A detail of people entering an egg in Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1500

Some highlights from the big 2014 NYC Fabergé Egg Hunt with eggs by Warby Parker, Cynthia Rowley, Tracey Emin, Jacques Torres, Zaha Hadid and more! 

(Shameless re-post): Since it’s Easter weekend, here is one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny by Johann Conrad Gilbert (1734-1812).

Happy Easter! 

(Source: indefenseofart)

April 15th is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday! To honor one of the greatest draftsmen in art history, here is a selection of his drawings— or should I say, disegni.

From Top to Bottom:

  • Study for the Last Supper, 1494-95, Red chalk on paper, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice
  • Study of a child with a cat, ca. 1478, Pen and ink on paper, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  • Study of David by Michelangelo, 1505, Pen, ink, black chalk on paper, Royal Library, Windsor
  • Study of battles on horseback, 1503-04, Pen and ink on paper, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  • Studies of human skull, 1489, Pen, ink and black chalk on paper, Royal Library, Windsor
  • Study sheet with cats, dragon and other animals, 1513-15, Pen, ink, black chalk on paper, Royal Library, Windsor
  • and of course, The Vitruvian Man, 1492, Pen, ink, watercolour and metalpoint on paper, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

When art history meets architecture— the ever talented Federico Babina's ARCHIST combines iconic artistic styles with architectural facades. The Cor-Ten steel wrapped Serra house may be a bit hazardous but I wouldn’t mind living in the cozy looking Christo House!

Andy Warhol themed pop-up café at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo featuring “Andy Warhol-inspired foods,” including hamburgers and chilli dogs stamped with dollar signs…thoughts?

Jon Rafman's Brand New Paint Job digitally combines common interior spaces appropriated from Google Maps and famous master works by artists such as Picasso, Basquiat, Monet, Baselitz, Lichtenstein, Twombly, Haring, Duchamp and more.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind Les Demoiselles d’Avignon wrapped living room!!

"Tiny Tattoos" a photoseries by Austin Tott in which miniature drawings on wrists are juxtaposed with backgrounds that serve as visual referents to the abstracted drawings. While the “tattoos” are hand-drawn, they may serve as sources of inspiration for my next tattoo!

This Week in NYC:

Spotlight on five must see/attend Art events in New York this week:
1. Tuesday (April 8, 12:30 pm) : Jessica Fripp from Parsons is giving a talk titled “Caricature and Rebellion in Rome in the Eighteenth Century"  at the Institute of Fine Arts. Her talk explores how caricatures defined and circulated amongst young artistic social groups in Rome. RSVP HERE.

2. Tuesday- Saturday (April 8-12): Trisha Brown Dance Company's Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503; Son of Gone Fishin’; Solo Olos; Rogues are reconstitutions of previous works and reperformance of more recent pieces—a must see for all contemporary dance lovers. Ticketing info HERE.

3. Thursday & Friday (April 10, 4pm; 11, 6:30 pm): Crash, an opera by the late Robert Ashley and directed by Alex Waterman at the Whitney. The performance is part of the Biennale events and should be phenomenal. Ticketing info HERE.

4. Thursday - Sunday (April 10-13): AIPAD Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory, one of the biggest events for contemporary photography. Ticketing info HERE.

5. Saturday (April 12; 4-6 pm) : Panel at CABINET, “Life between Borders,” with Melissa Chiu, Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Niels van Tomme, Steven Rand, and Heather Felty and organised by Apexart. The panel considers cultural and curatorial and artistic identity in an increasingly nomadic world. More information HERE, no RSVP necessary.

> On-going Exhibition spotlight: Don’t miss Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography at Scandinavia House which brings together a selection of works by Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish photographers. More information HERE.