URBAN UTOPIA with Sorgente Group
Soho’s original art scene felt revived on Wednesday April 28th with KiptonART’s group exhibition opening, Urban Utopia. Twelve emerging artists displayed a multitude of work in the impressive 5,600 square foot pop-up located at 32 Greene Street and developed by the Sorgente Group. The raw two-floor space is reminiscent of galleries in the area during the 1960’s with exposed white brick and towering ceilings. Hung low, in the formal style of the swinging decade, artworks converged under a utopic ideal. The exhibition is based on the concept of a perfect society existing in an urban environment such as New York City. The idealistic notion refers to On The Best State of a Republic and the New Island Utopia, written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More, which described a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean with a s eemingly flawless socio-political-legal system. The works exhibited at Greene Street either invite criticism of contemporary society or attempt to dispel common beliefs and tradition.
Director of the Art Production Fund Casey Fremont and PR scion Bettina Prentice applauded the curatorial efforts of Heidi Lee, Karline Moeller and Anastasia Rogers who hand selected all thirty-one works on display from artists in the KiptonART online directory including Michael Chiarello, Julie Combal (KiptonART Rising Winner 2010), Jade Doskow (KiptonART Rising Winner 2009), Ula Einstein, Melissa Fleming, Sabina Forbes II (KiptonART Rising Winner 2009), Stephan Fowlkes, James Kennedy, Avery McCarthy (KiptonART Rising Winner 2010), David Mellen, Matthew Satz (KiptonART Rising Winner 2010) and Erica Simone.
Grooving to the 60’s beats spun by DJ Turmix while sipping alcohol provided by Toutin Wines were 700 guests, all passing through the doors over the span of three hours. Amongst the crowd were notable chef Todd English, Director of Affirmation Arts Marla Goldwasser, socialite Annabel Vartanian, Wallace Forbes, Michael Rapp, David Prince, Vougette Laura Lachman, Vanessa Noel, Elisabeth Saint-Amand, Sarah Basile, Chessy Wilson, Anisha Lakhani, artist David Foote, New York Observer’s Alexandra Peers, Sorgente Group’s Veronica Mainetti, Artlog’s Manish Vora, artist Alexander Charriol, Dennis Wong, French DJ Yan Ceh, and William Heath.
32 Greene Street, a 19th century, historic cast iron building – restored by Rome- based real estate development firm Sorgente Group – was a logical and inspired location for the event. Distinguished by both Italian design details and iconic New York architecture, the space is located in the heart of art-centric Soho.
Each of the 12 exhibited artists contends with the concept of a perfect society – its probability of existence seems irrelevant. Their works breed hope and inspire viewers to envision a ‘perfect’ future. The exhibition was open from April 29 – May 20, 2010.
notion refers to On The Best State of a Republic and the New Island Utopia, written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More, which described a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean with a seemingly flawless socio-political-legal system. The works exhibited at Greene Street either invite criticism of contemporary society or attempt to dispel common beliefs and tradition.
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Photo credit, Jonathon Ziegler/PatrickMcMullan.com (L to R): Anastasia Rogers, Kipton Cronkite, Karline Moeller, Heidi Lee; Bettina Prentic, Casey Fremont; Todd English;