‘CARE for KENYA’ at the Angel Orensanz Foundation

“Care for Kenya” at the Angel Orensanz Foundation:
Rallying support with Celebrity Hosts and Supermodel Contributors

February 2014. New York City, NY.

Jessica Stam - Supermodel - Care for Kenya - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

The “Care for Kenya” event at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts promotes awareness and forward action for the social crisis in underdeveloped countries.

The “CARE for KENYA” event at the Angel Orensanz Foundation this February marked an important step in the cultivation of social awareness and local support for the crisis in Africa. The hosts of the event were supermodel Jessica Stam and Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Jalang’o, who appeared as the face and heart of this major fundraising drive in Manhattan for the promotion of humanitarian goals in Kenya.

Care for Kenya - Supermodel Jessica Stam - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

‘Care for Kenya’ Winter Ball 2014 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts in New York’s Lower East Side.

Five hundred people attended the gala event, which was presided over by Mr/ Jalang’o, Ambassador of Kenya at the United Nations,  as well as many other personalities of the African nation. The halls of the Angel Orensanz Foundation were filled with spectators for a brilliant fashion celebration that was followed by a dinner party. Founding artist Angel Orensanz was in attendance for the special event, as part of his United States Winter Tour.

A colorful and socially minded crowd participated with contributing speeches, and performances. The speeches illustrated a vivid tale of culture, technology and social
growth in both ultra-developed societies such as the United States, as well as countries in the course of development as in Kenya and beyond. Attendees contributed not only with tickets and donations but through a vigorous contribution of artistic and cultural objects that opened generously the pockets of the participants.

Care for Kenya - Jessica Stam - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Angel Orensanz with Supermodel Jessica Stam at the “Care for Kenya” event at the Foundation. February 2014.

Sporting goods, haute couture donations, jewelry, and airline tickets to distant destinations emboldened the donations to the cause.

The oral presentations showed a rather grim horizon for the women in Kenya who are snared in the domestic and harvesting labor of their country. The tens of thousands of dollars gathered are but just a drop in an ocean of need, but signaled an important shift in enthusiasm and societal cooperation. It is the permanent American conviction that huge, continental problems are solved through seminal, individual initiatives, beginning often in fundraising efforts such as the event held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation this week.

 

ARTSCAPE Magazine Now Available!

It’s here! The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts proudly presents the latest issue of ARTSCAPE Magazine.

Now available for print or online subscription, ARTSCAPE Magazine is LIVE and ready for you to download today.

Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts - ARTSCAPE magazine

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts – ARTSCAPE Magazine Summer/Fall Edition

ARTSCAPE Magazine reflects the cultural and artistic activities of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, a Manhattan-based organization for the arts and culture. Operating out of a beautiful, gothic-inspired building designed by Alexander Saeltzer in 1849, the Foundation seeks to reflect and maintain the artistic energy that pervades the New York City community.

Our magazine serves as a conduit between the affairs of the Foundation and the network of producing artists and innovators throughout New York City. By presenting content that relates art to implications of society and global culture, ARTSCAPE provides up-to-date arts-news coverage in the universally accessible format of vivid imagery and engaging texts. The goal remains, as always, to spark conversation and foster connectivity in an ever-expanding and ever-changing city.

ARTSCAPE magazine - Angel Orensanz Foundation

ARTSCAPE magazine – in print and available for purchase at The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. Photo credit – Alexa Eskinazi

This edition features a collection of all-new reports on the arts scene in New York City and beyond. 

ARTSCAPE Magazine Articles Include:

  • Sacred Space: Art in Non-Neutral Environments
  • Language, Mind and Memory
  • Building an Art Paradise
  • Origins: The Influence of Space and History on the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

Visit the Angel Orensanz Foundation homepage for more information about the Foundation and upcoming issues of ARTSCAPE Magazine and our NEWSLETTER!

Lou Reed: the Death of a Poet, Musician, and a Friend.

Lou Reed: the Death of a Poet, Musician, and a Friend.

By: Al Orensanz, Director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

 New York, November 5, 2013.

death of Lou Reed

The death of Lou Reed hits hard at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.

Laurie Anderson, wife of the late Lou Reed, has sent us copy of her letter to her husband’s friends, admirers and followers:

What a beautiful fall! Everything is shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water is surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in upstate New York for the past few years, and even though we’re city people, this is our spiritual home. Last week, I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou Reed

from the letter written by Laurie Anderson, wife of the late Lou Reed.

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician’s hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

Laurie Anderson, his loving wife and eternal friend.”

Lou Reed

Lou Reed; 1942-2013.

Lou Reed came often to our building in Lower Manhattan for concerts and literary presentations. We conversed frequently: he was an admirer of the art of Angel Orensanz, and we were devoted admirers of his talent and his charm.

Lou Reed, enjoy your eternal rest. Remember us; we will always be here. 

Angel Orensanz for Art Palm Beach 2014

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts and Contemporary Art Gallery Returns to Art Palm Beach 2014

Zoe V. Speas; The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

 

The Angel Orensanz Gallery and Museum is pleased to announce its participation in Art Palm Beach, January 23-27, 2014.

Art Palm Beach 2014

Artist Angel Orensanz exhibits permanently at the former “Norfolk Street Synagogue”, home to the Orensanz Museum and Gallery. Orensanz will attend the Art Palm Beach 2014 fair.

The Gallery will present The Collective Unconscious, a series of dramatic new sculptures and paintings by Spanish artist Angel Orensanz. Orensanz has been exhibiting internationally since the 1960s and has a permanent exhibit at the Orensanz Foundation, located inside the former “Norfolk Street Synagogue” in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Burning Bronzes

Art Palm Beach 2014, Angel Orensanz, Burning Bronzes

From the Burning Bronzes episode of the Collective Unconscious series, which Angel Orensanz will present at the Art Palm Beach 2014 fair.

Burning Bronzes, a series of miniature-to-middle scale sculptures, speaks to the artist’s journey from Earth and Land Art into his current medium.

Working with the bronze and stoneware, according to Orensanz, “brings me into closer communion with the earth through my art.”

The sculptures on display will represent a continuation of the artist’s study of the human form and its manipulation, while paying homage to a tradition of indigenous art from around the world.

Bodies

Bodies - Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014

From the ‘Bodies‘ series by Angel Orensanz – an exploration of the human figure continues this winter at Art Palm Beach 2014.

Bodies consists of an incredibly diverse sequence of drawings in charcoal, graphite, ink, and, occasionally, coffee grounds. Angel Orensanz explores human anatomy through a highly vibrant mix of line weight and texture.

Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014 - Sculpture

1961. Dinosaurio. Unknown location. Angel Orensanz.

The figures he depicts contort and bend in an expression ranging from agony to ecstasy.

Orensanz began his training in the 1950s at L’Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris with in-depth, literal study of the human body. Over the decades, his use of “body” and “form” has become an abstraction and a metaphor for the human condition and for the current project, Collective Unconscious.

 

The Language of Fire

Language of Fire - Angel Orensanz - Art Palm Beach 2014.

Angel Orensanz presents the Language of Fire as part of the upcoming Collective Unconscious exhibit for Art Palm Beach 2014.

Language of Fire bridges the worlds of painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his use of fire, plastics, and vivid color, Angel Orensanz illustrates the universal language of creativity, which defies boundaries of nationality and race. The artist employs a range of scale and perspective in these living photographs, verging almost into the realm of optical illusion. The images are often reflections and, being taken from the artist’s perspective, the shadow of Angel Orensanz’s figure may often be found within the complex layers of each portrait.

A comprehensive catalog with accompanying essays will be produced for the purpose of the artist’s participation in Art Palm Beach 2014.

 

For more information on Art Palm Beach 2014:

Media Inquiries: The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, 212.529.7194. foundation@orensanz.org

Fair Hours:  Preview – January 23rd 6:00-7:30pm; Collectors Invitational 7:30-10:00pm; January 24th-27th 12-7pm (6:00pm on the 27th).

Location: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

TEDx Lower East Side at the Angel Orensanz Foundation

TEDx Lower East Side at the Angel Orensanz Foundation

by: Zoe V. SpeasThe Angel Orensanz Foundation

TEDx Lower East Side comes to the Orensanz

TEDx Lower East Side comes to the Orensanz.

I’ve been watching TEDtalks forever. I rely on them constantly to fill me with inspiration and renewed purpose to pursue – uh, whatever it is I intend to pursue in life. That part’s a work in progress.

Point being: TED is brain food.

Favorite TEDtalk? Easy. Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career

TEDx Lower East Side

“Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy” – This is Lucy. Lucy wants a green lawn with a picket fence with a team of rainbow unicorns grazing inside it.

Actually, I’m not the first of my friends to report this talk  as one of their favorites.

Especially seeing as most of us between the ages of 21-30 have no real clue as to what we’re doing, if we’re being honest – there’s a particularly relevant Huffington Post article entitled Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy that speaks to this predicament.

It’s all about this formula:

TEDx Lower East Side

From the Huffington Post website: Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy.

TEDTalks and TEDx Lower East Side help with that, you know, the confusion thing? Somehow having visual and auditory proof that people out there have their stuff figured out makes you a little bit more confident that you’ll figure yours out, too.

TEDx Lower East Side

Angel Orensanz, founding artist of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts.

But the thing about working at The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts is you have to learn to be content to watch from the sidelines as people from organizations around the world walk through our beautiful front gates and transform the space into a vessel for change, development, art, science, and the future. Whether it’s Target’s Launch of Chris March’s designs for Halloween or a fundraiser for the Lowline project,  - I peer out from the office in the corner of the great hall and watch with eyes wide as saucers as the place just explodes with life and innovations.

That’s me: the wallflower of the Orensanz. 

Until now. Forget sidelines. I’m jumping into the game on this one.

Why, you ask? Oh, I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you.

TEDx Lower East Side is coming to THE ORENSANZ.

That’s right, folks. Lovers of knowledge from around the world rejoice. TEDx (in which x = independently organized TED event) is hosting their TEDx Lower East Side event at the Orensanz this Friday, October 25th between the hours of 11:00am and 8:30pm.

TEDx Lower East Side

From the TEDx website: TEDx Lower East Side comes to the Orensanz.

The TEDx Lower East Side event this Friday is entitled The Hero’s Journey and deals with the questions of why we are drawn to stories like Star Wars or The Matrix – basically, the journey of extraordinary people, or better yet, ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Speakers in attendance may be found here with bios and links to more information on their background and speaking points. TEDx Lower East Side describes their mix of presenters as hailing “from a variety of backgrounds including scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, yogis, monks, educators and activists.”

Bring your brains and and prepare to melt them. I’ll be the one gnoshing on popcorn from the rafters with my ear pressed to the floor to listen in. 

REFLECTANT UNIVERSE: ANGEL ORENSANZ AT THE WATER MUSEUM IN LISBON

REFLECTANT UNIVERSE: ANGEL ORENSANZ AT THE WATER MUSEUM IN LISBON.

Reflectant Universe is a work of Angel Orensanz was on view at the Water Museum of Lisbon, Portugal. The Water museum itself was turned into a piece of art. Sculptor Angel Orensanz  transformed the central massive pool of water into a water sculpture by affecting it with video projections of films from the collection of Film and Video Library of  MoMa New York,  (edited by Donna Cameron), and with large sculpture pieces in PVC and neon constructed in Lisbon.

Encircling the central installation was a parade of 18 years of his drawings and paintings that filled the arched space giving guard to the central water piece. The walls o the Water Museum an 18th century architectural landmark supported 12 huge digital tapestries from Orensanz’s “Burning Universe”, first exhibited in Venice during the Biennale of 2003 at palazzo Malipiero and other locations along the Gran Canal.

reflectant universe by Angel Orensanz photo exhibition

Reflectant Universt by Sculptor Angel Orensanz

These structures and elements of The Reflectant Universe: sculpture, video, drawings and painting moved in circles embracing and reflecting over each other in a shimmering superimposition of reflections. Orensanz commented on his way from New York to Portugal:”I have designed this exhibition as a metaphor for a world inverted in itself that reverberates from its unsettled depths all the way up. A world closed, although vibrant in itself “.

 Museum da Agua, Rua do Alviela, 12; Lisboa, Portugal.

Margarida Ruas, Directora

The spaces as extensions of the self.

The spaces as extensions of the self.

By Al Orensanz

photograph  by Angel Orenasnz - The self and Spaces

Angel Oresanz – The Self and Space

From the ancient times to the present, man has affirmed the self  or himself. Man has externalized himself and built himself as a beneficiary of architecture and a contending force with buildings and architecture. It seems that the building formalized a set of tasks that manifest the extensions of the human self into the surrounding environment.

The first “construction” was the adaptation of the surrounding materials both for protection from the environment and for affirmation of the self. The indoors is where the thought and the dialogue grew into self-introspection and organization from an intractable and uncontrollable surrounding. The interior space helped defined the proper proportions of the individual and of the group.

Photo-Art by Angel Orensanz

Photo-Art by Angel Orensanz

The indoors established the dialogue and the community. It established the individuality, the memory and the authority. Outside of the entrance laid out the borderless, the cosmic, the dangerous and the seasonal. From then on there was space and a time for laying down the foundations of society, of dialogue, of social order, of exchange, memory and of leisure. The caves are the oldest surviving records of human communication and memory; and the paradigm of the earliest forms of community and social order.

Art Installation by Angel Orensanz

Art Installation by Angel Orensanz – The Self and the Space

From Altamira to Lascaux the human experience has moved by leaps and bounds towards more and more sophisticated forms of separation from the surrounding brutality and chaos and moved into  propitious expanses propitious to dialogue and   group communications.

In another step forward, the cave propitiated self-inspection and introspection. It propitiated as well the beginnings of writing and painting and other levels of communication.

Angel Orensanz has done different installations about this subject matter that  seduces mankind since it’s origins. The communication with the self, with our inner most trough the surrounding spaces we created or spaces mother nature provides for us.

El arte de Angel Orensanz recibe a los visitantes de su Fundación en Nueva York.

Evento de Arte en la Fundacion Angel Orensanz

Evento de Arte en la Fundacion Angel Orensanz

Nueva York, 27 de julio, 20013. Más de mil visitantes entran todos los eventos de la Fundación Angel Orensana  de Nueva York. Desde su comienzo hace más de un cuarto de siglo, un bosque de su esculturas cilíndricas dan la bienvenida en las escaleras de acceso a cuantos visitantes que se acercan allí cada día. Ese pequeño bosque de cuerpos cilíndricos nos traen a la mente visiones tan entrañables e inolvidables de el arte de Angel Orensanz como Holland Park de Londres, Semeretevo en Moscu, el Kreuzberg en Berlin, el Edificio Beatriz de Madrid; Autopistas del Mediterraneo en Barcelona  y  tantos otros sitios emblemáticos. Precisamente fue en el interior de la Fundación de Nueva York donde el fabrico algunas de sus mejores conjuntos de estas obras.  Luego las llevo al Central Park en el Alto Manhattan, y a Atlanta (Georgia), a Venecia, a Sao Paulo en Brasil y tantos otros puntos.

Desde la noche de ayer, el arte de Angel Orensanz, su bosque de metales se añaden ahora dos pantallas incrustadas en sendas ventanas ojivales de la fachada que proyectan sobre y el día y la noche de Nueva York imágenes y video de las instalaciones de Angel Orensanz en tantos lugares enigmáticos de muchos puntos del planeta.

angel Orensanz en el Lower East Side NY

Angel Orensanz a la entrada de su Fundacion en el Lower East Side, New York

La esplendida fachada rojiza del edificio de 1849 se ilumina con las imágenes de video en continua rotación que traen secuencias de tantos lugares  del planeta desde los paneles de video incrustados en ventanales del singular edificio de la Fundación, entre las calles Houston y Stanton. Por un desarrollo natural de este singular barrio del Bajo Manhattan, la vida nocturna más vibrante de Nueva York está pujando  fuerte precisamente aquí. Esta área se está transformando  en una  réplica del Strand de Londres o de la Rive Gauche de Paris, dentro de los niveles civilizados de Nueva York.

La Fundacion Angel Orensanz

La Fundacion Angel Orensanz

Este bosque de pilares escultura acompañan la entrada al edificio y enmarcan dos pantallas de buenas dimensiones y tratamiento especial para el exterior que trasmiten video y películas de la obra de Angel Orensanz, en tantos puntos de los EEUU así como en otros lugares del mundo. Hay secuencias de Roppongi Park en Tokyo, de la Palaza Roja de Moscu, y de las bienales de Basilea, Sao Paulo y Venecia, entre otras procedencias. Ello hace que los numerosos grupos e individuos que diariamente llegan a Norfolk St. consigan una detenida visita de la obra de Angel Orensanz desde el interior y el exterior, de día y noche.

ANGEL ORENSANZ DANZA CON TOROS Y LA MULTITUD EN LOS SANFERMINES

ANGEL ORENSANZ DANZA CON LOS TOROS Y LA MULTITUD EN LOS SANFERMINES.

Durante cientos de años, la ciudad de Pamplona, la capital de Navarra, ha mantenido una fiesta y un ritual.  Se trata de las fiestas San Fermin o los sanfermines.  Ernest Hemingway escribió extensamente de los toros y dio universalidad a la fiesta.  Le dedico textos que hicieron estos festivales mundialmente famosos. Reconoció haber reunido 2.077 libros y folletos en español sobre la materia.

Dibujo - Danza con los Toros de los sanfermines - por Angel Orensanz

Dibujo – Danza con los Toros de los sanfermines – por Angel Orensanz

Angel Orensanz, el escultor español asentado en Nueva York ha compuesto una serie de dibujos de grandes dimensiones de contenido dramático y fuerte basados en esta tradición española. Cubren los muros de su Fundación en Manhattan. Se trata de una exposición de doce piezas sobre esa tradición española multisecular. La exposición estará abierta al público durante tres semanas.

Las varias composiciones que constituyen esta muestra presentan una visión intensa y atrevida que reflejan bien la proximidad entre vida y violencia según se reflejan en estas fiestas de San Fermin en Pamplona. Mientras la exposición está abierta en público en el Bajo Manhattan, los televisores  de todo el mundo muestran imágenes de video de las corridas de Pamplona, a miles de kilómetros de distancia, en España.

En esta exposición, Angel Orensanz no usa un tratamiento fotográfico sino un género mucho más  emotivo y dramático basado en visiones de toros corriendo, calavereas, desenfreno, pasión, miedo y   Espasmo.

El escultor Angel Orensanz entra en la Plaza Tahrir de el Cairo

Precedido por un águila gigante y a caballo de un imaginario rocinante, Angel Orensanz ha entrado  en la Plaza Tahrir  de El Cairo.  Es una entrada conceptual, pero intensa y penetrante. El escultor español trata de adherirse y liderar una serie de marchas reivindicativas y transformadoras. Durante más de un ano estos movimientos populares están transformando la faz de todo el mundo árabe. Para ello Orensanz ha creado una enigmática águila que extiende sus alas protectoras y estimulantes.

Angel Orensanz art views of  Plaza Tahrir

Angel Orensanz art views on Plaza Tahrir revolts

Ahora mismo, esta águila la ha posado Orensanz sobre la Plaza Tahrir en el centro de El Cairo sobre docenas de miles de personas que piden y cantan la libertad popular.

Este concepto lo está plasmando Angel Orensanz en dibujos y fotos que van cubriendo un área de su museo en el corazón del Bajo Manhattan, donde radica su  Fundación. Allí serán visibles estas figuras vinculadas a ciudades y países que ha visto aparecer la Primavera Arabe.

La Fundación Angel  Orensanz de Nueva York prepara con esta documentación un libro que estará disponible para el mes de septiembre actual, en inglés, español y árabe y para distribución internacional.