Even though it has been out for several weeks now, it is still worth mentioning that Jeff Koons’ Split Rocker is now on display in Rockefeller Center until September 12th. If you are interested in reading more about the piece check out this article from artnet.
Check out this great article by Condé Nast Traveler, about how Cuba’s rising art scene continues in a country with a large tradition associated with both visual and cultural arts.
Check out our latest NYPL blog post: “Bustles, Bear Grease, & Burnt Brandy: 19th Century Self-Improvement Manuals in the Art & Architecture Collection”. Here’s a little excerpt:
Rapidly evolving developments in printing technology and paper manufacture during the 19th century were a democratizing process which lowered costs and made books of all kinds accessible to a wider audience. In that context it is interesting that, even early on, one of the most popular genres of these inexpensive books was self-improvement. The selection that follows is the barest tip of the iceberg of what is available in the Art & Architecture Collection in this genre. These books can be charming, informative, and at times appalling, but they are always fascinating and all are worth checking out.
A portrait of a mystery man has been discovered behind Pablo Picasso’s 1901 ‘Blue Room’ painting. This is thanks to infrared imagery and the hard work from The Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.
Developed for artists and their families, applications are now being accepted for El Barrio’s Artspace PS109. The City of New York has restored this old public school designed by Charles B.J. Snyder which was completed in 1898.
The Andy Warhol Museum announced that they recovered artwork by Warhol made on his Commodore Amiga computer in the 1980’s. Imagine what he would have created with Photoshop…
Very cool video of an architectural firm in Amsterdam, building a house using a 3-D printer. The house will take 3 years to build and contain 13 rooms. Check it out at: Blouin ARTINFO
The New York Public Library’s collection of Indian Coloured Drawings depicts traditional Indian costumes, religious ceremonies, and historical scenes. A hybrid of traditional Mughal and Western styles, paintings on mica were produced in India during the East India Company era (ca. 1780-1858) by unknown local artists for Western patrons as exotic novelties. Few contextual clues regarding their creation, age, arrangement, or manner of entry into the NYPL collections exist. The current two-volume album set, previously unlinked bibliographically in the NYPL catalog, was created by the NYPL bindery during the 1920s or 1930s.
Have you noticed rather large Easter eggs within store windows or on the streets of New York City? There are over 260 egg shaped sculptures designed by various artists that have been scattered across the five boroughs as part of a massive Easter egg hunt. Guess where we came across the one pictured above?
We came across a wonderful little article by the eHarmony Staff titled: “15 Reasons to Date a Librarian”. It is true that we do love what we do (no. 8), but please do not ask how we came across this article…
Recently one of our staff members visited the Museum of the City of New York. There they viewed its City as Canvas exhibit, a collection of graffiti works done by the prolific artists of the 70’s and 80’s. Based on the collection of Mr. Martin Wong, a magnificent artist in his own right, who obtained these pieces, the works span many names, such as: Lee Quiñones, Christopher “Daze” Ellis and Keith Haring. It is a wonderful collection, which we encourage all to visit. If you wish to know more about Graffiti or the artist themselves here are a few books that we have available for you in our department:
“Piecebook: the secret drawings of graffiti writers" by Sacha Jenkins and David Villorente.
“Art in the streets" by Jeffrey Deitch
“Keith Haring" by Jeffrey Deitch
One of our staff members just came back from a trip, where she visited the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in South Miami, Florida. Here is a wonderful description of what she saw on her visit:
Vizcaya was created in the second decade of the 20th Century for the industrialist James Deering. The building, designed by Paul Chalfin, is itself a work of art. Overlooking the Bay of Biscayne, it resembles an extended Renaissance palazzo fronting a Venetian canal. Interior rooms range in style from Renaissance Italian through Rococo to eighteenth century English, and contain such objects as an ancient Roman tripod, a Renaissance tapestry, and hangings once owned by the English poet, Robert Browning. Particularly impressive, at least to one visitor, were the second floor pantry and kitchen, full of an extensive collection of period cooking equipment, where meals were prepared for Deering and his guests.
The exterior grounds are equally impressive. A wide landing and loggia welcomed guests who might arrive by water (an approach no longer permitted). The“Gardens” themselves stretch south in long descending tiers, marked by formal boxwood or other hedges and by weathered garden statuary. For further information, check out the book “Vizcaya: an American villa and its makers" by Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin (call no: JQF 07-1275).
“Bad Boy: Eric Fischl with Arezoo Moseni: An Artist Dialogue Series Event”, will be held today (Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 6pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, room 227.
Getty Images, the world’s largest photo agency, is making its library of over 35 million photos free to use. “Millions of images - including famous shots of Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama - will now be available without cost to blogs and social media sites”. When you use an image, it will have an embedded code that links back to their website.
Read more about it at: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26463886