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December 23 2011

Will Ryman at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables

The Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables, Florida is known for its spectacular tropical landscape. Since several years, there’s also a visual art program that attracts visitors to the park, with artists such as Dale Chihuly, Fernando Botero, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark di Suvero, Yayoi Kusama and Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne.

This year’s Art at Fairchild exhibition is dedicated to Will Ryman’s oversized sculptures. It’s Will Ryman’s largest outdoor exhibition to date. It includes three massive, new monochrome rose sculptures in red, yellow, and blue, ranging from five to 30 feet in height. The largest one, Icon (2011) has already been on display in Regent’s Park in London as part of Frieze Art Fair’s Frieze Sculpture Park 2011. The three roses titled Origin, Icon, and Encore are works that Will Ryman envisioned especially for Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

In addition to the roses, Will Ryman has created several oversized petals that float on the ponds and lie on the grassy areas of the garden. He also distributed 15 ants and seven bees on the park.

Another of Will Ryman’s colossal roses, 65th Street, was installed on the Sagamore hotel’s beachfront for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.

Will Ryman was born in New York City in 1969. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including “Greater New York 2005″, at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; and “The Shape of Things to Come”, at The Saatchi Gallery, London. Ryman’s first major outdoor installation “The Roses” made its debut on Park Avenue in New York City in January 2011.

Will Ryman at Fairchild: Desublimation of the Rose. Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables / Florida. VIP tour, November 29, 2011.

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November 14 2011

Frieze Sculpture Park 2011

For some people the best thing about Frieze Art Fair in London is the Frieze Sculpture Park. Located just a short walk from the main fair site in the beautiful surroundings of the English Garden the Sculpture Park provides the opportunity to enjoy contemporary art in a more relaxed way. This year curator David Thorp has selected sculptures by Neha Choksi (Echo of the Inside. Project 88), Johan Creten (Le Banc des Amoureux. Almine Rech Gallery), Claudia Fontes (Decoy for Andean Condor. Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo), Alicia Framis (Cartas al cielo. Annet Gelink Gallery), Tom Friedman (Circle Dance. Stephen Friedman Gallery), Gimhongsok (A Star. Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery), Des Hughes (Angry Pins. Ancient & Modern), Thomas Houseago (Hermaphrodite. Hauser & Wirth), Eva Koťátková & Petr Koťátko (Lost and Found. Hunt Kastner), Will Ryman (Icon. Paul Kasmin Gallery), Kiki Smith (Seer. Timothy Taylor Gallery), and Gavin Turk (Ajar. Galerie Krinzinger / Aurel Scheibler).

Frieze Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair London 2011. London / UK, October 14 , 2011.

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Excerpt from the press release:

This year’s Sculpture Park presents work by some of the most acclaimed international sculptors. These include new works by Thomas Houseago and Claudia Fontes, as well as pieces by Tom Friedman and Kiki Smith.

Will Ryman, will show Icon (2011) the first public exhibition of one of his ‘Rose’ sculptures since they were shown on Park Avenue in New York. Johan Creten’s piece Le Banc des Amoureux (2011), is a bronze bench on which viewers can sit. For his work Ajar (2011), Gavin Turk has created a large internal door that stands open in the landscape.

This year’s Sculpture Park demonstrates an international reach, with representation of works from emerging artists from around the world. Artists whose work will be presented includes Neha Choksi, from Project 88 gallery in Mumbai, whose work Echo of the Inside (Column Cube I) is constructed from the sequential casting of consecutively smaller distorted cubes. Also included is a work by Gimhongsok, from Kukje Gallery/Tina Kim in Seoul; A Star (2011) is one of a series of sculptures entitled ‘Ordinary Objects’ that appropriate everyday objects, such as plastic bags, wooden sticks and Styrofoam, which are recast in precious metals.

Other highlights this year include a work by Des Hughes, Angry Pins (2011), Alicia Framis Cartas al cielo, (2011).

David Thorp, selector of the Sculpture Park at Frieze Art Fair commented, ‘This year’s Sculpture Park continues to provide a fascinating cross section of sculpture being made today from the monumental to the socially engaged. The twelve works on display by established and emerging artists build on a dialogue begun in previous years, developing a debate about art in public places and the condition of sculpture as an evolving conversation that proceeds by example, as an exchange of ideas between artists and artworks.’

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