FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“WORLD’S FAIRS: LOST UTOPIAS”
Curated by Kipton Cronkite
May 28, 2014 – June 10, 2014
Opening Reception Wednesday May 28, 6-9PM also Celebrates Launch of Onishi’s Pop Up Gallery
Onishi project is located at 521 West 26th Street, NYC (Downstairs)
Generously sponsored by Bernardaud, BidKind.com and @60inches.com
NEW YORK, NY May 19, 2014 - In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Onishi Project and Kipton Cronkite are pleased to present World’s Fairs: Lost Utopias, the debut exhibition of Jade Doskow’s groundbreaking seven-year photography project. The exhibition will also include a 1968 triptych by Robert Rauschenberg, works on paper by Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring -- and a dynamic group show featuring Alexandra Posen, Greg Haberny, Naomi Reis, Mark Freedman, UR New York and Vincent Edmond Louis - inspired by the cultural zeitgeist that surrounded this event. The exhibition is open to the public from May 28-June 10, 2014 at 521 West 26th Street, New York City. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Nana Onishi, owner and founder of Onishi Project at Onishi Gallery, welcomes curator Kipton Cronkite and photographer Jade Doskow’s work as the first collection to be shown in the Onishi Project’s brand new pop-up space. Onishi Project was conceived to give artists from across the country and the world a chance to display and market their work in Manhattan efficiently and affordably. Nana Onishi developed Onishi Project as a springboard for galleries and artists, such as Cronkite and Doskow, to gain an international clientele and further their connections among collectors and museum professionals. “We are thrilled to officially launch our beautiful new Pop Up Gallery Space with such an interesting exhibit curated by Kipton Cronkite, that mirrors our own gallery’s efforts to connect art patrons and rising artists through innovative partnerships and global outreach,” says Onishi.
In the front gallery, Jade Doskow’s large-scale color photographs illustrate the utopian iconic architecture and art remaining after the close of 1960’s world’s fairs, and the arbitrary nature of what has been preserved, discarded, or repurposed on these sites. In the cities represented here, New York dominates, in celebration of the 50-year anniversary. The crowning glory that still remains is the New York State Pavilion, an unusual, dynamic carousel-like structure designed by Philip Johnson. Doskow’s two photographs of the Pavilion - from 2007 and 2014 - illustrate the strange beauty of this mammoth creation in various stages of decay and regrowth. The other cities shown here from this project include Paris, Brussels, Seattle, Montréal, and San Antonio. “It’s exciting to debut Doskow’s seven year project after seeing it develop year by year, and the 50-year anniversary of the New York Site provided the perfect occasion for this exhibition,” says curator Kipton Cronkite.
The seminal Robert Rauschenberg piece Autobiography, also on display in the front gallery,is echoed in Doskow’s work---most notably an image of an early Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome from the 1967 Montréal World’s Fair. During the 1960’s Rauschenberg was wholly immersed in an understanding of the relationship between art and technology, and was influenced by the writings and philosophies of Buckminster Fuller. Also accompanying Doskow’s work is a documentary work-in-progress by award winning filmmaker Philip Shane, illustrating the process and scope of Doskow’s artistic journey.
Major artists---including Jean Arp, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, and James Rosenquist---all exhibited new work at the 1960’s world’s fairs, and in the rear gallery one can experience their effect on contemporary artists. One of the most popular attractions at the 1964 New York World’s Fair was It’s a Small World and was sponsored by Walt Disney; Greg Haberny’s mixed media on canvas CIA channels Lichtenstein, exploring the influence of 1960’s pop iconography such as Mickey Mouse.
Mark Freedman has created a series of gallery invitation collages based on pages from ArtForum magazine and referencing Warhol, Kelly and Rosenquist. Brooklyn-based artist Naomi Reis perfectly captures the form of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome. Alexandra Posen’s work on paper expresses her intuitive response to artists such as Arp and Rauschenberg.
Jade Doskow (b. 1978, Pennsylvania) is an award-winning photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in Philosophy of Art and Music from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts. She is currently on the photography faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and was named by American Photo as 'One to Watch' in 2013.Doskow's work has been exhibited internationally and focuses on the complex and often contradictory relationship between utopian architecture and the ever-changing environment around it, which she captures with a large-format 4x5 camera. Her work is held in numerous private collections. Doskow's Lost Utopias project has received press internationally and on the web, featured in American Photo, the New York Observer, NPR Picture Show, ArchDaily, and Wired, among others. Additional information about Doskow can be found here.
Curator, Art Advisor, tech entrepreneur and former investment banker Kipton Cronkite has been working to identify the best emerging artists and gives them a broadened platform for over 10 years. A native of Oklahoma with artist roots, his earliest memories involve visits to the Will Rogers Museum, followed by a trip to NY that planted the seed for his later goals. After obtaining a marketing degree at Oklahoma State and studying business at London’s Imperial College, Kipton landed an investment banking job in New York but also dove into the art world in which he is now immersed. In 2005, he successfully launched one of the first online look-books for artists through KiptonART and has since become a successful leader in connecting young artists with the fast moving world of Contemporary Art. Cronkite is on the executive committee of the Whitney Contemporaries, was previously was on the steering committee for the Frick Museum, and has had numerous articles published on art as an investment. On the pop culture front, his curation of the art in the apartment of Aviva Drescher will be seen in an upcoming episode of Bravo TV’s “Housewives of New York” on June 3.
In 2013, Kipton co-founded @60inches.com with Sarah Arison and Christian Simonds. @60” was recognized by The Webby Awards. Its curatorial board includes Stephen Frailey, Leon Benrimon, Vaughn Massey and Simone Garber Joseph. @60” is a leading resource for vetted rising art and design talent via a highly stylized e-commerce platform dedicated to collectors and art professionals. 60 inches is the ideal height at which to hang paintings: in this vein, the company provides ideal access for top new artists and serious collectors to find each other, through exclusive curated sales, “first look” opportunities, institutional partnerships, social media, artist studio visits and engaging editorial. @60inches.com
ABOUT ONISHI PROJECT:
Onishi Project was established in 2012 as the art management division of Onishi Gallery, located in Chelsea in New York City, a hub of the contemporary art world. Onishi Project creates a global market for emerging and mid-career artists by promoting their artwork in gallery exhibitions, art fairs, and through dialogue with collectors and museum curators. Onishi Project organizes international shows in which their artists participate, sell their artwork online in a virtual gallery, and are integrated into Onishi’s established social and professional networks through social media campaigns, all while learning the ropes of promoting their word.
Onishi Project offers art patrons equal opportunity as to artists. Through showcasing of emerging and mid-career artists, patrons around the world discover original paintings, sculptures, and photographs at of future art world stars, at reasonable prices. http://onishiproject.com/
For further information about the exhibition, please contact Onishi Project (212) 695-8035 or email@example.com
More about the other LOST UTOPIAS artists here:
Greg Haberny http://www.at60inches.com/greg-haberny
Mark Freedman http://www.at60inches.com/mark-freedman
Alexandra Posen http://www.at60inches.com/alexandra-posen
Naomi Reis http://www.at60inches.com/naomi-reis
Robert Rauschenberg http://www.at60inches.com/robert-rauschenberg