Friday, January 21, 2011

"Battle of the Brush" On View at Bryant Park

Bryant Park has seen a fair share of pubic art. Last summer alone, we hosted Kate Gilmore's Walk the Walk and Key to the City by Paul Ramirez Jonas. But right now, in the dead of winter, the park is tucking another "first" under it's belt: an outdoor painting exhibit.

Drawing from the park's history as an encampment for soldiers during the Civil War, Battle of the Brush take a tongue-in-cheek look at the historic "battle" between the realist and abstract styles of painting through the work of 8 established and emerging artists. 

To protect the paintings from the elements, two kiosks from The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park have been outfitted with climate-controlling equipment to create bright exhibition spaces on the Fountain Terrace. The exhibit is curated by Corporate Art Solutions and made possible with the help of Upsilon Ventures, producers of The Holiday Shops and Citi PondSM at Bryant Park.  

Battle of the Brush is on view through February 2 and features new and existing paintings from: 
 Alison BlickleTom SanfordNicola Verlato, and Eric White, the "Realist Regiment"
and Justin AdianAnoka Faruqee, Patricia Treib, and Roger White, the "Abstract Regiment"

Additional support for the exhibition generously provided by Equity Office, Design Republic, Frenkel and Company, Berkeley Asset Protection Underwriting Managers, LLC, and Stebich Ridder International


  1. I'm really glad to see that Bryant Park continues to show its support of the arts. Looking forward to checking out the exhibit when I come for this start of the film festival this Saturday!

  2. Thanks for sharing the news of the Winter Film Festival, Austin! Did you make it to the park on Saturday? I'd love to hear what you thought of the exhibit.