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Friday
May042012

only in baltimore: AVAM's kinetic sculpture race

photo by: kslee What: AVAM’s 14th Kinetic Sculpture Race
When: Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am
Where: The American Visionary Art Museum

Opened in 1989, the American Visionary Art Museum, AVAM, emphasizes art that’s defined as ‘visionary’ which is often produced by self-taught individuals whose works are conceptualized from an innate vision or inner voices that beg to be seen and heard.

Tomorrow, a race of machines—totally wacky and completely powered by people—will take place on a 15-mile route through Baltimore to the thrill of thousands of spectators.

Designed to travel on land, water, mud and sand, each sculpture is constructed out of used gears, bicycles—and just plain parts. Created by part-time tinker-ers or full-time engineers, they can be small, simple and piloted by one ‘kinetinaut’, or sophisticated well-oiled and engineered over 50’ long and powered by a team of kinetinauts/pilots.

Competition is serious for awards that are as unusual as the entries: the most coveted Mediocre Award for the sculpture that finishes right in the middle, the Next-to-the-Last Award, and for the more serious Art and Engineering awards.

Coveted spots to view the race are the first checkpoint, the Water Entry at the Korean War Memorial Park in Canton, the uphill mud-pit in Patterson Park or the not-so-quick-sand pit in Patterson Park.

Friday
Nov182011

art basel: miami

photo by: miamism What: Art Basel Miami
When: December 1 thru 4, 2011
Where: South Beach Miami

This year marks the 10th installation of Art Basel Miami Beach—the winter destination for contemporary art in the US—where more than 260 galleries from 5 continents will feature over 2,000 artists.

There will be special exhibitions in the museums and special exhibition sections around town for young galleries, performance art pieces, public art projects and art videos. And for the first time during Art Basel, the New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry, will provide a large-scale outdoor projection wall for art videos in SoundScape Park.

photo by: djdroga

Thanks to luis, store manager south beach miami, for this submission.

Thursday
Nov032011

preserving belkin's mural: new york

Murals are about the communities and neighborhoods that they becomes a part of—not to mention the building walls. Whether indoors or outside, inherently they’re one of the most fragile types of artwork created.

And as public art, or street art, there’s no museum staff or board of directors to protect them. Or to preserve them—one of the biggest challenges for outdoor works which are exposed to harsh elements 24/7.

Thankfully, the Heritage Preservation—a DC based national organization—is recognizing the need for such preservation and restoration at the local, community level.

Earlier this month it assessed Against Domestic Colonialism, a 50’ x 60’ outdoor mural in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Painted in 1972, the stucco—or canvas of the mural—is separating from the building’s wall, most likely due to water seepage between the two. Over time, colors have faded and large areas have simply fallen off looking like missing puzzle pieces.

Over the past few years, Hell’s Kitchen has been getting more attention and rehabilitation. But it was over 30 years ago that CITYArts, inc., found Belkin to create a work on one of the building walls overlooking May Mathews and Alexandra Palmer Park.

Other major cities also have mural arts programs such as Los Angeles and Chicago—but in Philadelphia, where hundreds of murals can be found, their Mural Arts Program employs hundreds of artists, gives tours, and generates millions for the local economy.

Referring to artist Arnold Belkin’s mural as not only his only outdoor work in the US, but also one of the most endangered public murals in the country in need of urgent preservation efforts. Today, Heritage Preservation considers about a dozen equally significant murals to be highly endangered.

Thanks to skip, soho sales, for the photo.

Tuesday
Oct112011

bob dylan's asia series: new york

photo by: jewell willett What: Bob Dylan, The Asia Series
When: now thru October 22
Where: Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue

Singer, songwriter, folk icon—visual artist. Since the 60s, Bob Dylan has influenced popular culture with his provocative lyrics, earthy demeanor and a blend of folk and rock that is uniquely Dylan.

And while he’s been creating visual artworks all along, it’s only been within the past few years that small exhibits have shared his works publicly—catch it while you can!

Tuesday
Oct112011

richard serra retrospective: san francisco

photo by: rjhuttondfw What: Richard Serra Book Signing
Where: Haas Atrium, SFMOMA
When: October 13, 6:00pm

What: Richard Serra Talk
Where: Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA
When: October 13, 7:00pm

The talk is sold out but a simulcast will be available in the Koret Visitor Education Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

What: Richard Serra Drawing, A Retrospective
Where: SFMOMA
When: October 15 thru January 16, 2012

This first-ever retrospective of drawings by Richard Serra is a chance to see his ideas in a completely different medium, creating an entirely different perspective.

Using black paintsticks to build stark, densely layered two-dimensional forms—they evoke a terrific sense of mass and gravity not unlike his intense and weighty three-dimensional sculptures. The exhibition traces Serra’s evolution from the 70s on and also features some of his earliest sculptures in lead, rubber, and fiberglass.