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Eye On Design: CANstruction Returns to Brookfield Place

pikachu canstruction photo by gail worley
Peeking At You! All Photos By Gail

In a previous life, I spent ten or so years in the world of architecture and interior design, which is where I first became acquainted with the Canstruction competition. Canstruction involves  teams of design industry professionals who conceive and build amazingly creative structures made entirely from cans of food. Sponsored by an eponymous international hunger relief charity, Canstruction sources donations of millions of pounds of food for local food banks through annual events across the country.  At the end of each competition, all the food is donated to a local food bank, such as NYC’s City Harvest.  In 2020, the event was canceled due to Covid, but his year, the completed structures were back on public display from November 4th to 15th at the Brookfield Place mall in Battery Park City. I’m happy to report I was able to check them out in person. Let’s take a look at the inspired competition from the 2021 Canstruction NYC!

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Postcards From The Edge: A Massive Show of Tiny Art Makes Virtual Debut January 9th, 2021!

postcards from the edge signage

Do you miss going to art galleries? I sure do. I know that many galleries have reopened, but as a fairly enthusiastic fan who used to spend nearly every Thursday evening roaming the streets of Chelsea, the scene just feels so dead while Covid keeps us from gathering together to celebrate our shared passion for art. Art! Because of this — even though I’ve been hitting the museums pretty hard — I’ve been feeling rather art-starved over the past year, and that’s just a shame.

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Skate Decks By Paul McCarthy

Skate Decks by Paul McCarthy
Photos By Gail

If you are acquainted with art of Paul McCarthy, then you’ve come to understand that McCarthy’s art is centered in taking the familiar and banal and fucking it up a little bit, because that is how he rolls. Paul McCarthy and The Skateroom is a collaboration between the artist and the organization that supports non-profit projects that empower children through Skateboarding and Art, which nobody can deny is a truly excellent cause! Here, McCarthy’s provocative and socially critical art celebrates the skateboard as a symbol of youth empowerment and freedom on a deeper level, as proceeds from sales will entirely fund the building of a skateboarding and educational center for vulnerable youth in South Africa, led by international NGO Skateistan, which builds skate parks in poor, traumatized areas of the world.

Mayo Lotion Teddy (Detail)
Mayo, Lotion, Teddy (Detail)

Available in two limited editions as follows:

Collector’s Set (Edition of 35) 10 Decks + 1 signed exclusive deck, packaged in a custom flight case: $30,000

Box Set (Edition of 215Sets) 10 Decks: $3,500

Single Deck: $350

Available in the MOMA Design Store!

100 Montaditos Presents First Annual Running of the Bulls in NYC, September 18th!

Running of Bulls Banner

Now is your chance to emulate Ernest Hemingway and run with the bulls and you don’t have to go to Pamplona, Spain to do so. 100 Montaditos presents its first annual Running of the Bulls right here in New York City, on Thursday, September 18th, in conjunction with the grand opening of their second location on Ludlow Street.

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Children Of Loss Come Together: Atalie’s Hope Gala June 26th!

Atalies Hope Gala

Atalie’s Hope will host its second annual gala, Thursday June 26, 2014 in New Hyde Park, NY. Cost is $150.00 per person and all proceeds will go towards the foundation. Atalie’s Hope was founded in honor of Atalie Bernic, a young mother who lost her battle against triple negative breast cancer when she was 39 years old. She is survived by her daughter Julia, age 9, who inspired the formation of this organization.

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Open Call to Artists: Dave Brockie of GWAR Memorial Art Show

GWAR Full Band
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March 23rd, 2014 marked the untimely and tragic death of Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band GWAR. On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is hosting a special memorial art show dedicated to this legendary artist. Dave collaborated many times with MF Gallery, from his solo show / performance piece in 2004 to GWAR’s Crack-a-thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.

This is an open call to all artists who want to memorialize the Universe’s Greatest Scumdog, or the man behind the mask. MF Gallery will accept all submissions representing GWAR/ Oderus/ Brockie, as long as they are received by April 25th. Interested artists should email info@mfgallery.net for mailing address and more details.

The Opening Party, on Saturday May 3rd (7-10pm) will be a cash & carry sale, with one third of the proceeds going to The Dave Brockie Foundation. Art from the show will be available for viewing and purchasing online at: MF Gallery DB Memorial.

Donations can also be made directly to The Dave Brockie Foundation at: This Link.

Special party events and further details to come. Admission is free and open to all ages. Artists, fans and friends of GWAR / Dave are all invited to come see the show and celebrate this great man’s life with MF Gallery!

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond St. in Brooklyn, NY. Take the F or G train to Bergen St. The A or C to Hoyt/Schermehorn or the R to Union. For more information, contact Martina Secondo Russo at (917)446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net.

Soprano’s Actor Contributes Original Artwork for Mad About Art Charity Auction

Duke and Duchess of North Caldwell Sopranos
Duke and Duchess of North Caldwell By Federico Castellucio

Fountain Gallery, part of the Fountain House organization and charity is pleased and excited to share the addition of Soprano’s cast member Federico Castellucio’s work to its 100 artist line-up for its annual benefit auction, Mad About Art, scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 21st, 2013Castellucio played reoccurring character Furio Giunta, a member of Tony Soprano’s crew who was secretly in love with Carmela Soprano, and was a huge fan favorite. Casteluccio has donated one of his original prints entitled, The Duke and Duchess of North Caldwell – in honor of James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, who are depicted as Duke and Duchess from the original painting Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca, seen below.

Duke and Dutchess Original
Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca

This year’s Mad About Art will take place on Thursday, November 21st, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at Cedar Lake, located at 547 West 26th Street in Manhattan. The event theme is A Black and White Affair, featuring striking black and white décor; with the 500 guests expected to attend requested to wear black and white cocktail attire. One hundred original artworks will be presented at auction to benefit the member-artists of Fountain Gallery, New York City’s premier venue representing artists living with mental illness. Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is the special musical guest. This should be an exciting and fun event to support an excellent cause!

Event Chairs are: John P. Casaly, Rick Froio, Carmel and Brett Fromson, Dario Gristina, Leslie Harwood, Rich Hiler, Louis J. Mantia, Bonnie and Frank Pratt, Jerry Schumm, Gabriel Stefania. Ms. Harwood and Messrs. Froio, Gristina and Schumm are past Fountain Gallery honorees.

Individual ticket price is $250. Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $25,000. For tickets and information, contact Robyn Marks at 212-582-0341, Ext. 1288, or email rmarks@fountainhouse.org.