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Paola Pivi’s You Know Who I Am On The High Line

you know who I am photo by gail worley
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Paola Pivi’s interdisciplinary artistic practice combines the familiar with the bizarre. The artist shifts viewer’s expectations of rules, categories and boundaries; her parallel universes encourage us to recognize divisions we take for granted. You Know Who I Am (2022) is a cast bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty wearing cartoonish masks – stylized portraits of individuals whose personal experiences of freedom are directly connected to the United States. The masks change every two months, representing different people over the course of the exhibition.  Continue reading Paola Pivi’s You Know Who I Am On The High Line

Statue of Diane Arbus in Doris C. Freedman Plaza

diane arbus statue photo by gail worley
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Gilded monuments and bronze statues evoke the public art of a bygone era, though we’ve recently been reminded of the potent symbolic value they still hold. Artist Gillian Wearing (b. 1963, Birmingham, England) has been fascinated by these sculptures since childhood. For her, there’s something uncanny about a human form that appears immovable and changeless in a public setting. Wearing has alwasy made art about people, usually presented in unexpected ways, in photography, video, and more recently, sculpture.

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Instagram Photo of the Week: Big Apple Bus Shelter

On Friday evening, I hauled butt over to Javits Center for a quick trip to the NY Boat Show — which was scheduled to run until 8 PM that night — because I had a feeling the event might be canceled on Saturday, with the Noreaster coming (and I was right). This Big Apple (that is what it is called) is actually not an official bus shelter, but a piece of public art that you can sit in. It can be found on the north side of 34th Street, just across from the fancy 7 Train exit. It looked so beautiful all lit-up, I could not resist snapping  a pic for the ‘gram. The piece was created by World of Marzell!

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Instagram Photo of the Week: Gail and Jana Visit The Gates!

It seems like it’s been years (but probably just one) since NYC had a snowfall like this! I found this photo of me with my friend Jana while cleaning out my office a couple of years ago, and made this crappy scan, which I shared on Instagram this past week. The photo was taken in Central Park sometime during the February 2005 run of the public art installation The Gates by French land artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who have sadly now both passed on. Their art, however, lives forever.

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Oversize Origami Animal Sculptures Roam the Garment District

coyote stalking photo by gail worley
Coyote, Stalking By Hacer (All Photo By Gail)

Not since the Fancy Animal Carnival of 2016 has a menagerie of exotic of creatures like those you’ll see in Hacer: Transformations been set loose in NYC’s Garment District.  For just a few more weeks, New Yorkers and visitors to Midtown Manhattan can experience a series of seven gigantic, origami-inspired sculptures that comprise this public art exhibit, which features two dark turquoise coyotes, two medium turquoise rabbits, a magenta elephant, a yellow dog and a green bear cub.

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