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Attack of the 25-Foot Roses
Park Avenue is in bloom a few months early this year as the Paul Kasmin Gallery and the Department of Parks and Recreation debuts Will Ryman’s way-larger-than-life floral arrangement, “The Roses.” A towering spread of 38 sculptures ranging in height from three to 25 feet will span a stretch of Park Avenue from 57th to 67th Streets. The buds come complete with aphids, ladybugs, and an assortment of pink and red scattered petals. Work begins on the installation Friday night and continues through Sunday evening, with a final unveiling on Tuesday the 25th (212-563-4474;; through May 31).

What, No Catwalk?
Taking a cue from luxe fashion labels like Louis Vuitton and Prada, the Ford modeling agency and its parent company Altpoint Capital Partners has launched an art gallery—and it isn’t your average white cube. The space, called FordProject, is housed in a bi-level penthouse at 57 West 57th Street, an Art Deco stunner built in 1928 by Warren & Wetmore, the architectural team behind Grand Central Terminal. The gallery’s programming will be mostly non-fashion-oriented, at least for the time being (“It would just be too obvious,” says creative director and P.S. 1 alum Tim Goossens). The inaugural exhibition opens January 20 and includes works by Henry Darger, Robert Lazzarini, and Kenny Scharf. (57 W. 57th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-219-6557).

A Vonnegut Grows in Brooklyn
Katrina Vonnegut, the Brooklyn-based sculptor and industrial designer (and great-niece of the late author Kurt Vonnegut), is exhibiting a new series of work as part of “Orange Sky,” an exibition at Tribeca’s new modern-and-contemporary-design space, RH Gallery. The show will demonstrate Vonnegut’s dexterity with a range of raw materials, from an ash wood coffee table to a room divider made of rope and metal (RH Gallery, 137 Duane St., nr. W. Broadway.; 646-490-6355; through March 1).


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