For the first time this spring, New Yorkers will have a chance to see artist Rachel Feinstein's largest works to date in one of the city's best public arenas: Madison Square Park. With Folly, Feinstein recreates three follies, the popular decorative mini-buildings that graced European gardens in the 18th and 19th centuries as oversized lawn ornaments. Imagine miniature pyramids, pint-sized castles, and small farm estates à la Marie Antoinette. Set amongst the park's foliage, Feinstein's installation gives a nod to the history of luxe lawn decor, but with a modern spin. On view through September 7, 2014.
Here's what to know about Feinstein before you go see her work:
Since completing her studies in 1993 from Columbia University in studio art, philosophy, and religion, Rachel Feinstein has become known as a renaissance woman through her various roles as celebrated artist, wife of fellow contemporary, John Currin, mother to three, dear friend of designer Marc Jacobs, and longtime staple on Marianne Boesky's elite gallery roster.
Much like her diverse lifestyle, the artist's work bears a complexity both in content and media. Feinstein's sculptures and paintings recall the fantasy of a Disney dream gone slightly awry. There's a whimsy of Rococo mixed with undertones of moody Baroque that together create a grim fairytale left open to interpretation.
Jamie Knowles is the founder & creative director of online art destination and e-commerce site, FolioCue.com, where you can see more of Feinstein's art and shop the style guide.
Rendering of "Folly," 2014
"Prima Ballerina Margrethe," 2012
"Ruth (teacup)," 2005
Anyang Public Art Project model of "Cuatro," 2007
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