We braved the frigid New York temperatures to explore what this spring's New York art fairs had to offer. Below are a few of our highlights from The Armory Show, SCOPE, art on paper, VOLTA, and Pulse. While we were in Chelsea, we also made a stop at Morgan Lehman Gallery to check out their current Aaron Wexler show.
James Surls and Adrienne Johnson
James Surls flourishes in Houston! We were excited to have the opportunity to work with this Texas art icon on his site-specific suspended work that measures an impressive 14’ x 25’ x 19”. Surls’ Nature’s Language resides in and enhances a corporate lobby in the Woodlands.
TYart Art Handling expertly installing the sculpture
Troy Dugas's templates
Houston's premier downtown private dining venue, The Petroleum Club, is moving to a new location, and we are excited to be working with them to commission artwork that is a reflection of their history, their mission, and their new space. The four artists selected, Troy Dugas, Joshua Goss, Reinhard Ziegler, and Nancy Lorenz are hard at work on their commissions, and we wanted to share some images of their progress. See the completed works on our blog or find them at The Club in early 2015.
Troy Dugas's cigar labels on top of of his templates
Troy Dugas's cigar labels in place
Joshua Goss, piecing together the sections of his wall-mounted sculpture under a to-scale sketch
Reinhard Ziegler's photograph drying before the application of pastel
Nancy Lorenz has started to apply gold leaf to the upper portion of the work
Nancy Lorenz applies gold leaf over the blue and inlaid mother of pearl, then the gold is rubbed away to reveal the mother of pearl below
KAC is in The Big Apple to check out what's on view at this year's IFPDA Print Fair. If you're in New York, this is a great opportunity to browse and buy prints of all styles. It is on now through Sunday, November 9th. Please enjoy this list of some of our favorite works.
We loved our recent visit to Steve and Paula Murphy’s home where we got a glimpse into their carefully selected art collection of artist friends and great finds. Equally as enticing was our time spent in Steve’s bright, lofted studio. There we admired his classic towering steel forms, as well as a group of newly-milled wooden pieces perched on his work bench. Other new forms were in varying states of completion where Steve was painstakingly applying countless layers of silky graphite to achieve the perfect luster. We left with a clear understanding of how Steve’s work has progressed over the years, reaching a point of refinement that is simultaneously fluid and permanent and achieves a satisfying dichotomy between surface and form.
The swooping and spiraling James Surls sculptures stole the show at HFAF this year, and of the many other beautiful programs on view, we especially enjoyed Art Nouveau Gallery and Shoshana Wayne Gallery. Below are some of our most coveted finds at this year's fair.
What happens when an interior and product designer builds his own home AND loves art? A complete masterpiece! A bold sense of design and unflinching aesthetic permeates each small detail. Designed with art in mind, the home naturally creates visual frames for ideal viewing from multiple vantage points allowing the art to play its own starring role.
Julie and Adrienne at Mixed Greens' booth
This fair proved to be a treasure trove of prospects (and sales!) and we walked away inspired by the works of Ron van der Ende, Jim Campell, Wayne Herpich, Claire Sherman, Anoka Faruqee, Mary Temple, Yui Yaegashi and Amie Dicke.
Bill Davenport's Big Rocket Pop
Reviewing Huda Beydoun's portfolio
We have been reviewing portfolios at the Fotofest Biennial too long to remember but our experiences are always memorable and distinct. Once again, this year we left inspired by the ever-expanding exploration of the photographic media. Among the 6 of us reviewing, we walked away especially impressed by the works of: Huda Beydoun, Zelda Zinn, Marcus Lyon, Sandi Haber Fifield, and Jun Itoi.
Reviewing Bryce Lankard's portfolio
We are excited to share news about our art endeavors, happenings within our community AND what we find interesting in the art market…so, let’s talk art!