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Salon 94 and Maccarone Present “Midtown” at Lever House

An exhibition blurring the lines of art and design provokes questions related to how we determine value.

An exhibition blurring the lines of art and design provokes questions related to how we determine value.

In “Midtown,” an exhibition currently on view across the second floor of Lever House in Manhattan (through June 9), the galleries Maccarone, Salone 94 Design, and Salon 94 present a wide range of carefully selected works that obscure the lines between art and design. The hard-to-pin-down pieces, ranging from sculptures and furniture to tapestries and paintings, defy expectations. Participating artists and designers include Anton Alvarez, Carol Bove, Alex Da Corte, Mark Flood, Alex Hubbard, Max Lamb, Kwangho Lee, and Gaetano Pesce. Especially poignant is the contrast between the works on display and Lever House itself, which is home to companies including RFR (the real estate firm of Aby Rosen, who owns the building), Alcoa, and the Stifel brokerage and investment-banking firm. It is a refreshing break from the usual white-box presentation—the context is a crucial part of the experience. A celebration of the handmade, the show instigates emotions and ideas about the value of art beyond just the price tag. Here, a slideshow of some of our editors’ favorite works in the exhibition.

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“Midtown” at Lever House
“Midtown” at Lever House

Gaetano Pesce
“Midtown” at Lever House

Kwangho Lee
“Midtown” at Lever House

Alex Hubbard
“Midtown” at Lever House

Max Lamb
“Midtown” at Lever House

Oscar Tuazon
“Midtown” at Lever House

Robert Morris
“Midtown” at Lever House

Kenzi Shiokava
“Midtown” at Lever House

Isamu Noguchi
“Midtown” at Lever House

Anton Alvarez
“Midtown” at Lever House

Gaetano Pesce
“Midtown” at Lever House

Leonor Antunes
“Midtown” at Lever House

Thomas Barger

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