03
Apr
09

NYC: Day 2

 

Market near our hotel where we stocked up on breads and cheeses.

Market near our hotel where we stocked up on breads and cheeses.

    Day 2  in NYC and it’s sunny skies with no chance of rain! In the morning we grab the subway to head to the Bronx studio of sculptor Matt Nolan. Matt welcomed us into his work space and talked about his work. A commission he is currently working on is a large sculpture in the shape of an oil barrel. Matt explained that this work, a sculptural statement regarding west coast oil spills. The scultpure will be transported to it’s new home in a garden in California.

 

A few works in Matt's studio.

A few works in Matt's studio.

    

A corner in Matt's studio.

A corner in Matt's studio.

The aforementioned "oil barrel".

The aforementioned “oil barrel”.

        

Our West Liberty group with Matt Nolan.

Our West Liberty group with Matt Nolan.

        After touring the studio, Matt took us down the hall to meet ceramic artist Eve Behar. Eve, and her two dogs, welcomed us into her space. Eve had just returned from a show in Boston, and was just in the process of unpacking. She talked about her work, her studio, and NYC. 

 

Eve Behar and part of our group in her studio.

Eve Behar and part of our group in her studio.

    

Eve's two studio buddies!

Eve's two studio buddies!

    We left Matt’s and Eve’s studios and headed to Push Pin Studio for our visit with Seymour Chwast. Alomng the way we stopped to buy some fresh fruit from this street vendor. The vendor also demonstrated his orange peeler, which he referred to as a “chingaching”.

Student Jon Bishop making a fruit purchase.

Student Jon Bishop making a fruit purchase.

 

Demonstrating the orange peeler!

Demonstrating the orange peeler!

    

Seymour Chwast with one of his recent Mexican wrestler pieces.

Seymour Chwast with one of his recent Mexican wrestler pieces.

 

The gang in Seymour's studio.

The gang in Seymour's studio.

       Our visit with Seymour Chwast was great! He talked about his work, the history of Push Pin Studio, and showed multiple examples of his work. Afterwards, we headed to OK Harris Gallery in Soho, ate pizza in Little Italy, and headed to Strand Bookstore for a dose of art book lover’s overload. At days end we slept well!

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2 Responses to “NYC: Day 2”


  1. 1 Chris
    April 3, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Bob – I hope you were able to purchase one of those awesome !!! pieces of Matt Nolan’s!!!

  2. April 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Wow… Seymour Chwast. He spoke at my graduation from AIP in 1979. I have always loved his work. I wish that I was one of your students Robert.

    Regards,
    Paul

    Paul Schifino
    Schifino Design
    347 Main Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    phone: 412-681-1433
    mobile: 412-491-1042

    schifinodesign@mac.com
    http://www.schifinodesign.com


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