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:

We asked once if arts go well with music. Maybe it does, sometimes, maybe it doesn’t, and maybe music is art. And maybe, sometimes you can make music about art and artists.


David Bowie‘s fascination with Andy Warhol made him write a song about the American pop artist known for his contributions to pop art, his appropriations of common objects, and the expression “15 minutes of fame”. The English musician, known as one of the best rock artists of all time released the homage in the Hunky Dory album released in 1971. Bowie played the song to Warhol, but the artist disliked it, since he thought the lyrics made fun of him. So when the song ended, both just stared at each other until Warhol complimented Bowie’s shoes.

Some other musicians never get a chance to show their homage song to the artist. John Cale, the Welsh rock singer-song writer, made a song about the Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte. The though-proving artist, most know for his painting “This is not a pipe” is mentioned in the song quite a lot, as something Cale would always see and sometimes forget about, but then remember.


We all know the song American PieDon McLean became famous for it – but Vincent (Starry Starry Night) is also a hit. The american singer-songwriter started hitting the charts in 1971 and won more than 40 platinum and gold records world-wide. His homage to Vincent Van Gogh mentions the Dutch post-impressionist artist mental illness, but also his beautiful works that possess strong strokes and strong colors (that ranged from earthly and somber in his early paintings to vivid in his latest works). McLean’s song is sad, and certainly portrays the dutch sunflower painter very well.

sources: flavorwire, wikipedia

MARCH 3 – APRIL 3, 2011

State Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, Saint Petersburg

The State Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg presents “ANGEL ORENSANZ, 20 YEARS IN RUSSIA”, a retrospective exhibition that reflects 2 decades of his career and his intense relationship with Russia’s culture and its history. Angel Orensanz presents a wide review of drawings, sculptures, photographic material, installations and a multilayered video portfolio. His pieces are always strong narratives, most often site-specific, both in natural landscapes or public spaces; Angel’s work is always documented in photography and video.

The work of Angel Orensanz has been presented at Alexander Pushkin Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, at the Rumiantzev Palace, the Hermitage Museum and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. He has developed strong cooperation with artists like Mikhail Chemiakin, Jury Barikyn and poet Andrei Voznessensky. Orensanz has developed site-specific installations like his “Bridges for Red Square” (1991), his “Circles in the River Neva” (2008) and his “Field of Mind” (Moscow, 2007).

The artist was inducted as a member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2009; and has been awarded numerous distinctions from the Moscow City Council.

His exhibition has been included in the official program of the Spanish-Russian Cultural Year 2011. “ORENSANZ, 20 YEARS IN RUSSIA” is an outstanding example of the interest aroused by Russia in some Spanish Contemporary artists.

PRESS CONFERENCE: March 3, 2011 at 2 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: March 3, 2011 at 3 PM

Catherine The Great Exhibit Hall
State Museum of Russian Academy of Arts
Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya embankment, 17.
Phone: (812) 323-3578, (812) 323-6496

The Last Score by Angel Orensanz

Angel Orensanz presents tonight at The New Latin American Cinema Festival in Havana, Cuba his internationally acclaimed short film entitled The Last Score, a surrealistic re- interpretation of the work of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

By chance of fate Orensanz’s personal work entered cinema history when he completed the shooting of his film “The Last Score ” on an island in Wales overlooking Sweden on the very day Ingmar Bergman died. The Spanish artist filmed with his crew on the cliffs of the Atlantic coast during his retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Wales.

Angel Orensanz has developed an extensive body of work as a sculptor. During his film career, partly influenced by his friendship with Luis Buñuel, he kept investigating the space between the public and the personal, the permanent and the temporary with his own artistic approach to the void and instability between the two.

Angel Orensanz frequently participates in international cinema events such as the festival in Sundance, Monaco, Florence, Tokyo, Huesca and Pilas, Rio Bravo and Cannes.

His collection of video work “The Angel Orensanz Portfolio” is available from the Circulating Library of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The Last Score premiers on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Wilfredo Lam Art Center in Havana. Curated by Jorge Fernandez three other films of Angel Orensanz are scheduled for the following days of the festival until December 12.

The Last Score by Angel Orensanz

Frank Gerard Godlewski and Al Orensanz during the presentation

Frank Gerard Godlewski and Geraldine Bianco

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute

Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute

In collaboration with: The Angel Orensanz Foundation

Angel Orensanz Foundation, in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute, , featured a special presentation of Orensanz’s project, “The Floating Sistine Chapel, Angel Orensanz in Italy” on December 1st at the Italian Cultural Institute on Park Avenue in New York.

“The Floating Sistine Chapel” was conceptually created around Achille Bonito Oliva’s theme “The Joyous Instability of Art,” written for La Cuba Museum in Palermo exhibition where Angel participated in 2008.

“Instability is the true essence of contemporary art… Orensanz’s works never reveal their beginning and end. The concept does not prevail over the object. It is the fruit of a web which weaves together the memory of culture and the memory of nature… This is the essence of Orensanz’s topicality: with his vibrant clarity he anticipated various forms of awareness among which also those of the Transvanguardia with regard to art’s interior nature.”- Achille Bonito Oliva, on Angel Orensanz.

The presentation opened with illustrations of The Angel Orensanz Foundation’s magnificent New York City Landmark headquarters as well as the foundation’s cultural mission described by the Curator, Frank Gerard Godlewski and several of Angel Orensanz’s Italian installation works, presented as large screen projections.
The projects presented where:
Dr.Orensanz and Dr. Godlewski intervened with a conversation that focused on Achille Bonito Oliva’s concept of the “Joyous Instability of Art”; and then Al Orensanz discussed the concepts of “Structurality” and “Nostalgia” with regards to Angel Orensanz’s art and Bonito Oliva’s theories.
The two pivotal concepts of Achille Bonito Oliva seemed to be the notion of instability and topicallity. Al Orensanz analyzed the texts of Dr Oliva connecting them with the methods of French Structuralist Philosophy, by which meaning objectual chains oppose and complement each other building internal discourses of explanaition and exploration. By tocallity, Al Orensanz dug into the resonances that hermeneutical German philosophy developed after WWII. Being its main representative Hans Georg Gadamer, who liberated the meaning of speech or written formulations into discourses of free asociations. The representation and the position of the object enrich each other freely and generously.
The Floating Sistine Chapel, an exceptional installation piece that Angel Orensanz recently created in the foundation’s Lower Manhattan headquarters was presented in two videos by Rhys Jones, accompanied by soprano Geraldine Bianco Jones, with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise” and also the “Attesa” – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana – by Mascagni . The titled this second composition is “Mountan’s of Memory”.


The Abyss

The first of three “Features” by Angel Orensanz .  The Abyss features Angel’s interpretations of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – make sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Website for more information on events and happenings at the Orensanz Foundation.  You can find the press release and the video for the event below!

Artist Angel Orensanz created the sculpture project, “Angel Orensanz Descends Into The Abyss” in response to the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. Creating groundbreaking compositions while submerged in water, Orensanz uses his artistic vision to comment on the tragic environmental crisis in the Gulf.  Angel evokes profound emotions with his artistry, contributing his unique perspective as part of the global reaction to the narrative of institutional irresponsibility, preventable environmental degradation, and the helplessness of the common citizen. Where words may fail, Orensanz’s art transcends.

The deterioration of the marine environment is everywhere. The US’ Gulf seaboard is not littered by the harmless debris of the Greek, Roman, and Arab seafaring and tourist ocean liners but instead by eleven thousand deep-sea gas exploration towers. Angel Orensanz is back now in New York with his findings. Beginning August 9th, two large galleries of the Angel Orensanz Foundation in Lower Manhattan will display a frightening, underwater universe of decay and displacement. Nobody knew that down there, the mind and the environment float together, distorted and disembodied. Every shoreline borders and harbors an entrance to hell. Orensanz is not Albert Camus musing about a stifling death but Freud and Nietzsche exploring the Apocalypse.

The dedicated staff of the Angel Orensanz Foundation has processed the material for display in two rooms. A catalogue book will accompany the exhibition and a future symposium by artists and art writers will discuss the show.

The installation “Angel Orensanz Descends Into the Abyss” will be presented for the public at the Angel Orensanz Foundation using photographs, video, text, and music. The exhibition starts August 9th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and continues weekdays, 11 AM to 5 PM through November 9th. For more information contact Frank Gerard Godlewski – Curator, email, cell 973-735-8910

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