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MutualArt.com and Beyond

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 at 10:16 am

I’ve just found an answer to all our questions (which perhaps speaks to the eventual and inevitable doom of my blog). I’ve found a website that predicts, organizes, and refers all different sort of art world events, organizations, shows, exhibitions (basically everything you could ever think of) to people. It’s awesome! Like amazing! 

Here’s the site: MutualArt.com. and I highly suggest that anyone who cares anything about the museum world – not only in New York but across the world – check this out. I put in a few preferences and it told me all these crazy cool exhibitions to see. And if you sign up right now its freeeeee! They have a trial version thing going on because they’re just launching the site right now. Get in early. 

So with my newfound knowledge of the art world at my fingertips, I’ve discovered this way cool exhibition at Sotheby’s in their 20th Century Design division as a part of the upcoming auction! it was so cool – but then again I’m sort of a furniture junkie. 

Museum of Art and Design

In Manhattan on February 6, 2009 at 11:34 am

The MAD Museum or the Museum of Art and Design opened its doors on its new building at 2 Columbus Circle in September of 2008. 

If you are feeling a bit warn out from the high intellectualism that much of contemporary art requires (which I often am), check out this place. There are pieces of furniture and design which are beautiful and a delight to see but don’t require the same sort of brain power and powers of intellectual appreciation.

Here are the opening hours:

Wed. – Sun. 11:00 am to 6:00 pm 
Thurs. 11:00 am to 9:00 pm 
Closed Mon., Tues. & Major Holidays

Noguchi Museum

In Queens on February 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American design and sculpture artist who worked steadily for six decades. Some of his work is has been mass produced and can be seen in design stores like Room&Board but he also did stage design work for Martha Graham productions and other sculpture works.

The Noguchi Museum was opened in 1985 by the artist to display his work. He was very much opposed in his life to being displayed in traditional museums like MOMA where he work might have been shown. In order to get around his quarrels with these institutions he decided to create his own to his standards – he could thus display his work in any way he chose. The museum is the first to be opened purely for the purpose of displaying a single artist’s work.

The museum is currently located in Long Island City, Queens and housed in 13 galleries in a converted factory building and included a beautiful garden with sculptures within it.

This museum is unusual in a city with so much great art but very little focus on this intersection between art and design. Noguchi was a singular artist in this sense and is appreciated as such. I would highly recommend that anyone who comes to New York City see this museum. It is well worth the trek out to Queens (it’s not really a trek – Long Island City is the first stop over the bridge, but we are Manhattanites, afterall, and many people are too lethargic to get to all the exciting places outside of Manhattan).