After Months of Online Showings, Outdoor Art Exhibitions Fill the Void

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The sale comes at an interesting time, when Christie’s core clientele is largely fleeing the various cities in which they live for their summer homes in the country. “The exhibition has triggered the curiosity of clients at a moment when they were probably reconsidering their personal environment more than ever before,” Meyer said, adding that the price point for these works range between “a hundred thousand to 10 million. ” “These challenges encouraged us to find easier ways to do business, funnily enough. Piece by Jennie C.

Jones is part of the group show at the Clark, called “Ground/work. ” Although the museum has featured artists on its outdoor grounds in the past, it’s never held a full show outside.

Like Tuttle, Jones’ experience making art that would live outdoors was a complete contrast from her usual work. “I am a bit old-fashioned in the sense that I don’t have assistance, that my work is made with my hands,” she said. “I’m very insular, very private and so outdoor work or work that’s upscaled starts to demand having a team to work with.

But in March, at the height of COVID in New York City, Tuttle was struggling to finish any kind of meaningful work—an issue most artists came up against in the face of a global pandemic. “I was not making very much, or what I was making was pretty bad,” Tuttle said over the phone this month. “One morning, for some reason, I was like, ‘I need to learn how to cast glass.

It’s a question of access—and in this period, these are the two spaces that people are able to access. Iron Tree, Ai Weiwei (B. 1957), featured in the group show “Dream Big. ” Courtesy of Christie’s.

Piece by Martha Tuttle, featured in the Storm King show, “A stone that thinks of Enceladus. ” Courtesy of the artist.

Prior to “Dream Big,” (which exists online and features works by Ai Weiwei, Keith Haring, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Jeff Koons), clients would come into Christie’s galleries in New York, London, and Hong Kong in a one-to-one way—they’d view a picture behind closed doors.

Tuttle herself said she’s heard, through her conversations with fellow artists and gallerist friends, of an uptick in outdoor shows—specifically billboard shows, and ways of commissioning different types of artists for group exhibitions utilizing formats that are already outside.

At Storm King in upstate New York, the undulating green hills, lines of conical trees, and endless sky interacts with the art—and such a lovely landscape brings in flocks of spectators, from families looking to give their city kids some space to run around to Instagram influencers seeking the perfect snapshot posing in front of Alyson Shotz’s Mirror Fence.

Artists like Marina Abramovic, KAWS, and Hank Willis Thomas participated in a show that took place in the unlikely location of Rockefeller Center’s plaza in New York City—while others, like Jennie C.

Her show “A stone that thinks of Enceladus” comprises a series of stones and boulders she made from glass and marble placed in small stacks across eight acres at Storm King.

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