Public Art Fund

Public Art Preview: ‘Sol LeWitt: Structures, 1965-2006′

Yesterday, thanks to our friends at the Public Art Fund, the first outdoor career survey of Sol LeWitt, a radical, innovative artist, and leader in the movements of Minimalism and Conceptualism, opened at New York’s City Hall Park. Unfamiliar with his name? As The New York Times wrote back when he died in 2007, “A patron and friend of colleagues young and old, he was the opposite of the artist as celebrity. He tried to suppress all interest in him as opposed to his work; he turned down awards and was camera-shy and reluctant to grant interviews. He particularly disliked the prospect of having his photograph in the newspaper.” Click through for photos of a few of the 27 three-dimensional works currently on display, but keep in mind this quote from LeWitt, which sums up much of his output: “Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple.” … Read More

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‘Statuesque': Embracing the Figurative at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Statuesque, a show featuring work that celebrates the significance of the figure in contemporary sculpture, recently made the leap from Lower Manhattan to Dallas (Flavorpill’s newest city!), where it will be on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center through August 21. “Long considered marginal in the contemporary art world, figurative sculpture has returned to center stage in the recent works of an international group of artists born in the 1960s and 1970s,” explains Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume, who organized the show. “It is clear that despite their highly developed individual styles, these artists share striking affinities. By turns visually playful, formally experimental, and viscerally charged, their works reinvent and extend the language of figurative sculpture for the twenty-first century.” Click through to preview all ten of the works currently on display. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Thanks to our friends at the Public Art Fund, a shiny, life-size statue of Andy Warhol by Rob Pruitt went up yesterday afternoon in front of his old Factory studio in Union Square. We think he’d approve. [via Gothamist]

2. Watch a 30-second teaser trailer for TV on the Radio’s movie Nine… Read More

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He’s a Brick House: Q&A with Facetious Facade Artist Richard Woods

You can’t fight City Hall, but if you’re visual artist Richard Woods, you can redecorate it. As part of the Public Art Fund project, Woods has been given free reign over several facades at Manhattan’s city hall, injecting the historic building with his trademark whimsy. wall and door and roof was installed earlier this month and will be on view through September. Woods took the time to answer our questions about the project, his solo exhibit (in Chelsea through tomorrow), and why exactly he loves red brick so… Read More

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Exclusive: A 15-Foot Wide Slice of Old New York

Thanks to a A Clearing in the Streets, a temporary installation by Julie Farris (a landscape designer) and Sarah Wayland-Smith (an artist/landscape designer) commissioned by the Public Art Fund, you can now find a secluded meadow in the middle of downtown New York. Driven by the idea of finding creative, yet sustainable, ways to take advantage of the city’s small available spaces, the women converted Collect Pond Park — once a 60-foot-deep freshwater pond, now a concrete plaza — into a tiny slice of what once was.… Read More

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