The galleries of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York are not someplace you’d expect to find a an actual helicopter on display, but the Shiebel S-100 “Camcopter,” a large unmanned drone the size of a sub-compact car, is fact currently on view at MoMA as part of its exhibition titled “Design and Violence.” The design exhibition looks at the design objects that have, on appearance, an ambiguous relationship with violence as seen in warfare and various private and state security operations around the world. The curved, aero-dynamic design of the chopper and its clean look and minimalist, robotic aesthetic are at once beautiful and ominous.
These cats stencils can be found all over New York City, but we see a lot of them in the Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods for some reason. Of greater significance is the “Army of One” graffiti, which is work and moniker of New York-based artist Jef Campion, a.k.a., JC2, who we heard sadly passed away last week. Campion was the artist responsible for some very powerful street art, especially an artwork that remixed that famous Diane Arbus photo of a boy holding a hand grenade. The artist Fumero, who was an occasional collaborator, has written a brief, moving piece about Campion.
Street art superstars Faile have just completed a massive new mural on the side of tall brick building in Midtown Manhattan, in New York City. The scale of this piece is epic. Find it on E. 44th Street, on the north side of the street just west of Eighth Avenue, across from the Intercontinental Hotel.
We paid a visit to the New York City studio of Polish artist and filmmaker Aleksandra Niemczyk a couple of months ago to view work in progress for an upcoming solo show, which opened last week at Galleri A in Oslo, Norway. The show is titled “Density – Urban Landscape” and draws heavily from the architectural environment of Niemczyk’s New York studio and specifically from Manhattan’s vertical urban landscape. Niemczyk’s work is abstract and minimalist, but exudes a warmth rescued from big-city density. The exhibition runs through September 22. Check it out if you’re in Oslo or see more of the show via Niemczyk’s blog.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is currently holding a major retrospective of the influential American artist Claes Oldenberg, as we’ve reported on this blog in recent months. Oldenberg is one of the giants of 20th-century and modern art, and this exhibition is definitely worth seeing. But if you go to the show, there’s a major piece of sculpture from the artist that you might miss because it’s in MoMA’s sculpture garden and not included in the main exhibition galleries where Oldenberg’s work is being shown. The artwork is a large, painted aluminum and steel object titled “Geometric Mouse, Scale A,” and we’ve got pictures of it below. You can view full specifications of the sculpture on MoMA’s website,too, if that’s your kind of thing.