Art News: Olafur Eliasson Exhibition, Antony Gormley’s Rooftop Suicide Sculptures & Harriet Tubman Artifacts

12 Mar
2010

Olafur Eliasson, is a Danish-Icelandic artist, who in 1995 established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research. Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London. Eliasson was commissioned by The Public Art Fund to create four man-made waterfalls., this installation called the New York City Waterfalls (in New York Harbor), ran from June 26 through October 13, 2008.  His works are currently being shown at the Tanya Bonakdur Gallery in New York City, now through March 20th.

This is Eliasson’s sixth solo show at the gallery which continues his exploration of and experimentation with modes of perception and the experience of space and time. Focusing on movement, color, and light – and the interplay between the three phenomena – the exhibition involves the viewer in a collaborative creative process.

Some of Olafur’s previous works…

New York City Waterfalls – Photo by Barry Yanowitz

Your Strange Certainty Still Kept 1996

The Mediated Motion (Water) 2001

360 Degree Room For All Colors 2002

ANTONY GORMLEY’S ROOFTOP SCULPTURES ARE MAKING NEW YORKERS THINK PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO COMMIT SUICIDE

Seems the New York City Police Department had to issue a statement to assure the public people weren’t about to plunge to their death, after 31 of Gormley’s sculptures started going up around Madison Square Park in lower Manhattan. It was stated “The police are trying to avert a spate of emergency calls similar to those made after the exhibition went on display in London in 2007.”

We can see why the statement was necessary, since Gormley is intent on pushing the public’s awareness of the sculptures. Gormley said: “I want to play with the city and people’s perceptions. My intention is to get the sculptures as close to the edge of the buildings as possible.”

As if New Yorker’s aren’t stressed out enough. Read the whole article: timesonline

HARRIET TUBMAN ARTIFACTS DONATED TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSUEM

Photo: Harriet Tubman – Courtesy of Nubian Graphics

Esteemed collector and author Charles L. Blockson donated a book of gospel hymns amongst other extraordinary trove of Tubman artifacts to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday.

Among the items slated for the museum are a framed portrait, one of the few photographic images of Tubman known to exist; a beige silk and linen shawl given to Tubman by Queen Victoria; three postcards depicting Tubman’s funeral in 1913; and her wooden-handled knife and fork.

Read the whole article: washingtonpost.

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