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Saint Clair Cemin: almost an octopus, thanks to some mirrors

November 21st, 2014

I saw this piece by Saint Clair Cemin at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC, and it wasn’t really until I got home and looked closely at this photograph that I realize this “octopus” really only has one arm. Since the sculpture is positioned in a corner of mirrors, the one arm is reflected in the mirrors to produce the illusion of 7 arms in total, at least from this angle. I didn’t move around the piece enough to see if there’s an angle that produces the appearance of 8 arms … you would think that there must be a way to see it that way, because why make an octopus with only 7 arms?

The exhibition is titled “Myth and Math,” and runs through December 23, 2014. The gallery is located at 293 10th Avenue in NYC. According to the gallery’s press release, “the artist continues to push the boundaries of shape and line, manipulating perspective, and uniting disparate materials and themes within individual sculptures.” The artist was born in Brazil, educated in Paris, and currently lives and works in New York (although he also has a studio in Beijing … sounds like a cool mix of places to be!).

sculpture by Saint Clair Cemin at Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC


Street art from a saltine crackers box?

November 21st, 2014

I can’t say I would have ever thought of taking a saltine cracker box and turning it into street art, but then again, I’m not Duke A. Barnstable, who has done just that. You can see a lot of Duke’s street art if you simply walk around Chelsea in NYC.

street art with Nabisco saltine crackers box by Duke A. Barnstable


Paris Dispatch, #11: Infinity mirrors

November 21st, 2014

Here’s our last dispatch from our Paris correspondent – my wife, who was there on a business trip and is now home. If you haven’t seen the previous dispatches, the art gallery where she works was in Paris exhibiting at Paris Photo, the international fine art photography fair. Here she is at a restaurant in Paris with the photographer Richard Misrach, who decided to capture their “infinite reflection” in this double mirror setup. If you’re not familiar with Misrach’s art, you can check it out here.

infinite mirror reflection photograph by Richard Misrach


Paris Dispatch, #10: Street art faces literally in the street

November 20th, 2014

Our Paris correspondent (my wife on a business trip) sent me the following picture … I guess it’s safe to call it “street art” when it’s literally in the street, n’est-ce pas?

street art in paris


Paris Dispatch, #9: About that hole in the art fair wall …

November 18th, 2014

We received a mysterious photo from our Paris correspondent the other day showing a hole in the wall of an art fair booth at Paris Photo … we have an update on that along with some new pictures. It was not meant to be an art work, it was simply a very unusual (and attention-grabbing) access point between Taka Ishii Gallery and the booth next to it. I don’t see anything obvious in the promo for Taka Ishii on the Paris Photo site that would explain the hole any more than how I just described it. Well, I guess it makes for a good conversation-starter …

art fair booth at Paris Photo 2014 with hole in the wall, Taka Ishii Gallery

view of Taka Ishii Gallery booth at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais

hole in the wall at Paris Photo international fine art photography fair


Koons within a Koons

November 15th, 2014

Here’s a photograph from the recent Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum, which shows a room full of Koons pieces within a Koons piece. The reflective piece on the wall is “Moon (Light Pink),” 1995-2000, a mirror-polished stainless steel wall sculpture with transparent color coating. In the reflection, you can see from left: “Balloon Dog (Yellow),” “Cat on a Clothesline (Aqua),” and “Play-Doh,” which we covered in a blog post the other day (with the note that it took 20 years to finish!).

Jeff Koons Moon (Light Pink) sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art


Paris Dispatch, #8: The bull dancing over the Seine

November 15th, 2014

Here’s another mysterious picture from our Paris correspondent (my wife, on a business trip): she found this sculpture of a bull – perhaps really in the act of charging, rather than my title’s description of dancing – on top of a small building down by the edge of the Seine. I did a Google-search for “bull sculpture near Seine in Paris,” and came up with some similar-looking sculptures, but none that appeared to be in the same location, and none with an explanation of who made it or why it might be there. It would make for a nice surprise for an unexpecting pedestrian to walk by and look up to see this menacing bull staring down in the dark!

Just like the other day when we shared the “graffiti girl” post, we have a lit-up Grand Palais in the background of this image, on the other side of the Seine.

a bronze sculpture of a charging bull near the Seine in Paris


Artisans Inspired: Andrew Tedesco

November 15th, 2014

We happened upon a video profile of artist Andrew Tedesco, whose amazing murals we have covered here before. In this new video, titled “Artisans Inspired,” Andrew explains how some of his work gets inspired by travel, and paraphrases a Picasso quote, saying “when he would travel, he would devour everything in his sight, and just take it, and keep it, and use it later” … great quote! The video also has some coverage of Tedesco working on pieces in his studio as well as some footage of finished-and-installed murals.

For more information on Andrew Tedesco and his murals, please check out his web site here.


Paris Dispatch, #7: The Hole in the Wall at Paris Photo

November 14th, 2014

I’ve been receiving “dispatches” from my wife who is in Paris for the international photography art fair called “Paris Photo,” which is taking place this week at the Grand Palais. Earlier in the week when all of the galleries were still in exhibition installation mode, she sent this mysterious picture of a hole in the wall of one of the gallery booths at the fair. Unfortunately, she didn’t explain what it was, so I was left wondering: is it an accident? Something that will be utilized as a “frame” of sorts for an art work? Or simply a wacky, attention-grabbing access point between two adjacent booths? I asked her those questions, so once I hear back from her, I’ll post an update. In the meantime, check out the original picture below, and let us know what you think it might be …

mysterious hole in the wall at an art fair booth at Paris Photo


Federico Infante at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery

November 13th, 2014

I recently happened upon an exhibition of paintings by the Chilean artist Federico Infante at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery on West 25th Street in NYC. The paintings have a mix of figurative and abstract elements with warm colors that create a dreamlike atmosphere. The gallery’s press release explains “… the viewer finds a beautifully rendered figure, usually turned away or unaware of the viewer’s gaze, immersed in his or her own internal contemplation. The carefully articulated subject in contrast to the ambiguous background suggests the complex relationship between reality, spirituality and the subconscious.”

My favorite painting in the show was this one, below, titled “The Space Between,” which also happens to be the name applied to the overall exhibition. Perhaps I’m just being sentimental because of my own strong affection for my own dogs, Theo and Violet, but there’s something about the earnest pup’s gaze up at his human that strikes a chord for me.

Unfortunately, I can’t say “get out and see the show,” because it closed on November 1st, but you can always view the exhibition catalog here.

The Space Between by Federico Infante


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