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Tribeca Ball

2015-04-13 19.25.11 Presented by famed French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the Tribeca Ball shines a light on the emerging artists of the New York Academy of Art with proceeds supporting scholarships and public programing. Inspired by Van Cleef & Arpels’ newest high jewelry collection, this year’s décor brought the French fairy tale Peau d’Âne to life for an enchanting evening of art, cocktails and dinner. The Academy’s six floors reflected a ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme where guests become the main characters. During cocktails, guests enjoyed an insider’s view of one of the country’s leading art schools, interacting with more than 100 emerging artists in their studios. The magic continued in Wilkinson Hall during a dinner reception honoring Peter M. Brant for his indelible mark on the contemporary art world. Guests were treated to a special menu prepared by Gotham Bar & Grill’s Alfred Portale.

We had the honor of attending this magnificent evening. See some of the highlights after the break…

Carrara Residency Merit Award Party at Gallery 151

This year’s party in honor of the Carrara Residency Merit Award was held at Gallery 151 in the heart of Chelsea. We proudly unveiled “Mother” made of White Carrara marble by Joshua Henderson and “Inner Baby” made of Portuguese Pink marble by Heena Kim. The sculptures were created in Carrara, Italy during the ABC Stone-sponsored residency during the Summer of 2014. 

ABC Stone sponsors the annual Artist Residency in Carrara through the New York Academy of Art as part of its ongoing commitment to sustaining and promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Of the many creative treatments of this material, traditional carving has suffered a decline of knowledge base during the past century. ABC seeks to address this by pairing young artists with master sculptors for experiential learning through intensive mentoring. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and the millennia-old human tradition in transforming it through highly skilled craft. Whether in Michelangelo’s homeland or in our very own NYC backyard, ABC remains devoted to sponsoring the cultural arts and in particular stone artistry.

The unveiling of the Ark of Return at the UN Headquarters, NYC

We were thrilled to attend the unveiling of The Ark of Return, a permanent Memorial at the United Nations designed by Architect Rodney Leon and supplied by ABC Stone. Rodney Leon was chosen as the winner of an international competition initiated by the Secretary General of the UN to build a monument to acknowledge the tragedy of the triangular slave trade and honor its victims. Mr. Leon’s design was selected from a pool of 310 architects, artists, and visionaries and was realized using Vermont Danby marble and Zimbabwe Black Granite.

The Ark of Return is a multifaceted white marble monument that has a motif of triangles and contains a sculpture of an African man at its center which houses a waterfall representing the tears of the 15 million men, women and children who were sent across the Atlantic as slaves.

The monument was formally inaugurated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Sam Kutesa.

“I hope descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade will feel empowered as they remember those who overcame this brutal system and passed their rich cultural heritage from Africa on to their children,” Ban said.

Rodney Leon, himself a descendant of slaves taken from Africa to Haiti was quoted as saying, “It makes me feel extremely proud that I can play a role and a part in the commemoration of such an important and historic day.”
Sec. General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the unveiling of "The Ark of Return"

Sec. General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the unveiling of “The Ark of Return”

Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015

Whether you’re an industry professional or a design enthusiast looking for inspiration, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show— a four-day event featuring the best in home design from more than 400 brands— always has something amazing for you to see, learn, or even taste. Now in it’s 14th year, this experience in design is a wonderful world of inspiration. Here are some of our favorite moments from the show…

Artists in Conversation

  • Inner Baby by Heena Kim
  • Inner Baby by Heena Kim- Side View
  • Inner Baby by Heena Kim- Alt Side View
  • Mother by Joshua Henderson
  • Mother by Joshua Henderson- Alt. View
  • (From left) Stephen Shaheen, Heena Kim, Joshua Henderson, Mark Menin
  • Inner Baby by Heena Kim
  • Inner Baby by Heena Kim- Side View
  • Inner Baby by Heena Kim- Alt. Side View
  • Mother by Joshua Henderson
  • Mother by Joshua Henderson- Alt. View
  • (From left) Stephen Shaheen, Heena Kim, Joshua Henderson, Mark Menin
On February 11th, the winner’s of the 2014 Carrara Artist Residency gathered at the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca for a panel discussion moderated by Mark Menin. The discussion between Joshua Henderson (MFS 2015), Heena Kim (MFA 2014) and Steve Shaheen (MFA 2005) focused on the ABC Stone sponsored annual Artist Residency in Carrara. The panelists discussed carving in stone for the first time, the pointing system, and carving in the historical shadows of the Renaissance. Works started in Carrara were displayed.

At ABC stone, we love rocks. We happen to think they are beautiful which is why we are intensely interested in the fluidity of human emotion that can be realized through shaping them. As a means of sustaining and promoting the use of stone as an artistic medium, we work closely with many of today’s foremost sculptors to support and advance this timeless art form. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and the millennia-old human tradition of transforming it as a means of expression and storytelling.

ABC Stone Presents “Radical Intent” at Gallery 151





A child’s first stuffed animal. The tarsal of a saint. A purse that costs as much as a car. Subjects of irrational reverence, they remind us of the precarious contingencies of our desires: what we really value are essences, not properties.

In a radical gesture, Duchamp declares a urinal to be Fountain. With radical intentionality, sculptors Sebastian Martorana, Barbara Segal, Stephen Shaheen and Alasdair Thomson anoint metamorphosed lumps of shells as Shirt, Canvas, Cinder Block, Bone. This is not a Chanel bag. Or is it? Both are crafted and craved for their symbolic capital. Yet there is something phenomenologically different when intention is invested through making, by an aggregate of thousands of decisions and an intense realization process requiring years of training. In an era where machines can produce simulacra in marble for anyone with an idea and a credit card, representation comes with new responsibilities—and new implications, when rendered by hand.

These four artists, whose honed skills seem avant-garde in a scene saturated with externalized modes of production, present confoundingly scrupulous works in marble. It is not virtuosity on display, but virtuosic carving in the service of a fierce intention. Objects of devotion pursued obsessively, fetishizations of fetishes, sculpted fetishistically.

Curated by Stephen Shaheen & Michael Namer

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  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

    Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana

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  • Birth Stone: Piggy by Sebastian Martorana
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Details. Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Aisling by Alasdair Thomson
  • Bones by Stephen Shaheen
  • Chanel No. 5 by Barbara Segal
  • First Steps by Alasdair Thomson
  • Birth Stone: Little Lamb by Sebastian Martorana
  • I Heart New York by Alasdair Thomson
  • Soft Steps: Baby Steps by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cinder Block by Sebastian Martorana
  • Cathedral Dress by Barbara Segal

Art Miami 2014- The 25th Anniversary

An interpretation of the David by Antonio Pio Saracino

Hero, an interpretation of Michelangelo’s David by Antonio Pio Saracino

Known as Miami’s premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week — the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international art galleries.