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A Corner Deli for Art

By Karen HudesSep 25 2019

With Rock Center's next Art in Focus installation, British artist Lucy Sparrow puts a playful spin on the upscale NYC deli. Known for her creations in felt with interactive surroundings, Sparrow has now reimagined everything from watermelon to sushi as a hand-stitched item (with eyes and a mouth) that will actually be for sale at market-style counters.

Also keep an eye out for sewn bagels, French bread, wedges of cheese, avocados and other faux edibles at the pop-up shop, which opens Tuesday, October 1. You might be lured in by the cute foods, but while Sparrow's work looks bright and upbeat, it also invites you to consider consumerism in a new light.

Other felt-based installations by Sparrow, including work in the vitrines of 45 Rock resembling aquariums and terrariums, will also be on view around Rockefeller Center.

Among the artist's previous projects are her 2014 pop-up, Cornershop, in London; a 2016 commission by the BBC to design the Crown Jewels in felt; and the 2018 windows of the Hermès flagship store in Beverly Hills. At last year's Miami Art Week, her piece involved an element of performance, as she enacted surgery in Triple Art Bypass.

Lucy Sparrow's Delicatessen on 6th runs October 1–20 on the corner of 49th Street and Sixth Avenue at Rockefeller Center, and is open 11am–8pm daily. It's the latest exhibition in the Art in Focus series produced by Art Production fund, including work by LaKela Brown, Portia Munson and Hein Koh.

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