Archive: Art Stars

“Along the Way” w/ Brooklyn’s KAWS

 KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

KAWS (American, b. 1974). ALONG THE WAY, 2013. Wood, 216 x 176 x 120 in. (548.6 x 447 x 304.8 cm) overall. Brooklyn Museum; Gift in honor of Arnold Lehman, TL2015.27a‒b. © KAWS, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

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New York based designer, KAWS is sharing his art with his own ‘hood this summer. The Brooklyn residing KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, is bringing his sculptures and paintings to the Brooklyn Museum. KAWS, who previously worked for Disney, is displaying his take on familiar cartoon imagery, which are reminiscent in the main attraction; “Along the Way.” The two eighteen-foot-high wooden sculptures are a colossal greeting to visitors as they enter the museum. They will be hard to miss in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion & Lobby. KAWS, who began his career as a graffiti artist, has a growing fan base as his artwork was showcased in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This latest exhibit also includes the paintings GLASS SMILE (2012) and SHOULD I BE ATTACKING (2013).

Welcome to Raneytown!

 

raneytownJourney to the world of Raneytown! We were reminded of imaginative artist, Rebeca Raney’s, hand-painted artwork when she gifted us Friendship rocks (made with matching colors to share with your friends). The imaginative, Brooklyn-based artist, has branched out from sketches to assemble a collection of goods that now include one-of-a-kind bags, wallpaper, note cards and more. Filled with a whimsical cast of characters, Rebeca’s designs have been displayed around the world from Miami to Japan.
Teaming up with Uprise Artist, Ms. Raney has opened her pop up shop in Nolita at 171 Elizabeth street. Stop by an exhibit of signature sketches on display at Babesta Cribz to enjoy some of her earlier works.rebeca raneyrebeccaraney

by: Pia Finnigan

Weekend Fun: Polka Dot Extravaganza with Yayoi Kusama at the David Zwirner Gallery

yk-in the exhibitHeaded over to David Zwirner this weekend and got to see the newest Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Although I thought it might have died down a smidge, it was a gorgeous day so the line was long!  Such a fun show for both kids and adults! As you approach the front door of a suburban-looking house on 19th street (in the gallery), you’re handed a sheet of re-stickable polka dot stickers with which you’re invited to decorate the interior. Walking in is a wow-moment, as the once-whitewashed interior is inundated with brightly colored dots 5 deep- on the walls, floors, sofas, tables and chairs. Of course, it’s hard to resist decorating those around you as well, and I daresay no one left without a mark of the artist, colorful dots making an escape on clothes, faces and iPhones, spilling out into the Chelsea streets and beyond. The adjacent exhibit of Kusama’s features a patch of silver polkadotted pumpkins (note this part is not participatory – they take any extra stickers as you leave the house so be sure to use them all).

YK - fantasy pumpkin patch

Grabbing a snack at Chelsea Market after the exhibit, we spotted many still-spotted people, who had clearly visited the same, still wearing proudly their many badges of pop culture art just a few blocks away.

YK - dots have left the building

THUMBS UP! But note: Long wait, short exhibit – pick your time wisely! Fun, participatory and great for kids and adults alike.

David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W. 19th Street, NYC

Grab your water shoes! Brooklyn Bridge Park is about to make a Splash!

Brooklyn Bridge Park water park Jeppe Hein

We’re super excited for the upcoming exhibit Please Touch the Art, by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, a water and mirror labyrinth that’s being erected at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The series of 18 sculptures intended for public interaction are sure to be a hit for big and small alike. Our favorite aspect of the exhibit is Appearing Rooms on Bridge View lawn where water shoots up establishing rooms with wet walls (bring your native water shoes!).  Other works include the skyline inspired Mirror Labyrinth, featuring mirror polished stainless steel of varying heights dotting the landscape as well Modified Social Benches, a series of 16 benches each unique, quirky and unexpected. The exhibit begins May 17 and extends to April 17, 2016. See you there!

Photo by Jon Spence

 

Cool Charity: Project Art

eco kids easelWhen we see a cool charity, we have to give a shout out! Meet Project Art. . .

With a mission to close the gap in access to arts education for children, non-profit Project Art offers free classes in painting and drawing in 7 public libraries in the city. Started several years ago in the wake of school budget cuts, increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and standardized testing, founder Adarsh Alphons opened the doors of a borrowed Harlem studio with nothing but a bag of art supplies and the limitless imagination of those who stepped in. Just three years later, Project Art has grown and formalized its program offering classes and raising the awareness of the importance of an arts education for children.

Sponsor a kid, sponsor a class. projectart.org.

 

Museum Madness: The Production Line of Happiness

From The Production Line of Happiness, by Christopher Williams at the MOMA.

From The Production Line of Happiness, by Christopher Williams at the MOMA.

We all got happy because Pharrell told us to. Now, we get happy once again as the MOMA presents The Production Line of Happiness, a new retrospective of work by artist Christopher Williams. Using various techniques, including photography and Super 8 video, Williams examines the capitalist society and the role of imagery in conspicuous consumption. The title of the retrospective gives a nod to Jean-Luc Godard, a filmmaker who famously aligned his hobby editing film featuring the bucolic Swiss countryside to his experience as a factory worker.

Try to resist these happy tees and tops at Babesta! Go ahead, Smile!

Try to resist these happy tees and tops at Babesta! Go ahead, Smile!

We all know that happiness is the goal, for us, our kids and the world. But stuff can only take us so far (though a tee that makes you smile and makes everyone else smile when they see you – well that’s kinda priceless…). It’s an interesting conversation opener on the power of imagery and its role driving emotion and desire.   Until November 2. Check out other great Museum exhibits in NYC and other cool things to do on Babesta Blog Around Town!

PS Art: Public School Kids Art at the MET!

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We love that the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts an annual exhibit of New York City kids’ artwork! Right there alongside of centuries of the world’s greatest artwork hangs the world’s newest contenders from prekindergarten to 12th grade.  The juried exhibition resulted in 77 artworks including paintings, prints, sculptures, photos, mixed media, collages, drawings and video. Up until October 20, it’s something to visit with your kids to inspire them at anything is possible, even a grand opening at the Met!

More of our faves:

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Getting in art-shape for next years competition? Hone your child’s skills with eco-art supplies at Babesta! In celebration of Art Month at Babesta, get a $50 gift certificate toward an easel (or other artful goods of your choice)  when you purchase art by one of the wonderful artists’ works in the shop, like Rebeca Raney and Gregoire Ganter.

 

 

Studio Visit with Rebeca Raney

Rebeca Raney of Raneytown

 

We were thrilled to be invited to a studio visit at Rebeca Raney’s this weekend. Her work is prominently displayed and for sale at Babesta – from her signature llamas to the subtle and naive black and white illustrations of sweet girls, some looking like familiar Raggedy Ann type dolls. The RISD graduate has made quite a splash on the art scene, already collaborating with Madewell for a line of product and cultivating over a million followers on Pinterest as Raneytown.

Raneytown sculpture and painting

Some of the most exciting things we got to see at the studio were her hand embroidered sculptures. Her embroidery is stunning and, having an adorable little girl herself, she invited kids & adults to touch all of her soft sculptural works. For sure, art is meant to be experienced.

She also showed a lovely alphabet book, something she did back at school many years ago, with an illustration standing for each letter. With K for kissing and W for whisper and ephemeral illustrations of ghosts and zephyrs, it’s a lovely compilation of her works in black and white, some with color. Many had stood the test of time, shy of one she said she’d never do again. “The owl,” she notes, adding that the market had overdone the wise forest creature.

View more art at Babesta or visit Raney’s installation at Babesta Cribz, 56 Warren Street, NYC 646 290 5508. Inquire about available works.

Read more about Raney’s Xtreme Playdate at Babesta and view her works.

Weekend Pick: Jeff Koons at the Whitney

Whitney Museum New York City Jeff Koons retrospective

We loved visiting the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney Museum. It’s full of all the fun and whimsy as you would expect – from balloon dogs to giant mounds of Play-Doh to floating basketballs. I let  Camille man the camera phone and take some of her favorites. It’s a fun family activity in New York City, for visitors and for locals.

Note, for anyone thinking of going, there is 1 room on the 3rd floor that you might want to preview for appropriateness. It is labeled (thank you Whitney Museum) so it won’t come as a surprise. Keeping families in mind, the Whitney also gives out fun little workbooks for kids visiting the exhibit. It definitely inspired everyone to bust out the art supplies when we got home.

All in all, a great, very “New York” afternoon! Check out our picks for other fun things around the city for families.