Celebrating Gotham Art
New York is not only the home of major art museums, but of generations of artists who were and continue to be inspired by their kaleidoscopic surroundings. This month, we highlight three shows that focus on the city’s art and artists, from kindergarten-age painters to a still-influential Jazz Age icon.
Coney Art Walls at The Outdoor Museum of Street Art
Avibrant, joyous outdoor art show, Coney Art Walls (“The Outdoor Museum of Street Art”) returns this summer to Coney Island. The public art project encompasses 33 wall murals, eight of them new this year, including a graffiti- themed work from legendary Wild Style artist Lee Quinones and a new entrance wall from his fellow street-art pioneer Crash. This collaboration between Thor Equities and art dealer/curator Jeffrey Deitch celebrates NYC artists and street art in one of the world’s most famous amusement playgrounds.
Many of the murals on display reference Coney imagery, including Lady Pink’s eye-popping Coney Island Roller Coaster Life and John Ahearn’s Untitled, with its sculptured trio of swimmers. Other returning artists include Aiko, D*Face, Daze, IRAK, Miss Van, Mister Cartoon, Nina Chanel Abney, RETNA, Ron English, Tats Cru and Tristan Eaton, with new works from Alexis Diaz, Jim Drain, Ganzeer, Shantell Martin, Marie Roberts and Chris Stain. The art walls will be accessible from noon to 10 pm every day through September. Along with the appetizing art, there are several food vendors on site. (Through 9/30, 3050 Stillwell Ave., Brooklyn)
P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids at The Met
For the tenth consecutive season The Met is hosting P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids. The result of a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc., the show features artworks created by the city’s public school children. The 103 pieces on display, by artists ranging in age from pre-K to 12th grade, were selected from over 1,000 submissions by a jury of members of the city’s arts community, including the Met’s staff.
The breadth of the work is impressive; these paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings all reflect personal expression and great use of imagination, in addition to a real understanding of the artistic process, judging from the artists’ own comments on their creations. Family portraits, cityscapes and nature-based works are common themes, as is liberal use of color. These kids are clearly benefiting from their art classes, evidenced by the expansiveness of their thinking and the resulting creations. (Through 10/29, 1000 Fifth Ave.)
Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, at the Jewish Museum
Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, at the Jewish Museum, is an exhilarating exhibition honoring one of the Jazz Age’s most important art figures. Along with her mother Rosetta and sisters Carrie and Ettie, Florine hosted a regular salon in the Stettheimers’ Manhattan apartment that drew Georgia O’Keeffe, Gaston Lachaise, Alfred Stieglitz and Marcel Duchamp, among other iconic contemporaries.
Influenced equally by the Ballet Russes and Symbolist painters and poets—cutting-edge forces of the early 20th century— Stettheimer created colorful, quirky works that reflected her extraordinary world. This show includes more than 50 paintings and drawings, various costume and theater designs, photographs and poems, all reflecting Stettheimer’s singular vision and continuing influence on contemporary art. Paintings such as Spring Sale at Bendel’s (1921) and A Model (Nude Self-Portrait)(1915) re ect Stettheimer’s witty, irreverent approach. One can imagine her thriving in today’s art scene and in the modern world in general. (Through 9/24, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St., Manhattan)