NYC, NY – The 121st Annual Show at the National Arts Club in NYC (www.nationalartsclub.org) will feature the work of Brooklyn sculptor Robin Antar, an award-winning artist who will be featured among many local artists in an exhibition at The National Art Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York City, June 9-June 27, 2010 . A reception and awards ceremony will be held Thursday June 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Ms. Antar, whose sculptures have graced the display windows of Paul Stuart’s flagship NYC Madison Avenue store, will exhibit her life-like and life-sized work boot, carved out of limestone, stained with oils (6.5” x 11.5” x 4.5”). Ms. Antar was chosen to exhibit as an award winning member of the National Association of Women Artists. Antar is known for her realistic sculptures of American culture—such as Oreos, Diesel jeans, and Dr Martens -- and was featured on HGTV’s That’s Clever. Her sculptures are a challenging trompe l'oeil for the viewer, often leaving them wondering: is it a sculpture or is it the real thing? In September 2007 she was named in the Best of America Sculpture Artists.
In contrast to the order of her home and the gallery-like quality of her living room where she rotates her favorite pieces, her studio houses 7 tons of stone (which spills over into her garage), and the unusual tools of her trade (including heavy drills that seem far too bulky for the slight Antar to lift, much less sculpt with). Currently she is in the midst of transforming a 6000 thousand pound of stone into a larger-than-life-sized bag of chips (brand to be determined).
Ms. Antar’s works have appeared in exhibitions at museums, galleries, corporate offices and universities, ranging from the City Museum in St. Louis, to the Nabisco Corporation Gallery, to New York University. Her works were recently seen at the Blue Hill Cultural Center in Pearl River, NY as part of the “Made In America” exhibition. She sells her original pieces for upwards of $25,000.
The mission of the National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts.. The Club's Membership has included three presidents, and some of the most important artists and arts patrons in America. Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower were all Members of the National Arts Club. Among the distinguished painters who have been Members are Robert Henri, Frederic Remington, William Merritt Chase and Cecilia Beaux. Sculptors have included Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Paul Manship. Many renowned literary figures have also been members. The National Arts Club is proud of its early recognition of new media art forms, like photography, film and digital media, and counts Alfred Stieglitz as one of its early Members. Musicians Victor Herbert and Walter Damrosch were Members, as were architects Stanford White and George B. Post. The Dramatic Arts are currently represented by Members Martin Scorcese, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, Robert Redford and Uma Thurman. The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) was founded in 1889, and is the oldest professional women’s fine arts organization in the United States. Through its exhibitions, programs and archive, NAWA fosters awareness of the monumental contributions of women to the history of American art.
A special reception for the artists will be held June 17th. For information: 212-475-3424.
Note to Media: Photos and demos of Ms. Antar’s work, as well as interviews are available. For arrangements contact Robin Antar at 718 375 5156 # # #