Art in Manhattan

Isamu Noguchi - Red Cube, 1968, steel, aluminum, 24 feet tall, installation view, 140 Broadway, New York feat

Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube sculpture – A masterpiece in New York

Red Cube is a gigantic monumental sculpture by the American landscape architect and artist Isamu Noguchi, located out in Lower Manhattan. The minimalist masterpiece combines architecture and art, creating a fascinating monochromatic cube that balances nimbly on one of its corners. Notwithstanding its title, Red Cube isn’t an actual cube but rather looks as …

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Agnes Denes - Wheatfield - A Confrontation, 1982, Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan

Why did Agnes Denes create this Wheatfield in New York?

Wheatfield – A Confrontation Agnes Denes is a renowned Hungary-American and artist with numerous pioneering artworks that carried a prophetic message. She is known for her groundbreaking use of metallic inks and other non-traditional materials in creating an unusual body of exquisitely rendered prints and drawings that delineate her explorations in philosophy, mathematics, science, geography, …

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Some of Vito Acconci’s most influential performances

Who was Vito Acconci? Vito Acconci is one of the most influential American artists. He was a poet, an architect, and a pioneer of performance art. Acconci is commemorated in art history for his artworks, including the ones we are going to discuss in this article. Influence His artwork involved crossing the boundaries, including the …

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What made Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc sculpture so controversial?

Embed from Getty Images Who is Richard Serra? Richard Serra is a leading sculptor who is known for creating minimalist artwork. While he began his career after studying fine arts at Yale University, he created the sculpture Tilted Arc in 1981 in New York after celebrating his fortieth birthday. By this time, he was already …

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What is Yvette Mattern’s global rainbow?

What was Global Rainbow? Global Rainbow, After the Storm is a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern, viewable to millions of New Yorkers. Organized in response to Hurricane Sandy, the artist projected seven beams of high power laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, originating on Manhattan’s Lower West Side …

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Why did Josephine Meckseper install oil pumps in Midtown Manhattan?

In March 2012, two monumental kinetic sculptures, each about 7.5m tall, transformed a disused public space in Midtown Manhattan into an art piece by Josephine Meckseper. Though mirroring the forms and materials of the mid-century oil industry, the artist locates her work firmly inside the contemporary debate about American business, wealth and consumerism. What …

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Artist David Brooks & These massive rooftops on Manhattan’s last undeveloped lot

Imagine viewing rooftops at eye level with pedestrians in Manhattan, New York? That seems nearly impossible when you consider New York has more than 300 high-rise buildings taller than 150 meters. This means that to really appreciate the city’s landscape of rooftops, one has to climb to the rooftop of another landmark building or …

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Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Trees covers entire buildings in New York

Yellow Trees wrapped around building In celebration of Yayoi Kusama’s past retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier in 2012, two off-site projects took place. In one of them, Kusama’s rhythmic dotted “Yellow Tree motif transformed a construction site in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan into a giant canvas. A detail of the …

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Tom Fruin’s Watertower – Made of 1000 scrap plexiglass pieces

The Water Tower Not many artists enjoy the privilege of having their pieces displayed in New York City’s prime locations, but artist Tom Fruin does enjoy this. His creation of the Water Tower is a sight to behold and can be easily viewed from FDR Drive, parks and streets of Dumbo, Manhattan Bridge, Lower Manhattan, …

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Bruce Davidson’s sexy & scary subway photos

Who is Bruce Davidson? Bruce Davidson was born on 5 September 1933 in Oak Park, Chicago. He began taking photographs when he was just ten years old after his mother built him a darkroom. He was got hired at Austin Camera as a stock boy. Davidson learned technical nuances of photography from Al Cox, including …

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