Visit to St. Mary’s Children Hospital

Exciting things are in the works at RxArt. Yesterday, Diane had a successful visit at St. Mary’s Children Hospital in Bayside, New York. Everyone could not be more excited for Rob Pruitt’s upcoming interactive installation. Rob Pruitt was so inspired by the kids and the space, as were the staff and children for his presence… Read more »

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A Slippery Artifice

John Currin was born in 1962 in Boulder, Colorado and grew up in Connecticut, where he studied painting privately with a renowned traditionally trained artist from Odessa, Ukraine, Lev Meshberg. He is best known for satirical figurative paintings which deal with provocative sexual and social themes in a technically skillful manner. In his early career Currin set himself… Read more »

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The Power of Creative Spaces

My first real contact with the arts was in my high school studio art program. I didn’t know anything about art history, but I knew that my favorite part of the week was walking into our two-floor studio with its giant windows, creaky easels, and brushes caked with paint. The studio was a safe haven… Read more »

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Lee Bul’s Installation at Lehmann Maupin Gallery

Lee Bul’s installation Via Negativa II, at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York transports viewers into an alternate dimension. The visually complex, three-dimensional labyrinth adorned with mirrors immediately draws viewers in only to quickly lead them astray. Lost in a maze of mirrors, the viewer is left looking at fragments of oneself, and leaving them… Read more »

Categories: Artists, Openings

New Intern

My name is Niki Gaines and I am from Old Greenwich, Connecticut.  Ever since I was young, I have been completely immersed in the world of art, travel, and community service. I come from an artistic family and have followed in their footsteps through my passion for photography. With this interest in photography came a desire… Read more »

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Kara Walker’s Public Art Installation at Domino Sugar Factory

Kara Walker’s installation at Domino Sugar Factory, fully titled “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant,” will activate… Read more »

Categories: Artists, Exhibitions

RxArt has Landed in Los Angeles, CA!

RxArt has finally broken into the LA art scene and will be making our way into West Coast hospitals with some of our favorite artists! On April 27th I made a trip out to Los Angeles, CA to introduce our mission to the rising art community in the art world. DAY ONE, I touched down in… Read more »

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Clandestine Therapy

Street art is a growing phenomenon of vast meaning and utility. This spread may indicate the need for expression in the urban modern environment. Clandestine street art is primarily a fight for space in a modern urban world, serving as a way for the artists to cope with feelings of suffocation by elements such as… Read more »

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“But Why Do You Need To Use An Artist As Well-Known As Jeff Koons?”

A question I get asked all the time when explaining what we do at RxArt is, “Why do you need to use artists as big as Jeff Koons instead of less-known, or even commercial, artists?” This is definitely a difficult question to answer, but there is a reason why we use artists as well-known as… Read more »

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James Clifford’s “Museums as Contact Zones”

The way that museums operate is always in line with political and social happenings of the moment…the move from excluding cultures in exhibitions, or imperialist display to our fervent desire to see and experience tribal, primitive identities, manifested through inclusion and differentiation is an example of that. This desire emerges with deindustrialization, a time when… Read more »

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Manhattan Island turned Art Gallery

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable” –George Bernard Shaw Carol Bove, Celest, 2013, part of the High Line commission Caterpillar. Photo by Timothy Schenck Public art has been around for ages, however its prevalence today demonstrates our need for something more powerful and profound then information and technology. We are… Read more »

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Kelley Walker Opens at Paula Cooper

Last Saturday Paula Cooper unveiled Kelley Walker’s solo show revealing his new vibrant body of work that captivates viewers through its combination of popular culture, art, advertising and politics. A work that consists of 190 silkscreen and acrylic ink panels takes over the entire back room and brightens the space. The assemblage of panels, some… Read more »

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A Good Friend to RxArt: Will Sharon

Will Sharon, a successful real estate broker working with C21 Metropolitan has pledged to contribute 5% of his 2014 sale’s commission to support RxArt. Today we received the first donation and we are incredibly grateful! Will transitioned to the residential side of the business after more than a decade of experience in commercial real estate. While he… Read more »

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Keith Haring at La Rabida Children’s Hospital

Last week RxArt took a trip to Chicago to celebrate the grand opening of La Rabida’s stunning new Outpatient Center. Image courtesy of Medical Construction & Design Image courtesy of Medical Construction & Design La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago. The hospital specializes in treating kids with lifelong… Read more »

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Mike Kelley Fills PS1 Down to the Boiler Room

“Art is some sort of interesting area where dysfunction is allowed,” said Mike Kelley in an interview by John Miller in 1992. Dysfunction dominates MoMA PS1’s immense retrospective of Kelley’s work from the 1970’s until his tragic suicide in 2012. First let me say how well the space of an empty public school turned art… Read more »

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Rene Ricard, 1946-2014

It is a dark time for New York’s creative bohemia. Rene Ricard, known for his fierce intellect, speedy wit, and deep generosity was a guiding light in New York’s art world. The poet, dancer, painter, actor, art critic, and Warhol Superstar died on Saturday, February 1st. Rene Ricard (1946-2014) Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c.Estate of… Read more »

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New Addition to RxArt!

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised by a mother who designed shoes and a father who worked in fashion/art, naturally our home had a room designated to arts and crafts. There was no escaping the visual stimulation my sisters and I were constantly surrounded by… but really, we couldn’t get enough of it. Considering… Read more »

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JR’s Inside Out Project

JR finds grand concepts in humble gestures. The French-born artist travels the world, transforming busy streets from New York to Brazil to India into his own gallery walls. His large-scale black and white images are as global as they are local, aspiring to great notions of unity and acceptance with not much more than “people,… Read more »

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More than Medication

More Than Medication® More Than Medication®  is Pfizer’s free wellness site  dedicated to sharing and celebrating all the small, yet powerful things you can do to stay healthy beyond medication. The mission is aligned with our deep belief that in order to live  healthier, more balanced lives, it takes More Than Medication®. As one of… Read more »

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Office Discussion: Rineke Dijkstra

The topic of discussion this evening in the RxArt office contemplated how children relate to artwork. Unlike adults, whose defenses and filters barricade their ability to freely express their emotional condition, children are not afraid to expose exactly what is going on in their mind while viewing art. Watch this work by Rineke Dijkstra (2009) (click… Read more »

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Convince With Presence Art Basel Miami Beach

Art is always in motion, and sometimes it takes events such as Art Basel, which showed in Miami Beach in the first week of December, to tellingly reveal the varying and enterprising nature of the artworld. Todd Levin, Director of the Levin Art Group, noted, “What should have functioned as an exhibition that gets a… Read more »

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New Addition to RxArt!

When I first moved to the United States as a six-year old from Ukraine, I did not have any friends. I could not speak English and had no way of entreating new companions. To cope, I established a short-lived method: target an interesting peer, jump on them with confidence, and plop a kiss on their cheek…. Read more »

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RxArt X Nordstorm

This holiday RxArt and Nordstrom team up to bring an artful eye to your gift-giving! Decorate your apartment from your kitchen to your closet with pieces by Ryan McGinley, José Parlá, Andrew Kuo and Nate Lowman. Wrap your gifts and your taste buds with pieces by Julia Chiang, Will Cotton, and Ann Craven. Who says… Read more »

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The Art of Gift Wrapping

The art of wrapping gifts is serious business. This holiday season wrap your presents in the designs created by highly revered artists Will Cotton and Ann Craven. Will Cotton and Ann Craven have generously produced their designs exclusively for RxArt. The RxArt holiday wrapping paper will be available this week in the RxArt Store! Ann… Read more »

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RxArt Interviews Ai WeiWei

What is art to you? Art is what makes us rethink reality. What inspires you? The moments when I say, “Something needs to be done”. You are a father as well as an artist, how does one influences the other? Being a father makes me realize that children naturally know art. Every child is an… Read more »

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RxArt Coloring Book: A Coloring Book of Drawings By Contemporary Artists, Volume 4

Our latest and most expansive coloring book yet, RxArt Coloring Book: A Coloring Book of Drawings By Contemporary Artists Volume 4, was completed in partnership with Warby Parker and generously designed by Matt Murphy Design. Artists of all ages will be delighted with this lively new collection of fifty-three original line drawings contributed by a diverse… Read more »

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RxArt Visits Tim Barber

RxArt visits Tim Barber from RxArt on Vimeo. Artist Talk is a series in which RxArt visits our favorite artists and collaborators to talk about their work and inspirations. In this Installment of Artist Talk, RxArt visited Photographer Tim Barber in his Chinatown studio to talk about his process and inspirations. All photos by Aileen… Read more »

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2013 Internship Opportunity

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RxArt Party Time

Every day is one day closer to the 13th Annual RxArt Party on September 16th at Lever House honoring Kenny Scharf. The night will include RxArt’s fiercest auction yet held by Simon de Pury and hosted by Paddle 8.  The auction contains artwork by Lucien Smith, Jeff Elrod, Rob Pruitt, KAWS,  Kenny Scharf, Louise Lawler,… Read more »

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The Arrival of the Jonas Wood Exclusive Print

Jonas Wood, Clipping, 2013 The image of the limited edition Jonas Wood print just arrived and the RxArt Team adores it! The 30×40 silkscreen print, entitled Clipping, was created exclusively for RxArt and is available with a VIP ticket purchase to RxArt’s Annual Party at Lever House on September 16th. After the party is over,… Read more »

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