For the last 5 days, Park Avenue in Manhattan has been the setting for a lot of wonderful art. The avenue itself is home to the strongly organic sculptures of Philadelphia-born Albert Paley. Thirteen steel sculptures, created expressly to reflect their immediate surroundings, stand in the grassy or flower-filled medians of Park Avenue from 53rd to 67th street.
However, my main goal was to visit the Avenue/Antiques, Art, Design at The Armory where The Maitre was featured at the Arcadia Gallery booth www.arcadiacontemporary.com. The Armory, built in 1880 in Gothic Revival Style, is one of my favorite NYC buildings. It is undergoing a magnificent restoration and is home to wide-ranging and imaginative programs of music, theater, fine and decorative art events.
Among his paintings at the show was this lyrical vertical landscape: “Le Chemin de Pont Chevalier”, 72” x 48”.
The show stopper was the door. I happily stood outside the booth and listened to the cries of delight as it was discovered. For a glimpse into the painting’s genisis, click on the artist’s blog about this work: http://donaldjurney.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-09-23T05:20:00-07:00&max-results=7 Sadly this show closed yesterday.
But you are in Manhattan before November 8, don’t fail to visit the monumental sculptures of Albert Paley. I am always enthralled by artists at work. The story of the creation and installation of Paley on Park is part of a PBS arts series. You can follow it on this link: www.interactive.wxxi.org/paleynyc