NEW YORK - Founded in 2000 by Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen, the Art Production Fund has been a persistently good influence on the art landscape. With summer winding down, it’s a good time to note that three of their co-sponsored projects are still up in and near New York City until early September. The group has a talent for collaboration and for bringing together diverse groups for a piece, and the overlapping interests often produce something unexpectedly worthy.
Thru Sept 3: More of a shopportunity and fundraiser than an art installation, the APF has partnered with the estate of Roy Lichtenstein to sell some very cool-looking housewares at Barneys New York – and 25 percent of the proceeds go to the APF. Lichtenstein’s über-Pop imagery is particularly suited to beach accessories, so get ’em while you can.
Beach blanket with Roy Lichtenstein’s Drawing for Kiss II, 1963 design.
Thru Sept 8: Down in the Soho/Nolita area is Tracey’s Emin’s Roman Standard, a slim, 13-ft high pole with a bronze crow on top that looks quite real. Emin says the piece is a symbol of hope, and she’s had a big year already in the art world, one that will culminate with her retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami in December.
Tracey Emin’s Roman Standard, 2013.
Thru Sept 8: Out on the Old Montauk Highway, for those of you closing out summer on the East End, is a sprawling and creative tableau in a tree-dotted meadow created by three woman artists: “Pop- Up 1 Montauk.” The pieces are all quite distinct, and don't really relate to each other at first glance.
Anya Kielar’s blue-and-white paintings hang from trees in Montauk.
Olympia Scarry has planted rock-salt sculptures that almost look like they’re formed of semi-precious stones, and the saliva-drip motif on them references Jackson Pollock’s paintings, done not too far away in the Springs. Anya Kielar’s blue-and-white paintings (highly stylized portraits of women) hang on clotheslines, and they’re made of tulle, ripped canvas and gauze. And Virginia Overton has deconstructed, and then reassembled, a pick-up truck. Put them together and it’s a roadside attraction that’s worth more than just a drive-by as summer wanes.