New Museum’s NEW INC + Ruinart’s “Forever First” Mixed Reality Pop-Up

Navigate the fragility of nature through virtual and augmented reality projects open to the public

Set in New Museum‘s often-private and appropriately named Sky Room, the art institution’s incubation unit, NEW INC, presents two virtual reality artworks with historic Champagne house Ruinart. The limited run, open-to-the-public exhibition, Forever First, debuts the augmented reality experience “Dawn Chorus,” by current NEW INC member Reese Donohue, who collaborated with artist Sarah Meyohas. In conjunction, the exhibit features the award-winning virtual reality project “Tree,” by NEW INC …

Artist Liu Bolin’s Disappearing Act at Maison Ruinart

A photo series of meticulous camouflage within the champagne house's property in Reims

Throughout his startling and political career, Chinese artist Liu Bolin‘s multi-step “Invisible Man” work has bound together location, precise calculation, and layer upon layer of paint—all for the sake of one masterful image. The process itself is an act of art but nothing compares to the completed project: ornate scenes where the artist himself disappears into the background. Each work questions the idea of visibility. …

Interview: Sculptor Jaume Plensa

The figurative innovator on inspiration, process, the speed of the industry and his collaboration with Ruinart champagne

Among the roster of international contemporary artists frequently positioning their art in public (and outdoor) settings, few bend the mind as much as Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. If his name isn’t immediately familiar, his work most certainly will be—from Chicago’s Crown Fountain to a pop-up installation in NYC’s Madison Square Park, his placement everywhere from a “Mission Impossible” film and hotel lobbies around the world. …