the category of "Art"
It’s been a while since the last time I posted on this blog about the happenings in the local NYC art world. Summer is always a bit quieter at the galleries and I just haven’t had the chance to get there on the weekends. But a visit from an artist friend of ours this past weekend, made for a great reason to head to Chelsea. Hurricane Sandy hit some of the Chelsea galleries pretty hard, much art was lost and there are still some places that are closed for renovations. However, there are still a number of galleries that are open and the art scene is still bustling. Highlights of the day included after the break…
We over here at ABRAMS KIDS have started a campaign on Instagram and Twitter called A for ABRAMS ( #aforabrams ) We are collecting A’s that are artful, well designed, or just plain cool from anywhere that you might find them. The idea is whenever you happen to see one of these artful A’s out and about you can join us by hash tagging your A #aforabrams as well as including our Instagram or twitter handle @abramskids. Have some fun and we hope you all get to see the world around you a little better.
Artepublishing’s first publication is Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings: The Musée d’Orsay. The ebook has all of the features of a traditional fine art book (200 illustrations with text), but it also has over three hours of audio, and over 500 curated hyperlinks to everything from other relevant museum collections, to videos, to the complete works of some of the artists, and even to related books and exhibition catalogs (such as the 1867 catalogue of a Manet exhibition). All of this for $7.99 at the iBookstore; unheard of for an art book!
This month’s installment of I WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA: ART AROUND TOWN & BEYOND takes us to the Storm King Art Center, located in the Hudson Valley in Mountainville, NY.
We had been car sitting for a friend of ours, and along with the responsibility of remembering to move the car in order to not get a parking ticket, came the fun of having the car to get out of town on weekends! So on a very gorgeous spring day a few weeks ago, we hopped in the car and headed upstate. Destination? Storm King.
At the end of February, I took a short trip to Boston for an opening at a pop-up gallery that my boyfriend and some friends are a part of. It was a short trip to Beantown, which included a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Ellsworth Kelly show just days before it came down. The show, a collection of 30 wood sculptures that Kelly made over the course of his career, was elegantly stunning. Most of the sculptures were massive, solid pieces in an array of woods from birch to zebra, which felt like paintings in their own right.
Over the holidays I travelled back to my home state of Iowa (go Cyclones!). While there, I had the pleasure of visiting the new Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much–Iowa isn’t exactly known as an art mecca. However, I was thrilled to find that the park is filled with pieces from some of the art world’s biggest names–Louise Bourgeois, Barry Flanagan, Deborah Butterfield, and Yoshitomo Nara, among many others. It was actually the highlight of my trip.
When my father was fifteen he ran away from home (Detroit) to Los Angeles. He wanted to work for Walt Disney as a cartoonist. This was in 1937. He rode the rails, thumbed rides, and eventually got to the west coast. Disney didn’t want him, so he stayed and worked in a diner until fate sent some next door neighbors in for breakfast. Busted, he returned home. Thirty years later, having become an epigraphist and classics professor, he could still embellish a letter to a homesick daughter with a sketch of himself swinging along in a new sports jacket that his wife thought was “a little loud.” I am that daughter and I can never take a pen to paper without some embellishing myself.
ABRAMS, like most of the publishing world, shuts down between Christmas and New Year’s, and this year, I took that wonderful week and fled to Barcelona to relax, wander, and eat. (Mostly eat. But there was also quite a bit of wandering.) For the first time ever, I was (eek!) traveling alone. Friends would be coming to join me a few days later, but for the first half of the trip, the bulk of my conversations were with the (very nice) people serving me dinner.
Not gonna lie— it got kind of lonely.
Granted, those five days were a good opportunity to reflect, think deep thoughts, etc., etc., but still, they were pretty lonely—and since I’m being honest, thinking deep thoughts is not something I want to be doing on my vacations. Luckily, during a visit to MNAC (Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), I ran into a familiar face: Robert Capa!
Last week I headed back to my hometown of Sioux City, Iowa for a few days of good food, fun, and relaxation. Before leaving, I leafed through an older Abrams book, Iowa, part of the Art of the State series from the late 1990s. While only 96 pages, it packs a wealth of information about the Hawkeye State including information on art (Grant Wood), public works (the bridges of Madison County), the Iowa State Fair, and of course, corn.
Last fall, I had the pleasure of working on the publicity campaign for Chess Masterpieces, a book chronicling the visual history of chess sets over the course of the last 1000 years. It was an interesting project and taught me a lot about a game and sport of which I knew very little. This was last October and I hadn’t been thinking too much about the book in the time since. That is until Lisa Suhay, the director of the Hip Hop Chess Federation, which promotes chess among disadvantaged youth in Virginia, contacted us about George Dean’s epic tome. She wanted to have Dr. Dean, a renowned chess enthusiast and chess set collector based in Michigan, to sign a copy of the book to give as a prize to the most improved chess student at their free summer camp chess program in Virginia…