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Art by Becky Cloonan
What started as a small convention geared towards indie comics and ‘zines, MOCCA Fest (named after the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art, but is now operated by The Society of Illustrators), now touts itself as a multimedia event spanning comic books, webcomics animation, artists, and cartoonists. Running April 1 and 2 at Metropolitan West (639 W 46th St., NY NY), MoCCA Fest attracts 400 artists/exhibitors and features fresh new talent as well as some great comic pros.
Special guests include French comic author Blutch, known for his cinematic style. Paper Girls artist Cliff Chiang and SVA grad that brings a punk sensibility to superheroes, Becky Cloonan, will be on hand. Gene Luen Yang, author of the groundbreaking books American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints returns to MoCCA. Somewhere between comic, tragic, grotesque, and beautiful, the work of award winning artist Drew Friedman has appeared in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, The New York Times, among many others, and will also be a guest of honor at MoCCA. Rounding out the special guests is British comics veteran and V for Vendetta artist, David Lloyd.
To learn more, go to: https://www.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festival
MOCCA Fest 2017April 1 - 2, 2017
Metropolitan West639 W 46th St.New York, NY 10036
This past Wednesday, March 1st, marked the annual VIP debut of NYC’s premiere art fair, the Armory Show. The grand showcase of the top art works of the 20th and 21st century took place in the fair’s usual home, Pier 92 & 94.
Some of the highlights included an immersive virtual reality display, which combined both physical and virtual to stunning effect. Continuing the technological theme, an interactive phone charging booth invited viewers in to be filmed as the texted with the artist, namely Rachel Lee Hovnanian, with the Leila Heller Gallery.
Of course there were plenty of conventional works to delight and inspire. These three pieces particularly garnered much attention from the VIP guests.
A tongue and cheek display by the Axel Vervoordt Galley, Hong Kong.
A floating rectangle, highlighting the effects of light, space and shape as part of the collaboration between Drift and the international Pace Gallery.
Lastly, these structural 2D and 3D pieces from the local Marianne Boesky Gallery, placed near the entrance at Pier 94, delighted the VIP crowd with their bold colors and contradicting shapes.
For more info, go to: www.thearmoryshow.com
The Family Acid: Joan Didion in Berkeley, 1972
Running April 14 - 17, 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Ave, New York, NY), The Photography Show Presented by AIPAD is comprised of over 80 exhibitors from around the world, presenting a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media.
The show provides a yearly survey and offers the opportunity to see an overview in what is being shown in galleries or exhibiting instutions worldwide. It also offers collectors a chance to acquire work which might not otherwise be available.
Along with exhibitors are a series of panel discussions held by experts from the world of photography.
One of the top events in NYC for photography old and new, The Photography Show Presented by Aipad is a great event for a spring weekend.
To learn more, go to: http://www.aipad.com/
The Photography Show Presented by AipadApril 14 -17, 2016
Park Avenue Armory643 Park Ave.New York, NY 10065
Kicking off Armory Week 2016, MOMA launched its preview of the upcoming Armory Art Fair at Pier 92 and 94 on March 2nd. Visitiors were treated to sublime views of the Hudson River, while taking in works from the Tate in London and New York's Paul Kasmin Gallery. The VIP lounge was a veritable who’s who of the art world and among the many notable attendees were gallerist Robert Peter Miller, designer Vivienne Tam, and actor James Marsden.
But what would an art fair be without the art? Here are some shots taken on the show floor:
All photos by Brana Dane.
To learn more, go to: https://www.thearmoryshow.com/
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