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13 posts tagged "Olympia Scarry"

Art Sprouts in Montauk

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Anya Kielar's Installation

A six-foot-tall, pentagonal sculpture made entirely of salt; a classic pickup truck dropped on concrete blocks; and a web of gauzy, tie-dyed tapestries printed with wires, bras, and a slew of household items that hang from the trees (above)—these are the three works made by artists Olympia Scarry, Virginia Overton, and Anya Kielar, respectively, for Pop Up 1: Montauk, a monthlong show opening this evening in an abandoned lot by the beach in Montauk. The exhibition is a part of Art Production Fund’s ongoing project to bring art to public spaces, and is curated by gallerist Fabiola Beracasa in association with the New Museum’s Gary Carrion-Murayari and Joyce Sitterly.

“Coming from a gallery background, I found that one of the more interesting aspects of gallery life was the fact that every time we put up a new show, it was basically public art,” explained Beracasa, who lives in the house next to the exhibition site. This new installation takes this community aspect to the next level, placing the works directly in a natural environment to be “shared by the community—and weathered on this kind of wild, forest-y plot of land.”

That the pieces are made entirely by female artists is an added—and unexpected—bonus. “We just came across the three [artists] that felt really right for the space,” said Beracasa. “The irony is that it turned out to be three women—which was not our intention at all—but it’s a really amazing thing, because that never happens.”

Pop Up 1: Montauk will be on view at 333 Old Montauk Highway, Thursdays through Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m. until September 8.

Photo: Anya Kielar’s Lines#2, 2013, Courtesy Art Production Fund

Human Nature Rises in Rockefeller Center

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Yesterday evening at New York’s Rockefeller Center, artist Ugo Rondinone officially unveiled his latest project: a series of XXL stone sculptures entitled Human Nature, underwritten by the city’s Public Art Fund. Rondinone’s megaliths tower over the plaza’s western block—stoic sentries holding court in Midtown’s otherwise frenetic hive.

“The stone is from Pennsylvania,” the artist told Style.com, “the same site where all the sidewalk laid at Rockefeller Center comes from.” Engineered and stacked to impressive scale, Rondinone’s figures retain a singularly calming (if not alien) effect. “The human is a basic figure, and [the sculptures] are named after basic feelings,” he said. “The mood is to be reminded of our origins.”

Despite Manhattan’s unseasonably frigid twilight, friends and fans braved the windchill to show their support. “Other than the fact that it was freezing cold, it was incredibly beautiful,” said model-cum-actress-cum-artist Lily Cole. “I’ve been thinking about making furniture out of stone, so I was sort of in that frame of mind,” she added.

After the opening, guests such as Olympia Scarry, Sadie Coles, and Maria Cornejo headed to Monkey Bar, where Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume told the oohing and ahhing crowd, “By the time the exhibition closes, some 20 million people will have seen these works.” Cornejo best captured the excitement. “It’s amazing to see them finished,” she said, having previously checked out the project’s models in Rondinone’s studio. “I think it’s joyful.”

Human Nature is free to the public and on view until June 7, 2013.

Photo: Patrick McMullan Company, Inc.

A Walk To Remember

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Arguably, the opportunity to be in a room with Alec Baldwin is, in this day and age, enough to coax anyone out on a rainy night. Now add to that a good cause (New York’s Coalition for the Homeless) and an auction that includes works by Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, and Silvia Venturini Fendi. Yes, you read that last one correctly. Artwalk 2010—hosted by Baldwin, Richard Gere, and Carey Lowell, and honoring Rosenquist—does primarily draw from visual artists for its annual for-charity auction, but since Fendi has signed on as this year’s sponsor, the house matriarch (and accessories designer) has ponied up, too. Hitting the block will be a made-to-order Selleria Peekaboo bag (pictured), customizable from the leather or skin down to the stitching and lining, in 37 color variations. No wonder Isabella Rossellini, Selita Ebanks, Heather Marks, and Olympia Scarry are all expected at tonight’s event. Want to join them? Tickets are still available at www.artwalkny.org, where you can also bid on auction items.

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi

Blasblog From Paris: Cool Book From Cold Country

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Assouline hosted a party for its latest coffee-table tome, Russian Style, at its Saint-Germain store in Paris last night, which drew the likes of Dasha Zhukova, Tatiana Santo Domingo, and Olympia Scarry. Beyond pics of a few military jackets and posses of girls in head-to-toe Balmain, which are two dominant influences over there (trust me!), the book is a more complete look at the many ways the country has inspired fashion. Think Fabergé, Erté, et al. “It’s more a full panorama of styles and techniques, and how Russian style has evolved from the ages,” explained its author, Russian L’Officiel‘s editor in chief, Evelina Khromchenko. Fun fact: The editrix is the voice of Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in the Russian version of The Devil Wears Prada.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Dare To Bare?

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There’s no question that storybook heiress Olympia Scarry can afford scads of lacy underthings; evidently, though, she prefers to do without. We like the tough/casual vibe she’s working, but we’re still deciding if the “commando” look is terrif or taboo. What do you think? See how Eugenie Niarchos, Margherita Missoni, and Charlotte Casiraghi are putting it together for the Venice Biennale in our party report.

Photo: Venturelli / Wire Image