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Top 11 Bare Square ARTicles of 2011!

This year, The Bare Square brought you art news and comment on a globe-spanning range of topics. From Ai Wei Wei, to New York gallery openings, from the depths of the sea to deep space, you’ve come to The Bare Square and nibbled on our bite-sized art news. Thank you for making the Bare Square part of your art experience!

Because we’re rapidly approaching 200 articles, picking a Top Ten wasn’t easy–so we picked eleven. That didn’t make it much easier, but it did give you a bonus article!

Without further ado, here are the Top 11 ARTicles of 2011 from The Bare Square! See what you missed, revisit what you liked,  and PLEASE share with your friends and “Like”. Thanks again!

11. NASA Art

This July article discussed NASA art in a traveling exhibit in commemoration of 50 years of space exploration.

10. 3-D Art

This great entry penned by contributor Kulsoom Rizvi in September showed amazing sidewalk art.

9. Invisible Art

Jen Wallace, host of our web video show Art Seen, also contributes to The Bare Square. We published her story about actor James Franco’s art project in mid-July.

8. Art & Civil Rights

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Bare Square focused on Charles Wilbert White and David Hammons, African-American artists who paved the way for others.

Frederick Douglass Lives Again by Charles Wilbert White

7. Quietest Art Exhibition EVER

This summer, Jen covered the first known underwater art exhibit!

6. If Art Could Kill…

Before Halloween, Intern Tom McKee wrote a great top five list, but beware–NSFW and not for the queasy!

5. Mon Dieu! Laroux!

Kulsoom contributed to this profile of nAscent artist Jack Laroux. The article holds the honor of having the most “Likes” of any article this year–way to go Kulsoom! (And thanks to Jack for all his fans and supporters!)

Makers Mark and Cherries by Jack Laroux

 

4. Art Basel Miami

Jen wrote a fantastic series of articles about Art Basel Miami, including this wrap-up that got lots of shares, views, and “Likes.”

3. Japan & Katrina

The Bare Square felt a deep sense of shock, loss, and despair over the earthquake in Japan. The article at #3 discussed the role of art in the wake of tragedy.

2. To A Moustache

Being based in New York City, we at The Bare Square appreciated the work of street artist “Moustache,” having seen his handiwork ourselves many times. Sadly, the NYPD put an end to his vandalism, failing to see the humor in his clever “improvement” on public ads. People responded well to our remembrance…and we still miss him.

1. Proposal, Art Style

By far the most popular article in terms of ratio of “Likes” as compared to page views, and a just plain cool and romantic story, The Bare Square interviewed the creator of the best proposal story we’ve ever heard. Do yourself a favor–click the link, re-read the article, and watch the video (even if you’ve watched it before). With New Year’s Eve coming, let this story inspire even more romance!

"Marry Me" by Aaron Vandenbroucke

So that’s our Top 11 of 2011. We also have an honorable mention–Part II of the Egalitarian Art Revolution series. (Hmm–did the “Occupy” movement read it, too?)

Don’t forget to join our Facebook page!

- James Wallace

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Jen Recommends…Circle of Animals

If you were in New York City this past summer, you may have passed by twelve large bronze animal head sculptures at the historic Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza near Central Park and the Plaza Hotel. (The works have since moved on to Los Angeles County Museum of Art through February 12th as part of a multi-year world tour.)

Sculptures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in their temporary location in front of the Plaza Hotel in New York (from culture.wnyc.org)

Or you might have read about the controversial, internationally renowned, Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei here at The Bare Square.

Whether this is your first introduction or you’re an avid Ai Weiwei follower, this week is a great opportunity to get better acquainted. On Thursday, Paul Kasmin Gallery invites you to celebrate the opening of Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals. The event marks not only the opening of this important exhibition but also the inauguration of Paul Kasmin’s new gallery space. But wait, there’s more…it’s also the book launch for Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals, edited by Susan Delson and published by Prestel in association with AW Asia.

Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals book cover (from Amazon UK)

The new 10″ x 11″ hardcover book includes texts by Paola Dematte, Colin Jones, Kristina Kleutghen, Lark E. Mason, Charles Merewether, Marco Musillo, Karen Smith, and Joe-Hynn Yan. Inside it’s 222 pages are 180 illustrations of his monumental work in addition to a guided tour through the artist’s career.

In conjunction with the book launch, on view for the very first time are the gold set of Ai Weiwei’s bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (2010).

The gallery’s website explains, “The twelve animal heads, each depicting a segment of the ancient Chinese zodiac, are based on a complex fountain and clock system that was built for an imperial retreat in 18th century China. Located at the Old Summer Palace just outside Beijing, the original fountain-clock was designed by two European Jesuits at the behest of Emperor Qianlong. When the retreat was looted by European soldiers, the bronze animal heads were stolen and only seven of the twelve are known to survive. Ai Weiwei has re-interpreted these objects, pursuing his ongoing exploration of the “fake” and the copy of the original, as well as the repatriation of cultural heritage.”

The current global contemporary art dialog certainly includes the name Ai Weiwei. W Magazine recently collaborated with the artist to release an issue dedicated to his work. Keep your finger on the pulse of the global contemporary art scene by checking out this influential artist’s work at Paul Kasmin Gallery this Thursday! If you can’t make the opening, make sure to head to Chelsea to see this exhibition before it closes on Dec. 23.

- Jen Wallace

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Nov. 17 – Dec. 23
Opening Reception: THIS THURS, Nov. 17, 6-8pm
515 West 27th St.
New York, NY

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The quietest art exhibition EVER.

Most gallery exhibitions of art have many similarities: cheap wine, small talk, the “see-and-be-seen” crowd, smartphones.

This exhibit has none of that.

The largest artificial reef in the Florida keys, and the second largest in the world, the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg,  hosts fish, other marine life, and now for the first time ever, an art show!

An underwater exhibition with artworks by Franke debuted today on the deck of a ship wreck in the Florida Keys.

The weather deck of the Vandenberg , a ship sunk in 2009 to create an artificial reef, now doubles as photo studio and exhibition gallery.

For the last year, Franke has taken underwater photographic scenes at the shipwreck site. Today, Franke shows off work at the scene of the shoots–the Vandenberg itself.  Encased in plexiglass and mounted in steel frames on the artificial reef, the striking photographs can only be seen while in scuba gear. The underwater images include a girl wielding a butterfly net to catch fish and kick-boxers competing in the deep blue.

Get your aqualung and head down 93ft in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and you’ll be able to check out this unique exhibit in person. As a consolation to the real thing, check out this cool YouTube video:

Don’t just share this with the fishes…(use the buttons below &) share it with friends!

- Jen Wallace

[Editor's Note: Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg was the second chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and namesake of a dorm at the editor-in-chief's alma mater.]

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Jen Recommends…hey, this is a family show.

Get out of the heat and get into art this summer! While summer is usually a slower time in the art industry, I’m excited to point out to Bare Square readers some exciting summer shows, starting with this one:

Yesterday, auction house Phillips de Pury opened shows in both New York and London featuring the work of Phillips de Pury staff who also work as professional artists.

To pay their bills on a consistent basis, emerging artists often have to hold steady jobs. The lucky ones are able to secure jobs in the art industry. Landing a job at a prestigious art business like Phillips de Pury is even better. Meanwhile most nights and weekends these artists are slaving over their work. Then in their “spare time” they still have to find ways of showing and selling their work. Bravo!

In support of the efforts of its artist-staff, Phillips de Pury’s New York staff show will take place in the Meatpacking District, exhibiting 49 artists who are also members of their New York staff.

Cary Leibowitz, Phillips de Pury’s Director of Contemporary Editions, is an outrageous artist. His work is on display at the staff show. Cary has had a number of major New York solo shows in his career, and his work is included in some major collections. See some of his contemplative and occasionally shocking works here. Cary participated in the NYC:State of the Art conference that James and I spearheaded last year. (Thanks, Cary!)

I plan on attending–you should, too!

Phillips de Pury Staff Show
July 11-23
450 West 15 Street New York

(semi-private opening party this Thursday 7/14 6-9, so if you want to join, make sure to RSVP to newyorkstaffshow [at] phillipsdepury.com)

We love Phillips de Pury for their support of their employees and what seems to be a really great corporate culture! They’re really supporting the Phillips de Pury family–awesome!

-Jen Wallace

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Top 11 Bare Square ARTicles of 2011!

This year, The Bare Square brought you art news and comment on a globe-spanning range of topics. From Ai Wei Wei, to New York gallery openings, from the depths of the sea to deep space, you’ve come to The Bare Square and nibbled on our bite-sized art news. Thank you for making the Bare Square part of your art experience!

Because we’re rapidly approaching 200 articles, picking a Top Ten wasn’t easy–so we picked eleven. That didn’t make it much easier, but it did give you a bonus article!

Without further ado, here are the Top 11 ARTicles of 2011 from The Bare Square! See what you missed, revisit what you liked,  and PLEASE share with your friends and “Like”. Thanks again!

11. NASA Art

This July article discussed NASA art in a traveling exhibit in commemoration of 50 years of space exploration.

10. 3-D Art

This great entry penned by contributor Kulsoom Rizvi in September showed amazing sidewalk art.

9. Invisible Art

Jen Wallace, host of our web video show Art Seen, also contributes to The Bare Square. We published her story about actor James Franco’s art project in mid-July.

8. Art & Civil Rights

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Bare Square focused on Charles Wilbert White and David Hammons, African-American artists who paved the way for others.

Frederick Douglass Lives Again by Charles Wilbert White

7. Quietest Art Exhibition EVER

This summer, Jen covered the first known underwater art exhibit!

6. If Art Could Kill…

Before Halloween, Intern Tom McKee wrote a great top five list, but beware–NSFW and not for the queasy!

5. Mon Dieu! Laroux!

Kulsoom contributed to this profile of nAscent artist Jack Laroux. The article holds the honor of having the most “Likes” of any article this year–way to go Kulsoom! (And thanks to Jack for all his fans and supporters!)

Makers Mark and Cherries by Jack Laroux

 

4. Art Basel Miami

Jen wrote a fantastic series of articles about Art Basel Miami, including this wrap-up that got lots of shares, views, and “Likes.”

3. Japan & Katrina

The Bare Square felt a deep sense of shock, loss, and despair over the earthquake in Japan. The article at #3 discussed the role of art in the wake of tragedy.

2. To A Moustache

Being based in New York City, we at The Bare Square appreciated the work of street artist “Moustache,” having seen his handiwork ourselves many times. Sadly, the NYPD put an end to his vandalism, failing to see the humor in his clever “improvement” on public ads. People responded well to our remembrance…and we still miss him.

1. Proposal, Art Style

By far the most popular article in terms of ratio of “Likes” as compared to page views, and a just plain cool and romantic story, The Bare Square interviewed the creator of the best proposal story we’ve ever heard. Do yourself a favor–click the link, re-read the article, and watch the video (even if you’ve watched it before). With New Year’s Eve coming, let this story inspire even more romance!

"Marry Me" by Aaron Vandenbroucke

So that’s our Top 11 of 2011. We also have an honorable mention–Part II of the Egalitarian Art Revolution series. (Hmm–did the “Occupy” movement read it, too?)

Don’t forget to join our Facebook page!

- James Wallace

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Jen Recommends…Circle of Animals

If you were in New York City this past summer, you may have passed by twelve large bronze animal head sculptures at the historic Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza near Central Park and the Plaza Hotel. (The works have since moved on to Los Angeles County Museum of Art through February 12th as part of a multi-year world tour.)

Sculptures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in their temporary location in front of the Plaza Hotel in New York (from culture.wnyc.org)

Or you might have read about the controversial, internationally renowned, Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei here at The Bare Square.

Whether this is your first introduction or you’re an avid Ai Weiwei follower, this week is a great opportunity to get better acquainted. On Thursday, Paul Kasmin Gallery invites you to celebrate the opening of Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals. The event marks not only the opening of this important exhibition but also the inauguration of Paul Kasmin’s new gallery space. But wait, there’s more…it’s also the book launch for Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals, edited by Susan Delson and published by Prestel in association with AW Asia.

Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals book cover (from Amazon UK)

The new 10″ x 11″ hardcover book includes texts by Paola Dematte, Colin Jones, Kristina Kleutghen, Lark E. Mason, Charles Merewether, Marco Musillo, Karen Smith, and Joe-Hynn Yan. Inside it’s 222 pages are 180 illustrations of his monumental work in addition to a guided tour through the artist’s career.

In conjunction with the book launch, on view for the very first time are the gold set of Ai Weiwei’s bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (2010).

The gallery’s website explains, “The twelve animal heads, each depicting a segment of the ancient Chinese zodiac, are based on a complex fountain and clock system that was built for an imperial retreat in 18th century China. Located at the Old Summer Palace just outside Beijing, the original fountain-clock was designed by two European Jesuits at the behest of Emperor Qianlong. When the retreat was looted by European soldiers, the bronze animal heads were stolen and only seven of the twelve are known to survive. Ai Weiwei has re-interpreted these objects, pursuing his ongoing exploration of the “fake” and the copy of the original, as well as the repatriation of cultural heritage.”

The current global contemporary art dialog certainly includes the name Ai Weiwei. W Magazine recently collaborated with the artist to release an issue dedicated to his work. Keep your finger on the pulse of the global contemporary art scene by checking out this influential artist’s work at Paul Kasmin Gallery this Thursday! If you can’t make the opening, make sure to head to Chelsea to see this exhibition before it closes on Dec. 23.

- Jen Wallace

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals
Paul Kasmin Gallery
Nov. 17 – Dec. 23
Opening Reception: THIS THURS, Nov. 17, 6-8pm
515 West 27th St.
New York, NY

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The quietest art exhibition EVER.

Most gallery exhibitions of art have many similarities: cheap wine, small talk, the “see-and-be-seen” crowd, smartphones.

This exhibit has none of that.

The largest artificial reef in the Florida keys, and the second largest in the world, the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg,  hosts fish, other marine life, and now for the first time ever, an art show!

An underwater exhibition with artworks by Franke debuted today on the deck of a ship wreck in the Florida Keys.

The weather deck of the Vandenberg , a ship sunk in 2009 to create an artificial reef, now doubles as photo studio and exhibition gallery.

For the last year, Franke has taken underwater photographic scenes at the shipwreck site. Today, Franke shows off work at the scene of the shoots–the Vandenberg itself.  Encased in plexiglass and mounted in steel frames on the artificial reef, the striking photographs can only be seen while in scuba gear. The underwater images include a girl wielding a butterfly net to catch fish and kick-boxers competing in the deep blue.

Get your aqualung and head down 93ft in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and you’ll be able to check out this unique exhibit in person. As a consolation to the real thing, check out this cool YouTube video:

Don’t just share this with the fishes…(use the buttons below &) share it with friends!

- Jen Wallace

[Editor's Note: Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg was the second chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and namesake of a dorm at the editor-in-chief's alma mater.]

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Jen Recommends…hey, this is a family show.

Get out of the heat and get into art this summer! While summer is usually a slower time in the art industry, I’m excited to point out to Bare Square readers some exciting summer shows, starting with this one:

Yesterday, auction house Phillips de Pury opened shows in both New York and London featuring the work of Phillips de Pury staff who also work as professional artists.

To pay their bills on a consistent basis, emerging artists often have to hold steady jobs. The lucky ones are able to secure jobs in the art industry. Landing a job at a prestigious art business like Phillips de Pury is even better. Meanwhile most nights and weekends these artists are slaving over their work. Then in their “spare time” they still have to find ways of showing and selling their work. Bravo!

In support of the efforts of its artist-staff, Phillips de Pury’s New York staff show will take place in the Meatpacking District, exhibiting 49 artists who are also members of their New York staff.

Cary Leibowitz, Phillips de Pury’s Director of Contemporary Editions, is an outrageous artist. His work is on display at the staff show. Cary has had a number of major New York solo shows in his career, and his work is included in some major collections. See some of his contemplative and occasionally shocking works here. Cary participated in the NYC:State of the Art conference that James and I spearheaded last year. (Thanks, Cary!)

I plan on attending–you should, too!

Phillips de Pury Staff Show
July 11-23
450 West 15 Street New York

(semi-private opening party this Thursday 7/14 6-9, so if you want to join, make sure to RSVP to newyorkstaffshow [at] phillipsdepury.com)

We love Phillips de Pury for their support of their employees and what seems to be a really great corporate culture! They’re really supporting the Phillips de Pury family–awesome!

-Jen Wallace

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