Allyson Parker

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A First Look at Miami's Newest Contemporary Art Museum   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pedro Reyes at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami December 3rd, 2014 - March 15th, 2015
Posted 12/3/14
The Institute of Contemporary Art hosted its inaugural show last night to a fanfare of eager art world denizens. Following its staff's departure from the now defunct Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the ICA is now open in its temporary home in Design District’s landmark Moore Building. The edifice, built in the 1920s by the Moore Furniture Company, has been operating as a pop-up event space for some time and is for now serving as the location for the city's newest contemporary art... [more]
Miami has often attracted a particular breed of art collector, most notably, the fair-seeking seasonal variety who favors the grab-and-go style of art acquisition. Consequentially it can seem like great art is always passing through the city, but rarely finding a home. This trend has shifted as a result of a handful of resident collectors who have committed to making Miami a cultural destination by sharing their artwork and opening their doors to the general public year-round.  The... [more]
On February 20, 2014, WAT-AAH water bottles launched their campaign in an effort to convince kids that drinking water can in fact be “cool”. Endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama and her Partnership for a Healthier America initiative, WAT-AAH launched to a fanfare of parental approval at the New Museum in New York City. For its inaugural exhibition the water bottle company organized a group show featuring the work of 13 prominent street artists—including Kenny Scharf, Maya Hayuk, Swoon and Lady... [more]
Top Picks from ArtHamptons 2014   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Hamptons July 10th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 7/14/14
Thursday night heralded in the brigade of well-dressed fair-flockers for the opening night of ArtHamptons. A celebrity studded event—Moby sighting included—it’s no wonder these single lane country roads congested into a veritable parking lot in a matter of several short hours. This year's theme of “escapism from the everyday” is fair director Rick Friedman’s call to curate with color and levity, an appropriate agenda for collectors looking to don the walls of their seasonal beach homes with... [more]
Hampton Happenings: Your Guide to Summer Art in the Hamptons   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at artMRKT Hamptons July 10th, 2014 - July 13th, 2014
Posted 7/8/14
It’s official! This past 4th of July celebration greeted the summer season of New York City’s art scene. Hordes of urbanites will trade in their metro cards for polo mallets as the Hamptons Art Fairs kick into full swing. Troupes of art aficionados will flock to this east-end mecca of white beaches and even whiter ensembles. The Hamptons Art Fairs are known for their trendy parties, trendier market swings, and art collectors who have a penchant for scooping up big ticket items at the drop of a... [more]
An art festival salutes Rockaway! resilience   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Marina Abromovic, Doug Aitken, Nanu Al-Hamad, Uri Aran, Kevin Beasley, Neïl Beloufa, Anna Betbeze, Huma Bhabha, Lizzi Bougatsos, Carol Bove, Pete Brady, Olaf Breuning, Loreto Caceres, Janet Cardiff, James Clar, Shezad Dawood, Rodney Dickson, Thomas Dozol, Zackary Drucker, Brandon d’Leo, Olafur Eliasson, Roe Ethridge, James Ferraro, Fred Fleischer, Ryan Foerster, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Shingo Francis, Asha Fuller, Daniel Gordon, Mike Haff, Rachel Harrison, Hugh Hayden, Camille Henrot, Jonathan Horowitz, Matt Hoyt, Donna Huanca, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Alex Israel, Justin Jay, JPW3, Gavin Kenyon, Caitlin Keogh, Terence Koh, Andrei Koschmieder, Ajay Kurian, Sadie Laska, Margaret Lee, Dominik Lejman, Jason Bailer Losh, Nancy Lupo, Marcos Lutyens, Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Gloria Maximo, Ryan McNamara, Cindy Meyers, John Miller, Tracey Moffatt, Marlie Mul, Narcissister, Georgie Nettell, Adrienne Pao, Beth Perkins, Elizabeth Peyton, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Adam Putnam, Adrián Villar Rojas, Ugo Rondinone, Aura Rosenberg, Carly Ruggieri, Tom Sachs, Nigel Scott, Gregory Siff, Laurie Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Keone Singlehurst, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siris, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Sally Lundburg and Keith Tallet, Stewart Uoo, Allyson Vieira, Saya Woolfalk, Amy Yao at Rockaway Beach Surf Club June 29th, 2014 - September 1st, 2014
Posted 7/5/14
Last weekend Rockaway Beach’s Fort Tilden opened its gates to a crowd of art connoisseurs, local creatives, and bronzed beach goers for a day of art and activism supporting Rockaway Beach. The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Parks Service hosted the hordes of art lovers who came to witness the opening of the site specific art installations (on view through September 1st), a free open-air performance by rock legend Patti Smith, and a Walt Whitman poetry reading by hipster heartthrob,... [more]
Wangechi Mutu's Fantastic Journey: An Interview with Curator Trevor Schoonmaker   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Wangechi Mutu at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) April 18th, 2014 - July 6th, 2014
Posted 6/16/14
This season, MOCA North Miami opened its doors to the touring exhibition of Wangechi Mutu’s first museum survey in the US.  curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art, features over fifty works across the artist's career from the 1990s to present. ArtSlant got a chance to sit down with Schoonmaker for the inside scoop on Mutu, the exhibition, and its impact on the contemporary arts.  Allyson Parker:... [more]
The Sketchbook Project hits the road again for its 6th North American tour. The Mobile Library has covered over 70,000 miles of interstate highway, stopping at creative capitals along the way at various pit stops including college campuses, parks, museums and of course, libraries. The custom trailer contains over 4,000 zines featuring the works of artists, writers and creative types alike who have participated in one of the project's many open calls over the course of its 8 year... [more]
PULSE Gets Some New Blood: An Interview With Fair Director Helen Toomer   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Pulse New York May 8th, 2014 - May 11th, 2014
Posted 5/6/14
Allyson Parker: As a gallerist, what attracted you to this position?   Helen Toomer: I actually worked for PULSE back in 2007 - 2009, as the Communications Manager and it was the reason I moved to New York from London. So I’m pleased to have come back full circle. AP: What kinds of new things we can expect from PULSE under your directorship? HT: We'll be making noticeable changes to the look, feel, and energy of the fair so that visitors and exhibitors are really encouraged to engage and... [more]
This weekend New York’s Randall’s Island becomes a contemporary art mecca as Frieze New York kicks off for its third iteration. A troupe of black sedans will storm the RFK bridge (while the rest of us take the ferry) to an onslaught of gallery booths, lectures, performances, and installations that capture the contemporary art market’s voracious appetite for the new and the now. The fair features a specially curated program of contemporary artists working at the intersections of performance and... [more]
The Castle Dismal and the New Southern Gothic   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Christina Pettersson at Primary April 18th, 2014 - July 26th, 2014
Posted 4/28/14
Walking into Christina Pettersson’s current exhibition, , one is immediately struck by an unfamiliar smell of burnt wood and singed earth. The culprit is pine tar, an ancient Scandinavian preservative encasing the floor below a relief bust of famed opera singer Jenny Lind, also of Swedish descent, with her throat slashed. The sculpture is just one of many references to death, decay, and the deep folk traditions of the South known romantically as Southern Gothic.    The Castle Dismal is... [more]
Affordable Art Fair: Critic's Picks   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at The Affordable Art Fair New York City April 2nd, 2014 - April 6th, 2014
Posted 4/23/14
Escaping winter hibernation where our nests were barren with the winter blues (this year was particularly icy), New York City is kicking off its spring art season this month with a troupe of openings, events, festivals and fairs to activate our senses and reignite our passions. One of our fan favorites so far was the opening of The Affordable Art Fair (preview night: April 2nd, 2014) to a crowded audience of art aficionados. The AAF boasts contemporary eye candy with a grab-n-go price tag to... [more]
Sitting at Umbertos Clam House on Mulberry street, business owner Robert Ianniello, pours a glass of water for each member of an impromptu round table called to discuss murals, community, and commerce. A curator, an art critic, a producer and a photographer gather around the table alongside Ianniello, the founder of the Little Italy Merchants Association, to discuss the growth and development of the L.I.S.A Project, a street art campaign dedicated to beautifying the streets of Lower... [more]
Douglas Hoekzema aka HOXX is a Miami based street artist and one of the O.G.’s to the Wynwood Art Scene. His murals can be found across the US, South America and Europe and his style is both precise and frenetic. We sat down with Hoekzema for a chance to get to know the man behind the walls...  Douglas Hoekzema: I started when I was 15 years old when a good friend of mine Brandon Opalka introduced me to spray paint. I continued to paint through the years and collaborated with him on a... [more]
NYC based & internationally recognized creative distributer Street Attack has been pounding the graffiti pavement in preparation for this year's Winter Music Conference kicking off Friday March, 21 in Miami and partying strong until March 30, 2014. In preparation for this year's festivities Street Attack has partnered with E.D.M legend Deadmau5 and personal watercraft purveyor Sea-Doo in a street art scavenger hunt that combines social media metrics & street activations all for a chance... [more]
Fountain Art Fair's Resident Badass: An Interview with Elizabeth Tully   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Fountain Art Fair March 7th, 2014 - March 9th, 2014
Posted 3/5/14
Artslant Street got the chance to sit down with Fountain Art Fair director and resident badass, Elizabeth Tully. Armed with her tool belt and an iPhone, Tully is the creamy center of Fountain’s production cookie. Working between founders Johnny Leo and David Kesting, Tully packs a bark just as big as her bite and the result has been five years in the drivers seat of the critically acclaimed alternative art fair. Celebrated as one of the leading satellite exhibition spaces for the emerging... [more]
Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, blows the lid on the United States Government’s internet surveillance programs PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora. The fallout from the revelation of those documents is still unfolding, and may prove to have as significant an impact on US policy as Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers leaked back in 1971. Several days later, a fourteen-member group of contemporary artists meet at Stories Cafe in Echo Park to address issues of privacy,... [more]
Teenage Wasteland   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cristobal Gracia, Katie Thoma at Venice 6114 January 11th, 2014 - January 31st, 2014
Posted 1/19/14
Stretching our legs outside Francois Ghebaly’s exhibition in Culver City Saturday night, we were coaxed towards a nondescript industrial building down the street against all of our mothers’ better judgements. The show was Venice 6114‘s Cristobal Gracia installation, an elaborate staging of the aftermath of a debaucherous party reminiscent of the local high school’s Sadie Hawkins dance suspended in time. Evoking the ‘pig’s blood at the prom’ scene from the classic horror flick Carrie (1976),... [more]