nyc. public art. on view now. (september 2012 / part I)

what: big kastenman by erwin wurm

where: outside the standard hotel, meatpacking district

when: july until november 2012

“Say hello to Big Kastenmann (Big Box Man), The Standard’s new 18-foot, 1.6 ton sculpture by acclaimed Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. A single form of aluminum and pink enamel forged in the hills of southern Germany, Big Kastenmann (a specially commissioned follow-up to Wurm’s 2010 “Kastenmann”), was installed … via giant crane onto a concrete base in the corner of the plaza. …” more info

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what: 3 pieces by romero britto

where: outside time warner center at columbus circle

when: now

“Your favorite whimsical characters will be returning to Time Warner Center! Romero Britto’s fun and colorful pop art is always a beloved addition to The Shops (and a favorite photo op for passersby!)

Britto infuses his Brazilian roots and Miami influences into every piece he creates. He has emerged as an internationally-renowned artist, as his work has been exhibited in over 100 countries and countless museum collections. He’s also published a line of colorful children’s books and calendars with Simon & Schuster and Rizzoli.

Stop by soon to experience Britto’s work in person – you’ll find the “Good Girl” and “Flower Pot” displays inside, and the “Azul” (Dog) display outside TWC’s doors.” source

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what: the new colossus: a giant bronze rat, part of “art history with labor”

where: lever house courtyard, 390 park avenue

when: 11 july – 28 september

“The Bruce High Quality Foundation is a collaborative group of young artists who create installations, videos, paintings, sculptures, and performances that comment on art and social history. The Foundation was formed to commemorate a fictitious social sculptor, Bruce High Quality, who died in New York on September 11, 2001, and they “aspire to invest the experience of public space with wonder, to resurrect art history from the bowels of despair and to impregnate the institutions of art with the joy of man’s desiring.”

ART HISTORY WITH LABOR is a context-specific exhibition comprised of three new works. THE NEW COLOSSUS is a monumental twelve-foot high cast-bronze ‘union rat,’ an inflatable icon of American labor unions to protest the use of ‘scab’ labor. It has been in frequent use since the early 1990s, often on Park Avenue, but the artists have undermined the political content by solidifying a plastic animal in bronze and by declaring it to be fine art. The title refers to an 1883 poem written by Emma Lazarus that is emblazoned on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty: “… give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”. …” source

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last summer kaws’ “companion” was sitting outside the standard hotel (see my post here). to see my post about public art in nyc from march 2012 click here.

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