• Save the Date

    With the recent heat wave in NYC, it seems as though the end of summer is far from “just around the corner.” But when temperatures finally begin to drop in the city, RxArt will start to heat up as we prepare for our 10th Anniversary Gala—aptly named the RxArt Party—this fall.
 2010 is an extra special year for us, as RxArt is proudly recognizing a decade of enlivening hospitals with fine art! Our Party will be held in honor of some major accomplishments—including our recent completion of the Jeff Koons CT Scan Suite project as well as exciting collaborations with Ryan McGinley and Terry Richardson for Kings County Hospital—and we invite you to join us in celebration with a night of music, cocktails, and an exclusive contemporary art auction!
 Please visit our official website <a href=rxart.net or just click on the &#8220;Save The Date&#8221; poster above for more details about the big event.  We also encourage you to stay up to date by following us on Twitter and becoming a fan on Facebook, as we&#8217;ll be posting new information in the coming days and weeks (like the announcement of our guest DJs)! Be sure to mark your calenders for Monday, November 15th, 2010—it&#8217;s guaranteed to be an unforgettable night!" />

    With the recent heat wave in NYC, it seems as though the end of summer is far from “just around the corner.” But when temperatures finally begin to drop in the city, RxArt will start to heat up as we prepare for our 10th Anniversary Gala—aptly named the RxArt Party—this fall.

    2010 is an extra special year for us, as RxArt is proudly recognizing a decade of enlivening hospitals with fine art! Our Party will be held in honor of some major accomplishments—including our recent completion of the Jeff Koons CT Scan Suite project as well as exciting collaborations with Ryan McGinley and Terry Richardson for Kings County Hospital—and we invite you to join us in celebration with a night of music, cocktails, and an exclusive contemporary art auction!

    Please visit our official website rxart.net or just click on the “Save The Date” poster above for more details about the big event. 

    We also encourage you to stay up to date by following us on Twitter and becoming a fan on Facebook, as we’ll be posting new information in the coming days and weeks (like the announcement of our guest DJs)!

    Be sure to mark your calenders for Monday, November 15th, 2010—it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable night!

  • Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital

    RxArt continues to touch the lives of patients and hospital staff far and wide, and we couldn&#8217;t be more excited to share with you our latest adventure deep in the heart of Texas!
 With the help of advisory board member Mollie Maxwell Myers and her husband Bob, RxArt was able to install another stunning set of Jason Middlebrook prints to line the halls of Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with fine art that exudes positivity. We coupled the installation with a hefty donation of RxArt&#8217;s contemporary artist coloring books to young patients, who put their Crayolas to work immediately and created masterpieces of their own!
 The completion of the project was celebrated with a sweet welcome in the form of this custom cake and a group of beaming doctors, nurses and patients. Needless to say, we departed Beaumont, TX with an extra bounce in our step! Thank you all for an unforgettable trip.

    RxArt continues to touch the lives of patients and hospital staff far and wide, and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you our latest adventure deep in the heart of Texas!

    With the help of advisory board member Mollie Maxwell Myers and her husband Bob, RxArt was able to install another stunning set of Jason Middlebrook prints to line the halls of Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital with fine art that exudes positivity. We coupled the installation with a hefty donation of RxArt’s contemporary artist coloring books to young patients, who put their Crayolas to work immediately and created masterpieces of their own!

    The completion of the project was celebrated with a sweet welcome in the form of this custom cake and a group of beaming doctors, nurses and patients. Needless to say, we departed Beaumont, TX with an extra bounce in our step! Thank you all for an unforgettable trip.

  • Geoff McFetridge

    Do you know that guy who does Spike Jonze’s title sequences for his films? You know, that artist who was in that documentary Beautiful Losers? We’re talking about the guy who just had a show at the Seattle Art Museum by the name of in The Mind.

    “That guy” is none other than Geoff McFetridge and he happens to have an upcoming solo exhibition with all new work that opens at Half Gallery next Tuesday, September 21st (6 to 8pm). To quote gallery director Bill Powers, “Check it out.” 

    Above: Smoking Cowboy, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 25 x 20 inches

    via halfgallery.com

  • Pattern and Degradation

    This past Saturday, the RxArt team headed over to the Gavin Brown’s Enterprise for Rob Pruitt’s opening reception, and the pieces Pruitt unveiled were nothing short of incredible.

    His newest body of work attracted a packed house—we especially gravitated towards his vivid self portraits and humanized stacks of cardboard (thanks to XXL googly eyes). The crowd noshed on Oreos, black and white M&M’s, and gold coin chocolates, fittingly served in stacks of tires; Pruitt’s clearly a pro at offering something for everyone. We left the exhibition invigorated and inspired (and it wasn’t just the sugar high).

    Be sure to stop by and see for yourself the larger-than-life fun house that is Rob Pruitt’s Pattern and Degradation, and while you’re at it, take a look at Rob’s playful masterpieces that he created for RxArt and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital here.

    The show runs until October 23rd.

    images via RxArt team member, Frank

  • Poetry at the Gagosian Gallery

    RxArt is thrilled to announce that a few dear artist friends of ours will be debuting new works this weekend! Dan Colen and Rob Pruitt open tonight and tomorrow respectively, and judging by Dan&#8217;s major NY Times feature article this morning and Rob&#8217;s humorous take on the Art Forum cover, the shows will undoubtedly draw a crowd.
 Dan Colen (the mastermind behind our most popular RxArt puzzle) will debut his first major solo exhibition, entitled &#8220;Poetry&#8221; at the Gagosian Gallery (pictured above) tonight from 6 to 8&#160;pm. The show will remain open until Oct. 16th.
 Rob Pruitt (the creative genius behind RxArt&#8217;s St. Jude Children&#8217;s Research Hospital installation) will be displaying his newest works at Gavin Brown&#8217;s Enterprise, entitled Pattern and Degradation.  Pruittt&#8217;s opening reception will be held tomorrow, Sept. 11, 2010 from 6 to 8&#160;pm and run until Oct. 23rd.
 
 P.S. Don&#8217;t forget to stop by  Lafco while you are out party-hopping at Fashion&#8217;s Night Out this evening! Pick up some fancy lotions and potions, sip an organic acai cocktail, cut a rug to the DJ&#8217;s beats, and (best of all) help support RxArt in the process!
 285 Lafayette St. (between Prince and Houston)
 6 to 9pm

    RxArt is thrilled to announce that a few dear artist friends of ours will be debuting new works this weekend! Dan Colen and Rob Pruitt open tonight and tomorrow respectively, and judging by Dan’s major NY Times feature article this morning and Rob’s humorous take on the Art Forum cover, the shows will undoubtedly draw a crowd.

    Dan Colen (the mastermind behind our most popular RxArt puzzle) will debut his first major solo exhibition, entitled “Poetry” at the Gagosian Gallery (pictured above) tonight from 6 to 8 pm. The show will remain open until Oct. 16th.

    Rob Pruitt (the creative genius behind RxArt’s St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital installation) will be displaying his newest works at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, entitled Pattern and Degradation.  Pruittt’s opening reception will be held tomorrow, Sept. 11, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm and run until Oct. 23rd.

    P.S. Don’t forget to stop by Lafco while you are out party-hopping at Fashion’s Night Out this evening! Pick up some fancy lotions and potions, sip an organic acai cocktail, cut a rug to the DJ’s beats, and (best of all) help support RxArt in the process!

    285 Lafayette St. (between Prince and Houston)

    6 to 9pm

  • KAWS x Disney

    For all of you KAWS fans, be on the look out for his new exciting collaborative piece with Disney. KAWS has left his recognizable mark on Pinocchio and his little buddy Jiminy Cricket. This piece was first displayed at his gallery showing at the Aldrich, which created quite a stir to say the least. News quickly hit the internet, which fueled excitement and anticipation for a public release. As with all KAWS figures, they&#8217;re in extremely limited supply. They have already released overseas in Asia with a US release to closely follow, so head to your favorite KAWS retailer and find your spot in the queue.
 Along with other great artists that contributed original line drawings, KAWS also can be found in our limited edition Between the Lines, Vol. 2.  So if you&#8217;re not able to get your hands on a limited edition figurine, this is your chance to own some of his work and create your very own artist collaboration!
 &#8212;Frank

    For all of you KAWS fans, be on the look out for his new exciting collaborative piece with Disney. KAWS has left his recognizable mark on Pinocchio and his little buddy Jiminy Cricket. This piece was first displayed at his gallery showing at the Aldrich, which created quite a stir to say the least. News quickly hit the internet, which fueled excitement and anticipation for a public release. As with all KAWS figures, they’re in extremely limited supply. They have already released overseas in Asia with a US release to closely follow, so head to your favorite KAWS retailer and find your spot in the queue.

    Along with other great artists that contributed original line drawings, KAWS also can be found in our limited edition Between the Lines, Vol. 2.  So if you’re not able to get your hands on a limited edition figurine, this is your chance to own some of his work and create your very own artist collaboration!

    —Frank

  • Barry McGee and Josh Lazcano vs. Houston St.

    The visual landscape by the RxArt office has once again changed on Houston Street and Bowery thanks to artists Barry McGee and fellow graf writer Josh Lazcano (aka Amaze).  The infamous wall on Houston St. and Bowery has been the canvas for such artists as Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, and Keith Haring.  The mission for Barry McGee and Josh Lazcano’s new work was to tag as many graf writers call signs as possible.

    Their work began in the late evening and continued to the wee hours of the morning. McGee and Lazcano decorated the wall with signatures of fellow writers in a distinctive red color. The names included those from distant past to present day. Stroll by Houston St. and Bowery and check out the finished mural in person and when your done head down to the Half Gallery and say hello to the RxArt Team.

    —Frank Aguilar

    (image via RxArt)

  • Miles Mendenhall

    Bravo’s art-based reality show Work of Art finished its inaugural season with a few unexpected twists: a final guest appearance by Sarah Jessica Parker and the triumph of Abdi Farah, the fun-loving art teacher with, according to judge Bill Powers, “an amazing hand [and a] heart that really moved us.”

    While Abdi’s keen artistic eye is undeniable, we admittedly had a soft spot for third-runner-up Miles. But, thanks to Half Gallery, we won’t have to bid a final farewell to Mr. Mendenhall just yet. His solo show opens on August 24th here at 208 Forsyth Street from 6 to 8 pm. You can bet you’ll be battling flocks of smitten girls for a chance to meet him and see his latest work, so bring your defensive elbows and stop by to say hi!

    via halfgallery.com

  • Big Bambu

    On Friday, Team RxArt had the honor and privilege to scale Mike and Doug Starn’s spectacular structure of chutes and ropes, Big Bambu, with the show’s curator Anne Strauss.

    Clad in our rubber-soled shoes and our jungle-appropriate trousers, we gingerly ventured into Phase II — not yet open to the public and still undergoing tensile strength testing with sandbags — and caught a glimpse of Central Park at dusk from Bambu’s highest point. The piece is completely surreal, from the way in which it’s constructed (impromptu-style by professional rock climbers) to the stories of those who had ventured before us (three love-struck men have proposed on it).

    What we’re trying to say is that blog posts or iPhone snapshots can’t possibly convey the magnitude of this groundbreaking work of art (yes, it’s art), but we strongly recommend that you have your own indescribable experience before it’s dismantled on October 31, 2010.

  • Jim Lambie, Vinyl Tape Virtuouso

    Just added to the RxArt Short List of Dream Artists for Hospital Installations: Jim Lambie, Vinyl Tape Virtuouso. There is nothing not to love about his work. Basta.

    image via colourlovers

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