February is fast approaching, but Valentine’s Day and St.Patricks Day aren’t the only things to look forward to in the coming months. With great art shows and events starting in February, art lovers will have plenty to celebrate!
In the last part of our five part series, we explore an eclectic mix of art happening in New York. In fact, it is hard to describe art in New York as anything but eclectic, just look at parts 1,2,3 and 4 of the series where we mention The Brooklyn Museum, The MoMA, The Met, and The Whitney! All great venues with vast and varying collections.
So even if you can’t afford that luxury cruise to that exotic locale to soak up some sun, you can spend your spring vacation soaking up some amazing art!
John Chamberlain: Choices
John Chamberlain’s tireless pursuit of discovery and his intuitive process distinguish him as one of the most important American sculptors of our time. John Chamberlain: Choices comprises nearly 100 works, from his earliest monochromatic welded iron-rod sculptures to the large-scale foil creations of recent years. This presentation encompasses Chamberlain’s shifts in scale, materials, and methods, informed by the assemblage aesthetic that has been central to his artistic practice.
John Chamberlain sculpture from Guggenheim.org
[Editor's note: The following descriptions are excerpts from The Frick Collection Website and The Armory Art Show's Website]
The Frick Collection
Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting
The Frick Collection will present an exhibition of nine iconic Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, offering the first comprehensive study of the artist’s engagement with the full-length format, which was associated with the official Paris Salon in the decade that saw the emergence of a fully fledged Impressionist aesthetic. The project was inspired by La Promenade of 1875–76, the most significant Impressionist work in the Frick’s permanent collection.
Le Promenade by Renoir, 1875–76, from Frick.org
It explores Renoir’s portraits and subject pictures of this type from the mid-1870s to mid-1880s. Intended for public display, these vertical grand-scale canvases are among the artist’s most daring and ambitious presentations of contemporary subjects and are today considered masterpieces of Impressionism. On view only at the Frick, Renoir, Impressionism, and the Full-Length Format is a landmark exhibition, bringing together, with the Frick painting, several beloved masterpieces from around the world.
Armory Arts Week
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 Manhattan. Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Armory Show is re-establishing itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. The 2012 edition will feature an international roster of exciting, leading galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, a lively opening night party at MoMA, the eclectic and engaging Open Forum program with major art- world figures, Armory Film, a series featuring an international selection of leading contemporary video and experimental films curated by Moving Image, and Armory Arts Week in partnership with New York’s top cultural institutions.
This year’s Armory Show will feature the work of the 2012 Commissioned Artist Theaster Gates and the vibrant art of the Nordic Countries in Armory Focus. The Armory Show has engaged award-winning, New York-based architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox to redesign The Armory Show, creating a more comfortable, luxurious experience, including a new “farm-to-table” restaurant and cafe by Great Performances.
- Stephanie Hansen
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