Monday, October 31, 2011

Chic Halloween Windows At Bergdorf Goodman

Alexander McQueen
Jason Wu
David Hoey, the creative mind behind the famous Bergdorf Goodman window displays is presenting a simple but chic Halloween display on Fifth Avenue this week, featuring the latest from Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu and Givenchy. In the Fifth Avenue windows, he uses a colorful background that complements the small masks seen on 58th Street.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carsten Höller "Experience" at the New Museum

Mirror carousel
Slide on which visitors can swish down from the fourth floor and land in on the second floor in a space illuminated by flashing lights.
Animal group
Giant triple mushrooms
Carsten Höller: Experience is on view at the New Museum in SoHo through Jan. 15, 2012. Over the past 20 years, scientist-turned-artist, Carsten Höller has created a world that is equal parts laboratory and test site. His works, including his signature slide, carousels, and experimental installations, are designed to explore the limits of human sensorial perception and logic through carefully controlled participatory experiences. The exhibit is both a feat of scientific wonderment and an ironic exploration of perception, down to the upside down goggles that visitors can use to invert their view of the show. In this exhibit, visitors can swish down from the fourth floor on a slide and land in on the second floor in a space illuminated by flashing lights, stick their heads inside of a fish tank without getting wet, relax on a swing on a mirrored carousel that moves at a low, lulling speed, or take a discreet dunk in a sensory deprivation tank (clothes optional). ”Society can be reinvented through the power of laughter,” said exhibition curator Massimiliano Gioni said of Höller’s ethos. The exhibition is stimulating for both the mind and body, the ultimate artist’s laboratory." The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery Street.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Art Handlers' Protests At Sotheby's - Is Sotheby's Bad for Art?

Art handlers at Sotheby's have been protesting outside the Upper Eastside auction house even before the Occupy Wall Street movement made noise in Lower Manhattan. The art handlers have been locked out of their jobs for more than three months. While Sotheby's earned record profits last year, it wants to replace these longtime professionals with inexperiened, outsourced workers. The long-running protests aim to educate the company's clients about their plight. Sotheby's is located at 1334 York Avenue between 71st and 72nd Streets.

Friday, October 28, 2011

125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty

Today, Lady Liberty, an enduring symbol of Liberty and Freedom  marks her 125th year anniversary. The anniversary will be celebrated with fireworks, a flotilla, a ceremony and the debut of five torchcams offering stellar views of the New York Harbor. Tonight's fireworks, sponsored by Macy’s will begin at 7:45 p.m.

The statue was conceived by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and Edouard de Laboulaye, a French abolitionist to celebrate the love of liberty shared by both France and the U.S. Her bones are steel, and were constructed by Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame. A gift from France, America's most famous immigrant, the Statue of Liberty was constructed in Paris starting in 1883, then taken apart and shipped to America in pieces. The hand and flame of the Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. The Statue of Liberty was completed in 1886 and dedicated on October 28, 1886.
Vital Stat: Lady Liberty stands 111'1" from heel to top of head, in flats of course. Length of right arm is 42'0"; Weight of steel in her frame is 125 tons
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"Torn Steel" Exhibition at 590 Madison Avenue Atrium Featuring the Sculptures of Jonathan Prince

Torus 340, 2011. Oxidized and stainless steel, 13.5 x 12 x 8 feet
Disc Fragment, 2011. Oxidized and stainless steel, 9x8x5 feet
Totem II, 2010. Oxidized and stainless steel, 12.5 x 2 x 2 feet
Vestigial Block II, 2011. Oxidized and stainless steel. 6.25 x 6 x 6 feet

The Sculpture Garden at 590 Madison Avenue currently showcases the work of contemporary artist, Jonathan Prince in an exhibition called TORN STEEL. This is the first public installation of the artist's large scale steel sculptures in New York, on view at the atrium of 590 Madison Avenue through November 18, 2011. TORN STEEL exploits the interruption of geometric forms made of oxidized and stainless steel. The surface of the steel sculptures is ruptured, showing a totally different texture. The torn surfaces are silvery and laboriously polished, and are in contrast to the unworked oxidized steel. 

Jonathan Prince is a Massachusetts based artist that creates abstract sculpture for public and private settings such as the atrium at 590 Madison Avenue. The atrium is a perfect venue for Prince's large format works.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Made For All"

Uniqlo at Fifth Avenue
MADE FOR ALL (to see). Months before the opening of 2 additional Manhattan locations, Uniqlo ads appeared everywhere in the city. Above are some ads at the Grand Central Terminal subway station for the 4, 5, and 6 lines.
UNIQLO is a new-style Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer firm making good casual clothes. It has flagship stores in the SoHo fashion district (546 Broadway) which opened in 2006, and the newly opened locations on Fifth Avenue (at 53rd Street) and at 34th Street near Herald Square. UNIQLO's tagline is “MADE FOR ALL” to convey the company’s global brand philosophy. The phrase encapsulates both UNIQLO’s core ideals and hopes for the future. UNIQLO strives to provide clothing for everyone, transcending the divisions that separate people, such as nationality, age, occupation and gender.

Charlize Theron and Orlando Bloom have been signed to communicate the “MADE FOR ALL” philosophy to people throughout the world. "It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, Uniqlo makes clothes that transcend all categories and social groups. Our clothes are made for all, going beyond age, gender, occupation, ethnicity and all the other ways that define people. Our clothes are simple and essential yet universal, so people can freely combine them with their own unique styles, in any way they choose, every day of the year. Everything we do is rooted deeply in Japanese origin, always aspiring to excellence in quality, design and technology. However, we will always ensure that our clothes are affordable and accessible to everyone. Uniqlo is a way of thinking that’s about constant change, diversity, and challenging conventional wisdom. At UNIQLO, we believe that everyone can benefit from simple, well-designed clothes. Because if all people can look and feel better every day, then maybe the world can be a little better too. Made For All."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Home Within Home" by Do Ho Suh at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery

It reflects a chapter within a fairytale-like story in which the artist described feeling "as if he was dropped from the sky." In this narrative, a tornado hits Suh and his Korean home, transporting him to the US where the tornado then drops him and the house on a building in Providence. The work depicts the crash and the fusion of the two homes.

The Lehmann Maupin Gallery recently presented "Home Within Home" on view from 8 September – 22 October, 2011 at 540 W. 26th Street. In Home Within Home, Do Ho Suh showcased a series of works that reflect the artist’s ongoing exploration of themes surrounding cultural displacement and the co-existence of cultural identities, as well as the perception of our surroundings and how one constructs a memory of a space. Suh’s own feeling of displacement when he arrived in the U.S. in 1991 to study at RISD led him to measure spaces in order to establish relationships with his new surroundings. Years later, the artist developed the idea of taking these measurements and using them to replicate and transport spaces. Suh constructs these architectural spaces and the elements within them in various mediums including fabrics, resin, and Styrofoam. Among the works exhibited in this show were Fallen Star 1/5, Home Within Home, and a series of fabric objects, all personally revealing works which invite viewers into his homes. The photos above are from one of the stunning installations featured in the exhibition. It reflects a chapter within a fairytale-like story in which the artist described feeling "as if he was dropped from the sky." In this narrative, a tornado hits Suh and his Korean home, transporting him to the US where the tornado then drops him and the house on a building in Providence. The work depicts the crash and the fusion of the two homes. Information from the Lehmann Maupin Gallery website.
Do Ho Suh received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2001.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street's Campground

Zuccotti Park, formerly called Liberty Plaza Park, is a privately-owned 33,000-square-foot  publicly accessible park in Lower Manhattan. It is located between Broadway, Trinity Place, Liberty Street and Cedar Street. The park's northwest corner is across the street from Four World Trade Center. It has been popular with local tourists and financial workers. On September 17, 2011, the "Occupy Wall Street" protest began using Zuccotti Park as a campground and staging area. Because Zuccotti Park is not a publicly owned space, it is not subject to ordinary public park curfew. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on September 28, 2011, that the NYPD could not bar protesters from Zuccotti Park since it is a public plaza that is required to stay open 24 hours a day. "In building this plaza, there was an agreement it be open 24 hours a day," Kelly said. "The owners have put out regulations [about what's allowed in park]. The owners will have to come in and direct people not to do certain things." A spokesperson for Brookfield Properties, the owner of the park, expressed concern: "Zuccotti Park is intended for the use and enjoyment of the general public for passive recreation. We are extremely concerned with the conditions that have been created by those currently occupying the park and are actively working with the City of New York to address these conditions and restore the park to its intended purpose. Now many visitors to New York City have added another spot to their list of must-sees — the Occupy Wall Street protest. Tourists from around the world have become regular visitors at the plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been demonstrating for the past month. Celebrities including pop star Katy Perry and her husband Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Moore have visited Zuccotti Park to show support for the protesters. These images were made on October 22, 2011 as the protests enter its fifth week.