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Frieze Partners with Tishman Speyer at Rockefeller Center

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Frieze Partners with Tishman Speyer at Rockefeller Center

Frieze Los Angeles may have opened today in Los Angeles. But this new announcement shows that things are starting to heat up in NYC ahead of Frieze New York.

 

Rockefeller Center

Tishman Speyer and Frieze New York announced a new partnership to bring public art to Rockefeller Center. The new annual collaboration will be curated by Brett Littman, director of the Isamu Noguchi Museum. 20 sculptures from Frieze gallerists will be installed in April in anticipation of Frieze New York through June.

 

Rockefeller Center, conceived by John D. Rockefeller, has a robust collection of murals, sculptures, and friezes. The Lower Plaza and Fifth Ave entrance already have two notable sculptures, Prometheus by Paul Manship and Atlas by Lee Lawrie and Rene Paul Chambellan, respectively.

 

Prometheus by Paul Manship (1885-1966), via Rockefeller Center

 

The creation of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center continues John D. Rockefeller’s vision of the partnerships between businesses and the arts. By bringing in pieces from the Frieze gallerists, Rockefeller Center can share inspiration and creativity with the public.

 

Loring Randolph(Artistic Director, Frieze Americas) said: “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Rockefeller Center and Brett Littman on a major two-month art initiative, opening up an exciting array of artworks to New Yorkers and international visitors in the heart of Manhattan. Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center is an unprecedented opportunity for our galleries to present work by their artists far beyond a fair booth or gallery space, in a historic, much-loved, and bustling New York City site. Brett Littman is one of New York’s brightest curatorial minds, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us!” 

 

Brett Littman said: “It is very exciting to be working on such a far-reaching project with Frieze New York and Rockefeller Center. My goal for Frieze Sculpture this year is to curate an immersive campus-wide installation that is responsive to the architecture and Noguchi’s bas relief News (1940). I plan to include a diverse group of international artists, many of whom have not sited public sculpture in New York before, whose works are conscious of our current political moment and question how sculpture operates in our contemporary world.” 

 

Michaella Solar-March(Managing Director, Rockefeller Center Marketing and Experience) said: “Rockefeller Center is known and celebrated for its displays of public art, both permanent works and special exhibits with some of the world’s leading artists. Bringing Frieze Sculpture to New York is the next step of our public art journey, and we can’t wait for New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this incredible, wide-ranging installation that will effectively turn the Center into an art park each year.”

 

Like grandfather, like grandson.

David Rockefeller, Jr, founder of the Business Committee for the Arts and namesake of the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award, founded One Chase Plaza, now 28 Liberty, with a similar vision of pairing the arts and business. Like Rockefeller Center, One Chase Plaza was designed as a physical manifestation of that idea, with the artwork an integral piece of the building structure. The plaza, now owned by Fosun, boasts an Isamu Noguchi piece commissioned by David Rockefeller, Jr. Fosun was a recipient of the 2018 BCA 10  Award for its partnership with arts organizations like Sing For Hope, and for its incorporation of the existing art into its new logo.   

 

More than 30 Sing For Hope Pianos on 28 Liberty Plaza

 

Cover image: Atlas by Lee Lawrie (1877-1963) and Rene Paul Chambellan (1893-1955) via Rockefeller Center

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2007 BCA10 Awardee, Deutsche Bank, Opens Pathways to Students Interested in Art Careers

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2007 BCA10 Awardee, Deutsche Bank, Opens Pathways to Students Interested in Art Careers

Deutsche Bank, a 2007 Business Committee for the Arts awardee, renewed its support of New York’s famed Frieze Art Fair in 2017. With this commitment, Deutsche Bank supports Frieze New York’s non-profit arm, Frieze Education, a year-round program that prepares young New Yorkers from underserved communities across the five boroughs for future careers in the arts.

 

Frieze Education expands access to arts spaces by bringing in from students across the city for regular arts activities, such as workshops and tours of artist studios, galleries, museums and the fair. The educational programming includes discussions with professionals from different areas of contemporary art. Institutions visited in 2017 include locations such as The Met Breuer and the New Museum.

 

The crown jewel of the program is Frieze Teens, which is comprised of a diverse array of 18 teacher-nominated students aged 16-18 hailing from diverse backgrounds.

 

Frieze Teens New York 2016 from Frieze Art Fair on Vimeo.

 

According to former Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Americas, Seth H. Waught,  “We believe the arts enhance our ability to respond to an increasingly complex and fast moving world with new perspectives, ideas, and insights. Partnerships between business and the arts embrace the vitality of the world around us and serve the human spirit.”

 

Over the past 5 years, due to support from Deutsche Bank, the Frieze Teens program has held workshops with popular contemporary artists like Urs Fischer and Julie Mehretu, who have been featured in major art events, such as the Whitney Biennial, the Armory Show and Art Basel.  

 

Deutsche Bank has had a tradition of supporting the arts for more than a quarter of a century.  The Bank believes that respect for the artist’s unique role in society as an important catalyst for change is integral to Deutsche Bank’s commitment to help create better communities and enlightened corporate citizens. 

 

Through Deutsche Bank’s arts and education initiative, it has provided youth with a supportive environment and resources to pursue arts careers.  Many of these arts programs developed skills in young people that are highly transferable to success in academic, professional and real life situations. 

 

In collaboration with Partnership for Afterschool Education, Deutsche Bank co-created and designed an arts and career resource guide targeted to disadvantaged youth to help prepare them to enter the arts field.  Deutsche Bank also provided grants to cultural organizations that work with youth in New York City public schools and local non-profits such as the Carnegie Hall Link Up, the School Partnership program at the New York Philharmonic and the Bronx Museum’s Teen Council.

 

Deutsche Bank employees actively contribute to developing the youth through annual volunteer programs.  Deutsche Bank provides volunteers to community arts organizations such as Free Arts, which hosts Free Arts Day, a special volunteer event that pairs volunteers with elementary aged-youth. Bank employees and other volunteers offered a day of mini-mentoring and art-making, focused inspiring students to pursue their dreams.

 

Photo: Frieze Art Fair

Video: Frieze Teens New York Program. Frieze Art Fair website, frieze.com. 

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