The Hirshhorn Museum of Art had an interesting exhibition on view last month. Surprisingly it was not an art exhibition. Instead it was a showcase of orchids. The Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection contains over 8,000 different types of orchids, a selection of which were exhibited. A grid wall display contained niches to hold the orchid vases and tv screens displayed time-lapse videos of orchids blooming.
The Museum of Neon Art recently moved from downtown Los Angeles to its new home in Glendale, CA. In addition to the museum’s temporary exhibitions, three famous neon works are on permanent view: “Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, & Jack,” “Green Frog Market Howdy Folks,” and “Hillcrest Laundry” sign. The “Green Frog Market Howdy Folks” sign was originally a supermarket sign in Bakersfield while the “Pep Boys” sign was on view until 1990 when the logo changed to remove the cigar from Manny’s mouth.
Green Frog Market “Howdy Folks” // 1930s
Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, & Jack // 1970s
Hillcrest Laundry // 1950s
Man with a Briefcase // Jonathan Borofsky // COR-TEN steel // 1979-1988
A colossal statue of a 27 foot tall man sporting a hat and carrying a briefcase is located outside the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. This figure resembles the classic image of a typical salesman, walking door to door. This subject is a reoccurring theme by Borofsky, seen in other large scale statues in cities such as Forth Worth, TX and Minneapolis, MN. This particular statue is a newly acquired work by SAAM.
The Andy Warhol Foundation partnered with the sparkling water brand Perrier. Various works by Warhol will be shown on the Perrier logo along with famous quotes by the artist. This is one I found at the supermarket. It shows one of Warhol’s printed Perrier Bottles, fitting right?
A new type of canvas has arrived: water bottles. LIFE WTR has decided to use its bottle as a blank canvas for artists. Every three months new artists will have the chance to design a label for the bottle. The first group of artists’ creations have hit the supermarket shelves. The three artists are Jason Woodside, MOMO and Craig & Karl. Jason Woodside’s bottle evokes the feeling of lakes, oceans and water in varying shades of blue [bottle on the far left]. MOMO’s label reflects the bold murals he creates [bottles on the far right]. Craig & Karl’s bottle shows a geometric hand making the “OK” sign reinforcing it is good to drink more water [bottle in the middle]. Become #MoreInspired with your Craig & Karl’s “OK” bottle by taking selfies with the water bottle and posting them on social media, a collaboration titled Craig & Karl x You. Be sure to look out for the next three artists sometime in early summer!
Deco Gecko // Harry McDaniel // 2008
“Golden Threads” Musical Mural // Doreyl Ammons Cain
Black Mountain Iron Works // Tekla Dan Howachyn
House I // Roy Lichtenstein // fabricated & painted aluminum // 1996, fabricated 1998 // 115 x 176 x 52 in
In the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. is a brightly colored house, “House I.” Well, a façade of a house. Created by Roy Lichtenstein and painted in primary colors (yellow, red and blue) and white, this house resembles his famous comic book style paintings. “House I” appears to be slanted, about to be blown down in the slightest gust of wind. This illusion plays with visitor’s perspective in a playful and engaging manner.
When taking your car to get serviced you don’t expect to find a work of street art. However, if you go to Davis Bros Tires you will be surprised to find a mural by Kenny Scharf. Sprawling across this auto shop are cartoon-like aliens, LA city streets, fluffy clouds and even a solar system pointing out the location of Grandpa, Bobby and Aunt Kate. This is just one of Scharf’s murals. Others can be found in NYC, Sao Paulo, Philadelphia, East Hampton and West Hollywood.
Untitled // Dan Flavin // 1996
Located in an unusual spot in NYC is a neon work by Dan Flavin. “Untitled” 1996 can be discovered on the front staircase of Dia:Chelsea. This site specific work is composed of blue fluorescent lights that ascend the staircase allowing shadows to flutter across the white walls.
Untitled // Dan Flavin // 1996