Archive: Art Stars

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.

Weekend Pick: Kara Walker The Subtlety at Domino Sugar Factory

kara walker the subtletyLast weekend we hit this amazing large scale art installation by Kara Walker, best known for her silhouette art, and had to share. It smells as sweet as sugar and is as impressive as it is a moving commentary on race. You do have to sign a release to go in and the queue can be a bit long (but moves fast and there are italian ices to keep things cool) — but you will certainly be taken by the message behind the art, the scale, as well as bold shapes and confections used that interact with the environment, melting and morphing daily until July 6 when it closes.

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After that the well positioned Sugar Factory is said to be demolished to make way for condos.

Check out the video here: http://creativetime.org/projects/karawalker/

 

Sotheby’s & Strollers: A is for Andy Warhol!

Andy Warhol at Sothebys self portraits

As the Sotheby’s  Warhol auction is today, we are all about Andy! Although we don’t have the millions needed for his series 6 self portraits (that is 25,0000,000-35,000,000), we do feel lucky to be surrounded by his pop art phenoms articulated in everyday objects and fun toys for kids. The current fave: our artful limited edition “Banana” Bugaboo Cameleon stroller now sitting in a cool lit circle in the front of Babesta Cribz, our new go-to spot for the fly-est of wheels.

banana stroller Andy Warhol bugaboo

Shop Artful Kids at Babesta.

 

Over Easy? The Fabrege Big Egg Hunt is on til April 17th.

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Here’s a great weekend pick! Download the app and hit the city – all five boroughs to find the artist decorated eggs ‘hidden’ all over. Just check in to “find” them – there are 275 giant eggs out there!  It’s the first year this event has been held in New York – let’s show ‘em how it’s done. The egg-stravaganza sponsored by uber egg purveyor Fabrege features eggs by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Zaha Hadid and Julian Schnabel. When it’s all said & done the eggs will be  auctioned off at Sotheby’s, with proceeds going to  Elephant Family and Studio in a School. Happy hunting!

pictured: Egg designed by Martin Handford, creator of Where’s Waldo. (AP Photo/HL Group, Maverick Inman) The Associated Press

Complex Magazine’s coolest Mag Covers March 2014: Babesta Beat!

Complex magazine magazine cover Pranksy Babesta Beat

We were so stoked to be named on Complex magazine’s list of top mag covers from March 2014. There seemed to be an art vibe in the air! Check out Pranksy alongside of a Magritte inspired Sunday Times, Questlove on Wired and a pretty cool Campbell’s Soup cover. Hard to believe little Pranksy is playing with some of the big boys. :) )))

Want more Pranksy!? Check it out here!

 

Street Art at the Museum! New Museum First Saturday for Famlies

New Museum Pawel Althamer

From 10-12am this Saturday, families are invited to the New Museum on Bowery to participate in a special workshop centered on

Pawel Althamer’s Draftsmen’s Congress, part of the current exhibition The Neighbors.

It’s a giant street style graffiti fest on the fourth floor of the Museum. New Museum educators will also offer family friendly tours (tip, if you go at it alone, there is some work that makes for awkward family conversations). Althamer

First Saturday for Families is recommended for families with children 4-12 years old. No preregistration required. Space is limited and first come first serve.

PaweAlthamer’s exhibit “The Neighbors” ends 4/13/14, so catch it in the next 2 weeks! It’s the first time his work, centered on figurative sculptures, is shown in a US museum.  The cumulative graffiti fest, Draftsmen’s Congress, originally presented at the 7th Berlin Biennial in 2012,  is a communal work that has grown over the time his show has been running.

Plan your visit to New Museum. Thanks to Elodie for her awesome Pranksy-graffiti, part of Draftsmen’s Congress. Let us know if you go & see it!!!

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Why to Hit the Whit! Whitney Biennial is in full swing!

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It’s Whitney Biennial time! The walls of the Whitney are filled with interesting, beautiful, thought provoking works that make a great outing with kids. The idea of the Biennial is that all of the works have been made within the last 2 years, so they’re “hot off the presses!” Different textures and techniques make it an engaging time–we  loved the tent made of lace and beaded curtain hung with ordinary objects by Joel Otterson as well as an impressive room installation that reflects the outside architecture and cityscape by Zoe Leonard.

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On upcoming Saturdays, kids have the added opportunity to meet some of the artists in their Family Programs. The Whitney is slated to move downtown in 2015 so this is the last Biennial in its current home, and not to be missed. Pop over to the park afterwards for a really “New York” day! Enjoy!

PS: Check out kids’ audio downloads here.

 

A Family that Tags together Stays together!

Visit the Museum of the City of New York on Saturdays in May (10th, 17th, 24th and 31st) and make a large scale mural, as a companion activity to the Museum’s exhibition, City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.

Museum of the City of New York City as Canvas exhibit

And, closer in time (this Thursday) – but what I think will be more of an adult event than kid-fun, the museum is screening “Wild Style” and hosting a chat with the movie’s director Charlie Ahearn, who will also speak about graffiti artist celebrated in the museum’s current exhibit City as Canvas, Martin Wong. “Wild Style” was the world’s first hip hop motion picture. Also on hand for the evening will be street artists Zephyr & Sharp. Light refreshments will be served.

Museum of the City of New York Martin Wong movie

Wild Style is free for Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.  6:00pm, Thursday, March 20 @mcny.