In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
The turn of the month means a new Midnight Moment in Times Square, which delves into the abstract paintings of Emilio Perez. The former Tunnel nightclub welcomes art prints and books for the EAB Fair, and Equity Gallery brings guest curator Osman Can Yerebakan on for a show inspired by Jean Genet. Epic duo Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman transform Storefront for Art and Architecture into the Rat Fink Room, and Francisco de Pajaro transforms every inch of Castle Fitzjohns into an extension of his street art. The 22nd Annual ArtWalk NY art party honors Kenny Scharf this year, and Hauser & Wirth honor the late Mike Kelley with a show of his exquisite 2D works. Finally, grab a group for a day of excitement and learning for the Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt!
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“Section 581” by SITU Studio, Photograph by Patrick Mandeville
Billionaires get off nearly tax-free and billions go uncollected due to flaws in the way the city assesses property value. As part of a new exhibit at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Soho, interdisciplinary architecture firm SITU Studio created visual representations of these inequities in one of their most glaring examples: the buildings along Central Park.
New York City’s property tax structure assigns higher real property taxes to renters than it does to the infamous absentee owners of the trophy condos on Billionaires’ Row, short-changing the city of millions in annual revenue, according to CityLab. The acrylic bands in the SITU models show the disparity between the taxed value of these properties and the sky-high amounts they’d actually sell for.
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These days, the architecture conversation in NYC is all about the tallest, slenderest, and priciest towers. But while everyone has their eye on what’s going up, no one seems to be talking about what’s coming down to make it happen. That’s why this new design competition from the Storefront for Art and Architecture is so intriguing. “Taking Buildings Down” wants to expand the context of new development to include the entire life cycle of our built environment, and proposals are being accepted for “production of voids; the demolition of buildings, structures, and infrastructures; or the subtraction of objects and/or matter as a creative act.”
Image © dbox
We’ve all seen more than our fair share of 432 Park Avenue‘s facade around town, but finally here comes an opportunity to get inside the building. The Storefront for Art and Architecture has just announced that the Viñoly supertall will be the site of their 2015 spring benefit, TRANS. The gala, being held Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, will be the first public event hosted at the unopened building, and by the looks of the program, it also promises to be as starchitect-studded and “transcendent” as these things get.
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We get frustrated every time we try to use Saran Wrap on the leftover half of a lemon, so we can’t imagine shrink-wrapping the entire ground floor of a building. But that’s exactly what design firm SO-IL did at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.
The installation is part of Storefront’s latest exhibit BLUEPRINT, which showcases 50 blueprints from various disciplines dating from 1961 to 2013. The show was also curated by SO-IL. By wrapping the exterior of the space, the gallery is “totally open, yet perpetually closed and fixed… wrapped in time and in space.”
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The latest art installation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture is much more than a futuristic-looking pink amoeba. Oslo-based artist Jana Winderen and Architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY have created this interactive piece, entitled Situation NY, as a way to invite visitors to question the properties of matter and the built environment surrounding us. A vibrating sound piece, it also uses light and form to heighten the experience.
Lots more on the installation ahead