The Armory Arts Week is the peak of Manhattan's art market. There are no beds left in the city and collectors advisors critics and curators crowd the shows and crave for the finest. In this high stakes context Art takes Manhattan sets forth a daringly beautiful proposal. It's top notch curators have put aside their duties as gallery owners, museum curators, professors and designers in Manhattan's art scene to devote their attention to the selection of these 39 living artists from around the world. Whether from Spain France Sweden Greece the United States or the Check Republic, these artists bring their very best pieces to the heart of Manhattan. This exhibition is a show off of what contemporary fine art has to offer. It's the art of the date in the calendar, created today representing the present for the future to come.
Surpassing the voluptuously round Golden Pars that flank the access to the central room of the gallery the collector will find the larger than life statue of Roger Reutiman, a walking torso of miraculously modeled legs, advancing robust in meticulous evolutions. This central space leans on the figurative, presided by the powerful portraits of Johanes Andersson. The vibrant eyes of a pubescent Indian girl will follow you, with a quiet need, holding a wound, across the room with serene dignity. Her vibrant eyes won't leave you afterwards.
Paintings of forceful abstraction contrast with liquid evocations of warm feelings and cold materials in the pigmented resins of Javier Infantes versus the knife strokes of Richard Nocera.
There seems to be a special interest on landscapes now than more than half of the population of the world lives confined in mega cities. Rob Fiocca hangs three large photographies where the grandiosity of the skies meeting the earth is mediated by the outrageous intrusion of strong tactile sensations in those rich immediate surfaces that evade to distant splendors: merging the eternal values of the classic and the baroque. Whether as a tectonic impossibility, an alien future or an oneiric appeal for reality, landscapes are very present in Art takes Manhattan.
Art takes Manhattan brings the finest art worldwide to the heart of Manhattan, opening Manhattan's art market to artists beyond its boundaries. Adjacent to the High Line walking park in the heart of Chelsea's art district, Art takes Manhattan features an extraordinary selection of contemporary artists such as: Stephen Hall, Johan Andersson, Jan Kaláb, Roger Reutimann, Anna Vanmatre, Martin Tremblay, Rob Fiocca, Paul Morris, Javier Infantes, Audrey Shacknow, Alejandro Dron, Bryan Christie, Miriam Costanza, Perri Neri, Jamie Martinez, Catherine Jansen Larson, Matthew James, Vicky Talwar, Brighart, Michael Boroniec, Cecil Eciam, Cornelia Kavanagh, Honorata Jarnuszkiewicz, Rance Jones, April Zanne, Veronikah Grauby, Thekla Papadopoulou, Maria Trillo, Richard Nocera, Len Bernstein, Alejandro Gutierrez, Yannick Fournié, Yuri Nesh, Lauren Cutler, Arturo Mallmann, And Michelle Firment Reid.
The unique proposition of this initiative is a mixture of online and onsite art exhibition. Collectors can review, fall in love, and pre order the entire exhibition at arttakesmanhattan.org/store before and after appreciating the artworks in person at the onsite exhibition.