The art of wrapping gifts is serious business.
This holiday season wrap your presents in the designs created by highly revered artists Will Cotton and Ann Craven.
Will Cotton and Ann Craven have generously produced their designs exclusively for RxArt. The RxArt holiday wrapping paper will be available this week in the RxArt Store!
Ann Craven's Wrapping Paper for RxArt
Will Cotton's Wrapping Paper for RxArt
Learn more about the artists below:
What is art to you?
Art is what makes us rethink reality.
What inspires you?
The moments when I say, “Something needs to be done”.
You are a father as well as an artist, how does one influences the other?
Being a father makes me realize that children naturally know art. Every child is an artist by nature.
In an interview you said art is about opening up possibilities. What did you mean by this?
In art, there are no limits.
How does the advent of the internet effect your work?
The Internet gives me a new sense of connection. I get a chance to meet many people online, that I would not have a chance to connect with otherwise.
When creating pieces for an exhibition you employ the skills of many people in China. Is this something your actively think of when preparing or a show?
My active concern is that different works require different skills. Some will require a collective effort, but there are also works that do not need anyone’s help.
Your art is about personal expression and creating connections. What about these ideas are important to you?
Personal expression and creating connections are essentially one coherent effort. It is important to understand that, and make that expression accessible for the sake of communication.
How are you hoping your art will inspire those in hospitals?
I hope my work can spark the children’s curiosity, encourage them to experience new things, and have joy their lives.
Stickers by Ai Weiwei from The RxArt Coloring Book, available for purchase here.
Our latest and most expansive coloring book yet, RxArt Coloring Book: A Coloring Book of Drawings By Contemporary Artists Volume 4, was completed in partnership with Warby Parker and generously designed by Matt Murphy Design.
Artists of all ages will be delighted with this lively new collection of fifty-three original line drawings contributed by a diverse roster of today's best-known contemporary artists. Inside the pages of the RxArt Coloring Book everyone is free to add their own personal touches to the pages, which are supplemented by vibrant stickers designed by Ai WeiWei and Warby Parker's die-cut pop-out masks, featuring paper glasses.
The RxArt Coloring Books are distributed free of charge to children in RxArt's participating health care facilities and 100% of sales proceeds benefit RxArt. The book is available for purchase in the RxArt Store.
Some sample pages below:
On November 7th, contributing contemporary artists Erik Parker and Walter Robinson along with Diane Brown, Patrick Bradbury, Glori Cohen, and John Maroney hosted a coloring party at Brooklyn’s King’s County Hospital Center in the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Clinic.
At the party The RxArt Coloring Book: A Coloring Book of Drawings by Contemporary Artists was distributed free of charge to children and their families at the hospital.
The children spent time coloring the pages with the artists and members of the RxArt team while they snacked on sweets and had a blast trying on the Warby Parker mask. The coloring book event captured the importance of humanizing medicine through embracing art as vital part of patient care and improving the quality of the hospital environment.
Enjoy photographer Theodore Samuels' photographs of the event below!
The RxArt Coloring Book and crayons galore
Diane Brown and David having fun picking colors
Glori Cohen coloring with an adorable Kings County patient
Just what the doctor prescribed: ART!
Artist Walter Robinson enjoying the awesome artwork
Artist Erik Parker hard at work coloring with the children
Patrick Bradbury modeling the Warby Parker mask.
John Maroney sharing the fun
Glori Cohen, Diane Brown, Erik Parker and Walter Robinson having just as much fun coloring in the RxArt Coloring Book as the children!
The RxArt Coloring Book is available for purchase in The RxArt Store
Artist Talk is a series in which RxArt visits our favorite artists and collaborators to talk about their work and inspirations.
In this Installment of Artist Talk, RxArt visited Photographer Tim Barber in his Chinatown studio to talk about his process and inspirations.
All photos by Aileen Son.
Every day is one day closer to the 13th Annual RxArt Party on September 16th at Lever House honoring Kenny Scharf. The night will include RxArt’s fiercest auction yet held by Simon de Pury and hosted by Paddle 8. The auction contains artwork by Lucien Smith, Jeff Elrod, Rob Pruitt, KAWS, Terry Richardson, Kenny Scharf, Louise Lawler, Ryan McGinness, Maurizio Pellegrin, Cindy Sherman, and many more incredibly talented artists. Bulgari, the chief sponsor, has also donated a gorgeous piece of wearable art that will be featured in the live auction. At the end of the auction the famous Cadogan Tate Fine Art will carefully wrap and ship the artwork. What more could one ask for?
How about this exclusive, limited edition Jonas Wood print with a purchase of a VIP ticket?
The enchanted evening also includes delicious food by Casa Lever, champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte, and goody bags by the amazing Kiehl’s.
In addition to all of the earthly benefits one receives at the RxArt Party, we cannot overlook the principal motive to attend: the pediatric patients affected by the RxArt projects. The support you provide helps us further our mission of promoting healing and inspiring hope in patients, families, and hospital staff while increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary art. The event raises more than 80% of our operating budget and helps us to move forward with several ambitious collaborations for 2013 and 2014. The generosity of our donors enables RxArt to extend our outreach, put the finishing touches on projects already in motion, and plan for future hospital projects. The annual PARTY is vital to enabling RxArt to expand its reach and carry on its mission to improve pediatric hospital and healthcare environments and we are so appreciative of your continued support.
We hope that you will attend, and join us to honor Kenny and the other generous artists and donors who have made projects possible in over 20 hospitals nationwide.
You can purchase your tickets here: http://rxartparty.eventbrite.com/
Jonas Wood, Clipping, 2013
The image of the limited edition Jonas Wood print just arrived and the RxArt Team adores it! The 30x40 silkscreen print, entitled Clipping, was created exclusively for RxArt and is available with a VIP ticket purchase to RxArt’s Annual Party at Lever House on September 16th.
After the party is over, Jonas Wood's work will be featured at Lever House in a solo exhibition.
Purchase your VIP ticket here: http://rxartparty.eventbrite.com/ and receive a limited edition Jonas Wood print, entrance to an exclusive 6pm VIP reception, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to be served, and a preview of artwork for auction with a "Buy it Now" option.
For this edition of Artist Talk we visited artist Maurizio Pellegrin at his Tribeca studio. Italian born painter and sculptor, Maurizio works in mixed media, photography, film and installation. In his work Maurizio often re-appropriates relics of the past, giving them new energy and meaning. Walking through his studio, which is filled with artifacts from around the world, is akin to taking a tour through history. In this video he talks with us about his process and inspirations.
All photos by Aileen Son.
The RxArt Team is honored to announce that Neil Blumenthal has joined our Board of Directors. Neil Blumenthal loves helping people see. Determined to transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker in 2010. Prior to Warby Parker, Neil had been the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses in developing countries. Neil was recently recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company.
Thank you Neil for joining the RxArt Team, and we look forward to our future together!
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