New York’s Bravest Honored in a Pop-Up Exhibition at the New York City Fire Museum, by Acclaimed UK Artist, Alexander Millar
New York’s firefighters are renowned across the world for their valor, dedication and sacrifice. Now, they have inspired the acclaimed UK artist Alexander Millar to create a new body of work that honors the city’s ‘Bravest’ and celebrates the qualities that make them some of the most extraordinary working people on the planet.
Taking inspiration from archive material from the New York City Fire Museum, and the Vulcan Society (a fraternal organization of Black Firefighters), including photographs of the 18th, 19th and 20th century firefighter, Millar has created a collection of portraits and cityscapes that show respect, humor and warmth for the everyday heroes of the city, communicating a strong sense of the people behind the uniforms.
Millar launched his new collection, Everyday Heroes • NYC, at the New York City Fire Museum on April 3rd. special guests were able to view original artwork in oil and pencil, all of which have been created especially for the museum in Millar’s trademark contemporary impressionist style.
After a short run at the museum, the show will transfer to the Millar Fine Art Pop-Up Gallery, on 138 Wooster Street, in Soho, New York on April 7th, 2018 for an expanded exhibition which will bring together critically-acclaimed work from recent years, alongside his new collection inspired by New York and its working people, from the fire department and beyond.
20% of the profits from sales of one of his new artworks, ‘Everyday Heroes’ will be donated, to the city’s Fire Museum and the Vulcan Society.
Images from last night’s event below
Painting of Wesley A. Williams, born in Manhattan in 1897, Wesley A. Williams became only the third African-American to join the New York City Fire Department, at a time of segregation and discrimination. He became the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of officer, when he became a lieutenant in 1927. He retired in 1952 with the rank of battalion chief. (Deceased). In the photo above Charles Williams (right), grandson of Wesley Williams was photographed with portrait of his late grand father Wesley A. Williams.
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About the Artist:
Alexander Millar is critically acclaimed for his depictions of industrial cities; his work is strongly influenced by the working men and women of the late 19th and 20th century. His subject matter combined with his impressionistic, impasto style has seen him described as JMW Turner meets LS Lowry.
Emotive and dramatic skies and industryscapes are created with a broad colour palette, loose, impasto brush strokes and an almost energetic and frenzied composition. With his impressionistic skies and landscapes, Millar brings to life eras and scenes that were arguably a struggle and a trial; yet his obvious fondness for the time and the people he paints gives a nostalgic and warm impression of days gone by.
Born and raised in the small mining community of Springside, just outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland, Alexander Millar was surrounded by laborers, working men, and women, earning their trade in the mills, shipping industries, steelworks or railways.
The importance of these people to their communities and industries stuck with him, and they have become the central figures in his paintings ever since. Alexander Millar’s artwork focuses on the individuals and, latterly, the industryscapes in which they existed.
Nowadays, Alexander Millar is a self-taught artist known around the world, he has received great critical acclaim from some of the world’s most respected art critics. His work continues to be inspired by the working men and women of our communities and cities, and over the coming months and years will feature interpretations of 21st-century workers, in Alexander Millar’s unique style.
Alexander Millar’s original paintings regularly sell for upwards of $20,000.
Los Angeles Auto Show
A RIDE INTO LIFESTYLE
The home of the LA Auto Show saw Alcantara train its headlights on its very special relationship with the automotive industry at a landmark exhibit that debuted at the Petersen Automotive Museum last night, November 29th 2017. The “Ride Into Lifestyle” pop-up show artistically reimagined the intersections of luxury fashion, design, technology, art and engine that Alcantara is known for globally.
The show was a creative tribute to one of Alcantara’s key assets and distinguishing features – versatility. Curated by revered artist and designer Rebecca Moses, “Ride into Lifestyle” was an experience. Guests ‘took a spin’ through an imaginary landscape celebrating symbols of contemporary style, outsized objects that rendered guests Lilliputian and revealed the extraordinary. The unique installation was the backdrop to an event that promised to take guests on a journey of the mind and spirit, transposing elements of the everyday and pushing the boundaries of the imaginary. The installation interpreted elements of luxury lifestyle – the It Bag, the Designer Shoe, mood-setting statement furniture, the next-gen tech device, and a gown fit for a silver screen star with a train doubling as a fairy-tale highway – all crafted with Alcantara®. The automobile is the dreamlike visitor and observer of this world of style and fashion that marries art and technology.
The common thread was Alcantara® – a modern sustainable material made in Italy with unrivalled versatility and ability to adapt to the needs of a broad range of industries. Alcantara’s many applications embody style, sustainability and luxury.
“We are very excited to be here, in the beautiful framework of the Petersen Museum of Los Angeles. The “A Ride Into Lifestyle” event represents an extraordinary occasion for Alcantara® to strengthen its capability to master all the realities of contemporary lifestyle, from fashion to automotive, from hi-tech to interior design, always combining tradition and innovation under the banner of authentic Made in Italy quality,” said Andrea Boragno, Alcantara’s Chairman and CEO. “Thanks to our privileged long-time relationship with the world of art and design, Alcantara® embodies elegance, style and beauty”.
Alcantara S.p.A. – www.alcantara.com
Founded in 1972, Alcantara represents a prime example of Italian-produced quality. As registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A. and result of a unique and proprietary technology, Alcantara® is a highly innovative material, offering an unrivalled combination of sensory, aesthetic and functional qualities. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility, Alcantara is the choice of leading brands in a number of application fields: fashion and accessories, automotive, interior design and home décor, consumer-electronics. These features, together with a serious and certified commitment in terms of sustainability, make Alcantara a true icon of contemporary lifestyle: the lifestyle of those who want to fully enjoy their everyday life, respecting the environment. Since 2009 Alcantara is certified “Carbon Neutral”, having defined, reduced and offset all the CO2 emissions derived from its activity. To mark out the path of the company in such a field, every year Alcantara draws up and publishes its own Sustainability Report, certified by Bdo authority and available also on the corporate website. Headquartered in Milan, Alcantara production site and R&D department are located in Nera Montoro, in the heart of Umbria Region (Terni).
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Dinner on Ice, Pop-Up at ICE Santa Monica on
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Featuring Five-Course Dinner from MasterChef Finalist Chef Derrick Fox,
Cocktail Pairings, Ice Skating and more
Presented by Capital One Cafe, Dinner on Ice is a unique evening of outdoor gourmet dining and ice skating at ICE Santa Monica, on January 16, 2018, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy a five-course menu prepared by MasterChef finalist Derrick Fox as well as cocktail pairings and wine bar. A limited number of tickets are available for $100 in advance, and all inclusive of skate rental fee, dinner and open bar. Guests are encouraged to dress in cozy winter attire.
The dinner will include passed appetizers, an oyster station, Peet’s Coffee, hot chocolate and gift bags from Capital One Cafe, and pairings from Ammunition Wines and American Born Whiskey. Menu includes some of Chef Derrick’s signature dishes including Endive Cups Filled with Dates, Blue Cheese, Walnuts, Truffle Oil, and Cucumber Slices Topped with Crab and Spicy Aioli; Spicy California Crab Bites on Top of Sliced Cucumber; Deconstructed Waterm
Mushrooms, Charred Broccolini Florets in a Soy Yuzu reduction
and Chocolate S’Mores Tartlets filled with a Silky Chocolate Ganache and topped with a Sweet Soft Meringue torched to perfection.
Dinner on Ice offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a preview of Chef Derrick’s delicious and visually impressive dishes which will become available at his new residency at Makai Santa Monica later this month.
Capital One, Chef Derrick Fox, Spin PR Group, ICE at Santa Monica, Ammunition Wines, American Born Whiskey, Dulce Vida Tequila, Makai Restaurant Santa Monica
Tuesday, January 16; 7-10:00 p.m.
ICE Santa Monica, the premier 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink located on corner of
5th Street and Arizona Avenue.
ABOUT CHEF DERRICK:
Chef Derrick Fox is a professional drummer turned Chef. Born in Fort Myers, Florida, he has been living in Los Angeles for the past ten years. Derrick was the “fan favorite” of MasterChef Season 6, and proved that his artistic food, risk-taking, and dynamic personality would lead to a huge career in the culinary world.
Tickets are available on FEASTLY
Ample street parking is available or in the self-parking lots located on 4th Street. First 90 min. are free.
Dinner on Ice, Pop-Up at ICE Santa Monica on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Kick off 2018 with a one-of-a-kind culinary pop-up experience on ice! Dinner on ICE is a unique evening of outdoor gourmet dining and ice skating at ICE Santa Monica on January 16, 2018, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy a five-course menu prepared by MasterChef runner-up Derrick Fox as well as cocktail pairings and wine bar. A limited number of tickets are available and are all inclusive of skate rental fee, dinner and bar for $100 in advance.
MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT INAUGURATES PARADISE PLAZA
During Art Basel week 2017, the Miami Design District debuted the much anticipated Paradise Plaza, which doubled the Miami Design District’s retail and culinary offerings via the new open air piazza and extension of Paseo Ponti connecting Paradise Plaza to the existing Palm Court. Paradise Plaza is Miami Design District’s latest multi-level urban park and retail plaza anchored by an iconic architectural structure designed by Johnston Marklee, as well as with works by renowned architectural firms FreelandBuck, Tolila+Gilliland, and MOS. Hosted by Craig Robins, guests of the celebration included Jeffrey Deitch, Curator; Sharon Johnston, Principal Architect and co-founder of Johnston Marklee; Sarah Arison, President of Arison Arts Foundation; Ronan Bouroullec, Designer; Urs Fischer, Artist; Nicholas Gilliland, Principal Architect and cofounder of Tolila + Gilliland; Gaston Tolila, Principal Architect and co-founder of Tolila + Gilliland; Daniel Toole, Architect; Andre Herrero, Principal, Architect of Charlap Hyman & Herrero; Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, Founder of Luminaire; Chad Oppenheim, Owner of Oppenheim Architecture and Design.
In addition to the debut of a number of pop-up exhibitions and art installations throughout the neighborhood, Paradise Plaza also hosted a number of pop-up Art Week pop-ups exhibitions including WWD, goop GIFT and Social Studies. Also housed in the plaza are recent retail openings including Creed, which opened their third U.S. boutique in Miami Design District alongside seventh generation perfumer, Erwin Creed, and Gucci whose Miami Design District location offers two location exclusive bags as part of the brand’s collaboration with artist Coco Capitan: a drawstring backpack and belt bag.
SOCIAL STUDIES AT MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
On Wednesday, December 6, Baque Creative and the Miami Design District celebrated the launch of Social Studies Miami, a four day retail pop-up experience exclusively developed by Angelo Baque. Concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017, Social Studies featured an eclectic mix of innovative brands and collaborators including Virgil Abloh of Off White TM, Nike, Union Los Angeles, 032c Magazine, No Vacancy Inn, Some Ware, ELECTION REFORM!, Odwalla1221 and Awake NY, with a pop-up retail component and a series of education programs and curatorial workshops led by the creatives behind participating brands. Focusing on themes of tangibility and accessibility, the space was open to the public as a social and creative meeting place during Art Week.
To launch the event, renowned photographer and Social Studies collaborator, Shaniqwa Jarvis, was on hand to debut her eponymous publication, while close friend Zuri Marley treated guests to an extraordinary live performance. The self-titled book, the first published by Baque Creative Press, is designed by Stephen Serrato and includes a forward by Ryan McGinley.
CHROME HEARTS + BACCARAT, MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT CELEBRATE ART WEEK WITH THE MIAMI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT PALM COURT
Laurie Lynn Stark of Chrome Hearts + Craig Robins of DACRA hosted friends & family for an evening of music helmed by Maestro Eduardo Marturet with performances by Jesse Jo Stark and pianist Mary Anne Huntsman alongside the Symphony Orchestra. Starting the evening with a champagne reception at Chrome Hearts Miami to celebrate the opening of the exhibition this time, this place curated by Theo Niarchos with Laurie Lynn Stark & Matt DiGiacomo, guests including Jordan Barrett, Presley Gerber, Virgil Abloh, Elle Macpherson, Gloria Estefan, Theo Niarchos and David Adjaye progressed down to the nearby Palm Court for a live musical program ranging from Classical to Broadway to Rock ‘n Roll.