OY-YO Says it All in Brooklyn

Nov 15, 15 OY-YO Says it All in Brooklyn

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A new sculpture now graces the grass in Brooklyn Bridge Park, expressing itself in a quite Brooklynistic manner. Created by artist Deborah Kass, the sculpture is a painted aluminum giant, loudly declaring the emphatic declaratives Oy and Yo, depending on if you are gazing at the sculpture from Brooklyn or Manhattan. This is the first time Ms. Kass, who calls herself a “”total, absolute, 100 percent provincial New Yorker” has created a piece of these dimensions, 17 feet long and 8 feet high. “The fact that this particular work resonates so beautifully in so many languages to so many communities is why I wanted to make it monumental” Ms. Kass said. The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn developer Two Trees Management Company, and was installed on the renovated Main Street Lawn in the park last week. It will remain in the park until August next year. Although the sculpture seems like a perfect fit in the culturally diverse New York environment, Ms. Kass points out that any city in America with a diverse population could be home for Yo/Oy. Wherever blacks, Latinos and Jews live together would make a great backdrop for this artwork. However, Brooklyn seems somehow like the best place of any: “This is New York, baby. We’ve got it all. And the sculpture covers it all” she...

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Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

Nov 01, 15 Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

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Admirers of modern art and Greek classic art will be pleased to hear that Phoenix Ancient Art and the Helly Nahmad Gallery are joining together to exhibit for the first time the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico with original Greek and Roman antiquities. Under the leadership of brothers Ali and Hicham Aboutam, Phoenix Ancient Art will present classic Greek and Roman antiquities, all sourced from private collections, at the Helly Nahmad Gallery. This prominent New York gallery specializes in major twentieth century artists such as Picasso, Calder, Kandinsky and de Chirico, whose work is the focal point of this upcoming show. The goal of the exhibit is to elucidate the enormous impact classical Greek and Roman art has had on the styles and statements of modern art and artists. Greek-born Italian master Giorgio de Chirico is most famous for his connection with the Surrealists of the early twentieth century, but he made a shift in style during the 1920s. The paintings from that period of change include a series which was frequently misunderstood, depicting deserted valleys with scattered classical ruins; majestic horses in windblown landscapes; figurative representations of Greek gods and philosophers; and gladiators in full armor suits. Juxtaposing these paintings with the genuine Greek ancient art is a brilliant way to see the incredible influence this body of art has had on the artists of modernity. Apropos to this theme, the exhibit, which is opening on November 4th and running until December 23rd, is called Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity, referring to the Greek goddess who was the mother to the Muses, and the embodiment of memory personified. The myth of Mnemosyne tells us that without her there would be no memory, no history, and therefore mankind would be void of the motivation and inspiration to create works of art, or to be creative at all. In addition the exhibit hopes to inspire us to understand and take seriously the unique and crucial role the past has played in the world of today,...

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Robert Simons & Bill McGlashan in Final Negotiations with Jackie Chan

In exciting news for STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan, they are in final negotiations with Jackie Chan to star in the action thriller “The Foreigner.” Shooting is expected to start in October and the script is supposed to be based on Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman” published in 1992. The story focuses on a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who wants to hunt down a group of Irish terrorists that killed his daughter. STX was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and TPG managing partner Bill McGlashan with the goal of producing projects in the $10-80 million range. This area is virtually vacant in the studios, as they favor making massive superhero movies. STX hopes to release as many as 15 films each year by 2017. They have already lined up projects that include Matthew McConaughey (“The Free State of Jones”) and Julia Roberts (“The Secret in Their Eyes”). For this venture with Jackie Chan, David Marconi wrote the adaptation. Chan, of course, brings a slew of credits with him including being in more than 150 films since the 1960s. STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan has already lined up financial backing from venture capital firm and co-founder TPG, Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital and investors Gigo Pritzker and Beau Wrigley. They also have backing from China’s Huayi...

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Touch the Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park

May 25, 15 Touch the Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A new art installation recently opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park, entitled “Please Touch the Art.” Organized and sponsored by New York City’s Public Art Fund, the exhibit, which opened on May 17, is composed of three installations by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. The exhibit was curated by Nicholas Baume and includes Appearing Rooms, comprised of soaring jets of water; Modified Social Benches, made up of sixteen benches painted bright red; and the vertically placed rectangles of Mirror Labyrinth NY. Hein’s work is known for its interactive playfulness, and these pieces are no exception.   Mirror Labyrinth invites viewers to not only look at the complex array of mirror-polished stainless steel posts, but to walk through them as well. The pillars are arranged in three radiating arcs, and serve to mirror and distort the famous Manhattan skyline, seen in the distance, but irregularly reflected in the installation. The sculptures ability to obscure as well as reflect the skyline lends each visitor his or her own unique experience of the display, and gives a new meaning and perspective to the lower Manhattan view. Please Touch the Art will be on display for an entire year at the Brooklyn Bridge Park at 334 Furman Street in Brooklyn, until April 17, 2016. Come and touch the art, and let it touch...

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Spring in New York Means Masters at the Armory

May 06, 15 Spring in New York Means Masters at the Armory

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Art lovers who enjoyed last year’s first international arts fair held within the venerable walls of the Park Avenue Armory will be pleased to know that the time has arrived for the second installment of this marvelous art show. And those who missed last year’s exhibit should be sure to take the time to explore the wonders of the art world at this year’s fair. Opening day is May 8, and the show will run until May 12, 2015. Billed as Spring Masters New York 2015, the fair will showcase the broadest possible variety of art genres, from antiquities to fine arts to 21st century modern and everything in between. The 61 galleries bringing their wares will be sure to make the best possible impressions with their most outstanding pieces. Antiquities will be represented by brothers Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art. With galleries in Geneva as well as New York, Phoenix Ancient Art specializes in artwork dating back to the first century AD and way beyond- they have pieces from as far back as 5,000 BCE. Juxtaposed with the world’s oldest art is some of the world’s newest.   The Michael Goedhuis gallery of London specializes in Chinese contemporary art, and will have on display exquisite examples of modern ink art from China. An Edward Hopper watercolor painting will be shown by Debra Force Fine Art, Inc, and Mullany will exhibit some 16th century Flemish tapestry. There will be an installation of the contemporary artist Kueng Caputo brought to the show by Salon 94 of New York. The list of what visitors will see at the fair is long and wide. Architect Rafael Viñoly designed the layout of exhibitors in a unique and innovative hexagonal style, using the huge space of the armory in a way that delightfully enhances the fair...

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Premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Dec 20, 14 Premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Movie buffs out there will be excited to know that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has premiered.   Directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Bovens and Guillermo del Toro, it’s the third and final installment of the three-part film. The film adaptation comes from the widely popular book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This movie follows An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. Here, people are enjoying the premiere of the movie in London. Pictured are Kevin Ulrich with Gary and Nadine Barber. Get your tickets now!...

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