It’s been a busy year for Indo-British artist Anish Kapoor. This year alone, the sculptor, recognized for his unique use of form, structure, and pigmentation, exhibited at Frieze New York, held a solo show at both locations of Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, and recently completed the official Olympic Tower for the London 2012 Games, designed with architect Cecil Balmond.
In 2007, American artist Tom Sachs used everyday materials to painstakingly build a 1:1 model of the Apollo lunar probe and stage a moon landing within the confines of the Los Angeles branch of Gagosian Gallery, complete with mission control monitors relaying footage of the astronauts in space suits. Sachs’ latest project takes his fascination with the challenges, ingenuity, and wonder of space travel even further.
In 1977 Doris C. Freedman merged public art programs City Walls and the Public Arts Council to form Public Art Fund, which has produced more then five hundred projects all over New York City, bringing work by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, and Sarah Sze to the public. This summer Public Art Fund is presenting three new projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn with the first going up May 24th at City Hall Park.
While we New Yorkers are keen to avoid the chaos that is Times Square, the exposure the booming nerve center offers is second to none. Esteemed emerging talent tastemaker Artists Wanted takes full advantage of the cultural hub this summer, when it’ll team up with the Times Square Alliance and Chashama to underwrite an art competition with a larger-than-life grand prize.
Artist David Shrigley’s new billboard commission for the High Line asks, in Shrigley’s trademark messy scrawl, “How are you feeling?” The billboard gives a brutally honest answer to its own question, beginning with “I’m feeling very unstable and insecure” and going downhill from there.
Though Keith Haring grew up, attended art school, and had his first solo show in Pennsylvania, much of his career was made in New York, and the pop artist has certainly left his mark here. Several solo shows opening in New York this month serve as a reminder that Haring’s radiant iconography remains a constant presence in the City.
In the Hamptons last summer, you may have heard about one very successful “Nose Job.” The exhibition at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton was featured in the New York Times and made a splash on the island. Eric Firestone with curator Carlo McCormick took the noses of fighter planes, reclaimed in a bone yard (where old planes goe to die), and enlisted over twenty artists including the likes of Richard Prince, Raymond Pettibon, and Kenny Scharf to utilize the noses as blank canvases.