~Last chance for Event Horizon - Antony Gormley's Event Horizon, presented by the Madison Park Conservancy, ends its five-month run this Sunday, August 15th. The public art exhibition featured 31 life-size, iron and fiberglass body casts of the British artist. The sculptures were placed in and around Madison Square Park and on the edge of rooftops of some surrounding buildings. The end of Event Horizon means no more statues to mistake for suicide jumpers or for tourists to pose with and grope. Learn more at eventhorizonnewyork.org and at the artist's website Antonygormley.com. Ends August 15th.
~Congrats to Work of Art winner! - Spoiler Alert: Congratulations to Abdi Farah on nabbing Work of Art's grand prize of $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. The 23-year-old Pennsylvania native and graduate of U Penn was definitely one of my faves to win - if not always for his work [though I did really like his Baptism drawing and I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Device) head bomb sculptures], most definitely for his super nice and positive personality. This show seems to have a bunch of online haters, so it'll be interesting to see if Bravo brings it back for a second season. Read more at bravotv.com/work-of-art.
~Happy birthday, Andy! - I just started reading Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett's POPiSM The Warhol Sixties (I love it so far) this past weekend - coincidentally, last Friday, August 6th would have been the late artist's 82nd birthday. To mark the occasion, Flavorwire has compiled 82 Things You Didn't Know About Andy Warhol, a list of trivia and tidbits about the pop icon. I particularly like #24, "Warhol enjoyed eating alone, and wanted to open a chain of restaurants called "ANDY-MATS — 'The Restaurant for the Lonely Person;'" #42, "Warhol was a regular volunteer at homeless shelters in New York City;" and #59, "The IRS audited Warhol every year from 1972 until his death in 1987." Who knew?! Check out the full list at flavorwire.com.