Until Tuesday, January 7th, Socrates Sculpture Park is accepting proposals for the 2014 Emerging Artist Fellowship and for Folly 2014. Socrates’ fellowship is an annual program that selects 15 artists for a $5,000 production grant and the opportunity to produce and exhibit a large scale site-specific sculpture or installation in the park. The residency lasts from May 2014 to September 2014, with the exhibit debuting in September 2014. More details on the Emerging Artist Fellowship here. Folly 2014 is an annual opportunity where Socrates selects one architect, designer, or team for a $5,000 production grant to develop, build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. The residency lasts from March to May of 2014, with an exhibition opening at the sculpture park in early May 2014. More details on Folly 2014 here.
Banksy concluded his month-long NYC residency in Queens, with an art piece in Long Island City. The work didn’t go up on 5Pointz, as many artists hoped, but his farewell note says this: “Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye.” He also included an audio guide that says, “This is a sideways take on the ubiquitous spray-painted bubble lettering that actually floats. It’s an homage of sorts to the most prevalent form of graffiti in the city that invented it for the modern era. Or, it’s another Banksy piece that’s full of hot air.” Gothamist reports the exact location of this piece is Borden Avenue and 35th Street. GMAP
Here’s a great shot via Twitter of the Queens Museum grand reopening celebration today. The expanded, renovated space will open to the public on Saturday, November 9th. Stay tuned for our full coverage of the museum reopening tomorrow!
Here’s another small victory for 5Pointz artists: the judge added another 14 days to the existing restraining order against building owners G&M Realty. This comes after the judge granted a 10 day restraining order due to the artists filing a federal court lawsuit against G&M. So for now the building is protected from demolition until November 12th. According to LIC Post, “The judge, Frederic Block, also called for a hearing as a means to determine whether he should issue a preliminary injunction. A preliminary injunction, if granted, would stop Wolkoff from demolishing the building until the lawsuit was resolved, which could take well over a year.”
The artists filed the lawsuit under the Visual Artists Rights Act, which gives certain visual artists the right to claim ownership of a work on a building. Wolkoff’s attorneys, on the other hand, are arguing that the grafitti artists always knew the building was going to be demolished, leaving little reason to believe the art would remain permanently up.
Last week Rockaway residents organized the event Hands Across the Sand, an attempt to form a record-breaking human chain along Rockaway Beach. Its purpose was also to show solidarity at the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The event took place this Sunday, and the organizer reports via Facebook that, although the numbers aren’t official yet, they counted 4,672 participants. Not bad at all! The organizers will not know until after the new year if they officially made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-ever human chain.
The Queens Council on the Arts is showing an art exhibit, “Portraits of Long Island City” by painter Eric March at the Greater Astoria Historical Society through November 17th. March is a recipient of the 2013 Queens Arts Fund DCA GNYADF Grant for Individual Artists and this is his culminating project. The paintings and drawings all depict cityscape scenes of western Queens. The gallery, at 35-20 Broadway, is open Mondays and Wednesday 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturdays 12 pm to 5 pm, and also by appointment. All the event details live here.
This photo comes from Twitter, where an observer notes that construction on the backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios is coming to a close. Construction on the 34,800-square-foot lot began in July — this is the city’s first and only outdoor film set, giving production companies the option to film realistic outdoor scenes and stunts. You can see a rendering of the final product after the jump. (more…)
This week we checked in on Purves Street, a short block of Long Island City with tons of development in the pipeline. Although work hasn’t picked up at any of the residential developments, we did spot workers out at SculptureCenter. SculptureCenter broke ground on its expansion project this spring, which includes 6,500 square feet of interior exhibition space, a 2,000-square-foot entrance lobby, an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries, and a 1,500-square-foot enclosed courtyard. The ETA of the project is for next fall. SculptureCenter remains open throughout construction with some changes to its exhibition schedule and hours.
The Queens Botanical Garden is debuting a new art exhibit at its Gallery of the Visitor and Administration Building on Tuesday, November 5th. It’s H. David Stein’s “Deconstructed Flowers,” a mosaic of flora photography that is distinctively detailed. According to the QBG, “His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.” Stein previously served as the chairman of surgery at Flushing Hospital and started studying at the International Center of Photography after retirement. He has since shown his work at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Salmagundi Club and The Mamaroneck Artist Guild. The Queens Botanical Garden exhibit will be on view to the public for free Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 am to 4 pm. The exhibit will run until Saturday, January 25th.
Yesterday Banksy revealed a sculpture piece he installed at 35th Avenue and 127th Street in Willets Point. By 4:30 pm, according to Gothamist, the owner of a nearby auto-glass shop who claimed to be the owner carted the piece away in a moving truck. According to the Post, it took about 20 people to dismantle and remove the sculpture (built from foam, cement and cinder-block) before it was taken to an unknown location. Apparently a gallery owner offered a large sum of money to purchase the piece. Earlier in the day, a man bought a brick from the base of the sculpture for $100.