Miami Art and Design: Miami Welcomes Sculptor Angel Orensanz


By: Tom Bellachio, 2014.

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz presents his work at the Miami Art and Design art fair in Feburary 2014.

Sculptor Angel Orensanz represents just one of a notable list of contemporary artists who have made Miami a favorite destination for development, production and public formulation the artistic mind.

Orensanz’s work was actively accessible and on display at the current Miami Art Fair (Booth 312), which included a mesmerizing anthology of his sculpture, painting, drawing and photography/video.

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Miami Art and Design 2014 fair presented the work of artists and galleries from across the international arts community.

His booth is one of the most visited at the Miami Art and Design fair; hundreds of experts, collectors, documentarians and visitors gathered in excitement over Angel Orensanz’s presence in the Southern metropolis.  This year, Orensanz presented bronze pieces, paintings, drawings and photography.  The common trait of his work is a subliminal, transcending magic that inserts into the visitor a universe of disturbing associations.

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Luis Bunuel – Angel Orensanz develops a new installation art piece in the lands of Spain featured in much of Bunuel’s work.

Angel Orensanz developed a deep and mutually supportive rapport with surrealist and photographeer Luis Bunuel. Both were born in Aragon and were attracted to Paris and New York. Presently, Orensanz is developing an open sculpture project in the same landscapes of Western Spain where Luis Bunuel shot his “Tierra sin pan”  (Land without Bread), not far from the frontier with Portugal.

Bunuel visited Angel  Orensanz’s studio and Foundation in New York, installed for the last 30 years in a building that was erected in the early 19th century and is the oldest synagogue building in Manhattan. Bunuel enjoyed that heartland of references and meanings.

Angel Orensanz enjoys Miami’s artistic openness and fervor. He has brought a trove of mythical reptiles cast in Miami, which are featured in his booth (#312) at the current Miami Art Fair. Besides his mesmerizing sculptures his booth is populated with paintings, drawings and photography.

His photography work at the Miami Art and Design fair displays how prominently the medium serves as the doorway to the inner mind of Angel Orensanz, through which we levitate in a universe of oniric and fantastic constellations.
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Air Travel as Inspiration for Abstract Art

Mental Instances and Their Permanence: Air travel as Inspiration for Abstract Art

by: Al Orensanz, Director - The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts

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Angel Orensanz – Ventanilla; plastic/silicone sculpture installed in the window of an in-flight airplane. How do we find inspiration for abstract art thousands of feet above the ground? will be display at Art Palm beach 2014

For all artists, the source of inspiration is a vital element of production. In a search for inspiration for abstract art, Angel Orensanz travels the world constantly armed with a camera and with eyes and hands of extreme agility and sensitivity. Once he captures his subject matter, he retains it and analyses it zealously. Orensanz preserves the image in the form of a negative, a unique creative practice in its own right.

Angel Orensanz continues his pilgrimage throughout the world in a search for the instance of inspiration for abstract art.

The artist works from his studio in New York’s Lower East Side, but he travels frequently to many diverse European countries. His constant pilgrimage throughout the world requires him to spend many hours in airports and on planes, which forces him to settle into a mode of self-reflection in the midst of his constant activity.

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Angel Orensanz – Ventanilla; plastic/silicone sculpture installed in the window of an in-flight airplane.- will be display at Art Palm beach 2014

The tradition of creative inspiration for abstract art being generated by the experience of travel dates back to the records of writers such as Charles Dickens and Pascal. The Impressionist artists crossed the Alps and the Pyrenees by train. The resulting images created by these artists are filed with layers and colors that reflect the colors of the European mountain ranges. Angel Orensanz takes frequent transatlantic journeys throughout Europe, engaging in an artistic pilgrimage similar to those taken by the Impressionists and their predecessors. His work, accordingly, reflects the influence of his surroundings which accordingly provides his inspiration for abstract art.

As much as Angel Orensanz’s work is a dialogue with the subject matter that he treats in each piece, it is also a dialogue with the environment—both culturally and physically—in which his work exists. Air travel, then, provides a unique environment of semi-permanent interlocutors who sit next to and engage with the artists. They bring up questions, one after another, jumping subjects and thought processes as rapidly as their neurons can fire. In his aviary work, Angel Orensanz captures the spirit of this instantaneous evolution in the exchanges of travelers.

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Angel Orensanz – Ventanilla; plastic/silicone sculpture installed in the window of an in-flight airplane.

The images are undefined and imprecise, mirroring our retina as it perceives everything in a whole of totality and distance. When looking at these images, our brain is not hijacked by a commotion of visual messages, but by a blur of undecipherable information.

Text and language becomes one of the keys to clarifying direction and limits the multiple possibilities open to our interpretation.

In other words, our brain is like the deep-sea diver: the more he is equipped to jump, the more truly he penetrates the depths and the mystical landscapes of the darkest reaches of the ocean. Correspondingly, the artist takes advantage of how the mind’s vision is always wider than the sensorial perception, and the spaces that the mind reaches and penetrates surpass what the senses identify and absorb.

Art News – Angel Orensanz Foundation Newsletter 26

Art News - Angel Orensanz Foundation Newsletter 26

Art News – Angel Orensanz Foundation Newsletter 26

Art News-Angel Orensanz Foundation Newsletter 26

San Fermines. Street theater.
Aldeaduero. Mountain drama.
Tahrir. Street Theater.
Saint Petersburg.  Photography of Dreams.

Dramatic works for awesome contexts.

San Fermines in Pamplona (Spain), the mountains of Aldeaduero in Extremadura; Tahir Square en El Cairo and the Museum of the Academy of Arts of St. Petersburg are four locales in three European countries from one end of the Continent to the other. IT takes a brutal synergy and boundless imagination to erect and maintain all four installations simultaneously. You can find all these in the Art News – Angel Orensanz Foundation Newsletter 26.

The San Fermines

The San Fermines refers to the epic, massive bull runs through the narrow streets of Pamplona (Northern Spain) every year in early July. Thousands of young people run ahead and behind hordes of bulls on their way to the bull ring during the San Fermines festivals.  The deadly risk and the thrill thread on each other. Angel Orensanz has captured well the climax and spasm of the event. 

The Aldeaduero Mountains

In the mountains of Extramadura, near the frontier with Portugal, Orensanz has materialized the dreams and fantasies   of a population that is in equal part rural and urban.

The Tahrir Square

The Tahrir Square tales as narrated by Angel Orensanz in his drawings consists of visual narratives delivered a long period of time. They follow the masses that carry very pointed but unarticulated messages. The accents and nuances change by the week and the day. The social language is a western cultural accoutrement developed over the last four hundred years. It was refined and perfected over the last hundred years. It is, though totally to non western social and cultural traditions.

It is painful to see the Western correspondents or the local correspondents working for western media channeling complex social and political local realities into western formulations.  The verbal formulations and the photographic illustrations betray an alien matrix that returns every night in unexpected and disconnected formulations. It is precisely at this juncture that we appreciate best the conceptual delivery of Angel Orensanz through his drawings and graphic commentaries. They can be photographic or drawing based. 

Saint Petersburg Photographs

Orensanz’s Photograph portray a large array of flowers and vegetarian motives like frescoes or ornamental garlands from epitaphs. Flowers and floral ornamentation have that aura of distant antiquity and a wide world language that conveys deep feelings of awe and respect. Floral arrangements have been associated with funeral practices and farewell situations with heroic receptions and catastrophic departures. These are all high dimension feelings in which the heroic and massive feelings are publicly and openly expected and welcomed.These are four locales and four tense and ultra sensitive points of community and communitarian sensitivity. The eruption of the unexpected and the surprising come accompanied by the emotional and ultra expressive.

Armory Brunch at The Angel Orensanz Foundation

The Angel Orensanz Foundation will provide It’s  Armory brunch from March 8 to March 10 parallel to the Armory show in New York City. The event will be held at the Museum level from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. The artwork “Transparent Matter” by artist Angel Orensanz will be on display for all participants of the Armory Brunch. The Foundation will open its private collection to the public who can also attend a conference  on the “Arts in the lower East Side”. By Al Orensanz a sociologist and writer specializing in urban sociology, the history of the labor movement and social change. He is also the Director of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, Inc., in New York.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation is located at 172 Norfolk Street between Houston and Stanton Streets on the Lower East Side of New York City, New York.

Please RSVP at or for FACEBOOK RSVP, giving you the option date which you able to attend for brunch:

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Hello my lovely art lovers!

Hope you’re all doing well on this sunny winter morning. So since the holiday season started I’m sure a lot of you have been having trouble keeping up with the art scene, as you’re probably busy studying for finals, squeezing in extra hours at work, shopping for family and friends, or if you’re lucky, attending some amazing holiday parties. So how do you get your dose of art that you’ve been craving for oh so long, while keeping up with the holiday spirit? It’s fairly simple! The William Holman Gallery on 65 Ludlow Street, will be hosting a holiday reception on December 19th from 6-8 PM, featuring their newest exhibit “Louvre: Working to see” by  Peter Bonner.

The Australia native, Bonner, is an artist that paints with an intense depth. His work is metaphoric of memory, time, and light. His work revolves around the theme of what lies beneath the surface, and the surface itself. “Of his process, Bonner says, ‘I make work with primordial intentions, working instinctively at each stage with the goal of knowing experience…I lay my surfaces flat when I work, often sitting with the work on the floor. I listen to what comes by attempting to discipline myself to remain in the moment, attentive to what is happening on the surface” (WHG). Many of Bonner’s works are on display at the the collections of the Victorian State Library and Monash University in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, as well as private and corporate collections in New York City, Wilmington, and Brisbane.

So make sure to stop by the William Holman Gallery on December 19th! Bring your family, friends or just your lovely self and spread some holiday cheer while viewing some amazing art. And if you can’t make it on the 19th, no worries! The exhibit will still be on display until December 28th!

Hope you all can make it!

P.S.  Stay warm everyone!

Opening Recap

On November 26th, the Angel Orensanz Gallery proudly opened A Portrait of America in collaboration with the Joy Wai Gallery.  Featuring works from 19 artists, the collection of 45 works revolved around the American Society that followed the election of President Obama in 2008. Inspired by gaining American Citizenship, Joy Wai with the help of Ramses Granados, who curated the exhibit, held an exclusive showing for over 100 guests right here on the Lower East Side!

Guests were treated to delicious orderves as they viewed the pieces which portrayed America just as it is: the good and the bad. The pieces ranged from paintings to photographs and held all sorts of differing views and messages. From the Phantom Street Artist’s Wall Street, to Will Sergeant’s Dream On, A Portrait of America is truly a collection of works that best describes contemporary America and the American people through fine and contemporary art.

New York City Weekend

Finally, it is Friday, so here are the Angel Orensanz Foundation suggestions for you to have a great weekend in New York City.

First, let’s pay homage to our neighborhood, the beautiful Lower East Side, where the art gallery ABC no Rio stands, starting today at 7 pm, they will be hosting Family Misfit Healing a 8 hour show in which 8 performers will create, from scratch, a dynamic family portrait. To know more, click here.

Tomorrow, you can enjoy a late Halloween in the L.E.S., since Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center  has joined with nearly 40 merchants to give candy away to Trick ‘r Treaters between 4-7 pm.  When you see a sign inside a window that says “Participant in Halloween Too” you know that’s a spot that you can Trick ‘r Treat. To see the list of participating stores, click here.

Not very much a Halloween person? You can go to the other side of the island to celebrate the The New Yorker’s Passport to the Arts, a celebration of the New York art scene, or better, a self-guided gallery walk through premier art destinations in Chelsea and Soho. The event begins with a champagne reception and culminates in a wrap party and silent art auction with 75% of proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Greater New York Region. Know more and get your tickets here.

Don’t want to go outside? No worries, the New York Historic Society and MoMA have great art exhibitions to keep you occupied. In the first destination you can enjoy John Rogers: American Stories, which is the first full retrospective of the most popular American sculptor, whose subjects included scenes from the front lines and the home front of the Civil War, insightful commentaries on domestic life, and dramatic episodes from the stage and literature.

On MoMA you can see Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone. The Polish sculptor reconceptualized sculpture as an imprint not only of memory but also of her own body, using provocative objects that evoke Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop art.

New York City Hidden Gems (part 3)

First of all, The Angel Orensanz Foudation blog wants to share with you that our exhibition Burning Bronzes is open for the public until October 25th, so make sure to pass by our gallery(172 Norfolk St., Lower East Side, NY) and appreciate the bronzes, paintings and drawings by Spanish Master Angel Orensanz.

Now let’s talk about our beloved New York City. We have shared some hidden treasures of the Big Apple in the past, and here are a few more!
The first one is for television and radio enthusiasts. The Paley Center for Media has a collection of almost 150,000 archived television shows, advertisements and radio programs that can be watched in a private room or in the public center’s library. The Center also offers a wide range of public events involving TV program screenings, movies and talks. The schedule is all  here.
25 W. 52nd St, $8 with an NYU Student ID 
 Not a television fan? No problem! The International Center of Photography may be the choice for you. The hidden gem of New York City’s 6th Avenue holds stunning exhibitions, photograph collections and other documents that betters the understanding of the photos. The current exhibition is Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life. The ICP also offers courses and events.
1133 Sixth Avenue, 
$10 with a student ID
If all you want is a place to run away from the craziness of NYC, the Socrates Sculpture Park is the right place. Their current exhibition, EAF 12: 2012 EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION, features five teen artists that have a passion for public art. The park located in Queens also offers outdoor movie screenings, live performances and an amazing view of the Manhattan’s skyline. And don’t be surprised if while wandering around the beautiful garden you see a giant, inflatable, and transparent statue of Buddha gently bobbing on a lotus flower in the water. It is just Chang-Jin Lee’s Floating Echo, one of the park’s newest installations that evokes contemplation and reflection on the environment.

3205 Vernon Blvd, Queens.
Free entry

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Gallery Opening!


Gallery Opening!

We are presenting “Burning Bronzes”, an exhibition of Angel Orensanz’s drawings, paintings and bronze sculptures.
Join us for the opening on September 12 at 06:00 p.m. in the Angel Orensanz Foundation, on the Lower East Side. 

Last Chances – Galleries on the L.E.S

Monday is time for the Angel Orensanz Foundation blog to show you a little more about the Lower East Side and all its galleries and art spaces. Today, we will focus on one of the most blossoming streets of the L.E.S.  Once a place where many low-rise tenement buildings stood, Orchard street has become the art and fashion center of the Lower East Side.

But before we talk about the galleries in Orchard St, a quick reminder:  The Angel Orensanz Foundation gallery is opening soon (on September 12, to be specific) with an exhibition of works from the Spanish sculptor/painter/conceptual artist Angel Orensanz. Get to know more here.


But, for the time being, focus on Orchard St, where you can see the Paolo Pellizzari exhibition in the Anastasiaphoto gallery. The Italian photographer focuses on the human landscape , with abundant details and bright colors. The photos in the exhibition are part of his series “The Broad Way”. Pellizzari photographs entirely with film, which is his aestethic choice and makes a big difference in the result. So, make sure to check out the art exhibition before it ends on August 31st.


Also on Orchard St, you can see Slipstream in the Bridge Gallery. A study about fluidity, undulation, and instability by FreelandBuck, who puts together form, structure and graphic into a simple, yet complex painted wooden piece. Also in the gallery, you can see Masked Plagiarism by Mentor Noci, his drawings have a deep conection with constructivism, a form of art that believes the only type of art with meaning is the one that challenges limits, definitions and boundaries.


Further down on the same street you can see Jacob Williams: Ugly Sticks in the Windows Gallery.  The exhibition features the re-imagining of the world by the New York artist. For him, it is as if the tribal culture was left somehow intact. Jacob Williams said about his exhibition and his inspiration taken from the Museum of Natural History in New York City “The exhibit on Japanese civilization was somehow so intriguing in that it mentions how Japanese culture managed to maintain many aspects of their earlier culture despite being among the most industrialized countries on earth. This made me imagine, what would American culture look like today if Native Americans had not been stripped of their cultural legacy, what if they had managed to repel the foreign European invaders?”