Memorable Art Moments in 2013

Year End Reflections : 2013's memorable art moments by Barry Kostrinsky

Memorable Art Moments in 2013

Sketch by Leonardo

Having just seen "Leornardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin" at the Morgan Library and Museum, I will go with recency bias and say it is my favorite exhibit of '13. The other artist around Da Vinci don't pail in comparison. The master's composite sketch with horse legs and various objects on a page gives us a glimpse at a more comprehensible artist making choices of placement, density of line, use of negative space and a taste for the surreal combine of images that makes his work vibrant and contemporary today. The Morgan in itself is a beautiful experience.

Memorable Art Moments in 2013

René Magritte, "Les amants (The Lovers)" 1928, oil on canvas. 21 3/8 x 28 7/8″

MoMa is a perennial favorite for best and worst of the year. The "Magritte: Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938" exhibit is very moving and provoking still today: it does not seem dated at all. Surrealism is so hot it is cold now. also at MoMA:

Memorable Art Moments in 2013

Isa Genzken. Schauspieler (Actors) (detail). 2013. Mannequins, clothes, shoes, fabric, and paper, Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin.

Isa Genzken conglomerations of mess, disorder and order, animal combines,mixed with media wit, suitcase mania and neo-runway garbed walker's I'd like to see played out on stage are distrubing and thoughtful. She plays delicately with coarse objects and brings and bends a poetic sound to the hard materials. Some of the work speaks of simple and pure architectural forms while others clusterfuck one another.

Memorable Art Moments in 2013

Rauschenberg's "Canyon" 1959

Seeing the collecting forsight on view in MoMA's "Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador For the New" was impressive, the presight she had! "Canyon" was on display, bald eagle and all. Eagles are not fare trade and the estate was in woes over tax liabilities of an unsellable object with a high valuation. I told the lawyer a year back to have a restorer remove the bald eagle and then sell the work and gift the eagle to the purchaser (have the restorer re-attach it). He said a plan was in the works. In the end, this exhibit was part of the plan that landed MoMA the Collection.

Surprises for the Year:

One of the best surprises of 2013 was at the New Schools BFA and MFA open studios a few months ago. The energy was palpable and some of the work was great and worthy of ground floor Chelsea.

Memorable Art Moments in 2013
Adam Shultz's Emoticon is an interactive floor sculpture which can be powered by a bicycle or by using electricity. The DIY trend that this piece represents is in stark contrast to other slicker digital imagery in the exhibition "Systems" at RoCA curated by Lynn Stein.

About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Barry Kostrinsky Barry Kostrinsky is the founder of Haven Arts Gallery a large gallery and performance space that reinvigorated the South Bronx arts scene from 2004-2009. The Municipal Arts Society (MAS) awarded haven Arts a certificate of merit in 2006.

Barry has contributed to a variety of panels including a NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Percent for art program, and a Bronx Museum symposium for the Artist in the Artists in Marketplace (AIM) program. Barry formed and moderated a talk for the Artists Talk on Art(ATOA) Series at The School of Visual arts (SVA) that discussed the history of contemporary arts in the Bronx.

Currently Barry serves as a member of the Arts in Public Places (AIPP) committee for Rockland County.

His past experiences managing a family run manufacturing company in the South Bronx for 20+ years gives him a uniquely balanced view of the art world.

He worked in finance and banking from 2010-2013 for a small independent company and then for Bank of America. As a result he sees the art world from both the aesthetic side and the financial market it is.

As an artist Barry has exhibited in group shows in NYC. He works in a variety of medium including oil paints, acrylics, watercolor,photography and mixed medium. Where as the oil paintings are mostly plein-air works not unlike the impressionists and post-impressionist, his acrylic work is quite contemporary and often on found objects including car parts, light bulbs, beds and more. His photographic work ranges from serene nature shots, to street detritus and include playing with simple I-Phone applications to manipulate photos taken with his phone. He shoots with old fashioned polaroids and enjoys the restrictions compelled by the lack of choices with the toy like cameras.

Barry special ability is to be able to see others artists work from the eyes of an artist and to dialogue with artists in a meaningful way about their art and where they are going.

As a youth Barry was a math major at Vassar College and graduated in 1982. His High School days at New Rochelle High enabled him to develop his artists talents, Mr. Blackburn was an inspiring teacher. He spent the summer before senior year at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and had a firm footing in the arts before college. By chance Vassar had one of the best art history departments in the US and he studied with Linda Nochlin, Susan Kuretsky and in is rookie year, Ken Silver.

He is a proud father of three grown kids ages 25,25 (twins is the way to start) and 20.

Like so many of us he is recently divorced.

Barry has a strong passion for all things arts related and his love for cooking and eating run a close second.

Become a Fan, Follower & Subscriber

BWW Reviews: The Bronx Museum, Sze It Now and Burcaw's Street MuralBWW Reviews: The Bronx Museum, Sze It Now and Burcaw's Street Mural
by Barry Kostrinsky