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Postcard From New York by Clio Art Fair I December 12-18

Postcard From New York by Clio Art Fair I December 12-18

In partnership with Clio Art Fair, we are presenting you a new format: Postcard From New York!


Every week, we will share with you what's happening the NYC art scene!

Let's discover what's going on these days in the Big Apple.


In Museums

Guillermo del Toro - Crafting Pinocchio
@ MoMA
Through Apr 15, 2023


“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” the acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro has said. Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio, an exhibition uniquely organized during the production of a feature film, focuses on Del Toro’s first stop-motion animated feature—an innovative reinterpretation of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s novel, now set in Fascist-era Italy. In this exhibition, which coincides with the film’s premiere, visitors will experience being on a movie set and see first-hand how an international team of designers, craftspeople, and animation artists in Portland, Oregon, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Altrincham, England worked collaboratively to realize Del Toro’s vision.

Opening with classic and contemporary editions and interpretations of Pinocchio from around the world, the exhibition also includes production art, props, and a look at the various phases of puppet-making. Working film sets from Del Toro’s movie, motion tests, and time-lapse video installations document the complex stop-motion process that brings the story’s characters to life. The exhibition concludes with an immersive installation that brings together newly commissioned video and posters from Del Toro’s filmography, including works such as The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), The Shape of Water (2017), and Nightmare Alley (2021).

Please be aware that this exhibition contains monitors with strobing, which may be harmful to some individuals.

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In Galleries

@ Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Through February 6, 2023

Line Vautrin, dubbed “The poetess of metal”, marked the 20th century with her singular and lyrical work. Having started as a jewellery designer, Vautrin and her elegant objects were first discovered by the public at the 1937 Paris Exposition.

The production of her famous mirrors began in the 50s and relied on the use of a new material: Talosel, for which she filed a patent. This resin was the result of her thirst for experimentation and became the main element of her work. Malleable under the effect of heat, it allows the inlaying of fragments of glass and colored mirrors. Vautrin heated, bent, and scarified with the use of pliers, scissors and scalpels to create a new kind of mirror.

Through these mural sculptures, the artist revisited the 18th century baroque mirror, infusing elegance, poetry and humour. Vautrin’s creations are nourished by a unique and identifiable iconography that prevails over the initial function of the mirrors, which rarely shows the reflection of those who look at them.
The rare models gathered in this exhibition – Folie, Roi Soleil, Huître, Monaco – are perfect examples of Line Vautrin’s purely artistic approach, which distances itself from the tradition of the Decorative Arts.

Line Vautrin died of a heart attack in 1997, at the age of 84. She will have known the consecration of her life as a major French artist. In 1999, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris paid tribute to her with a retrospective exhibition.

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In Brooklyn

Celebration: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe
@ Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, December 17, 2022 I 1–6 pm

In the final weeks of Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe, gather for a celebration of the legacy of Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982). Rowe’s experimental sculptures, drawings, and vibrant works on paper explore girlhood, spirituality, and radical hospitality within post–civil rights era Georgia. The program aims to invoke this ethos of hospitality by inviting visitors to look closely at Rowe’s art and come together around conversation and live music.

Begin the afternoon with an exhibition tour led by the late artist’s grandniece Cheryl Mashack, who will reflect upon themes of lineage and home.

Then, vanessa german—a self-taught citizen artist working across sculpture, performance, communal ritual, and photography—shares a poetic tribute to Rowe. Through these mediums, german proposes models for social healing, using creativity and tenderness to reckon with white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and misogynoir.

Next, hear from curators Catherine Morris and Jenée-Daria Strand, who organized Really Free at the Brooklyn Museum, and Katherine Jentleson of the High Museum of Art, who organized the exhibition’s original iteration. Together, they discuss the shifting categories of “self-taught,” “outsider,” and “folk” art, and Rowe’s place within contemporary curatorial discourse. The conversation also considers distinctions between the presentations of Rowe’s work in her home state and in Brooklyn.

The celebration culminates with a performance by Lonnie Holley, accompanied by musicians Shahzad Ismaily and Nelson Patton (Dave Nelson and Marlon Patton). Since 1979, Holley has been creating sculptures from found materials, in what he calls the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Self-taught, the artist also made home recordings for more than two decades before releasing his first studio album at age sixty-two. His visual art and music inform one another, with sculptures representing three-dimensional sketches of stories that later appear in songs.

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JR and Shirin Neshat: Eyes on Iran
@ New York’s FDR Four Freedoms State Park
Through January 1, 2023

Unveiled on 28 November 2022, Eyes on Iran is a multifaceted public art installation, punctuating the spaces of New York’s FDR Four Freedoms State Park. Eye motifs have been staged in different scales throughout the park to examine the power of collective sight, with eyes facing the UN, signifying the world’s eyes on Iran.

In attendance at the opening ceremony for the exhibition, which took place yesterday, were former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, human rights lawyer and project director at the Atlantic Council Gissou Nia, as well as artists and singers supporting the liberation of women in Iran. The installation runs in line with both the UN initiative, ‘16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence’ (25 November until Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022). And with the goal to amplify the mission of ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ – a global campaign demanding that the Islamic Republic of Iran be removed from the Commission on the Status of Women, the UN's dedicated gender equality branch.  

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