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Best Sculptures of New York and London

 

As we leap into the great world of art, we discuss our love for sculptures. As they are three dimensional figures of art, they seem to offer more depth (physically and figuratively) than other forms of art. Today, we visit London and New York to explore the most fascinating sculptures ever built or constructed around these legendary cities.

Sunrise East

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Let’s take a look at the insights of Ugo Rondinone as he unveils his “Sunrise East” sculpture. It contains twelve enormous masks that represent each month of the year. The silver paint he uses on these pieces helps them stand out as you look carefully at each facial expression carved into the boulders. As you come face to face with these exquisite masterpieces, you can see the amusing and funny character traits that I believe Mr. Rondinone holds. Each mask brings out a laugh in its viewers and surely makes you feel like the sun is rising directly in front of you.

Charge into Majestic

As we take another look into the art of sculptures, we stumble across “The Charging Bulls,” also known as the “The Bull of Wall Street.” This majestic beauty was constructed in 1987 with the intent to show the growth of the American people just a year after the stock market crashed. The artist undeniably received mixed reviews when completing the bulls because it was unexpectedly constructed without being officially sanctioned. This sculpture indeed is one of the most legendary and profound sculptures ever made on American soil. As you stroll by it, you are sure to see other art appreciators snapping photos of this piece of the nation’s history.

Crawling into the Moment

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When in London, why not stop by and see “Maman”? This sculpture portrays a large spider, which stands over thirty feet tall and stretches to a width of thirty three feet. Invented and created by Louise Bourgeois, this massive sculpture leaves all its viewers in not just awe, but in shocked disbelief of the tremendous details that Bourgeois put into this job. You may or may not be surprised to find out that the designer was a female artist. Other work by Louise Bourgeois includes the following:

  • Sleeping Figure
  • Father and Son
  • The Welcoming Hands
  • Mamelles
  • Quarantine, I
  • Janus Fleuri
  • The Nest
  • Persistent Antagonism
  • And more

If that’s not enough, here are the names of some other sculptures to visit while you’re in New York:

  • Civic Fame
  • Swing Low
  • Cleopatra’s Needle
  • Statue of Atlas
  • Statue of Lajos Kossuth
  • Red Cube
  • Bellerophon Taming Pegasus

Pin of Art

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“Cleopatra’s Needle” is one of the most famous and astounding structures still standing tall in New York. This piece was given as a gift to the United States in the late eighteen hundreds by Khedive, an ally of the US. Although its maker remains unknown, the piece of art is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who come to see it.

Once you’ve viewed the sculptures described above, here are some popular galleries that you may want to visit:

  1. Agora Gallery
  2. Socrates Sculpture Park
  3. Sculptor Center
  4. Mickee Gallery
  5. Tibor De Nagy
  6. Craig F. Starr Gallery
  7. Tilton Gallery
  8. Barbara Mathes Gallery

What London and New York bring to the art of sculpting is simply astonishing. As artists invent more of these figures, I can’t help but sit back and wonder, what is going to be next in the world of sculptures? Whatever it is, I’m sure that we will be able to find it by visiting the cities of New York and London.

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Top Places in London and New York for Contemporary Art

If we take a look at the art of the twentieth century, we can see how the style, tools, paints, inks, and more have changed dramatically over the years. New York and London display much of the entire world’s favorite contemporary arts. But even as we enjoy contemporary art, we should remember those who came before us—those who paved the way by improving and updating their art. Without their spirit of innovation, we wouldn’t have the modern art we enjoy so much today.

Classic Modern Art

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Most modern art consists of natural paintings of people, places, or things. The Museum of Modern Art, located in New York City, holds some of world’s most famous modern works, which includes a drawing of female icon Marilyn Monroe. Drawn by Andy Warhol in 1962, the artist, with great simplicity, gives us a dazzling portrait of Monroe only days after she had committed suicide, which the artist was unaware of when he created the portrait. Today, this painting is one of Warhol’s best-known pieces. This drawing shows a reflection of her imperfect beauty.

Go into the Light

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As we dive deeper into our modern art, we cannot overlook the renowned James Turrell. His unique and splendid use of lights offers his fans and onlookers a show that they will never forget. In fact, his first exhibits were cast at a New York museum that featured one of his most recent structures, “Aten Reign,” which displays an intense combination of artificial and natural lighting. Taking a look at Mr. Turrell’s light projections, the famous “Skyscape” illustration is one his most profound works. Some of his other works include the following:

  • City of Arhirit
  • Trace Elements: Light into Space
  • Ghost Wedge
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  • Afrum
  • Into the Light
  • Milk Run
  • Unseen Blue
  • Akhob
  • Big Red
  • Heavy Water
  • Stuck Red and Stuck Blue
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Open Your Eyes

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Other attractions can be found at London Contemporary Arts, where new showcases are seen yearly. Debbie Smyth is a rising and talented artist whose work comes off smoothly as she hands away her interpretations of a deep, handcrafted painting. “Eyes Wide Open” is a magical drawing in which she incorporates every little detail of a lady’s eyes wakening and becoming fully dilated. The name of the photo says it all. This photo is one of my favorites from the newly opened Boundaries exhibit. It is always such a pleasure to see the younger generation bringing top of line works to the constantly shifting world of contemporary art.

Women in Charge

The exhibit, the Postmaster, features art created exclusively by women. The artists involved bring the latest inspirations as they show a whole different level of artistic talent. This exhibit falls under the name of “This Is What Sculpture Looks Like” and gives us advanced and enhanced sculptures that really define contemporary art. Natalie Jeremijenko’s “Muscle Choir” shows a fascinating artificial habitat where muscles can live through sound waves using electronic transmitters. As part of an all-female exhibit, this particular sculpture sets the motherly instinct in the atmosphere. All in all, these are some of most amazing works of art that I have ever laid eyes on.  Here are some other sites you definitely should see throughout this exhibit:

  • Mute City, Big Blue, Port Town
  • Starseeds
  • Soul Elsewhere
  • Michelle Matson Untitled
  • Katie Ostler Workers Protest Platters
  • Monica Cook Phosphene
  • Molly Crabapple Portraits

Although art can be seen all around the world, there is a great concentration of fantastic art that can be found within London and New York. If you find yourself in the city of New York or in London, you owe it to yourself to go visit these exhibits and to step into the fine world of contemporary arts.

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The Top New Artists of London and New York

With an expected eleven thousand new artists flowing into the art scene worldwide, there’s so much to look for when it comes to exhibitions, shows, galleries, and museums in the wonderful cities of London and New York. With 2016 ending, the list of top new artists continues to increase as we see more talent pour in.

Spaced Out

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As we welcome in all the newcomers to the art world, in London, England, we find an amateur artist named Yuri Pattison. He is making a name for himself through his impressive installation art. He recently displayed a piece called “User, Space” that contains an innovative interpretation of his life at the office. A long, perplexing table is surrounded by modern, advanced office furniture, including chairs and storage units. The appearance of it is intended to look untouched, as it represents the lack of liveliness in the workplace. Though his themes may be a little gloomy, Yuri has a talent, and he is hitting the scene hard with his work.

New with Old

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Sampling from the old is a smart way for an individual to get recognized as a new artist emerging within the art scene. Henry Hudson, a young British artist in his early thirties, did a retake on William Hogarth’s whole series from 1733. His remake is titled “A Rake’s Progress.” You probably have heard of Hogarth and are familiar with the great influence he had on his time. Hudson does a fine job of reimagining these paintings in a more modern way. Here are some of Hudson’s other works, which I truly believe compliment his style:

  • Severina Baldi Mermaid Seen
  • On the Hudson
  • The Contemporary Artist’s Progress – The Rise and Fall of Young Sen

Art with a Rising Name

As rising artists are coming from every direction, one optimistic new artist has really showcased his talents. His name is Kehinde Wiley, and his strengths are worth mentioning here. Wiley, born in California, is now a resident of New York. He is a photographer with a more traditional approach. Last year, his photography was displayed at the Madison Square Garden alongside work by the famous producer Swizz Beatz. His miraculous work of art was said to be recognized by the late great Michael Jackson through a personal visit from the King of Pop himself. Wiley has made his name by putting portrait collections together. Some of his works can be seen at the Brooklyn Museum, including these titles:

  • Napoleon Leading the Army
  • The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia
  • Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II
  • Alios Itzhak
  • Dacia Carte
  • Triple Portrait of Charles I
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Three Graces
  • Ice T
  • Big Daddy Kane

A Little Misfit

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Tschabalala Self holds a master’s degree from Yale and has already developed popularity within the art world. This young female artist is undoubtedly making her mark; she is known for the sense of rebelliousness that can be seen in her work. Self focuses heavily on the black female body. Her style is modern. Here’s a list of some of her best paintings:

  • Mira Mira
  • Genie
  • Floor Dance
  • Power Puff
  • Garte
  • Mocado Gala
  • Mal Mansion

The list of new artists is growing as fine art schools around the world are filling up. London and New York continue to produce and sell much of the world’s best art. These cities have birthed many famous artists, and they are continuing to produce new talent as these emerging artists hit the scene with their fresh new attitudes and styles. I hope that I’ve given you some food for thought and that you will check out some of the incredible artists that I’ve listed above.

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6 SoHo Art Galleries You’ve Got to See!

One of my favorite places to see art is SoHo. This Lower Manhattan neighborhood in New York City is known for its great concentration of artists. Many visitors tour the city each year, some of them swarming the art galleries, and others craning their necks to take in the beautiful architecture of the buildings themselves.

In your own travels, if you ever make it to SoHo, these are some art galleries that you absolutely cannot miss out on it. I insist that you go see them!

·Brooke Alexander, Inc.

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Located on Wooster Street, this print art gallery has been in operation for 25 years. Past exhibitions have included the works of artists such as Richard Artschwager, JurgenDrescher, Matt Mullican, Richard Long, Luc Tuymans, and others.

· Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art

If you’ve never heard of Latin American Constructivism and Geometric Abstraction, it’s time to visit Carolina Nitsch. Trust me! This beautiful gallery features the art of Latin American artists, including Julio Alpuy, Gonzalo Fonseca, Francisco Matto, and many others. The gallery itself has a lovely ambience, and exhibitions are changed seasonally.

·DTR Modern Galleries

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You may have been to other DTR galleries in Washington, DC; Boston, MA; or Palm Beach, FL. Each gallery has its own charm, including the DTR located in SoHo. This group of galleries is the largest operation of its kind on the East Coast. Their collection includes works by Botero, Dali, Matisse, Picasso, and Warhol. While I am specifically talking in this post about galleries in SoHo, you really can’t go wrong at any of DTR’s locations.

·Gallery Juno

This gallery offers a particularly intriguing blend of old and new artists. Specializing in paintings and prints, Gallery Juno takes pleasure in introducing its patrons to a variety of works by established artists as well as emerging talents. Their collection has been featured in Luxe magazine many times, and their holdings have also appeared in ARTEIN, an Italian magazine.

·June Kelly Gallery

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Located on Mercer Street, June Kelly Gallery specializes in contemporary art in the form of paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture. The gallery has been written about in many publications, including The New York Times.

·Louis K. Meisel Gallery

Finally, if you go to just one gallery, I recommend that you visit the Louis K. Meisel Gallery for the sheer reason that it’s really quite large. Located on Prince Street, this gallery has been around since 1973 and currently occupies 20,000 square feet! With a focus on photorealists, the gallery’s collection extends to include sculptors, photographers, and other artists.

If you’re just in New York for a visit, you probably won’t have time to see all of these galleries, but hopefully you can pick a few that sound the best to you and spend some time visiting them. Each gallery has its own unique blend of art, atmosphere, and culture surrounding it.

When you’re visiting art museums and galleries in New York, it’s hard to go wrong. There’s so much to see. You could spend months visiting all of the museums and galleries, only to find that the exhibits have been updated, and it’s time to start over again. This is especially true of the SoHo area. SoHo is one of the most unique cultural subsets of New York City.

Even if you’re only in New York for a two-day trip, I recommend that you spend one of those days in SoHo. Some memories last a lifetime. For me, the moments that stay fresh in my mind are those that I’ve spent looking at beautiful works of art.

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9 of the Best London Art Exhibits of 2016

If you’re reading this post, I assume that you’re visiting London and are interested in seeing some great art exhibits. My intent here is to provide you with a list of the best art exhibits in London this year. Here are a few that I hope you will check out.

1.     Pablo Bronstein

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This is a dance exhibit which features live dancers who move within geometric patterns. The exhibit takes place at Tate Britain until October 2, 2016. It’s not too late to see these beautiful dancers perform live. Dances can be seen anytime between 11am and 5pm each day.

2.     Mona Hatoum

This artist uses multimedia art to make statements about the Middle East and what it means to be human. Her breathtaking displays of light and wire can be seen at Tate Modern, but move fast! The exhibit will only be available until August 21, 2016.

3.     Sunken Cities

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Featuring works of art inspired by Greece and Egypt, this exhibit examines religion, culture, and politics within a historical context. This marvelous display can be viewed until November 27, 2016 at the British Museum.

4.     Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

If you want to see something fresh, new, and sometimes shocking, make your way to Somerset House to take in this exhibit. The featured art is, as the title suggests, inspired by Kubrick’s films. It crosses genres and exceeds expectations, visiting the worlds of graffiti, electronic music, and more. You won’t want to miss this exhibit. See it before it closes on August 24, 2016.

5.     Jeff Koons

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If you’ve never heard of Jeff Koons, quite frankly, you’re missing out on something wonderful! He is most known for his reproductions of balloon animals, oftentimes in very large proportions. You can catch this exhibit at Newport Street Gallery until October 16, 2016.

6.     KhupenKhakhar

The late Indian artist, KhupenKhakhar, produced subtle yet colorful paintings depicting small-town life in India. His beautiful work will be exhibited at Tate Modern until November 6, 2016.

7.     Painting with Light

An exhibit with a more complex idea behind it, “Painting with Light” examines painting during the 19th century and how it was impacted by photography. Featured artists include photographer Robert Adamson, painter David Octavius Hill, and others. This thought-provoking, historical exhibit will be available through September 25, 2016 at Tate Britain.

8.     David Hockney

Have you ever thought about the difference between a 3 year painting and a 3 hour painting? If you want to think about that difference, check out this exhibit at Royal Academy before it closes on October 2, 2016. At the David Hockney exhibit, you can see portraits that the artist completed within only three days! All of the subjects are painted sitting on the same chair with the same background and on the same sized canvas.

1.     George Stubbs

A painter of horses and exotic animals, George Stubbs is best known for “Whistlejacket,” his portrait of a racehorse. His paintings of exotic creatures are indeed unique and sometimes even strange. If you’ve got an interest in the bizarre, be sure to see this exhibit at Holbourne Museum. The exhibit will be available through October 2, 2016.

There are many other great exhibits to see in London, England. As I’ve said before, London is one of the best places in the world if you are interested in seeing beautiful art. I hope that you will make a point of visiting these exhibits and galleries. Further, I hope that you will begin your own exploration of the city and the best art is has to offer.