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2014 Highlights

some sculpture, a garden and an art fair

Chakaia on Broadway

Famed sculptor Chakaia Booker graced Broadway with her first public art installation in Manhattan (and hopefully not her last!). The Sentinels, 5 gorgeous sculptures made from recycled tires were presented by the Garment District Alliance along Broadway between 36th and 39th street. The opening was a morning affair under a tent with breakfast and Mimosas. Yeah it was drizzling but how often do you get to stand on the streets of NYC sipping cocktails in the a.m. hours- on a weekday -and its legit.  It was a wonderful celebration and a remarkable display that was up for 5 months.

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Crushin’ on the High Line

On an beautiful warm September day the 3rd and final section of the High Line opened. To celebrate Friends of the High Line held a spectacular procession that ran the full length of the elevated garden built on an abandoned railroad. The incredibly talented Processional Workshop(official puppeteers of the NYC Halloween parade) oversaw the entire production. You can read up on how it all unfolded here. It was the most awe inspiring community festivity for a park opening I had the fortunate luck to experience and be involved in. At the end we gathered for a delicious communal meal and the 3rd section quietly opened to the public immediately after.

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Editions / Artists’ Books(EAB) Fair

This was the only art fair I got around to attending in 2014. Of course, having a complimentary pass for opening night helped(and my bias as a printmaker!) but regardless- completely worth it and highly recommended. The opening was packed with people who were clearly enjoying themselves engaging with the artwork, exhibitors and each other. This is an annual free on the weekend event held in NYC every November during Print Week. Check out this short fun video about the fair on the EAB website here .

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Here’s wishing you and yours 

a culturally engaged, art filled 2015!

Yours truly,

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Possibly the last weekend of decent weather to enjoy looking at art before the winter coats and scarves really come out-  so shall we…
 
 CLOSING TODAY  (& highly recommended)
 
 Chakaia Booker
A fluid space projective space
David Krut Projects
526 W. 26th St., Suite 816
New York, NY 10001
212.225.3094
hours today 10am – 6pm
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Chakaia Booker Untitled, 2014 Woodcut, hand painting, embossing 19.75 x 14in

I don’t know- I can go on and on about this gallery- originally based out of Johannesburg- South Africa, champions of contemporary printmaking in the 21st century and first to showcase El Anatusui before he went and got all famous(you can see him being all famous here and here). Chakaia Booker’s mixed media prints will not disappoint. They were created in collaboration with master printer Phil Sanders, former director of the RBPMW.  You can read more about the exhibit here and more about Chakaia at the gallery here . You can also catch David Krut Projects in action at the 2014 Editions/Artist Books Fair where you can feast your eyes on original linocuts by William Kentridge and other works on paper. They will be at booth #22.  Happening during print week in early November, the whole fair is quite fantastic and is free to the public on the weekend.

 

Print Facets:
Five Centuries of Printmaking
The Curator Gallery
520 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
212.243.1806
hours today 11am – 6pm 
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Female Head, 1915, woodcut, 13.5 X 10.5 in

New new new new new –gallery and therefore, off the beaten path of the usual suspects of gallery hoppers -but I don’t think for long. Open only a few months with just 3 other exhibits under their belts, this salon style print show is a sweet mix of old century masters along side established and lesser known contemporaries.  The show is hung handsomely, moving you nicely into and through the space of a diverse body of varying printmaking techniques and styles. Most of the techniques are traditional with a few serenely stunning digital prints thrown in the mix.  Located  on 23rd street on the southwest corner of the High Line’s underbelly- this is a show not to be missed. If you do go -as you should, make sure to ask about the print bar- a room located off the main space showcasing unframed matted prints.
 
 
EFA OPEN STUDIOS 2014
EFA Studio Program
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street (Btwn 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York NY 10018
212.256.5855
hours today 1pm – 6pm
 
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Beautiful paper cut collages and recent chine colle prints.
Xin Song, Studio 905 
  
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Toyin immerses us in her practice as you witness the innards of her creative process. And please do not touch anything -really people -stop it. 
 Toyin Odutola, Studio 412
 
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Noah did not disappoint with a great studio presentation of new videos with one of the installations accompanied by sound.
Noah Klersfeld, Studio 507
 
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A newbie-  landing in her studio 3 months prior. My photograph does her work no justice- you have to see her intricate collaged paintings(my words not hers) for yourself. They will take your breath away. 
 Maria Berrio, Studio 406
 
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 The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop(RBPMW) 2014 Member Show. My peeps. Enough said. 
Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, 5th floor
 
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And another artist I believe is new to the studio program who displayed these gorgeous paper cut installations.
 Tai Hwa Goh, Studio 607
 
I took these great shots of the artists’ work from EFA Open Studios’ opening night reception where they were serving up EFA specialty cocktails made with handmade vodkaI suggest you do your best to swing by. Other events in the neighborhood will be happening for the Garment District Arts Festival‘s last day as well.

 

photo credits: David Krut Projects, The Curator Gallery, Ann deVere