Spring time is a major art season here in NYC and worldwide. While we were not able to attend all the art fairs last weekend (March 8-11), we had a chance to stop by the Fountain Art Fair NYC. This fair featured both American and international galleries, and showcased cutting-edge art from both the emerging and the established scenes. The atmosphere was laid-back and relaxed, and there were all media, styles of artwork, and galleries represented, such as screenprint publishers working with Montreal street artists.

Fountain Art Fair NYC 2012 Giant Peep

Here you see the giant Peep bunny. Also, while reviewing photos I love discovering people looking directly into my camera.

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

Memes have made their way into the art world.

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

A Japanese artist with Ginza Gallery G2.

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

Robert speaking to another Japanese artist with Gallery Den. His name is SEISUI and he makes Noh Masks.

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

A sculpture that is both menacing and well lit.

Fountain Art Fair NYC Spring 2012

Needless to say we had a lot to go through from the art fair.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan: All is a retrospective exhibit held by the Guggenheim Museum featuring all the artworks created by the artist since 1989. Maurizio Cattelan, an Italian-born contemporary artist, is known for his often satirical, hyper-realistic, and humorous sculptures. Drawing from his childhood, economic struggles, and experiences growing up in the often volatile political atmosphere of Italy, Cattelan utilizes taxidermy, his own figure, and cultural icons such as John F. Kennedy and Pope John Paul II to present his thesis on society, culture, and mortality.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Novecento, 1997. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

The museum visitor engages with the artworks as they hang suspended by rope from the oculus in the rotunda of the Guggenheim. As one walks in a circular path leading to the top of the museum, the viewer is able to view each artwork individually. The exhibition comes with a clever map where each work is numbered corresponding to its name and further information.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, La Nona Ora, 1999. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

Above: “The Ninth Hour,” a sculpture featuring the effigy of Pope John Paul II being struck down by a meteor.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2001. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

The above untitled work is a site installation created for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Cattelan is looking through a hole in the floor at a gallery featuring Old Master paintings. You can see it here in its intended context.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2007. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, La Rivoluzione siamo noi, 2000. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

“We are the revolution.”

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Now, 2004. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, All, 2007. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

This draped figure is one of nine sculptures in the series All.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2001. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

A motorized, working mini elevator.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Love Saves Life, 1995. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Love Lasts Forever, 1997. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum

Maurizio Cattelan, Betsy, 2002. Maurizio Cattelan: All at Guggenheim Museum.

This exhibit is a symphony of the hyper-realistic, grotesque, oftentimes poignant, as well as humorous art works. The way they are suspended from the museum rotunda gives the audience an understanding of an artist whose art career holds grandiosity and cultural significance. When we encounter an especially cheeky artwork, we can’t help but chuckle, and that provides a form of comic relief from the artworks that are more serious in nature.

Cattelan’s art evokes emotions, changes our minds, and shifts our perspective—as all good art should. This exhibit is running through January 22, 2012. If you find yourself in NYC before then, I highly recommend that you visit the Guggenheim!

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