressive career. We hope to inspire you for many years to come.
IN/VIEW will serve on as the online hub of daily inspiration for Démiurge. Our showroom will open in the the New Year.
VAGINAL DAVIS IS SPEAKING FROM THE DIAPHRAGM
AT PS 122 MAY 15 THROUGH MAY 27TH
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BRUCE LA BRUCE
JUSTIN BOND AND MANY MORE..
"A performance artist of underground legend."
A performance piece that re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs. Taking the format of legendary talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, which starred lesbian icon Dinah Shore. Ms Davis isn't interested in assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex, but instead wishes to dissect a kind of TV staple and reconfigure it by presenting an array of live and Skype guests from the various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and cultural raconteur. With guest hosts, Downtown treasure Carmelita Tropicana, and Jennifer Miller the famed bearded lady of Circus Amok expect ten days of the unexpected, the unusual and the sublime. For schedules and further info head to PS 122.