Before the official start of the event, we had a few hours spare time, so Brian took us for a gallery tour in the Chelsea area. He had chosen two great galleries with very interesting exhibitions.
Surround Sounds (2014-15, four silent synchronized projected animations, each 13:40, looped)
The artworks in the back are $50.000 US each, yikes!
It is hard to describe this installation
from the pictures alone, all I can say is that it is truly
"immersive". Large moving video (comic snippets as you can see
down below) but no noise or sound at all. Superb! More
pictures from the installation can be found here.
Afterwards, we walked three blocks to the
A replica of the Greene
Street Mural by Roy
Lichtenstein is on display from 10-SEP to 17-OCT. In
keeping with the spirit of the original project, the replica will be
destroyed at the close of the exhibition. More details
below. It was not allowed to take pictures of the original
paintings, we could only photograph the giant replica wall.
Thanks again, Brian, for this great
choice of galleries. As we learned later, there are about 450
galleries in that area in NYC, so it is not an easy choice!
Later, we walked a few meters on the High Line but as we were
hungry, it was time for a quick Pizza at Don Giovanni Ristorante.
Great food, the service can improve a little...
In the afternoon at 3pm, the Club event
finally started with a welcome desk at the lobby of the Hudson
Hotel. Time for a first drink at the Tequila
Park. The programme was distributed and Claude (head of
Swatch Club International) welcomed us warmly and explained the
programme of the next two days to us. It really felt like a
family reunion :-)
Click here to read part 2
("Launch of the 2nd Club Watch at the De Buck Gallery and a visit to
the Times Square Swatch store") of my New York report.
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