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The Guardians: Hero and Superhero di Saracino a Bryant Park
The ABC Stone family is honoured to be involved with the creation of these amazing sculptural works.




The Guardians: Hero and Superhero by acclaimed Italian architect and designer, Antonio Pio Saracino.
Two new public sculptures will be unveiled on December 10th and will remain on view indefinitely in Manhattan's Bryant Park.





Parsons Visit
We were thrilled to have students from Parsons (http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/) here last week to learn a bit about stone.

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What an honor to be the experts.



The Factory Floor

From October 19th to 27th The Factory Floor: A Maker's Market in Brooklyn, NY  will be at Industry City in Sunset Park. Presented by Design Within Reach, BKLYN DESIGNS & Industry City, more than 40 local furniture and home goods designers will be featured, including April Hannah whose Lotus Coffee Tables were created with ABC Stone.


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There is a great article from Brooklyn Based on Factory Floor, and if you want to see more of April Hannah's amazing tables please stop by our Brooklyn showroom, where we have them available. You can also learn more at the Factory Floor website.

You can learn more about April Hannah in our Featured Artists profile here




2013 A List Awards

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GroupABC Stone was delighted to sponsor and attend the at home A-List Awards at the gorgeous Palace Theater in Connecticut. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners for their amazing work showcased that night. The hosts and judges were a stellar lineup, and it was an honor to be there. 

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ABC's Jon Tibbett with host and Million Dollar Contractor Stephen Fanuka

We also took the opportunity to premier a new material at the awards, Stone Parchment, in the form of a pinwheel sculpture. Each pinwheel is made of double layer of the cardstock-thin stone, which so flexible in can be bent into curves and yet is made of real stone. 



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We hope everyone else had as great a time as we did. 


Oriano Galloni for Arts for India
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As you may know, acclaimed sculptor Oriano Galloni has a studio right here at ABC Stone. We have been very proud to feature his artwork here in Brooklyn, which you may have seen if you have been here. To learn more about Oriano Galloni and his art please visit our featured artists page or his website.


 
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Tickets available here. 




Arts For India
Arts for India is a charity which seeks to provide free and subsidized arts education to talented students enrolled at the International Institute of Fine Arts in Modinagar (IIFA), NCR of Delhi, India. 


Progressive Dinner in Usonia

As part of ABC Stone's ever-continuing desire to support the distinguished architecture community, we would like to highlight this unique event supporting the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservatory.
Usonia Homes, Inc. was founded in 1945 in Pleasantville, New York with Frank Lloyd Wright to designing the site plan and as supervising architect. Experience Usonia as never before with a private tour and a progressive gourmet meal hosted by local owners Roland Reisley, Tony  Maddalena, Julie Wilsker and Michael Pinkus. Please see below for more information on the history of this unique site and this rare event.





Saturday, September 7, 2013,  4:00 p.m.
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Please RSVP using the linked form



Please complete and return with your payment to:



Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy




53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1120



Chicago, IL 60604-3567



If paying by credit card, you may fax to 312-663-5505 or call 312-663-5500 to register by phone.



At Home A-List Awards
ABC Stone is so exciting to be the title sponser for the at home A-List Awards this year.

The awards will be announced September 12th at the Palace Theater in Stamford, CT. You can purchase tickets here:
http://tickets.stamfordcenterforthearts.org/public/show.asp?shcode=387

And you can learn more about the A-List Awards and the fabulous panel of judges here:
http://www.athomefc.com/ah/2013-A-List-Awards/

HC&G's Innovation in Design Awards 2013
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ABC Stone was delighted to be able to help sponsor the HC&G Innovation in Design Awards last week. We had a wonderful time there, and one of our very talented sales reps, John Taranto, was honored to present the award for architecture to Stelle  Lomont Rouani Architects.


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We also wish to congratulate Edmond Hollander Landscape Architect in the Garden Design category, seen here with some of the members of the ABC Stone team:

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The full list of winners is below. Congratulations to everyone from ABC Stone. 

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HC&G's 3rd annual Innovation in Design Awards
ABC Stone is proud to sponsor HC&G's 3rd annual Innovation in Design Awards. The finalists have been announced and tickets are now on sale for the awards

Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
East Hampton, NY


at http://hcgidas13.eventbrite.com/



Hear what the design community is saying about ABC Stone





Barbara Segal
ABC Stone is delighted to announce that it is currently hosting works of art by sculptor Barbara Segal. Segal, a master stone carver, is best known internationally for her emotionally laden, fashion inspired sculptures. The contemporary sensibilities of Segal’s work challenge the viewer’s expectations of what should be carved in stone. 

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"'Tour de force' well describes Barbara Segal’s achievements in sculpture.  She is a master at creating complex, detailed and unusual objects from hard stone . . . Here is an extraordinary talent placed at the service of a fertile, bold and surrealistic mind."
--Judy Collischan, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Neuberger Museum of Art

Segal received her formal training at Pratt Institute of Technology, Brooklyn, NY, and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. She also spent four years in Pietrasanta and Carrara, Italy working at the Studio Sem, the Fonderia Luigi Tommasi and SGF Studio Scultura.
 
"I returned to the States knowing that I could recreate whatever I chose in stone inspired by the memories of my childhood and influenced, not only by ItaIy's Baroque and Renaissance masterpieces, but also by powerful images of America’s pop icons and idols."
--Barbara Segal 

In recognition of her many accomplishments in both the public and private sectors, Segal was selected as one of Pratt’s 125 Icons in 2012.  She currently teaches stone carving at The School of Visual Arts in NYC and works from both her studio in Yonkers, NY and Carrara, Italy. 

Visitors to ABC Stone's Greenpoint, NY showroom will be able to see selected pieces from Segal's "Straight Laced?" (Lingerie) and "Bearing Witness" (Little Girls' Dresses) series.

Learn more about Segal and follow her blog at www.barbarasegal.com. Please direct purchase inquiries to Sasha Geist at sasha at abcworldwidestone.com.


Clara's Handkerchief - Barbara Segal



ABC Stone Carrara Residency Winners Announced
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the annual ABC Stone Carrara Residency for 2013, chosen from finalists from the New York Academy of Art (http://nyaa.edu). This year’s winners are:
Heather Personett
Zoë Suenson-Taylor

ABC Stone, the New York Academy of Art, along with the Oriano Galloni Foundation, sponsor an annual merit scholarship, an Artist Residency in Carrara as part of our ongoing commitment to sustaining and promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Of the many creative treatments of stone, traditional carving has suffered a decline of knowledge base during the past century. ABC Stone seeks to address this by pairing young artists with master sculptors for experimental learning through intensive mentoring.



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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 through highly skilled craft. Whether in Michelangelo’s homeland or in our very own New York City backyard, ABC Stone remains devoted to sponsoring the cultural arts and in particular stone artistry.


The winners were selected from MFA students at The New York Academy of Art. The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school of fine arts founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, who were interested in fostering the resurgence of figurative and representational art. It combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. They believe that rigorously trained artists are best able to realize their artistic vision. Therefore, Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. As such, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly-skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.


The Academy sponsors several International Residencies awarded on the basis of merit and suitability. These residencies expose students to the global art world, build relationships, and often afford the opportunity to exhibit work abroad. The Carrara Residency is an intensive program offered to one first- year student and one graduating student to broaden their understanding of an elusive and challenging sculptural medium. Although carving is rarely explored within the curriculum and time-frame of the MFA program, the study of Western sculptures in marble is an essential part of all Academy students’ training: all of the plaster sculptures in the Academy’s cast collection are derived from marble originals. Given the importance of stone in the figurative tradition, and the remote opportunities for applied study in this esoteric genre, the Academy is proud to sponsor a program in Carrara, the historic birthplace of Renaissance statuary.
Our panel, which consists of highly esteemed educators, architects, designers, entrepreneurs, and artists, chose from finalists provided by the Academy.


The winners of the scholarship will be sent to Studio Corsanini, in Italy, to study with Stephen Shaheen. At the foothills of the Apuan Alps there is Studio Corsanini, a prominent sculpture workshop that continues to share their knowledge of the material, their experience in sculpting as well as their heritage and artistic sensibility to carve incomparable pieces varying in size from a few dozen centimeters to gigantic realizations made of tons and tons of marble. It is in this context that the scholarship winners have the opportunity to learn and to live a unique, unforgettable experience. Upon completion of the residency the students’ works will be shipped back to New York.  The sculptures will then be displayed in New York by ABC Stone at our New York Academy of Art exhibition.


Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Shaheen was invited to be the distinguished instructor of the residency, based on his expertise in carving. Outside of his studio practice, Shaheen has guided students of stone sculpture in programs held in New York, Vermont and Italy.


The Oriano Galloni Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to sensitize the global community to the oppression of women and inspire people to treat their fellow human beings with dignity and respect.


Last year’s winner of the Artist Residency in Carrara, Joseph Brickey, was chosen because of his exceptional talent and his deep commitment to the history of sculpture. His completed work, Torso Virile, is currently on display at ABC Stone in Brooklyn, and can be seen below. 


This year ABC Stone is pleased to be able to extend the opportunity to two students in order to better facilitate learning.




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Torso Virile, by Joseph Brickey, last year's ABC Stone Carrara Residency Winner



Carrara Art Residency Opening

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The merit Awards will be held at ABC Stone from 6:00PM - 9:00PM





Wine and refreshments will be served

Directions to ABC Stone 234 Banker Street

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STUDIO ABC PRESENTS WORKS BY APRIL HANNAH
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Lotus Coffee Table in White Carrara Marble            Lotus Coffee Table in Nero Marquina Marble

Brooklyn artist and designer, April Hannah in collaboration with ABC Stone in Greenpoint, Brooklyn have recreated Hannah’s Lotus Coffee Table in White Carrara Marble and Nero Marquina Marble. The Lotus Coffee Table was conceived and prototyped by Hannah while in residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD Museum) in New York City in the winter of 2011. The table consists of six interlocking lotus forms and a glass top. Hannah created the lotus shape through her artistic practice of form generation – an open-ended systemic process inspired by the self-organizing patterns of nature.

OCT 10, 2012 JONATHAN PRINCE UNVEILING IN DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA
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Tomorrow evening fJonathan Prince's new sculpture, G2V, will be unveiled at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the United Nations in New York City.  As part of the prestigious New York City Parks public art program, Prince's work will be on view through late spring, 2013.  


This installation follows his exhibition of monumental patinated steel works at the Atrium on 56th Street and Madison Avenue (IBM Building) in New York, and two significant public works at 535 Madison Avenue (at 54th Street).  Prince recently installed a signal work, Vestigial Block, at the new Eli Broad Museum of Art at the University of Michigan, where it is on permanent view adjacent to the new Zaha Hadid museum building.

tomorrow's gathering will be between 6-7 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, followed by wine at Siro's at the northwest corner of 47th and Second Avenue.


CYNTHIA-REEVES PRESENTS; GARY HAVEN SMITH
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CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects in partnership with ABC Stone 234 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY On view through August 17, 2012

CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects, in partnership with ABC Stone, proudly presents four works by Gary Haven Smith at ABC Stone, 234 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Showroom hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

At ABC Stone, Haven Smith presents two new free-standing sculptures, a functional art piece, and a wall-based sculpture—three distinct forms for his visual language to take shape.  Continuing his formally rigorous sculpture from found stone, “Boogie Woogie II” and “Shimmy” are simultaneously modernist and organic.  He creates this tension by contrasting the works’ geometric base with the sculptures’ lyricism, using a working process Smith describes as “deconstructing the boulder.”  Smith offers a similar tension and improbable presentation of the stone in “Wave Bench III”.  The functional art piece blends the curvaceous line of the undulating seat with strict geometry in the cut-out creating the legs.  For “Vernalis”, Smith creates a tableau grid of rectangular slate panels.  Smith hand applies organic shapes of white gold leaf to the slate’s surface.  The gold’s inherent reflectivity adds dimension and light to this lively, yet elegant work.


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CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects, in partnership with ABC Stone, proudly presents four works by Jonathan Prince

Prince's Vestigial Block, a recent acquisition by the new Edyth and Eli Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, will be permanently installed in advance of the museum's opening celebration, at a retrospective of the artist's black granite sculptures and functional art  on view at ABC Stone in Brooklyn.

  ABC Stone, 234 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Showroom hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


 


ABC Stone: Proud Sponcer of the 2011 AtHome A-List Awards

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athome’s annual A-List Awards honor the top projects in design, landscape and architecture by firms across Fairfield County.


 



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CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects in partnership with ABC Stone

                                                                         234 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY

On view through August 1, 2012

CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects, in partnership with ABC Stone, proudly presents four works by JAYHO-LEE at ABC Stone, 234 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Showroom hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


The Soul of Marble



 On October 19th; ABC welcomed artists, architects, interior designers, and friends from the stone industry for an evening of art, music, food, and conversation.  The Marble Soul featured 4 talented sculptural artists including: Oriano Galloni, Rogerio Timoteo, Stephen Shaheen, and Sibylle Pasce.

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We want to extend our gratitude and thanks to the amazing Halcyon Gourmet for catering and The Bobby Atikko Band for supplying fantastic music.