The Archer M. Huntington Townhouse on museum mile in New York City hosts the final installment of the National Academy Museum's annual art exhibition, "Creative Mischief" known for presenting a diverse roster of international artists. The museum announced plans to sell the famous Beaux Art mansion, which means, legend 5th Avenue loses one of its most exquisite public spaces.
Part of what makes "Creative Mischief" so engaging is that the illustrious, historic hosts subject matters that range from naughty to vice, from evil to nice. Sexual violence, despair in poverty, spiritual recalibration, and other topics of the human heart fill three floors of the beautiful mansion.
Latina mixed media artist Nadia Martinez hangs a site-specific installation of meticulously netted resistors and crystals, and fellow sculptor Borinquen Gallo incorporates architectural building motifs into casts of silver-grey automotive hubcaps.
Artistic highlights include two distinctly brazen bronze sculptures of headless torsos, "Duquesnoy Beggar" by National Academician Ed Smith and "Incest: A Rape by Any Other Name is a Rape is a Rape is a Rape" by emerging artist Tess O'Dwyer, whose dollhouse forms taunt and haunt the visitor with beauty and grief.
National Academician Willard Boeppel boils purple swaths and red planks down to a cool architectural discomfort, while the Dean of the National Academy School of Fine Art, Maurizio Pellegrin, revives a 17th century Venetian wooden cradle with scarlet fabric twisted into knots of tension pitted against gold borders of the crib.
Figurative paintings and drawings of landscapes and the classical human form include works by American masters Anthony Panzera, Robert Chabora, Diana Horowitz, and Henry Finkelstein.
For more information:
National Academy Museum
1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, next to Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY 10128
Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
On view thru June 17th, 2017