Archive: Art Stars

Family Fun at the New Whitney Museum

Newly reopened Whitney Museum is catering this November to the next generation of artistic minds.

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The Whitney is celebrating the work of Frank Stella in Frank Stella: A Retrospective through February 7th 2016.  Stella, an abstract artist and sculpturist currently lives in Greenwich Village.

Enjoy the hands-on experience by participating in interactive events. The Whitney suggests skipping the lines and buying your tickets early. The museum is exclusively open from 9:30am – 10:30am for families to enjoy! Most programs are free with museum admission (some include an extra fee).

Have a newborn, the Whitney has designed a guided stroller tour made for you. Crying babies are actually encouraged! Join Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, on engaging tours that highlight works in the exhibition. Tours are for new moms and dads when the museum is closed to the public.

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Kiddos aged 4-5:  Choose from Whitney Wees: Color, Color, Color! or Shape It! In November, Color, Color, Color!, will explore the vivid colors in Frank Stella’s work—engage with shimmering silver surfaces, multicolored stripes, and the dark tones of Stella’s Black Paintings and coming in December (Shape It!) will explore shaped paintings that zigzag across space and look at sculptures made with parts that twist and turn.

Older kids can enjoy sketching tours. Start off in November discovering what inspired Stella’s works. Look closely at his works of art and create experimental sketches based on what you see. Frank Stella was inspired by nature, architecture, literature, music, and art history. Discover how he incorporated these inspirations in his work.

Chock full with events this fall, the Whitney, has  planned extensive activities that will educate and inspire children of all ages!

by: Pia Finnigan

Eyes on You: Ernesto Pujol Comes to Brookfield Place

Yes!, someone is watching you, especially if you are shopping downtown at Brookfield Place this Monday, Oct 26th – Wednesday Oct 28th. Ernesto Pujol, a site-specific performance artist and choreographer, has enlisted 11 artists to watch and document the foot-traffic through Brookfield Place for 8 hours (each day), in the world premiere of his performance piece “9-5,” produced and commissioned by More Art and presented by Arts Brookfield. Performers, decked out in all white, will silently write about the thousands of commuters, office workers and shoppers that enter Brookfield Place. Pujol endeavors to awaken public consciousness, illustrating the themes of silence, community, labor, and empathy, through his living literature of pedestrian city life centering around the new luxury mall.



Power of the Paintbrush

Children of all ages throughout NYC will have the chance to unleash their imagination and join together to discover the artist inside. Embodying their mission to spread arts education, ProjectArt Everywhere, will takeover forty-five venues across NYC and create pop-up art studios this Saturday October 17th from noon to 3pm.
With the ability to reach hundreds of New York children, participants can contribute a quick doodle or an elaborate portrait-the city is literally your canvas! Pop-up studios include the Bushwick library, Grand Concourse library in the Bronx, the Washington Heights branch of the NYPL and the Broadway branch of the Queens library.

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The cherry on top of this creative & collaborative ice cream sundae? The canvases generated will be displayed right here in lower Manhattan on October 20th. Stop by 10am to 8pm at The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, to view (for free!) the 75 artworks included in the panoramic exhibition.
Interested in joining forces with ProjectArt Everywhere? The nonprofit organization will hold their ProjectArt 2015 Gala doubling as a sneak peak of the panoramic exhibition on October 19th 2015 from 6pm-9pm.

Culture Fix: Reliving the Jazz Age in Meatpacking District

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin' Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm).

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm).

Travel back in time to the smooth sounds of jazz while embracing the sky-lit 8th floor gallery at the Whitney; relishing in the paintings of Archibald Motley. The Jazz-Age Modernist is the subject of one of the selected inaugural exhibits appearing at the newly opened Whitney Museum. A crucial figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Motley, born in New Orleans, uses a mix of expressionism and social realism to depict modern life in the 1920’s.

October 2, 2015-January 17, 2016, The Whitney Museum

By: Pia Finnigan

Doughy Delights Stack Up Downtown

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New York’s favorite doughy treat gets art star status as the subject of a public art installation, presented by Kiehl’s and Art Production Fund, thanks to Swedish artist, Hanna Liden. Everything, a collection of large sculptural bagels, will be on display at Hudson River Park through the fall. The city icon has been a staple in Liden’s life since she first came across the breakfast bread while living in the Chelsea, hotel, almost twenty years ago. According to Liden, “the bagel-a circle with no beginning and no end- is evocative of the eternal cycle of city life.” Adding her own punk spin, she spray paints the bagel with black, signifying the city’s grime.

Through October 20th 2015, Hudson River Park @ Christopher Street & 6th Ave @ 9th Street

by: Pia Finnigan

MVP of DIY: Handmade Charlotte’s Rachel Faucett

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“Keep yourself in motion. Don’t focus on the destination just the movement,” says Rachel Faucett, publisher, maker and cofounder of DIY blog Handmade Charlotte. Faucett combined the laser focus and drive she learned from playing professional tennis and created a crafty force to be reckoned with. She dazzles with her kids’ craft project creations for Etsy & Anthropologie and contribuites to brands like Disney Interactive, Martha Stewart, Joann’s and Michael’s. Turning her passion into a full-time career, Faucett has established a destination blog for families looking for the coolest rainy day projects, delicious recipes and all-around creative inspiration. In the works this season are found object color wheels, pom pom, acorn, leaf & gourd crafts. Faucett shared a fun fall project with Babesta, so roll up your sleeves and get crafting!

what you need:
PRESS LEAVES IN A BOOK (recommended leaves: Tulip & Maple, leaves from a common grapevine).
Take a good look-What Animal Do You See?
Animals with ears work well b/c of the leaves’ shape.
Transform the leaf into a fantastic fox, curious cat or an omnipotent owl.
Display and play!

Distressed to Impress! Distressing Denim alongside the new Bugaboo Buffalo Diesel stroller and Coloring with Pirasta!

MOVE_bugaboo    It was a madhouse during the MOVE fashion & art event at Brookfield Place this past weekend! Although Friday was a bit umbrella-upturning with hints of Joachim, Sat & Sunday were perfect days for families to hit the mall lifestyle center and partake in the fun participatory activities from gender-bending makeovers, fashionable carnival type games, or walking the red carpet with some handsome soap opera starlugs building their quads escorting swoonerz down a red carpet to the flashing lights of the “paparazzi.”

During the event, Babesta offered up some hands-on fun in-store (as well as black and white cookies & libations) – as we invited shoppers to participate in building our windows! On one side, we had the newest hottest gift for holidays debuting super sized! Pirasta’s coloring posters were showstoppers, inspiring both “color within the line-types” and “free spirits” to stop and color with us. On the other side, we debuted the new uber cool Bugaboo Denim x Diesel stroller that sat atop a denim drop cloth. We invited shoppers to help us “Distress to Impress”. We brought all the implements you’d need and we ripped, painted, grated, cut and tweezed the denim into stylish submission!

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Spiffy Miffy: Celebrating 60 Years of the Beloved Bunny

Miffy, the cherished girl bunny, has been delighting children since her inception in 1955. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved character. Miffy officially became 60 years young on Sunday, June 21st, and premiered her movie in London’s West End. The beloved bunny, however, deserves more than just one day, why not a parade? The Miffy Art Parade has no less than 60 statues designed in the bunny’s honor by esteemed artists and will be touring worldwide. Throughout Japan and Holland, where Dick Bruna created Miffy, more than half a decade ago, the statues are on display to delight Miffy fans. Since March, one by one, a new Miffy doll has been revealed. The final statue shown, designed by Marte Röling of Holland, (Miffy’s birth place), is all in gold.
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Another Miffy favorite was designed by two New York based artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin using florals, Drew Barrymore and Lara Stone (a Holland model) for an inspirational mashup. While some statues have replicas for you to snatch up, the original statues will be auctioned off for UNICEF after the tour is completed this October. Happy Birthday Miffy!

by:Pia Finnigan

MOVE! – Art & Fashion Extravaganza

MOVE! into October with fabulous fashion & art courtesy of the new downtown mall, Battery Park City’s own, Brookfield Place. Home to luxury staples DVF, Burberry, Vince, Scoop & Babesta, who will all participate in the interactive MOVE! experience. Kicking off Friday, October 2nd, at 12pm the event will last all weekend pairing designers and artists.

Talk about a true selfie, “Pose”, matches Diane Von Furstenberg and Ryan McNamara creating an original wrap-dress donning you! McNamara’s art has been displayed in local museums such as the Whitney and MoMa. Playing with gender, “Crossover” plays with the transformation of females to males and vice-versa with a little help from Cos Bar featuring Yves Saint Laurent Beauty products and artist James Kaliardos. To earn a special (yummy) treat, Le District is taking “singing for your supper” up a notch. Learn a choreographed dance from artist Elana Langer in “Dance Deal” and a pastry snack will be yours.

Babesta will be celebrating the event with two opportunities (including opening day) for participants to add their artistic flair to our store windows! One window will feature a painting-on-denim communal project to celebrate the newest fashionable stroller, the denim Diesel x Bugaboo collaboration! The other will feature an image by illustrator James Gulliver Hancock and participants will get to color the image themselves. Both art pieces will be displayed through the month of October in Babesta’s window. Visitors can participate & enjoy the art, nibble on some snacks and sip a wine or juice box.

Brookfield Place
250 Vesey Street
Friday 10/2 & Saturday 10/3 12PM – 8PM
Sunday 10/4 12PM – 7PM

Published Words of Tribeca Street Artist Robert Janz

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Looking for a Monday Night event to get your culture fix? Look no further than right here in Tribeca! Street artist, Robert Janz and longtime Tribeca resident, is having his art compiled into a book (the first time his painted words have been published). A native of Ireland, the 80+ year old still has to dodge cops, but is able to escape the law on a few technicalities. His street art riffs on “Post No Bills” combining words, animals and even mountains (i.e. Post No Hills) to create his poems and artwork. By using washable paint and drawing on existing graffiti (strictly speaking), expressing his viewpoint without spoiling any public property. Carini-Lang Carpets on Greenwich Street is launching the collection of Janz’s handiwork, seen around town since 2011, with the Post No Bills Poems, which captures 7 photographers interpretation of Janz’s art. You can also order your copy of Post No Bills Poems online and next time you are out and about give your local streets and extra glance.

335 Greenwich Street

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By Pia Finnigan