Earlier this month, a surreal new work by artist Katharina Grosse was unveiled in the Rockaways. The artist has transformed an entire abandoned Army aquatics facility in Fort Tilden Park into a whirling mix of reds, whites and pinks. Her first installation in New York, the empty building played canvas to her work as part of the “Rockaway!” project, a biennial series of art installations commissioned by MoMA PS1 that was born in response to the disaster of Hurricane Sandy. That abandoned facility? It was actually gutted by the hurricane. And now it gains new life, through Grosse’s eyes, as a surreal thing of beauty on the beachy landscapes of New York. The painting effect is supposed to mimic that of a wave washing over the building. The project is the next step in the Fort Tilden Park’s efforts to restore the natural habit in the area. A stunning tribute, you can visit the outdoor installation anytime between now and November 30, 2016. Read here for more info.
One of the coolest things about the first ever Indie Street Film Festival that just went down in Red Bank, NJ last week was that, not only did it incorporate dozens of different genres and styles of filmmaking…it also brought live art into the mix! From Joe Mangrum’s colorful sand art to two-handed painter Rob Prior, art was a focal point of the inaugural year of the festival. It’s an amazing thing when art and film collide, so if that’s up your alley, be sure to check out artnet’s list of 10 art documentaries to watch this summer here. From discovering the origins of land art to learning about the life and times of Renoir, get ready to get out of the heat and cool off with some ART!
Ah, the art critic. Once a powerful medium and influencer in the art world. Of course, things are always changing within the field. And with that, ladies and gentlemen, we introduce Berenson, a robot art critic. Naturally. Berenson currently roams the galleries of Paris’ Musée du quai Branly, focusing on the fitting 'Persona: Oddly Human' exhibition. Dressed to the nines in a black coat, bowler hat, and white scarf, he certainly looks the part. Berenson is actually named after art critic Bernard Berenson, an American art critic who famously wore a bowler hat. And like an art critic, he silently roams the hall and judges the pieces of art before him. Through a camera in one of his eye, the robot records people’s reactions to artworks. All of his recordings are then stored in a computer, hidden within the exhibition space. Positive reactions are green circles, while negative ones are red circles. Berenson then reacts with a smile or frown to certain pieces of artwork, depending on the influx of green or red circles he receives. This system, called Prométhé, is how Berenson is forming his own personal taste levels. If you want to see this nifty, somewhat simplified version of an art critic in action, Berenson will be at Musée du quai Branly sporadically through November. Read more about the robot here and make sure to watch this video of Berenson doing his thing.