Park Avenue Armory will devote 10 rooms of its second floor into functioning studios for artist who are working on project for “non-traditional settings.”
From President to Painter
President George W. Bush has announced his forthcoming painting exhibit, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” a collection of portraits of world leaders including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Silvio Berlusconi, Hamid Karzai, and Bush’s own father, amongst others.
Trading Places in Cyberland
Social Media… a phenomenon that has literally taken over our world. Have we ever thought what it would be like to be inside someone else’s social media feed?
Sailing Back in Time
Marian Goodman Gallery will be debuting a new exhibition by German artist Lothar Baumgartenon Wednesday, April 23. Baumgarten, known for sticking to his themes of ethnography and anthropology, has created Los Aristócratas de la Selva y la Reina de Castilla, an installation that includes four ship models, one coca, two caravels and a vessel.
The Remains of War
Caught between two worlds, a former Iraqi refugee living in America unable to return to his war-torn homeland, Wafaa Bilal uses art as a means of reconstructing his broken memories and coping with the violence that stole his family from him. Created over the course of ten years, Bilal’s Ashes Series captures the total devastation of war, while also preserving the albeit brief but powerful moment of calm when the destruction halts and the dust comes to rest.
Cartoons on Acid
Inspired by cartoon characters of another era, with raucous figures dancing across fractured, delirious backdrops, the work of Ryan Travis Christian seems almost to have a heartbeat—an irregular, runaway one at that. Behind the bright Disney eyes of his subjects lurk dark secrets, living in a trippy, inside-out world; the otherwise tidy brick houses become monsters and figures are stretched and bent until hardly human.