Robin Antar to be Featured at NYC’s Palitz Gallery, April-June 2013

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist who is known for her stone sculptures of realism, will be one of eight artists who will be comprising an exhibition at the Palitz Gallery in Manhattan from April 15-June 13, 2013. This exhibition is going to be made up of the work of eight artists who are all Wynn Newhouse Award-Winning artists, and all of whom have some sort of disability.

The Wynn Newhouse Awards are given to artists who have accomplished many amazing feats in their profession, despite the fact that they have been challenged by infirmities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 2012 award winners were selected in January, when a panel of judges selected the work of eight out of the participating 35 artists who were nominated.

Ms. Antar, whose contemporary sculptures really seemed to impress the judges, is well-versed in the art of sculpture. Whether she is crafting abstract sculptures or representational sculptures, Antar finds a way to excel when it comes to three-dimensional art. And, given her limited sight and ability to only see the world in two dimensions, her success is truly inspiring.

“I have retrolental fibroplasia in both my eyes,” says Antar. “As a result, not only am I blind in one eye, but my left eye is in jeopardy as well. If I lift heavy objects such as stone I use to sculpt, I risk losing sight in my “good” eye and detaching its retina due to strain and pressure.”

Morning After (pictured above), one of Antar’s modern sculptures of realism, is made of honeycomb calcite, green marble, and bronze, and it will be featured in the gallery exhibition. Alongside her stone sculpture, there will be a variety of different artistic media on display, which include oil on canvas, video, and hand-cut collage on found paper, among others.

The Palitz Gallery, a sattellite of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, is located at Lubin House, 11 East 61st street, New York, NY. Hours are Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm. Admission is free.

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Award-Winning Brooklyn, Artist Launches New Line of Sculptures Home Decorative Arts

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist known for her stone sculptures of realism, has launched a new line of home decorative arts sculpted from an array beautiful stones.

Antar is known for her unique contemporary sculptures, which includes representational sculptures and abstract sculptures, carved from stones like blue onyx, alabaster, calcite, fluorite, and marble.

The new line of decorative arts offers abstract pieces in varying shapes and sizes, and is available at Parci-Parla in Brooklyn, New York, as well as online at www.rantar.com.

According to Antar,“Each sculpture I make is unique and one of a kind, because no two stones are alike. The beauty of each piece of decorative art comes through via the colors, striations and curves of the stone, which can appear to change as the lighting changes.”

“If you want something truly different and interesting from ornamental stones that sets you apart from everyday products, you may want to take a look at the collection,” she adds.

Ms. Antar is the recipient of a bunch of awards and honors including: The Allied Artists of America (Gold Medal of Honor and invitation to full membership), The National Association of Women Artists, The Gretchen Richardson Award for Carved Sculpture, and many more.  In December 2012 she was nominated for an award among only 14 other artists by the distinguished Wynn Newhouse Foundation, New York.

Antar is also known for her REALISM IN STONE collection, which are modern sculptures that replicate icons of Americana such as M&M’s, Milano cookies, Oreo Cookies, and much more. These sculptures are so true to form that viewers often can’t tell them from the real thing.

Her work has been commissioned by corporations as well as private collectors. Recent commissions include a Dr. Martens Boots, England; Skechers Boots, Manhattan Beach, CA, and Chateau Haut-Brion Wines, Pessac, France.

To take a look at some of Ms. Antar’s new line of decorative artwork, click on the thumbnails below.

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Robin Antar’s ’2 Figures’ Sculpture

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist known for her representational sculptures of realism, recently sculpted an abstract sculpture called “2 Figures.” This stone sculpture is made from alabaster and stands 18 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 18 inches deep, which is large for this type of stone.

This sculpture definitely shares some similarities with a sculpture that was spoken about a few weeks back called Embrace 1. The key difference, outside of the kind of stone and color, at least from the observer’s point of view, would have to be the way the artist chose to use space. Embrace 1 is a contemporary sculpture that is dominated by its height, whereas 2 Figures is a modern sculpture that is dominated by its width.

In both cases it is apparent that the artist used an enormous piece of stone to create her stone sculptures, yet they are seen in very different ways. One of the great things about art is that the artist gets to use space in any way they see fit, and they can achieve drastically different results based on those choices.

Another intriguing aspect about the 2 Figures sculpture is how from certain points of view, the sculpture looks like it is actually multiple sculptures. At the same time, there are certain points of view where the sculpture looks like one whole sculpture that is connected throughout.

To check out the 2 Figures stone sculpture, check out the thumbnails below.

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Robin Antar Nominated For Wynn Newhouse Awards 2012

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist known for her stone sculptures of realism, is one of fourteen artists who have officially been nominated for the illustrious Wynn Newhouse Awards for 2012. The Wynn Newhouse Awards are given to top professional artists who happen to have disabilities. These awards started in memory of collector Wynn Newhouse who had a disability and was aware of the many creative contributions by people having disabilities.

For those of you who are familiar with Ms. Antar’s representational sculptures and abstract sculptures but don’t really know much about the artist herself, she is actually blind in one eye. And yet, despite being visually impaired in a profession that is so heavily dependent on vision, Antar has thrived.

Antar’s contemporary sculptures have been featured in exhibitions at Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey, The Alternative Museum, Montclair State University, Pen and Brush Inc., Bradley Gallery/Indiana State University and New York University, Loeb Student Center, among many others. She is also the first female artist to exhibit at Soho, New York’s POP International Galleries, where her modern sculptures are currently on display.

If you’ve seen Ms. Antar’s “Realism in Stone” collection of sculptures, which includes M&M’s (pictured above), Everlast Boxing Gloves, French’s Mustard, Oreo Cookies, and York Peppermint Patties among tons of others, you know the attention to detail that her work includes. Each sculpture is extremely precise and requires a whole lot of concentration, and they are admired by anybody who gazes upon them. Anyone who can take thousands of pounds of stone and turn them into these beautiful works of art should be celebrated – whether or not they have full vision. And that’s what may be the most amazing part of Antar’s sculptures; her lack of vision doesn’t appear to play a role in the overall outcome of her work.

On January 25, 2013, judges for the Wynn Newhouse Awards will meet to select the winners and allocate awards based on artistic excellence. Winners will be awarded cash prizes, in addition to being invited to participate in an April 2013 exhibition at the Palitz Gallery, which is located on New York’s Upper East Side.

If Antar wins, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s done so. Her awards and honors include the Gold Medal Award of Honor – Allied Artists of America, Top Talent Award from the Art Director’s Club, and the Gretchen Richardson Award for Carved Sculpture from the National Association of Women Artists and many, many more.

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Robin Antar’s Whiskey Bottle Sculpture

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist who is widely recognized for her stone sculptures of realism, recently finished sculpting a representational sculpture of a bottle of whiskey. This contemporary sculpture stands 20″ high, and it is made out of honeycomb calcite, which is a stone mined exclusively in the state of Utah. Being that whiskey has a similar color to this  kind of stone, honeycomb calcite was a natural selection for this modern sculpture.

Based on the shape of this sculpture, one would have to believe that sculpting this work of art was extremely difficult. To replicate the shape of a bottle requires a ton of precision and concentration, and based on the way the finished product looks, it is clear the artist put in her time into this piece.

Branding the sculpture with a replica of the Johnnie Walker label truly pulls this whole piece together. Placing it on there definitely makes the piece more enjoyable to look at because the observer can relate to it in a specific way, and it adds a whole new element to the piece. In fact, the artist took so much pride in this work of art that she had the label mechanically made, and she used a special printer to print on the gold.

This sculpture is just one of many of Robin’s stone sculptures that represent the modern era of American life. In addition to the bottle of whiskey, Ms. Antar has sculpted a bottle of ketchup, a bottle of mustard, Oreo cookies, and M&M’s, just to name a few.

Although she has a knack for sculpting pieces that represent real-life items, Ms. Antar also has a wide variety of abstract sculptures in her oeuvre. Everything she sculpts, whether it’s representational or not, is inspired by something, and thus the process of sculpting is always a challenge because she is constantly trying to achieve something specific. Fortunately for the artist, this challenge is one she overcomes time and time again.

To check out Robin’s whiskey bottle sculpture, click on the pictures below.

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Robin Antar’s Embrace 1

One of Robin Antar’s latest stone sculptures started out as an 800-pound piece of stone. It’s called Emrbace 1, and it is an abstract sculpture that is very appealing to the eyes.

Made from Westfield Steatite, this contemporary sculpture stands 36” high, 17” wide, and 15” deep. Based on the weight of this kind of stone and the dimensions of the sculpture, one must be impressed with the handy-work of the artist. To take a thick piece of stone and turn it into the sleek looking modern sculpture that it is today, is quite the feat.

This is just a testament to the type of sculptor that Ms. Antar is. No stone is too big or too heavy for her to handle, and she is able to sculpt any of her sculptures – whether it be a representational sculpture of realism or an abstract sculpture such as this one – in a way that makes stone seem soft and bendable.

Another impressive aspect of this stone sculpture is the fact that it looks like it started with two pieces of stone, when in reality, it started out with one piece of stone. To be able to sculpt with such precision, while keeping everything in tact is very difficult, but based on the finished product, it is definitely worth it in the end.

To check out Embrace 1, click on the thumbnails below.

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Robin Antar’s Figure 3

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist known for her stone sculptures of realism, recently sculpted an abstract sculpture called “Figure 3.” This sculpture is made out of blue alabaster, and it has a more jagged exterior in comparison to its very smooth interior.

Unlike one of Ms. Antar’s representational sculptures, the observer may be unsure of what the artist was attempting to achieve with this contemporary sculpture. It is this uncertainty that can be the most fascinating aspect of an abstract sculpture. Because the sculpture isn’t a shape or object that people are familiar with, it is up to the observer to define what it means to them. Obviously the artist knows what they are attempting to achieve when they start the sculpting process, but everybody else has the fortune of interpreting it for themselves.

Another interesting characteristic of this modern sculpture is that it looks like a completely different sculpture from different points of view. The only way to know that it may even be the same sculpture is by seeing the fact that it is made from the same stone. Anything past that is a true mystery.

To see the sculpture for yourself, take a look at the thumbnails below. Click on the pictures to make them larger.

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Robin Antar Written About in the Brooklyn Paper

Photo by Steve Solomonson

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist known for her stone sculptures of realism, was recently written about in the Brooklyn Paper. In the article by Eli Rosenberg, it’s explained how Ms. Antar is attempting to get her contemporary sculptures into the Brooklyn Museum through the museum’s open-sourced GO contest.

“I’m at a disadvantage because there’s a few open galleries in Midwood, whereas if you went to DUMBO you’re going to find a lot more,” said Antar, who has had her representational sculptures, as well as her abstract sculptures shown in galleries all over the country, including Texas, California and SoHo. “But I think I have a good chance. Why should I be in the Denver Museum when I have no connection to Denver? I’ve lived here most of my life and I should be in there!”

The GO contest will give people of the Brooklyn community the chance to vote for their favorite artists, with the top ten getting nominations to be evaluated by the Brooklyn Museum. Of those ten, two of them will have their work showcased in the museum.

If you are a supporter of the local arts community, the GO contest is definitely something you want to take part in. Who knows? You can be the one to make a difference in your favorite artist’s life.

To check out Ms. Antar’s modern sculptures, go to her studio, which is located at 1485 E. Fifth St., at Avenue N in Midwood today between 11 am–7 pm.

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Robin Antar joins Go Brooklyn Artist Studio Tour – Sept 8th & 9th, 2012

Robin Antar, the Brooklyn artist who is well-renowned for her stone sculptures of realism, will be joining other Brooklyn-based artists who are participating in GO: a community-curated open studio project. As a part of this project, all of the artists are opening their studios to the community on September 8th & 9th, 2012, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, so that community members can vote for the artists that they think should be included in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

If you have the chance to visit Ms. Antar’s studio during the tour, you will get to see the wide range of contemporary sculptures that she has produced. Not only will you have access to the artist’s representational sculptures, but you will get to experience her abstract sculptures as well. In addition to that, you are going to get a chance to see where the artist makes all of her modern sculptures and spends most of her waking hours.

But before any of that can happen, you need to register to be a voter by visiting: https://www.gobrooklynart.org/register/voter

Now, onto the details of how the voting is going to work.

During the open studio weekend, you’ll visit studios and check in using text messaging, the GO mobile app, or the GO mobile website by entering a unique number identifying each studio. If you don’t have a phone, you can write this number down and enter it later on the website.

After you have checked in to at least five studios, you will be eligible to nominate three artists from your visits for inclusion in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

The ten artists with the most voter nomination will receive visits from Brooklyn Museum curators to select work for the exhibition, opening on Target First Saturday on December 1, 2012.

For more information about this event, you can visit: https://www.gobrooklynart.org/

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29th Annual Sculpture in the Park

Sculpture in the Park, which has been around for 29 years, is the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States. Monty Taylor, an artist known for his stone sculptures and bronze sculptures  of exotic African animals, is one of 27 new artists participating in the show this year.

In order to gain inspiration for his representational sculptures of realism, Taylor and his wife traveled to Africa and went on a five day safari in a tent on the Serengeti. With Taylor feeling so strongly about the welfare of animals, getting to see the animals up close gave Taylor exactly what he needed. For the show, Taylor will have 13 modern sculptures on display and one that he donated to the silent auction. All of these sculptures are based on things he’s experienced firsthand.

This year, Sculpture in the Park will include the work of 170 artists, and it will draw buyers from 30 states. With the show growing so much, there will be a wide variety of work and styles for everyone to enjoy. There will be contemporary sculptures, traditional sculptures, abstract sculptures, glass sculptures, and wood sculptures, just to name a few.

In addition to that, there will be 50 miniature sculptures for sale. These sculptures were created by and based on the work of artists who had their work in the park nine years ago, which was the show’s 20th anniversary.

Sculpture in the Park will be 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday., Aug. 12. It is located at the Benson Sculpture Garden, which is 2908 Aspen Drive in Loveland, Colorado. For more information visit: http://www.sculptureinthepark.org/

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