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Rodrigo Meireles & Gaia

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Born and raised in Brazil, Rodrigo Meireles started drawing in 6th grade after his art teacher introduced him to Leila Fletcher’s method “Drawing With the Right Side of The Brain”, in São Paulo, which led him to have art shows and develop a portfolio at his Brazilian high-school, which got him accepted at Parsons School of Design in NYC in 2000. After studying design at Parsons, Rodrigo learned film-making at the New York Film Academy and then got a Bachelor of Science at the New School in 2005.

Born and raised in São Paulo, Rodrigo moved to New York in 2000, where he got a B.S degree at the New School University in 2006 and developed his art and his daughter’s, Gaia Meireles, born in New York in 2013. Together, they progress their drawings, paintings, and sculptures, which they began producing since Gaia could hold brushes and scribble with different mediums. Immersed in an art upbringing, Gaia deeply inspires Rodrigo since birth, making him document their development s style, concepts, subject matter, and form. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Rodrigo started drawing after getting much inspired by Betty Edwards’s method “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” when he was 11 in Brazil. In New York since 2000, Rodrigo often develops drawings, paintings, and sculptures with Gaia in a variety of materials, evolving their art which investigates, modifies, and personally translates their understanding of religion, devotion, practices, and their meanings. They live and work in Bushwick, New York.

Gunnar Magnus

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Gunnar Magnus alongside his Artwork 'The Unbound'

Gunnar Magnus is a 22-year-old Brooklyn based artist who works heavily in figurative abstract expressionism. Magnus first appeared on the New York City scene in 2018, as a part of an outdoor painting collective, organized and curated by freestyle painter Dylan Bauvez. From there, Magnus garnered attention from a number of outlets giving him the foundation to take on being an artist full time. Magnus soon moved into a small studio space in Gowanus Brooklyn, where he would spend the next 15 months fleshing out a myriad of styles on a search for his own visual language. 2019 however would be his most significant year thus far, as Magnus would have 3 solo exhibitions and 2 group shows. His third solo exhibition “We See In Color” is considered a defining moment in his visual style and artistic language. Through experimentation, Magnus eventually landed on a process that revolved heavily around the execution of his paintings rotated at 90 degrees. Magnus paints sideways, then flips the piece upright for its final reveal.  

Connie Rose | Vibrant Surrealist

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Connie Rose is a surrealist artist, which resides in the Lower East Side, known as L.E.S, in New York City. Originally hailing from England where she studied at Bristol University, the University of the Arts London, and the Chelsea Art School. Rose’s abstract work is a fresh and exciting mix of abstraction and surrealism with a contemporary mix of mediums. Music, meditation, self-hypnosis, breathing, and even lucid dreaming, are key components to the creation of Connie’s paintings. Art is a form of communication like a sub astral vehicle that allows her to express freedom, expansion, wonder, and joy with a wide range of bright colors. Described by her as the feeling of exploration through time and universes: beyond the beyond.  Connie’s art has been featured in Forbes and her work is collected worldwide. Connie Rose murals can be found in New York, London, El Salvador and Cuba including the 90-foot Library mural for Yeshiva University, NYC. Rose is influenced by the works of Salvador Dali, Yoyoi KusamaCy TwomblyDavid Shrigley, and Thomas Nozkowski.

Recently Connie’s works were shown at Contra Galleries in Chelsea, in an exhibit titled ‘The Subconscious Canvas’, where the artists were hypnotized to create the art on display. This year she was a guest curator for Save Art Space, a nationwide competition to have artists work on billboards instead of advertising. Connie also curated a group show at One Art Space for an exhibit called ‘Transformation’. Multidimensional performances were added to the exhibit to enhance the show even further.

Will You Chase The Horizon Or Let It Flow-Through And Beyond You?
38 x 48″, Acrylic, ink and spray paint on canvas, 2016.

Connie Rose’s a vibrant personality and taste in music with ranges from The Heavy to Nina Simone and Macy Todd and her sense of fashion is rebelliously mixing old and new. She dislikes conformity and sees the danger of dogmatism. “When I feel I’m wearing something everyone else is, I start to dislike it, maybe that’s my deep-seated need to be ‘different’. I used to lose sleep over uncertainty, but now I use a self-hypnosis recording I made which conquers any anxiety. Rising is especially easy if I have a deadline or an extra exciting project I’m working on, but my life is in my control so waking up is rarely a chore”.

Beyond 13.8 Billion Light Years
36 x 60″, Oil on canvas, 2018

“Dream and make it happen.” If you have a dream, hard work and determination
will make it happen, it’s not enough just to dream.

Connie Rose

Rose traveled to do an artist residency with Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico along with Emily Carr Vancouver. Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Their customized, academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America. We asked if Connie can travel anywhere in the world and she really wants to go back to Tokyo for the cherry blossom season. When she traveled last Rose didn’t feel like she has a distinct art style. Going again would give her an opportunity to create work through her current colorful surrealist lens.

You can see more of Connie Rose’s work on her website and Instagram profile.


Anthea Behm / Avi Alpert | If You Lived Here | 14×48 Project

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The history of the area now called SoHo is itself a history of uneven development. In the last few hundred years, the area transitioned from farmland to homes to industrial spaces. Deindustrialization into the 1950s left abandoned factories that artists would eventually make into the city’s first lofts. These artists would eventually fight to legalize their loft arrangements. While some became wealthy, others became victims of their own success, as a new generation of Wall Street traders bought into the loft lifestyle from the 1980s on and displaced many who had not been lucky enough to buy the spaces.

Today, the area, especially farther west, continues to undergo uneven development as part of New York City’s mad dash to be luxury space for the few. New converted factory spaces open almost weekly, it seems. They’re available to the highest bidder, but if you lived here, you’d be in someone else’s home by now.


14×48 has announced another project called  “If You Lived Here” by artists Anthea Behm and Avi Alpert. The billboard, posted on the corner of Spring and Hudson streets between the Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods of Manhattan, reads “If you lived here…you’d be in someone else’s home by now.” In subverting the common real estate advertising slogan, “If you lived here, you’d be home by now,” Alpert and Behm ask viewers to reflect on what it means to be “home” in a city of massive and ongoing gentrification and displacement.


“In our version, we ask viewers to pause and reflect on what it means to be “home” in a city of massive and ongoing gentrification and displacement. We want to pierce through the cruel irrationality of the market to provoke new, more moral bases for housing”

About the Artists

Avram Alpert is a Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil and a postdoc at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. He has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Critical Studies. With Sreshta Rit Premnath, he co-edited the Dictionary of the Possible. Avram also has a  forthcoming SUNY Press book called “The Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki“.


Anthea Behm

Anthea Behm received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Paris, London, Hong Kong, Chicago, Atlanta and Sydney. Her work has been discussed in The New York TimesTemporary Art Review, X-TRA , and Kaleidoscope. . Anthea has participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Behm is currently the guest editor of Daily Lazy, and Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

About 14×48

14×48 repurposes vacant billboards as public art space in order to create more opportunities in public art for emerging artists, to challenge emerging artists to engage more with public art, and to enliven the vibrancy of our urban environment. It’s projects has been made possible by individuals and the NY Community TrustLamar Outdoor, and Red Rock Outdoor. 14×48’s Billboard Season 2018 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 14×48 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts service organization.

Visiting the Installation

The billboard is located on the west-facing wall of 286 Spring Street in Manhattan. For more information please visit the 14×48 website here.

An Evening with Xu Bing|MoMa

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Xu Bing

The Wordsmith Xu Bing is one of the most important contemporary Chinese artists of the current Vicennial who is known for his printmaking skills and installations pieces which have an artistic use of language, words, and text. He challenges how these have affected our understanding of the world. Born in Chongqing in 1955, Xu grew up in Beijing. His father was the head of the history department at Peking University. In 1975, near the end of the Cultural Revolution, he was relocated to the countryside for two years as part of Mao Zedong’s “re-education” policy. Returning to Beijing in 1977, he enrolled at the Central Academy of Fine Arts where he joined the printmaking department and also worked during a short period of time as a teacher, receiving his Masters in Fine Art in 1987.

Due to the political pressure and artistic restrictions of the post-Tiananmen period in China, Xu Bing, moved to the United States in 1990 where he was invited by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then resided in New York City until his appointment as vice-president of the Beijing CAFA in 2008.

Xu Bing The Wordsmith

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… or Not

One of Xu Bing’s most iconic work is called “Book From the Sky” in which he invented 4,000 characters and hand-carved them into woodblocks, then used them as a movable type to print volumes and scrolls. They displayed and laid out on the floor and hung from the ceiling. The vast planes of text seem to convey ancient wisdom but are in fact unintelligible. In the video below you can see more of Xu Bing’s ideology and process for the creation of his projects. He is truly gifted and applies all facets of his past and present life as well as incorporating current events and the times we are living in.

Intellectual by Nature, Poet at Heart: Xu Bing by Bloomberg

I don’t want the audience to have a very clear understanding of my works, that they can come to an immediate conclusion, about what I might be talking about.

I hope there is a variety of possibilities

XU BING

Upcoming event:

An Evening with Xu Bing

Monday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. at The Museum of Modern Art This film accompanies the exhibit Xu Bing’s Dragonfly Eyes which runs at the museum from September 21–27, 2018 for tickets to the event click here.

Hand-Painted Garbage Trucks

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The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), no stranger to art programming, has released its newest project, titled “Trucks of Art,” in which five new vehicles from the department have rolled out with hand-made designs painted on them. From over a hundred artists that submitted work, five were chosen: Dister, Misha Tyutyunik and Victor A. Saint-Hilaire in collaboration, Lady K-Fever, a class from Energy Tech High School who created their mural over the course of a semester, and Jillian White.

The designs were diverse: while Dister illustrated the city’s own sanitation workers, Lady K-Fever doused her truck with flora and fauna. The trucks were debuted and launched into action from Times Square, joining the rest of the New York City fleet where they can be seen on trash day. Practicing sustainability was a must for the artists, who used cans of paint collected from the Department’s SAFE Disposal Events and Special Waste Disposal Sites.

Kathryn Garcia, New York City’s Sanitation Commissioner, stated in a release, “These Trucks of Art truly are works of art, and they’ll beautify our cityscape while reminding New Yorkers that they’re our partners in keeping New York City healthy, safe and clean.”

Lady K-Fever highlighted her goal of underlining the environmental impact of waste through her piece, noting, “We’re experiencing a global garbage problem, and I designed my mural to make people think about the beauty of our environment. Putting this design on a Sanitation truck also reminds people just who helps them take care of our environment – DSNY!”

Arte del mar

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At The Met Fifth Avenue December 16, 2019–January 10, 2021

Arte del mar (“art of/from the sea”) explores the artistic exchange around the rim of the Caribbean Sea before the sixteenth century between the Taíno civilizations of the Antilles archipelago and their powerful peers on the continental mainland. Recent archaeological, ethnohistorical, and art-historical research has deepened our understanding of indigenous Caribbean concepts of ritual knowledge, ceremonial performance, and political power. Artists in the region—which includes the modern Antilles archipelago and countries such as Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras—sought to express the distinct force of their deities and ancestors, known to the Taínos as zemí   (or cemí), which pervaded the environment and was crucial to the foundation of communities. Pendants and other objects worn and used by leaders in ceremonies were created from imported luxury materials and share a formal grammar that is inextricably linked with deeply rooted mythological narratives. Works of art on view in the exhibition, largely drawn from The Met collection, celebrate the region’s ancestral traditions, and a twentieth-century painting by an Afro-Caribbean artist explores their enduring legacy.


The exhibition is made possible by the Friends of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: Art of Five Continents.

The Last Knight

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The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I will examine the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I’s (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight will coincide with the five hundredth anniversary of Maximilian’s death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including more than 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight will explore how Maximilian’s unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.

This exhibition will feature many works of art on view outside Europe for the first time, including Maximilian’s own sumptuous armors that highlight his patronage of the greatest European armorers of his age, as well as related manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, glass, tapestry, and toys, all of which emphasize the emperor’s dynastic ambitions and the centrality of chivalry at the imperial court and beyond.

The exhibition is made possible by Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.

Additional support is provided by Alice Cary Brown and W.L. Lyons Brown, the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, Kathleen and Laird Landmann, and Marica and Jan Vilcek.

The catalogue is made possible by the Grancsay Fund, The Carl Otto von Kienbusch Memorial Fund, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

At The Met Fifth Avenue October 7, 2019–January 5, 2020

PREVIEW DAY THURSDAY / OCTOBER 3
10:00 A.M.–5:30 P.M. For Members with Opening Nights and Patrons Free with Museum Membership Patrons and Members with Opening Nights are invited to preview the exhibition The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I at The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public.

All Members Preview Day FRIDAY / OCTOBER 4
10:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M. For Museum Members

Free with Museum Membership

Members with Early Views, Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons are invited to preview the exhibition The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I at The Met Fifth Avenue before it opens to the public.

“Keep it Real”

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Joan Cornella' "Keep it Real"

Joan Cornella is a Barcelonean artist illustrator and a cartoonist, well-known for his dark and quirky humor, often described as disturbing and outrageous. With his own visual code, which is minimalist and unusual, Joan Cornellà uses satire to denounce the grim and dark part of human nature. He raises awareness of our hypocrisy and our obsession with many topics of our everyday lives. The colors of the sets and the perturbing stillness of his characters remind the spectator of the 1950’s advertisements, however, a morbid atmosphere hides behind this happy, yet cynical, faces. Cornellà does not hesitate to mock taboos. His artworks are bold and direct and describe our daily routine scenes. Since no topic is “off limit” for Joan, some people might feel offended by his work, but once the viewer gets deepen into his cynical and direct approach the appreciation grows exponentially.

Keep it Real!” is an anthological exhibition that aims to present the unique dark and unsettling irony of the internationally renowned Catalan artist and cartoonist. Back to New York for the second time (and the first time in two years), his bold and direct message is sharply addressed through a very recognizable, naive and simplistic, visual style, that tends to soften the very delicate themes debated. With no shame or fear to offend the viewer, Cornella’ insists in depicting surreal macabre situations, always strongly connected with the latest society issues, where the characters cynically, but always cheerfully, do what should never be done. With his approach the artist attempt to unsettle the status quo in the art world, primarily by referencing contemporary social conditions and sensibilities on a global scale, trying to show the essence of our current culture.

Geometric Heat

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GR Gallery is pleased to present: “Geometric Heat”, a group show, exhibiting new artworks by four internationally known artists, from US and Europe: Marco Casentini, Jan Kalab, Adam Lucas and Daniel Rich. This exhibition will showcase a new body of paintings, twenty in total, conceived appositely for this occasion. The title underline the specific dynamic approach to art developed by these artists, that use geometric shapes and a renewed inspiration from the “abstract geometry” movement to create advanced and up to date creative compositions that will throw the visitor in a timeless universe of organized vibrancy, thanks to balanced, pattern-like figures, enhanced by a strong dose of refreshing energy.

“Geometric Heat” aims to highlight the avant-garde esthetic approach to geometric abstraction shared by the four artists. A style focused, through the use of traditional media, simultaneously on developing a new organized geometric formula and using it to push this aesthetic beyond the traditional artistic boundaries. All the artists, even if with different visual accomplishments, share a similar theoretical approach and background that strongly influence their artistic procedure. The echo of a shared passion for historical tradition in the 3-D optical illusion and for both emotional and physical color theories whispers over their creations, capable to reinterpret this heritage using new approaches, sharp and wide open aesthetic visions and an up to date passion for visual details and content. 

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: July 19 – August 18, 2019).

Members of the press can contact GR gallery in advance to schedule a private viewing and/or an interview with the artists. 

Where:  GR Gallery, 255 Bowery (btw Houston & Stanton), New York, NY 10002

Who:  MARCO CASENTINI (Italian, 1961) | JAN KALAB (Prague, 1978 ) | ADAM LUCAS ( American) | DANIEL RICH (Ulm, 1977)

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