Tag Archive | Fine Art

Paul Kasmin Gallery Presents Mattia Bonetti’s Indoor | Outdoor

Pliniana Armchair
Pliniana Armchair and Bundle of Sticks Table By Mattia Bonetti (All Photos By Gail)

Continuing with it recent series of amazing art exhibits, Paul Kasmin Gallery on Tenth Avenue is currently hosting Indoor | Outdoor, an exhibition of new functional sculptures by Mattia Bonetti, on view through May 4th, 2013. If you love the space where Modern Furniture Design becomes Fine Art, this is a Must See exhibit!

Liquid Gold Cabinet
Liquid Gold Cabinet

The works in this series epitomize Bonetti’s unique vision, including an exciting debut of new outdoor furniture, a career first for the artist. Since the beginning of his pioneering practice in the 1970s, Bonetti, known for his limited edition works and unique commissions, has approached the distinction between art and design not as a barrier, but as a wellspring of creative dialogue.

Archetype Table Lamp
Archetype Table Lamp

Lucky Side Table
Lucky Side Table

Inspired by the dynamic between indoors and out, these works swing both conceptually and formally between the organic and the geometric, playing in the space between the natural and the crafted. Blurring these familiar boundaries, the majority of the works have been designed to thrive both inside and outside.

Necklace Round Side Table
Necklace Round Side Table

Bonetti’s forms also consciously reinvigorate classical and timeless silhouettes, suggesting cultural influences as diverse as Ancient Greece and imperial India. From the patterns of woven reeds translated in bronze, to shaped travertine filled with colored resin, to illuminated Madagascar rock crystal, to cast aluminum that bears the raised grain of hand-milled elm—these works tantalizingly combine and reimagine the world of design into a realm of dueling materials, forms, and evocations.

Travertine Couch and Table
Travertine Couch and Table

Mattia Bonetti’s Indoor | Outdoorwill be on Exhibit Through May 4th, 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue (at West 27th Street) New York, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Rocky Side Table with Oval Meander Coffee Table
Rocky Side Table (Rear) with Oval Meander Coffee Table (Foreground)

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Jeff Koons Must Die!: The Video Game

May 10th is big day for Sotheby’s New York Auction House, as they are auctioning off a dozen or so expensive works of fine art later this evening. Two of the higher price tag items up for sale are Andy Warhol’s Sixteen Jackies and a Jeff Koons porcelain sculpture entitled Pink Panther (see image above). As I was trolling around online looking for a picture of the Pink Panther sculpture I came across some Old News (i.e. over 30 days) about a video game created by Multi-media artist Hunter Jonakin called Jeff Koons Must Die! Check out this video:

Jeff Koons Must Die!!! The Video Game from Hunter Jonakin on Vimeo.

I’m not much of a video game player, but this one looks like fun! Jonakin explains what the game is all about below:

Jeff Koons Must Die!!! is made up of a fabricated 80’s style stand-up arcade cabinet and a simulated digital environment presented in a first-person perspective. Viewers must pay twenty-five cents to play the game and the virtual environment is traversed with a joystick and two arcade buttons. The premise of the video game is to allow the viewer to virtually destroy work by the artist, Jeff Koons.

An Iconic Balloon Dog Sculpture is Destroyed in a Scene from Jeff Koons Must Die!

Jeff Koons is one of the most polarizing and well known contemporary artists living today. He attempts to elevate the banal by constructing large metal sculptures that resemble balloon animals, oil paintings that contain subject matter derived from digital collage, and large-scale pornographic photographs featuring the artist and his former wife, to name a few. All of Koons’s art is constructed by assistants. In general, viewers love or hate Koons and his work, and that is why he was chosen as the subject matter for this piece.

The game is set in a large museum during a Jeff Koons retrospective. The viewer is given a rocket launcher and the choice to destroy any of the work displayed in the gallery. If nothing is destroyed the player is allowed to look around for a couple of minutes and then the game ends. However, if one or more pieces are destroyed, an animated model of Jeff Koons walks out and chastises the viewer for annihilating his art. He then sends guards to kill the player. If the player survives this round then he or she is afforded the ability to enter a room where waves of curators, lawyers, assistants, and guards spawn until the player is dead. In the end, the game is unwinnable, and acts as a comment on the fine art studio system, museum culture, art and commerce, hierarchical power structures, and the destructive tendencies of gallery goers, to name a few.”

Jeff Koons’ Pink Panther is expected to sell for between $30 and $40 Million Dollars at tonight’s auction.