Edwina Sandys. Tulips, 2005. Aluminium. H. 12'. Photograph: Miguel Benavides
Edwina Sandys announced that during summer 2005, there will be an international photography competition, open to all, and a competition for children from Brooklyn. Winners will be chosen for having captured the most compelling photograph of the 'Tulips' and its surroundings. New Yorkers had the opportunity to view works by Sandys when she participated in the 'Cow Parade' extravaganza in 2000, including 'Herd on the Avenue,' 'Cow Hands,' 'Cow-Web,' and 'Moobile Library'. Another work, 'Child', is permanently installed at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. She received the 1997 United Nations Society of Writers and Artists Award for Excellence. Examples of her work are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Tate Gallery in London.
As the sun went down, speakers addressed the audience on the subject of the sculpture and its significance to the park and the city. Comments were made by Sandys herself, Claude Shostal, Co-Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Francis Hill, director of Urban Stages and Borough Commissioner Hon. Julius Spiegel from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy Co-Executive Director, Marianna Koval, stated, 'We are thrilled to have the stunning 'Tulips' in Brooklyn Bridge Park, welcoming visitors to the waterfront.' She added, 'Ms Sandys is one of the most remarkable artists of our generation and we are so grateful to her for bringing her work to the park.'
Broadway actress CC Campbell, who has appeared in Broadway musicals 'Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk' and 'Jelly's Last Jam', and prominent musicians in the New York jazz community, Frank Antico, Ken Crutchfield and Daryle Pooser, provided music for this event.
The presentation ceremony was hosted by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy in conjunction with Urban Stages and the Artist Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The exhibition is sponsored by Muriel Siebert, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and runs until 6 September 2005.
By subway, the park can be reached via the F train to York Street in Brooklyn. Walk one block to Front Street and on to Main Street and make a right turn to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
A Runaway Girl at Home in New York: Louise Bourgeois at the Guggenheim
Louise Bourgeois, a travelling retrospective marking the artist's nearly 100 years of living and more than seven decades of art-making, is an ambitious project. Opening in October 2007 at Tate Modern in London, the exhibit appeared at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and now is installed in expanded form at the Guggenheim in New York. The museum's singular Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, with its spiralling ramps, emphasises Bourgeois's prevailing modes of operation: recalling, recreating, reworking, revisiting and re-examining.
Performance and Play
The curators James Lindon and Erin Manns have taken the idea of the 'absentee performer' as a starting point for this 'Absent without Leave' exhibiton at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and present a wide range of possible formulations of 'performance' in contemporary art. The idea of performance is continually repositioned here to encompass notions of illusion and theatricality, ritual and process, social etiquette and subversive behaviour in which the viewers themselves play a key role.
Robert Rauschenberg: Combines
It was only a matter of time before the work of Robert Rauschenberg would again receive a star billing in Paris, and there could be no better venue than the Centre Pompidou. The reason is that the work literally benefits from the implied temporariness of the 'rooms' at the Centre.