No plans for the weekend yet? The Angel Orensanz Foundation blog has great suggestions for you to have a weekend of arts in New York City.


First, this Friday, there is the Etsy Craft Party, so head to Brooklyn (if you have time, go ahead and explore the area, the Brooklyn Museum has great exhibitions) to learn decoration and design tips from Stenciling guru Ed Roth and artist Aya Rosen. Get to know more here.


If you are a big fan of Jazz, than don’t miss the additional weekend of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Today at 7 pm in Marcus Garvey Park you can enjoy Bird With Strings with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Special Guests. The concept is a celebration of the classic Charlie Parker album Charlie Parker with strings. The festival goes on for the weekend. To know more, click here.


Saturday is always a day for arts in New York City, right? Like the Live in HD series by The Met in Lincoln Center. The opening movie is The Enchanted Island, staring Joyce DiDonato. A baroque fantasy with a Shakespearian inspiration. To see the whole schedule, click here.

Shakespeare is also present on the Riverside Park. You can see the famous drama Richard III on the North Patio of the Soldeiers and Sailors Monument. To know more, click here

Not a big fan of Shakespeare? Than head to Gallery One Twenty Eight, here on our beloved Lower East Side to see and take part on  “In & Around C: A participatory Music and Art Installation” , where you can create your own sound, by stepping onto a gigantic staff.

Like to hear music better than making it? No worries, the WFC Plaza, is hosting the Grammy-nominated 18-piece steam punk band Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, who joins forces with the disco band Escort for a night of groove music, featuring the talents New York musicians. To know more, click here.

On Sunday, make sure to check out the New York City exhibitions that are closing. Terracotta Warriors on Discovery Times Square, Playing House on Brooklyn Museum, Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration on Neue Gallery, Weegee: Murder is My Business at the International Center of Photography and The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg at the New Museum.

Angel Orensanz‘s new exhibition is here in New York City, right at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Three weeks from now, the gallery will be open for you to see his bronze sculptures, drawings, and paintings in our gallery’s new exhibition, Burning Bronzes.


Until then, how about getting more acquainted with Angel‘s work? The internationally known French art critic Pierre Restany wrote a beautiful article about the Spanish artist that exposes the ways Angel Orensanz explores the ideas of movement, presence and absence. The article is available here.

He is an artist, entrepreneur and art collector. A member of the Young British Artists(a group who dominated the british art scene during the 90’s) and the richest British living artist. Today the Angel Orensanz Foundation blog is talking about Damien Hisrt. Born on June of 1965 in Bristol, he got his BA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College in 1989. While in university, he did his first called “Freeze” mixing his works and pieces from fellow students at Goldsmiths. That first display got the public’s attention.


It has been more than 25 years since then and the British artist has become one of the most prominent figures in the art world of his generation. His most known work , which became the symbol of British art worldwide, is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a “aquarium”.


The name of the art installation has a lot of meaning, since Damien Hirst has flair with death. The interest comes from his teenage years, when he would go to the anatomy department of Leeds Medical School in order to make life drawings of what he saw. But as much as he explores the theme, he tries to run from it in real life. And that is one of the reasons he likes to do his works in series. In his words: “If you say something twice, it’s pretty convincing. It’s more convincing than if you say it once.(…)I think it’s also an implication of endlessness, which kind of theoretically helps you avoid death.”

Damien Hirst works in various platforms as he explores the boundaries between life, death, reason, faith, desire and fear. All of that in a path that flirts with the science world.

 “Art is always very simple, or good art is always very simple. I took science in the way that Picasso took the bike seat and the handlebars and made the bull’s head. I mean, there’s nothing complicated about it. Science seemed to be getting people’s attention and art didn’t, so I hitched a ride on that. “

sources: wikipedia, damienhirst

How much time do you spend looking at a painting? Or a sculpture? Hours, minutes, or seconds? Not event that? A study made in 2001 by Jeffrey and Lisa Smith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art discovered that the average time spent on a piece is 17 seconds. Another study, done by the Louvre museum unveiled that the Mona Lisa painting, as famous as it is, doesn’t really hold visitors attention as much as one might think. The average viewing time for the most famous painting in the world is a mere 15 seconds.


As it happens, when things go a little too fast, a movement is created to slow it down. Slow Art Day was created back in 2009.  Founder Phil Terry spent half an hour starring at “Fantasia” by Hans Hoffman at the Jewish Museum 2008 exhibition “Action/Abstraction”. He wasn’t really a big fan of art, but in that moment he understood the power of it.

“People usually go to a museum, see as much as they can, get exhausted, and don’t return,” Terry told ARTnews. “Slow Art Day energizes people.”

In experiencing the power of that moment, he came up with the Slow Art Day movement. In the first year, 2009, there was only a single venue: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and only four participants. But the concept of really appreciating and looking into a work of art got big, and in the second year it expanded to 55 venues. This year over one hundred venues participated, with hosts selecting the works of art to be viewed and leading the trip to galleries and museums all over the world, from Ohio to Poland.


The movement is so to “slow down and really see art” by spending 10 minutes meditating on each work rather than “breezing past artworks in the standard eight seconds.”

 sources: artinfo and slowart

Monday is time for the Angel Orensanz Foundation blog to show you a little more about the Lower East Side and all its galleries and art spaces. Today, we will focus on one of the most blossoming streets of the L.E.S.  Once a place where many low-rise tenement buildings stood, Orchard street has become the art and fashion center of the Lower East Side.

But before we talk about the galleries in Orchard St, a quick reminder:  The Angel Orensanz Foundation gallery is opening soon (on September 12, to be specific) with an exhibition of works from the Spanish sculptor/painter/conceptual artist Angel Orensanz. Get to know more here.


But, for the time being, focus on Orchard St, where you can see the Paolo Pellizzari exhibition in the Anastasiaphoto gallery. The Italian photographer focuses on the human landscape , with abundant details and bright colors. The photos in the exhibition are part of his series “The Broad Way”. Pellizzari photographs entirely with film, which is his aestethic choice and makes a big difference in the result. So, make sure to check out the art exhibition before it ends on August 31st.


Also on Orchard St, you can see Slipstream in the Bridge Gallery. A study about fluidity, undulation, and instability by FreelandBuck, who puts together form, structure and graphic into a simple, yet complex painted wooden piece. Also in the gallery, you can see Masked Plagiarism by Mentor Noci, his drawings have a deep conection with constructivism, a form of art that believes the only type of art with meaning is the one that challenges limits, definitions and boundaries.


Further down on the same street you can see Jacob Williams: Ugly Sticks in the Windows Gallery.  The exhibition features the re-imagining of the world by the New York artist. For him, it is as if the tribal culture was left somehow intact. Jacob Williams said about his exhibition and his inspiration taken from the Museum of Natural History in New York City “The exhibit on Japanese civilization was somehow so intriguing in that it mentions how Japanese culture managed to maintain many aspects of their earlier culture despite being among the most industrialized countries on earth. This made me imagine, what would American culture look like today if Native Americans had not been stripped of their cultural legacy, what if they had managed to repel the foreign European invaders?”


Finally it is Friday. And before we share with you our artful suggestions for what to do in New York this weekend, let us do a recap of the week: Calvin Reid shares his view of Angel Orensanz, we how you the art gallery exhibitions in the Lower East Side, we share same musicians inspired by artists and Angel Orensanz new exhibition here in The Angel Orensanz Foundation is coming!

Now, for our weekend picks so you can enjoy a very artsy weekend in New York City:


First off, this Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, staring at 5pm, enjoy An Evening of Art and a Summer Sunset on the rooftop garden, where you can view Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City while listening to DJ Widowspeak. You can also appreciate special tours of Naked before the camera and Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video until 7 pm.


On Saturday there is lots of art in New York City for you to see. Like the exhibition Dialog in the Dark, where you will get to discover NYC by its sounds, tastes and textures, since you will be blindfolded! You will get to be guided through your senses by the people that know the city that way best: your guide will be visually impaired! So, prepare for the ride of your live starting at the South Street Seaport.

Not ready for the adventure? Don’t worry, New York City is boiling with art. So, how about the American Folk Museum? There you can see the exhibition Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined, the pieces from their permanent collection are organized by the museum’s senior curator Stacy C. Hollander and display samples of all varieties of artistic expression by artists from all over the world, from all the possible backgrounds. Maybe you wont know their names, but you will for sure remember their works once you see them. The exhibition addresses the space between reality, truth and imagination. Or as the curator puts it: “Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. “


On Discovery Times Square you can explore China’s past in the exhibition Terracotta Warriors. The 6-foot tall, 2000 year old statues are bound to impress. They are the legacy of Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first emperor. In fact, they were buried with him, in his tomb. But, someone decided to take them out for a Long March, all over the world, creating exhibitions that were always sold out. The army, or just a small piece of it is now on Times Square and you can learn the history of the warriors commissioned by Qin, each one different, placed in battle formation, with terracotta horses inside the first China emperor’s gigantic tomb.

Sunday is your last change to see  “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” so head back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to enjoy the conversations that never happened between to genius Italian fashion designers and appreciate the display of dresses and shoes and hats of the fashion creators that were ahead of their time. And since you are inside the MET, how about spending the day there?

Finally, Sunday Night, if you like dance, then you shouldn’t loose the screening of Never Stand Still in Symphony Space at 6 pm, including a Q&A with director of the documentary Ron Honsa. The movie features legendary dancers and new innovators that reveal the world of dance. The trailer is here:

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