RxArt mourns the loss of bookseller John McWhinnie, who died tragically in a water accident while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands last Friday. A friend and key supporter of RxArt, John served on the benefit committee for multiple galas and generously donated artwork to the auctions throughout the years. His kaleidoscopic knowledge of books and art was unparalleled, and his kindness and loyalty will never be forgotten.
In the first group show of the year, Casey Kaplan brought together 13 artists for the group exhibition Rotary Connection, organized by gallery director Loring Randolph. Artists include RxArt friend Andrew Kuo, Julia Dault, Benoit Maîre, Marlo Pascual, and Isabelle Cornaro. The result is a fun multidisciplinary show exhibiting the diversity of the New York contemporary art scene.
Golden Girl, Julia Dault
Self-Portrait, Andrew Kuo
The numbers are in: the results were more than we could have hoped for! RxArt thanks all of our supporters all over the country for your tremendous support. Thanks to your generosity, we exceeded our goal by far. Fourteen beautiful James Welling prints will be installed in Emory University's Nuclear Imaging Department, transforming the space and giving hope to Atlanta's patients when they need it the most.
See below for a few of the prints to be installed!
What do you get when you combine thousands of colorful polka-dot stickers, kids, and psychedelic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama? The Obliteration Room, an interactive installation which is part of the exhibition "Look Now See Forever" at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Kusama brought her characteristic polka-dot aesthetic to a monochromatic, fully furnished white room, which served as a blank canvas. Over the course of two weeks, thousands of visitors were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, covering the room in a cacophony of color. Check the end results below!
I spent the holiday weekend in Chicago visiting family and while I was there I decided to take a side trip to see the Jeff Koons installation at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. I have seen many pictures of the installation but nothing could prepare me for seeing it in person--the colors are even more vibrant than they appear in photographs and the actual size of the CT scanner and the decals is much larger than I anticipated.
I could spot the room with the installation even from a distance, and as a nurse led me down the hall and to the room, I could see the colors spilling out into the hallway. I was completely taken aback when I entered the room and proceeded to spend quite a bit of time just taking everything in. As someone who experiences anxiety when visiting the doctor or the hospital, I can only wish that every room could be like this one--I would feel a lot more positive about visiting the doctor or getting tests done if it could take place in such a colorful and cheerful setting!
Happy (almost) 2012! With many exciting installations forthcoming, RxArt is eagerly awaiting the new year. Fourteen James Welling photographs will be installed in Emory University Hospital's Department of Nuclear Medicine (thanks to all the generous RxArt supporters this past month!). A fantastic site-specific Trenton Doyle Hancock mural will be installed at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Mid-January, we will be installing prints in New York City's Metropolitan Hospital thanks to the generosity of Agnes Gund.
RxArt is also excited about a project in the pipeline with the Manhattan VA Hospital. A series of Malcolm Morley prints are slated to be installed in a waiting room for PTSD patients. Additionally, a series of large-scale photographs from David Levinthal's Baseball series will be installed in three adjacent hospital waiting areas.
SNAPS is a series of Mobile Uploads of RxArt's friends.
WHO: Evan Gruzis
WHERE: His studio in Red Hook!
Looking for a unique gift for your favorite baby or little artist? Head on over to Little Collector's pop-up holiday shop Saturday, December 10th from 2-5 pm at 195 Chrystie Street, 7th floor for holiday treats, gift wrapping, and discounts on framed prints. All art prints are affordably priced and framed, so they're ready to hang immediately. We have our eye on prints by RxArt artists and coloring book collaborators Shepard Fairey, David Levinthal, Jason Middlebrook, Cynthia Rowley, and Trey Speegle. In addition, a portion of all proceeds are donated to RxArt. What a great message to give to kids this holiday season: that the cool art hanging on their wall helps to bring installations to hospitals in New York and around the country!
This weekend, RxArt was in Miami for another installment of Art Basel. Artists like Nate Lowman, Aurel Schmidt, Scott Campbell, Brendan Fowler, Sam Falls and many more were represented at the fair. With all the events, booths, and parties going on, trying to see all the art becomes a hectic event. Below are a few selects.
The month of December is dedicated to our End-of-Year-Fundraiser to raise the last $2,000 needed to fund a project at Emory University Hospital. Yesterday marked the launch of the fundraiser and donations have already been pouring in and bringing us even closer to helping Atlanta's patients. The Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging waiting area at Emory University Hospital will be transformed by James Welling's dramatic photographs of Philip Johnson's Glass House. Be a part of this amazing project by donating today!
Help us and receive a gift in return! Donations of $25 receive an artist-signed copy of our latest coloring book, Between the Lines Vol. III, while donations reaching $100 will receive a coloring book AND a Terry Richardson autographed puzzle. For donations of $250 or more, you will obtain a signed gelatin silver print of New York taken by Life Magazine photographer, John Muller, between 1938 and 1945.
Click HERE to make your donation! Every dollar counts and brings us one step closer to helping patients at Emory University Hospital!
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