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Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King…

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”  John Lubbock, Sr

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007


Zhang Huan, Three Legged Buddha, 2007

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Louise Nevelson... City On the High Mountain 1983


Louise Nevelson … City On the High Mountain 1983

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Henry Moore, Reclining Connected Forms 1969


Henry Moore, Reclining Connected Forms 1969

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Alexander Calder, Knobs & Gui Mistletoe, 1976


Alexander Calder, Knobs & Gui Mistletoe, 1976

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Chakaia Booker, A Moment in Time 2004


Chakaia Booker, A Moment in Time 2004 

I’ve always loved art; particularly what is often referred to as installation art - huge three dimensional pieces that  sit indoors as interior installations or outdoors as land art.  I’ve showcased a few highly regarded installation artists on this blog; Yinka Shonibare MBE, Choi Jeong Hwa, and Do-Ho Suh and, today, I paid a return visit to the Storm King Art Center  to photograph and share some of their beautiful art installations with everyone.

“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.”  Auguste Rodin

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Ursula von Rydingsvard, LUBA 2009-10


Ursula von Rydingsvard,  LUBA 2009-10 

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Alexander Calder, Five Swords 1976


 Alexander Calder, Five Swords 1976

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Emilio Greco, The Tall Bather, 1956


Emilio Greco, The Tall Bather, 1956 

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Alexander Calder, Black Flag 1974


Alexander Calder, Black Flag 1974 

Part of the beauty of  Storm King Art Center  is its expansive and majestic 500 acres located in the Bear Mountain area of New York.  It is about one hour north of New York City, in  New Windsor, in the Hudson Valley region. When my twins were younger, we used to take trips up there and let them run around the undulating hills and play amongst the art installations. Those were fun days and we would chill out and enjoy the art. Life got busy and I hadn’t been back.  Today was sweet and a time to walk around, see the new stuff and revisit old friends; Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Chakaia Booker, Mark di Suvero, Alexander Lieberman and Louise Nevelson.  I did see the new 5+5: New Perspectives.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Chakaia Booker Foci 2010


Chakaia Booker,  Foci 2010

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Mark di Suvero Beethoven's Quartet 2003


Mark di Suvero,  Beethoven’s Quartet 2003 

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King… Alexander Liberman, Iliad ...


Alexander Liberman, Iliad 1974-76

Happiness: Installation Art At Storm King... Maya Lin, Wavefield 2007-08


Maya Lin, Wavefield 2007-08 

There are many displays and ways to get around that makes the location accessible for the young and the aged. I walked around for almost 1 1/2 hours, and then took a trolley ride for 30 minutes which gave me a new perspective on the artwork. There was a flutist playing classical music for an hour and it was not crowded. I took time to wander around, even got a decent workout while enjoying a gentle breeze walking around the installations. I photographed many pieces and I hope you enjoy the collection I shared here.

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From Lady Gaga to Storm King: It’s All Art…

It’s All Art: From Lady Gaga to Storm King…

“To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.” Giorgio de Chirico

Lady Gaga at VMA via Getty Images

All Art: Lady Gaga performing... via scarlile

All Art: Adam sculpture by Alexander Liberman via Otie

The Arch by Alexander Calder via Storm King


Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance

I watched the Video Music Awards with my teens tonight and was quite impressed by the way Lady Gaga handled the event… Chelsea Handler (you gotta love her) did a great hosting job and kept things moving in a fresh and fun way, while Lady Gaga added her special brand of the fantastically entertaining. Of course, the icing on the cake was the fact that she walked away with eight awards including the coveted Moonman for Video of the Year for “Bad Romance.” Eminen won a few well deserved awards and Justin Bieber won for Best New Artist… Is he still considered new?

As for Lady Gaga, that eccentric, creative, stormy lady has come a long way since her salad days in NY, performing at rock concerts in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside; sometimes with performance artist Lady Starlight. I admire her gumption because, at least, she’s pushing the envelope at full tilt and damn the consequences. Add to it that she is talented and wears the most out-there clothes, excluding meat dresses, with a certain daring and NY swagger; I, for one, definitely like the lady and her music.

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” Mark Rothko

Art: Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy via ebmorse

Art: City On High Mountain by Louise Nevelson via Storm King

Mermaid by Roy Lichtenstein via Oberons Grove

Schunnemunk Fork by Richard Serra via Storm King



Storm King: Circling the sculptures part 1


Storm King: Circling the sculptures part 2

For some reason and please don’t even ask, as I watched her prance around on stage, I imagined her needing far more space than the confines of the event location could withstand… Where else, in the beautiful state of New York, can this outrageous creative creature spread her wings and still be relevant? Where would her sculptural, over the top outfits blend into the landscape and still be aesthetically beautiful?

As I thought about it, another show I watched today popped into my mind and, Voila! I could see the lady at the mountain… namely the beautifully landscaped, with enormous, sculptural art open air museum in Mountainville, NY – Storm King Art Center. Have you ever been to Storm King Art Center?

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.” Vincent Van Gogh

Reclining Figure by Henry Moore via Storm King

Threefold Manifestation II by Alice Ayncock via Watz


Iliad by Alexander Liberman via Storm King

Wavefield by Maya Lin via NYTimes


Maya Lin’s Wave Field

Known fondly and locally as Storm King, this remarkable 500 acres of undulating hills and beautifully positioned giant large-scale sculptures is home to some of the best outdoor artistic installations by both modern masters like Alexander Calder (the Arch), Henry Moore (Reclining Figure), Richard Serra (Schunnemunk Fork),, and Louise Nevelson (City on the High Mountain), and by contemporary sculptors such as Andy Goldsworthy (Storm King Wall), Alice Aycock (Three-Fold Manifestation II), Alexander Liberman (Adam), and Roy Lichtenstein (Mermaid); including the most recent addition of Maya Lin’s installation – “Storm King Wavefield.”

It’s a wonderful get away for a day filled with nature and art; beautiful, monumental art displayed in nature… Take a trip out there and perhaps, it will all make sense. You know, the Lady Gaga connection. Perhaps she could give an open air, outdoor performance with her magnificent wardrobe as installations. Enjoy!

How do you view artistic display? What ‘s your take on Lady Gaga? Storm King? The creative use of other outdoor spaces?
I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS:
Lady Gaga performing … via scarlile ~ courtesy of SCarlile
Adam sculpture by Alexander Liberman via Otie ~ courtesy of Otie
Storm King Wall by Andy Goldsworthy via ebmorse ~ courtesy of EMorse
Mermaid by Roy Lichtenstein via Oberons Grove ~ courtesy of Oberons
Threefold Manifestation II by Alice Ayncock via Watz ~ courtesy of Watz
All other photos below ~ courtesy of <a href="~ courtesy of Storm King.org“>Storm King
City On High Mountain by Louise Nevelson via Storm King
Schunnemunk Fork by Richard Serra via Storm King”
Reclining Figure by Henry Moore via Storm King
Iliad by Alexander Liberman via Storm King
The Arch by Alexander Calder via Storm King ~ courtesy of Storm King.org
Search for Photos ~ courtesy of Google Images/Flickr

Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank