The show brings together five examples of Swing’s iconic coin furniture, and will serve as the debut of his most recent and ambitious work to date, Murmuration. A fully illustrated catalogue showcasing each of the works from the series, with essays by David Collens, Judd Tully and James Zemaitis, will accompany the exhibition.
Johnny Swing, Murmuration, 2012
May 3, 2012 - June 29, 2012
Opening Reception hosted by Geoffrey Bradfield
The opening reception hosted by Geoffrey Bradfield. Monday May 07, 2012. 6:30 - 8:30pm. Sebastian + Barquet - 601 West 26th Street, 3rd flr. New York NY 10001.
Born in Connecticut in 1961, Johnny Swing lives and works in rural Vermont, though set up his first studio in 1986 in an abandoned gas station on the corner of 2nd street and Avenue B on New York’s Lower East Side. Space 2B served as both workshop and showcase for his and other artists and designers work, and was the venue for his initial experiments with repurposed found objects and furniture. Central to his practice is the importance of his materials, exposing their inherent nature with a witty detachment from their intended utility. Nothing is taken at face value.
Todd Burris, Corso Sienna, 1989
The opening reception for the spellbinding photographs of Todd Burris will take place on Wednesday, May 9th, from 5:30-8:30pm at the Robin Rice Gallery. The exhibition will be at the gallery until June 17th. This is the second collaboration between the artist and Robin Rice, so expect to see a series of beautiful photography which are like a visual dance of contractions. The exhibition is from May 9th to June 17th, 2012. Robin Rice - 325 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014.
Liz O'Brien, Editions - Vintage-inspired Furniture
Antiques dealer Liz O'Brien debuts her first collection of newly designed, vintage-inspired furniture, lighting and accessories at 1stdibs on Wednesday, May 9th. The pop-up shop opens with a reception at NYDC from 6 to 8 PM. The collection will be on view and for sale from Wednesday, May 9th until Monday, June 4, 2012 at 1stdibs at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor.
The Editions Collection offers a sophisticated, refreshing alternative at exceptional value featuring thoughtfully selected designs inspired by Liz O'Brien’s keen eye and passion for 20th Century art and design. These unique pieces are priced competitively to attract those seeking high style at an accessible price. With her ability to bridge the gap between historical design and contemporary interiors, Editions captures the essence of the great designers of the past with an updated, elegant and practical interpretation. Liz O’Brien is considered one of America’s leading experts in modern design and has forged her reputation as a premier furniture dealer catering to the most respected architects, interior designers, museum curators, and private collectors.
NYC Tribal Art Week® 2012
Traditional arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas take center stage in New York City during the 3rd Annual NYC Tribal Art Week®. Historically, New Yorkers have been among the foremost collectors of tribal art. New York politicians, artists, business leaders, professionals, fashion moguls and celebrities such as Helena Rubinstein, Nelson Rockefeller, Andy Warhol, John Friede, Armand Arman and Robert Mapplethorpe have solidified the international tribal art market rumored to now only exist in Paris. This year NYC Tribal Art Week® has reached a pinnacle and features three major tribal art auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams as well as a wealth of gallery exhibitions and events focused on tribal art. NYC Tribal Art Week will take place from Thursday, May 7 until Wednesday, May 13, 2012 in New York City.
Participating Galleries include: Cassera Arts Premiers, La Conner, Throckmorton Fine Art, Luz Miriam Toro, Corso Gallery, David Norden African Art, Antwerp Belgium, Oumar Kiende, Wormhole to the Past Gallery, Hemingway African Art. Regular Show Hours - Friday, May 11th, Saturday, May 12th, from 11am - 6:30pm. Sunday, May 13th, from 11am-4:30pm. NYC Tribal Art show VIP Preview To Benefit Miracle House is on Thursday, May 10th from 5:00 -9:00pm at The Bohemian National Hall: 321 E 73rd St New York, NY 10021. Tickets available through Eventbrite. The Official NYC Tribal Art Week and Art Week and After Sotheby's Auction Roof Terrace Celebration is on Friday 11th May Open 4:00PM - 12:00AM at the Bohemian National Hall, Roof Terrace, 321 E 73rd St New York, NY 10021 (3 blocks from Sotheby’s). Tickets available through Eventbrite.
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Left: Elsa Schiaparelli. Right: Miuccia Prada, photographed by Guido Harari in 1999.
Photos: Hoyningen-Huené/Vogue/Condé Nast Archive and Guido Harari/Contrasto/Redux
“Fashion is instant language,” Miuccia Prada has said. That gives curators Harold Koda andAndrew Bolton plenty of material for the conversations they’ll imagine between Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 Costume Institute exhibition. Opening in May, “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion” will explore the affinities between the two Italian designers from different eras. “Given the role Surrealism and other art movements play in the designs of both Schiaparelli and Prada, it seems only fitting that their inventive creations be explored here at the Met,” said museum director Thomas Campbell in a statement announcing the exhibition. “Schiaparelli’s collaborations with Dalí and Cocteau as well as Prada’s current Fondazione Prada push art and fashion ever closer, in a direct, synergistic, and culturally redefining relationship.” From Media Bistro. Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations at The Metropolitan Museum is on view from Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, August 19, 2012.