Last week we stopped by Pier 94, in NYC, to check out Art New York + CONTEXT, an international contemporary and modern art fair. The show was spectacular, it was well curated with a mix of mediums and it was not overly crowded which made easy to get around and enjoy the presented artwork. Some of the highlights from the show:
Art in Public Spaces showcased “provocative installations and large scale, site specific projects by individual artists whose galleries are participating in Art New York and CONTEXT New York.” On view was the monumental monochromatic work on paper by Sarah Amos, Cats in the Cradle. This work was prominently featured in the film Black Swan and this is the first time it has ever been exhibited to a public audience.
:Digits to Digital was curated by Regine Basha and she featured artists Leah Beeferman, Joey Fauserso, Brent Green, Kristin Lucas, Birgit Rathsmann, and Carmelle Safdie in her program which focused on the “physicality of the handmade, hand-built and hand-driven sources in digital works or moving images”
Shark Tank host and Lifetime Photography artist, Kevin O’Leary’s International Photo Exhibition: “irreconcilable Images”. All proceeds from the sales were donated to the Perry J Cohen Foundation and teenage entrepreneurs!
Sound Positions, curated by Christopher Cox, featured sound works by many different artists creating an “immersive and intimate listening experience, with works by an international selection of emerging and established sound artists.
I was particularly impressed by the piece “Piano Woman” by Federico Urbine, made entirely from piano keys. Urbine’s work is “rooted in the craft of sculpture and paint, it rises from the intertwining everyday objects in all possible and surprising ways, but still with a formal reference to the history and tradition of classical art.” His work is both abstract and whimsical, sculptural yet not sculpted, Urbine invites the viewer to connect through his manipulation form through distance and perception.
I also enjoyed artist Zhuang Hong’s “Flowerbed” which is a sculptural, three dimensional work of art combining rice paper and acrylic on canvas, as you walk by this piece completely changes color! His works “represent beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence represented in his use of colors, themes, shapes and materials that touch the heart.”
To read more about the show please visit their website.