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22

Apr

Look out for Mel Bochner’s upcoming exhibition

Mel Bochner began his artistic career in the 1960’s, using the walls of a gallery as the subject of his work as well as using photography to document ephemeral and performance works. Bochner studied under Joseph Fitzpatrick, who had also taken Andy Warhol and Philip Pearlstein, amongst other artists, under his tutelage.

Bochner will be exhibiting at the Jewish Museum in New York City as of May 2nd through September 21st, 2014. 

"The Jewish Museum will present Mel Bochner: Strong Language, a survey of Bochner’s career-long fascination with the cerebral and visual associations of words. The exhibition will include over 70 text-based works. Among the highlights are his mid-1960s Portrait Drawings, never before exhibited in New York, and paintings from the last decade using synonyms derived from the latest edition of Roget’s Thesaurus. Bochner was inspired by the Thesaurus’ new permissiveness to broaden his linguistic references juxtaposing proper with vernacular, formal against vulgar, high against low.”- The Jewish Museum New York

To find out more about the exhibition, visit:

http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/BochnerRelease

08

Apr

Arturo Di Modica

There have been many incredible moments for a young, art minded girl, roaming through the galleries of NYC and London and Europe. It was this weekend though that left me speechless and immensely grateful to have been drawn into this world.

It was going to be a quiet and uneventful Friday night this weekend, until unknowingly at the time, I received a once in a life time invitation. “Come to dinner with me and this man, Arturo di ModiCa, you will find him truly intriguing.” my friend casually suggested. I accepted the invitation with no context of who this mysterious man could be, saying to myself “Well, I have no other plans!”

The man I sat opposite at dinner emanated both kindness and a wisdom that could only have been achieved by a multitude of lifetimes all experienced in his 73 years of existence. He also had the most perfected beard I had ever seen, which he told me has not been shaved since 1973. As he talked, I discovered he was, what I could only describe as, a living master. Our present day Donatello.

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Arturo would be best known to New Yorkers for creating “The Charging Bull” on Wall Street. Arturo installed the monumental sculpture on Wall Street using $360,000 of his own money, without the permission of the state to do so. He was arrested for the feat and the sculpture removed by the state of New York. This didn’t stop Arturo, he simply re-installed the sculpture until it was recognized as one of New York’s most treasured pieces.

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His pieces are found around the world, held privately and placed publicly for passers by to marvel over. In 1999 in recognition of the artist’s singular creativity and his artistic achievements which includes  ‘Charging  Bull’  Arturo Di Modica was selected for The Ellis Island Medal of  Honor one of the most prestigious awards given in the United States.

After dinner, during which I learned of a life filled with artistic achievement as well as a touch of debauchery here and there, we were inited to his studio in TriBeCa. I was in awe and speechless the entire time I was there. I have never been more socially inept in my life, as all of my usual conversational energy was spent trying to stop my jaw from dropping as I gazed over his creations. Some ready to leave the studio, finished with polished bronze or a steel glean, some half way through their process, clay moldings, with the artists fingerprints still visible on the surface of the clay and some sketches, just reaching their inception on paper. 

I could never recreate my experience in its entirety for this short piece, as it takes gazing up at the life-size bulls, horses and bears to evoke the indescribable emotion. My luck was to be invited into the artist’s home and studio, and that I believe is an honor I will treasure forever. However, I urge anyone and everyone to marvel over the Bull on Wall street whilst here in New York and from there, explore his works around the world, each one as gargantuan in achievement as the last. 

05

Mar

A cheat sheet to get you through the week

Courtesy of galleristny.com, we now have this useful guide to get the most out of this week at the Armory Show!

http://galleristny.com/2014/03/armory-week-2014-art-fair-cheat-sheet/

03

Mar

Its Armory Arts Week!

It’s Armory Arts Week here in NYC and there is just so much to see! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the theme of this week, here is a little insight:

“The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.”

Armory Arts Weeks highlights a neighborhood or borough’s arts scene each night with events. This week is a chance to take advantage of museum discounts, performances, panels, open studios, art tours, artist discussions and of course, parties.

A little more on the mention of parties…

This year the MoMa is hosting the Armory Party on Wednesday, March 5th. The benefit event serves to celebrate the opening of the Armory Show and Armory Arts Week. This year at the party performances will include Blood Orange, a critically acclaimed band who have released the two highly praised albums Coastal Grooves (2011) and Cupid Deluxe (2013).Alongside Blood Orange, Jamie xx will be DJing the event! The party runs from 9pm onwards and tickets can be purchased here:

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/20090

Check out these links to get all the info you need to make the most of this week:

Location and Hours

http://www.thearmoryshow.com/visitor_info/location_and_hours.html

Exhibitors

http://www.thearmoryshow.com/exhibitors/modern.html

Public Events

http://www.armoryartsweek.com/home/public-events/

 

 

 

 

 

26

Feb

It’s almost time for the White Glove Gone Wild Gala!!

It’s been an exciting time for us at the APF offices preparing for our upcoming gala on March 12th. But now it’s time for the excitement to spread, from here on Wooster Street to each and everyone of you who have been such enthusiasts and avid supporters of our work.

It’s time to rummage through your closets, find your finest ties and ball gowns and of course those long white gloves you reserve for the most special soirees. 

We invite you to sit back and marvel over such dazzling spectacles as the wondrous Vanessa Beecroft’s performance art, gaze at unique sculptures by Aurel Schmidt and treat yourself to a once in a lifetime chance to be tattooed by the amazing Wangechi Mutu. And those are just some of the many treats we have on offer. Or if you wish to truly take to the spirit of our gala’s theme, you can go wild on the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Rachel Chandler Guinness!

We can’t wait to see you there and share with you what will be a truly unforgettable party!

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06

Feb

Skye Ferrante

You might have spotted him on the corner of Prince and Mercer, huddled away amongst the crowd of enthusiastic street artists who entice the hefty SoHo crowds each weekend. But no more street selling for this keen artist! 

Skye Ferrante would more likely grab your attention by his “Spooning” technique as he so proudly named it than by soliciting you to buy his sculptures. As somebody who has experienced his “spooning” I will be the first to say that this has nothing to do with bedroom antics.

Back in the SoHo street days, or in any scenario in fact, Skye would be so bold as to slip a spoon, unnoticed into your pocket. You may find this spoon as you walk away, somewhat confused, when you get home at night, even more confused and suspicious that you may have blacked out in the kitchen supplies department of Bed Bath and Beyond or as your friend borrows your coat and inquires why in fact you have a token spoon floating amidst your pocket fluff. The latter scenario may induce some stuttering and spluttering, followed by concerned looks from said friend.

But that was an age ago and he has flown the coop and soared to great heights since then. You will now find his artwork on the walls of a select few, a group of people Skye values as friends as well as collectors. Upon the wall of the Met Life building you will find a monumental piece of wire that twists and twirls to the tune of the New York skyline. Most recently, his sculptures have been spotted on the drinks menus of nightclubs. Under the $4000 bottle of Dom Perignon one has the choice to purchase the “Skye Ferrante live nude artwork” for $10,000. And yes, that is exactly how it sounds and yes, it does indeed involve a live nude appearing at the table to be sculpted in front of your very eyes. 

These are but a few places one can lay eyes upon his wire sculptures and hopefully we will begin to see the spectacular works in more than just a few spots around the town. Keep an eye out for burlesque artists, voluptuous women, a trio of “Big Haired” women, dancer upon dancer upon dancer…. each sculpted from one continuous wire, a technique that does not allow room for second guessing or corrections, making the pieces all the more bold and exciting as the subjects of the sculptures themselves!

Keep an eye out around town!

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Check out our instagram to see the true genius behind the art world, Mr Ziggy Stardust. He’s running things here!

Check out our instagram to see the true genius behind the art world, Mr Ziggy Stardust. He’s running things here!

27

Jan

Hello Art Production Fund!

Today marks the very first day of my internship at APF. I hope I can fill the shoes of Celia Mortlock and keep this blog as fruitful as she did. Having hopped off the plane 24 hours ago straight from London, what better way to start my blogging affair than a post from across the pond?

Fuerza Bruta

NYC was lucky enough to host over 2,000 performances of this show, from October 2007. Fuerza Bruta may have left New Yorkers pining for more, after closing January 5th 2014, but for those who crave some more of the most extravagant sensory experience one could ever dream of, the show must and does go on at the Roundhouse Theatre, London!

Never has the simple task of clicking “buy ticket online” offered such an unforgettable reward. Those three simple words more accurately stand for “be blown away.” The performance is a 360 degree experience, encapsulating the audience in a “nonstop collision of music, emotion and aerial imagery.” Dancers dangle from invisible wires, swooping in and out of the audience with an array of confetti and color, live music pounds the forceful heartbeat of the show and just as you reach your peak of unavoidable amazement, you are taken one step further. A swimming pool is dangled over the audience, performers dancing in the water against a backdrop of a most entrancing light show. The pool drops, close enough for the audience to reach out and touch, tracing the water trails of the dancers with their hands.

Having stood within the wonder myself, I can vouch for the tagline that the show is “The biggest natural high in town.”

http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/productions/fuerzabruta

16

Jan

Goodbye Art Production Fund

Today marks the final day of my internship with Art Production Fund. I flew a lot of hours to be here, 21 in fact, from Sydney to New York, and each one was definitely worth it. 

Thank you to the lovely ladies of APF: Doreen, Yvonne, Casey, Denise and my desk buddy Kathleen, for inviting me into their Soho abode for four months of gallery hopping, artist profiling, studio visits, merchandising and more. I’m really going to miss working here and alongside such inspirational and intelligent ladies.

Thank you to anyone who liked, re-blogged, or just read any of my pieces, those little hearts at the bottom of a post seriously made my day.

This has been Celia Mortlock, over and out.

How I’ll look when leaving the office today:

Reality:

Later tonight…

13

Jan

Chelsea Lately: January

Fresh faced after closing over the holiday season, you won’t see the Chelsea gallerists opening the doors for you, but they’re open nonetheless…

Farewell Kusama, Hello Stan Douglas:

Stan DouglasDavid Zwirner

Returning to the gallery for the twelfth time, Douglas is looking back in time for his exhibition, Luanda-Kinshasa. Douglas has constructed a complete replica of one of the most famous recording studios in the world, Columbia 30th Street Studio, which counts the likes of Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd in its alumni. The piece at Zwirner is a video recording of a fictional band, Luanda-Kinshasa, as they record their album in the 1970s. 

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Best of the Lower East Side: 

Emil LucasSperone Westwater

Lucas combines two series of works, Thread Paintings and Larvae Paintings, in this exhibition taking over the entire gallery. The works may only look like pen and pencil on paper, yet Lucas’ delicate and detailed process is in fact derived from using larvae, silk, thread, and ink. What appears like a 2D image, suddenly leaps from the canvas, like a live, twisting object.

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Best of Uptown:

Thomas Struth, Marian Goodman Gallery

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Struth analyses the worlds of technology and imagination in this new photographic series. From the worlds of Disneyland to modern medicine, Struth is interested in the shape of the world as a modern fantasy.

Ulsan 2, Lotte Hotel, Ulsan, 2010

Going, Going, Going:

Richard SerraGagosian Gallery

No explanation necessary.

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Inside Out, 2013

Words by: Celia Mortlock