Must See Art: “The Art of the Brick” by Nathan Sawaya

Posted by The G on June 5, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Nathan Sawaya.

The Scream by Edvard Munch by Nathan Sawaya

The Scream by Edvard Munch by Nathan Sawaya

I’ve seen several exhibits by Lego brick artist Nathan Sawaya before (“Red” and “In Pieces“) and I’ve really loved them, but his most recent showing “The Art of the Brick” in Times Square takes the cake for awesomeness.  Sawaya has used over 1.2 million legos in his sculptures and the exhibit will appeal to people of all ages.

Starry Night by Van Gogh by Nathan Sawaya

Starry Night by Van Gogh by Nathan Sawaya

Aside from his mind-blowing sculptures, where nearly every one of them on display – and there are over 100 – will make you think “how did he do that?” possibly what I liked the best was the way the exhibit was laid out.  As you walk in, you are in a museum like atmosphere where you see Sawaya’s renderings of some of the most iconic paintings and sculptures of all time.

The Sculpture Garden by Nathan Sawaya

The Sculpture Garden by Nathan Sawaya

As the sculptures are made of Legos, the exhibit will surely be a big hit with children, who may be too young to appreciate art.  By seeing these works, Sawaya potentially exposes and inspires a new generation to explore the vast world of art, and for that alone you should definitely take the kids to see this exhibit.

The Vetruvian Man by DaVinci by Nathan Sawaya

The Vetruvian Man by DaVinci by Nathan Sawaya

After seeing Lego-versions of The Mona Lisa, Starry Night and so many other classics, you will see a bunch of Lego sculptures that will blow your mind.  For example:

Lego Dinosaur!

Lego Dinosaur!

Easter Island Sculpture

Easter Island Sculpture

Hug that pole!

Hug that pole!

I don’t want to spoil the exhibit for you by showing too many pictures, but as you can see from the photos that have been posted, you should not miss this exhibit!!!

The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick

You can get tickets for this exhibit (with location info, museum hours, etc) at this link.

G interacting with Nathan Sawaya's Lego Sculpture

G interacting with Nathan Sawaya’s Lego Sculpture.  Photo by Gail.

“The Art Army Royalty” by Michael Leavitt

Posted by The G on September 12, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Michael Leavitt.

Jeff Koons by Michael Leavitt

Jeff Koons by Michael Leavitt

Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt’s latest exhibition “The Art Army Royalty” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York is epic.  This exhibit focuses on the biggest contemporary artists in the game.  His statues of each artist capture their essence so perfectly, you will walk away from the gallery with a big smile on your face.  The action figure sized statues feature Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Julian Schnabel, Tom Sachs and Murakami, just to name a few – with over 20 statues in total.

Damien Hirst by Michael Leavitt

Damien Hirst by Michael Leavitt

I met Michael Leavitt at the opening night reception and I asked him what the reaction was from the artists who he’s immortalized.  Surprisingly, he said that he has not received much feedback at all.  Let’s put it out there to the people in the know to spread the word.  I think they’ll love them.  You can see a photo from this conversation after the jump.  You should also check out Leavitt’s official site (link is at the top of this article), where you can see pictures of the rest of the Art Army.

Julian Schnabel by Michael Leavitt

Julian Schnabel by Michael Leavitt

Also showing at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, is a solo exhibit by Dylan Egon called “Home of the Brave.”  Both exhibits will be up through October 8, 2011.  The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street #9E in Manhattan.  Don’t miss it!

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Bust of Sylvette by Picasso

Posted by The G on July 5, 2011 under Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photo by G. Art by Picasso.

Bust of Sylvette by Picasso

Bust of Sylvette by Picasso

This is certainly not new, but it’s always a treat for the eyes.  Inside the NYU campus (actually on Houston between Mercer and LaGuardia) in Manahattan is a gigantic sculpture by Picasso entitled “Bust of Sylvette.”  It’s certainly worth checking out on your adventures through the city.  It was given to NYU in 1968.

KAWS Statue at The Standard in New York

Posted by The G on June 9, 2011 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by KAWS.

Kaws Statue

KAWS Statue

Head on over to The Standard in New York to see this enormous statue by KAWS.  When I went to check it out, they were literally putting the finishing touches on it.

Side view.

 

The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt

Posted by The G on March 31, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.  Statue by Rob Pruitt.

The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt.

The Andy Monument by Rob Pruitt.

Artist Rob Pruitt is paying tribute to Andy Warhol at the former site of Warhol’s Factory in Manhattan.  Entitled “The Andy Monument,” the sculpture will be on display until October 2, 2011 at the corner of 17th and Broadway in New York City.  In case you were wondering, the former location for The Factory is now a Petco!  Ugh!

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