Detail, B. Wurtz, "Kitchen Trees"
Photo: Courtesy of the artist; Metro Pictures, New York; Kate MacGarry, London; Maisterravalbuena Madrid/Lisboa; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles. Photo: Timothy Schenck, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY

Editors’ Picks: 6 Great Art and Design Events This Week

B. Wurtz’s first public commission is unveiled and star chef Zak Pelaccio of Hudson's famed Fish & Game hosts a culinary festival

Sometimes, a little bit of travel goes a long way. Start off this week in the heart of Manhattan for the unveiling of a highly anticipated Public Art Fund commission by artist B. Wurtz, and stick around for a discussion with top designers moderated by Galerie’s own editor-in-chief Jacqueline Terrebonne. When the weekend rolls around, escape north for Hudson’s Fish & Game culinary event “Playing with Fire,” or east to the opening of “Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons” at Guild Hall in the exhibition’s namesake town.

Detail, B. Wurtz, “Kitchen Trees”

1. B. Wurtz: Kitchen Trees
City Hall Park

For the first time in his 50-year career, New York–based artist B. Wurtz has taken on a public commission. For the outdoor exhibition, which is organized by the Public Art Fund, B. Wurtz is installing five new sculptures in City Hall Park. Composed of found kitchen items like colanders, the large-scale sculptures will resemble trees, in one way blending in with the park’s natural aesthetic while also adding some humorous contemporary flair.

Where: City Hall Park, Broadway & Chambers St.

When: August 7 – December 7, 2018

Misha Khan. Photo: Courtesy of Spring Place

2. Upending the Art World: Misha Khan and Katie Stout
Spring Place

The TriBeCa workspace hosts a conversation between designers Misha Khan and Katie Stout, moderated by Galerie’s own editor-in-chief, Jacqueline Terrebonne. Both creatives approach design with organic, sculptural flair. Reserve your seat here.

Where: Spring Place, 6 Johns Lane

When: Wednesday, August 8 at 6pm

Recommended: Why Artist and Designer Misha Kahn Is Turning Heads

Gertrude Abercrombie, “Reverie.” Photo: Courtesy of Karma

3. Gertrude Abercrombie
Karma

Work by the “queen of the bohemian artists” will be on view in Abercrombie’s first New York solo show since 1952. Much of her work captures the simple countryside that was the backdrop for her adolescent years in Aledo, Illinois.

Where: Karma New York, 188 E. 2nd St.

When: Opening reception: Thursday, August 9, 6 – 8pm; on view through September 16, 2018. Summer hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm

Xenia Rubinos. Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art

4. Summer Thursdays: Xenia Rubinos
Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden

The vocal powerhouse, whose recent album Black Terry Cat received wide critical acclaim, will claim the spotlight in MoMA’s sculpture garden this week.

Where: The Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture Garden, 11 W. 53rd St.

When: Thursday, August 9, 5:30–8pm; live music begins at 6:30pm

Ellsworth Kelly, “Red, White, and Blue”, 1961 Photo: Whitney Museum of American Art

5. Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons
Guild Hall, East Hampton

An exhibition of work from the minimalist artist’s sabbaticals in the Hamptons in 1960 and ’61 goes on view at Guild Hall Saturday. The show comprises works from paintings to photographs and even a large-scale sculpture, chronicling what was actually a largely overlooked, yet crucial, time in his career.

Where: Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton

When: Saturday, August 11 through Monday, October 8. Hours: August 11 through Labor Day: Daily, 12 – 5pm; Labor Day through October 8: Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 11am – 5pm; Sunday, 12 – 5pm

Recommended: Ellsworth Kelly’s Final Work Unveiled in Austin

“Play with Fire” at Fish & Game Farm in 2014. Photo: Fish & Game

6. Playing with Fire
Fish & Game Farm, Hudson

Zak Pelaccio, the James Beard award-winning chef behind Fish & Game, is bringing back the epic Hudson food event “Playing with Fire.” The second iteration of this afternoon of food, art, and music in idyllic Hudson sees award-winning chefs from around the region come together for “open fire and whole animal cooking” at the Fish & Game farm. For the event, each chef will prepare a dish on a one-of-a-kind sculptural grilling apparatus crafted by local artist Kris Perry, uniquely integrating art and culture. Making things even better, proceeds will be donated to The Heirloom Foundation.

Where: Fish & Game Farm, 623 Fish & Game Road, Hudson

When: Saturday, August 11, 3 – 6pm

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