ARRANZ-BRAVO FOUNDATION | L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
February 9, 2017 – April 23, 2017
Opening Reception February 9, 7:30 pm
This exhibition, a celebration of Eduardo Arranz-Bravo’s 75th birthday, features 75 retrospective works representing all the artistic phases of his career. Seventy-five individuals from the worlds of culture and civil society were invited to select and comment on one of the works and their interpretations are included with the artworks.
This project goes beyond homage. The Foundation is using this exhibition as a way to continue working toward one of their primary missions –artistic communication. They believe that, all too often, contemporary art exists in complete disconnection from society. The public rarely visits art centers and many leading lights in the world of culture – poets, writers, thinkers – feel no connection with today’s art. The exhibition, Arranz-Bravo 75/75, is a fresh attempt to redress this state of affairs. Art is made not only by the artist; art is an extraordinary assertion of the collective. The contribution made by each participant has helped to build an unusual and important artistic biography of Eduardo Arranz-Bravo.
LEROY NEIMAN "Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing"
NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
December 16, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Muhammad Ali was The Greatest—he even said so himself. Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, he was a three-time heavyweight champion and an outspoken, popular, and often controversial public figure. In the early 1960s, Ali found friendship with renowned artist LeRoy Neiman, with whom he shared an affinity for boxing, the limelight, and breaking with convention. Neiman even taught and encouraged Ali to draw. Using works on loan from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing celebrates one of America's greatest boxers and one of the most popular artists of the sport. Neiman’s vivid watercolors and intimate, on-the-spot sketches capture Ali both in and outside the ring. Highlights include portraits, sketches of Ali's critical matches such as the "Fight of the Century" and the "Thrilla in Manila," and some works created by Ali himself.