Tag Archives: NYC

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

IMG_8066“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong

Ai Weiwei’s latest public work in New York City was a large fence resembling a bird cage centered in the middle of the Washington Square Arch. Visitors who wished to pass under the arc had to walk through the fence. But, once inside the arch, you are also in the middle of a cage. Trapped in the Washington Square Arch. You can of course walk out the cage, but the feeling of entrapment stays. The theme of freedom lost is frequently addressed in Ai Weiwei’s work, though this one allows for the audience to play an active roll in understanding the meaning of his work. 

IMG_8068“Good fences make good neighbors” // Ai Weiwei // Photographs by Erin Fong



Sacred Spaces


Historic traditions and contemporary art blend in the exhibition “Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind // The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room” at The Rubin Museum of Art. This show focused on the influence of wind on two places in the Himalayas: Tibet and Nepal. Artists created works inspired by wind whilst visiting these two countries. In “Khandorama,” Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni, Paul Hance and Stephan Crasneanscki videoed prayer flags flapping in the wind, then combined them into a 23 min 28 second CD. The swirling prayer flags resemble a kaleidoscope. In an interactive display by Francisco Lopez, visitors had the opportunity to listen to whistling winds on either Side A or Side B of the record, allowing visitors the chance to flip the record. If you happened to visit the exhibition during a windy day in NYC [winds over 10 mph] select patrons received a commemorative wind record. 

IMG_9690Khandroma // Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki // Filmed by Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni & Paul Hance // Edited by Jenn Ruff // Sound Composition by Soundwalk Collective // Video, sound, 23 min. 28 sec.

IMG_9691Khandroma // Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki // Filmed by Stephan Crasneanscki, Gabriele Giugni & Paul Hance // Edited by Jenn Ruff // Sound Composition by Soundwalk Collective // Video, sound, 23 min. 28 sec.

IMG_9695Khandorma // 2016 // Side A [Soundwalk Collective, Khandorma, Sound Composition, 14 min 56 sec] Side B [Francisco Lopez, Untitled #345, Sound Composition, 15 min. 43 sec.]

IMG_9707Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

Tiffany X Whitney Biennial

IMG_6333.JPG.jpegPhotograph by Erin Fong

This past March was the Tiffany X Whitney Biennial curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. The exhibition, which took place at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City, consisted of works by five artists who participated in the Whitney Biennial: Harold Mendez, Shara Hughes, Ajay Kurian, Raúl de Nieves and Carrie Moyer. Each artist worked with a Tiffany designer to blend Tiffany’s style with a contemporary work of art. Mendez created a sterling silver death mask. Hughes painted landscapes on a bone China pitcher which rotated under a light, allowing for different views of the pitcher to be illuminated at different times of the day. Kurian made sterling silver card holders with intricate designs and phrases, such as the word ‘PSYCHO.” Nives work consisted of detailed etched glass and Moyer made an installation for the front window.

IMG_6327.JPGPhotograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6328.JPGWinter Wonderland // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6329.JPGSculptural Still Life // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6331.JPGModern Secrets // Ajay Kurian // Card case in sterling silver featuring a stereogram hiding the word “PSYCHO” // Photograph by Erin Fong

IMG_6326.JPGRemote Twilight // Shara Hughes // abstract landscape hand painted on bone China pitcher // Photograph by Erin Fong

Roy Colmer

IMG_9603.jpgUntitled #49 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 1970 // 190.5 x 127 cm

1960s NYC artist Roy Colmer utilized a spray gun to create works of art which blend colors. The sprayed colors consist of one colored canvas with a different color sprayed down the middle. The strips appear to vibrate, reflecting movement and flickering of video screens. This tribute to technology is a common theme throughout Colmer’s artistic practice.

IMG_9600Untitled #118 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 1968 // 127 x 127 cm

FullSizeRender.jpgUntitled #57 // Roy Colmer // acrylic on canvas // 177.8 x 127 cm

OM Lab


Did you happen to drop by the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC earlier this year? If so, did you take part in the OM Lab? The OM Lab was a cube recording studio where visitors were invited to enter and record their own “OM” meditation chant. All of the recordings were compiled and played in the exhibition “The World is Sound,” which started in June. The meditation sound “OM” [phonetically pronounced A-U-M] has been practiced for over 3,000 years for meditation, yoga and music. So stop by the Rubins to listen to this meditative musical work of art.


Second Avenue Subway

IMG_6265.JPG.jpegPerfect Strangers // 72nd Street // Vik Muniz // Photographs by Erin Fong

The MTA Arts & Design Department for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned four artists this year to create works of art for four metro stops in NYC. The four stations are 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street and 63rd Street. Each artist used the white walls of the metro stop as a blank canvas for their art. 96 Street is designed by Sarah Sze, 86th Street by Chuck Close, 72nd Street Vik Muniz and 63rd Street by Jean Shin. These photographs are from Vik Muniz’s 72nd Street creation. Titled “Perfect Strangers,” Muniz produced 36 life size portraits of “strangers.” They resemble everyday people waiting to take the metro. The portraits include police officers, construction workers, parents and children and people dressed for work. Muniz even included himself, tripping, papers flying up in the air. So if you ever find yourself taking the metro in NYC be sure to look for these “Perfect Strangers.”


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IMG_9631.jpgSilke Otto-Knapp’s grisaille watercolors were inspired by the choreography of Frederick Ashton’s ballet. The figures represented in Otto-Knapp’s “Monotones” move with fluidity, resembling a ballerina dancing on the stage. These large scale watercolor canvases demand presence and grace, a shared characteristic with ballet.

IMG_9632Monotones (Seascape), 73 by 244 (4) // Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

IMG_9633Monotones (Figures and groups), 73 by 183 (3) //Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

IMG_9634Monotones (March), 73 by 61 // Silke Otto-Knapp // watercolor/canvas // 2016

Nepalese Seasons

IMG_9708.jpgA recent exhibition, “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual” at The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC explored the natural element of rain in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. On view were works which related to the importance of rain and rain deities for both Hinduism and Buddhism.

IMG_9723Divine Ancestor Hatha Dya // gilt copper alloy // Nepal, 16th century


IMG_9711Upper Section of a Torana // copper alloy; repoussé // Nepal, 1810

Katharina Grosse

IMG_9645.jpgUntitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 299 x 203 cm (unframed)

Berlin based artist Katharina Grosse recently exhibited her latest body of work at Gagosian Gallery in NYC. Grosse paints large canvases with a spray bottle. She does not plan where to apply paint, rather she paints in the moment. In addition to canvases Grosse also showcased a 3-dimensional work of acrylic on aluminum in which she applies paint in the same spontaneous style as her canvas pieces.


IMG_9653Untitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 376 x 201 cm


Untitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on aluminum // 2016 // 74.5 x 171 x 409 cm // 1 of 3 unique versions plus 1AP


Untitled // Katharina Grosse // acrylic on canvas // 2016 // 290 x 193 cm (unframed)


IMG_9529.jpgSkerts // Laleh Khorramian

Three brilliantly colored flowing cloaks were recently on view in tANJA gRUNERT in NYC. Created for this exhibition, these dyed fabrics are part of a new body of work where Khorramian explores fabrics and clothing design. The flowing nature of these robes resemble traditional Chinese robes blended with modern pigments and abstract forms.

IMG_9530Skerts // Laleh Khorramian