“A Sense of Place,” a permanent exhibition by Daniel Hauben at Bronx Community College, NYCIn 2009, Bronx Artist Daniel Hauben was commissioned to create original artwork for a new library and instructional building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and being constructed on the campus of Bronx Community College. Two large paintings and twenty smaller ones were completed in December 2011 for inclusion in the interior design of the building. The artist contacted RBA in June 2012 for assistance with the installation of these beautiful paintings. RBA coordinated with the artist, architect, and construction supervisors to create a plan for the installation. Our team was on site for two days making sure that every detail was perfect. The building is now open for the college students’ use and the paintings add a wonderful, warm historical feel to the interior. You can see some of the works that were installed as well as other artwork by Daniel Hauben at his website.
The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de BorchgravePrêt-à-Papieris Isabelle de Borchgrave’s interpretation of the key periods in fashion history. The exhibition consists of over 25 historical costumes and haute-couture dresses, in styles ranging from the late 17th to the early 20th century inspired by period paintings and historic gowns in museum collections. Upon first glance, the dresses appear to be made of the finest materials and textiles. In reality these unique Belgian artist has created brilliant illusions made of paper! RBA imported this magnificent exhibition from the artist’s studio in Brussels to the Hillwood Museum in the heart of Washington D.C
RBA Names New Vice PresidentRBA (RACINE BERKOW ASSOCIATES, INC.) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean L. O’Malley as Vice President and Operations Manager, effective August 1st, 2012.
O’Malley joins RBA as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary and expansion. With more than two decades of experience in the international fine arts packing, shipping and handling business, O’MALLEY most recently served as General Manager of the New York office of one of America’s largest fine art transport companies.
O’Malley was elected to the Steering Committee of ICEFAT (International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters) at their annual conference in Helsinki in October 2003 and served in that capacity until October 2010. He has participated in professional panels at the American Association of Museums conference and been a guest speaker at New York University. He was chosen as part of a select group of industry professionals to consult with 3M on packing material applications. O’Malley graduated with BA degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University which he earned while serving in the United States Navy.
“Sean’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as RBA continues to add in-house fine art handling and storage services to our established US and international freight forwarding and customs brokerage business,” said RBA President Racine Berkow.
ANDY WARHOL: 15 Minutes EternalSponsored by BNY Mellon, the largest touring exhibition of Andy Warhol's Pop Art opened in Singapore on March17, 2012. The exhibition, “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh will continue to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo throughout 2012/14. The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the acclaimed American painter, printmaker and filmmaker. For the first time, Andy Warhol’s famous “MAO” paintings will be shown in China. This comprehensive exhibition features over 300 paintings, photographs, and offers insight into one of the most important artists of the Twentieth Century. RBA was selected to coordinate the transportation and shipping of this exhibition. Racine Berkow accompanied the Warhol’s Director, Eric Shiner, and representatives from BNY Mellon to China to preview potential venues for the exhibition.
PHOTO: Visiting the construction site for the new Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum with members of the BNY Mellon delegation and museum staff.
RBA Returns Sunken Treasure to SpainAccepting a challenge of almost “Mission Impossible” proportions, RBA succeeded in helping Spain export a treasure trove of antique coins, weighing 17 tons and valued at $500,000,000 from a storage facility in Florida to Madrid. When a U.S. court ruled in Spain’s favor, RBA accepted the task of getting the cargo swiftly and safely to MacDill Air Force Base where two waiting Spanish C-130 transport planes would whisk it out of the country. With cooperation and assistance from both the United States and Spanish Air Forces, RBA supervised inventorying, packing, and transport of the cargo salvaged from the vessel, Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, for its final journey home.
We're 25!ICEFAT Honors Loyal Member
In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan RelationsCurated by Meridian International and sponsored by the US Department of State, this exhibition features 81 reproductions of photographs and documents that recount the rich, historical ties between the United States and Afghanistan. These facsimiles, dating from 1911 to the 1970s, follow the first collaborations between U.S. and Afghan engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs; the numerous official visits between U.S. and Afghan leaders; and the face-to-face exchanges that connected ordinary citizens from both nations. Subsequently, the State Department commissioned Meridian to create six smaller copies for travel around Afghanistan. One copy of the exhibit opened at a public venue in Kabul in July 2011 and, together with the satellite versions, will help advance America’s cultural outreach efforts. In June of 2011 RBA had the challenging task of shipping the exhibition to Kabul.
The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan PaintingRBA was appointed by The Rubin Museum of Art to help them gather some of the objects shown in their exhibition, “The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting” . This exhibition was shown at The Rubin Museum in New York from September 3, 2010 - May 23, 2011.
The exhibition chronicled the development of the Beri Style of painting. This painting style which is distinguished by dark indigo blue toned backgrounds, predominant red tones, decorative scrollwork, and other features, reached its zenith from 1360-1460 when it was adopted as Tibet's universal painting style. One of the challenges in mounting the show included shipping a delicate painting from the Los Angeles Museum of Art to New York in a cost-effective manner that was in accordance with museum standards. Racine Berkow wound up accompanying the work on a FedEx freighter from Los Angeles to Newark Airport.
Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of VesuviusCurated by the Soprintendenza di Archaeologica Napoli e Pompei (SANP), and organized by Running Subway Productions, Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius presented the catastrophic destruction and subsequent preservation of the city of Pompeii after the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Through displays of body casts, fragile frescoes, gold coins, jewelry, basic utensils, burial urns, gladiator armor, and even a loaf of bread preserved by the volcanic ash, the everyday existence of the citizens of Pompeii comes to life. RBA is proud to have assisted with the import, delivery, and return to Italy for this fabulous show.
STARGAZERS’: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation With 21 Contemporary ArtistsThe Bronx Museum of the Arts showcased STARGARZERS’ to highlight Elizabeth Catlett’s role as an innovative African American female artist and her influence on later generations of contemporary artists. This exhibition featured over 40 prints and sculptures of her work that had been created from the 1960’s to the present day. In addition, Stargazer’s also featured 21 international contemporary artists, of whom, shared similar attention to practice, technique and passion for exploring issues including race, gender, memory and politics.
RBA organized the collection of artwork throughout the Northeast and properly delivered the works needed to realize the exhibition.
Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977RBA is enormously pleased to have been the principal transport company for the acclaimed exhibition Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977,which has concluded its year-long tour at Dia:Beacon and CCS Bard. Co-organized by Dia Art Foundation and CCS Bard, the first North American retrospective of the work of Blinky Palermo (1943–1977) was curated by Lynne Cooke and has traveled from: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (October 31, 2010–January 16, 2011) to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (February 24–May 15, 2011) and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Dia: Beacon (June 24 - October 31, 2011). RBA coordinated the logistics for all the international loans from several major museums and lenders in Germany and Switzerland. These loans were accompanied by several couriers and required the highest level of care and handling.
RBA on CNNThe Air Freight Forwarders Association selected RBA as a spokesperson to demonstrate how the new TSA regulations impacted on smaller specialized freight forwarding companies. CNN visited our warehouse and we appeared on television across the USA.
SALPICA: A dialogue Between Latino ArtistsRBA is proud to have provided the packing, crate construction, and transportation for SALPICA. This exhibition, the final product of a cultural exchange between twenty-one U.S. and Latin American artists, travelled from Massachusetts to Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
Organized by Ilan Stevens of Amhearst College; Julian Zugazagoitia, Director of the El Museo del Barrio in New York; and Mark Protti at the Center for Training and Development in Massachusetts, this exhibition showcased 18 artworks reflecting the artists’ experiences as they travelled in both the U.S. and the home countries of the South American artists, sharing knowledge with each other and engaging in dialogues about their craft.
Upon conclusion of the tour RBA returned the artworks to each artist in his or her home state or country – no small task as customs procedures can be quite complicated in certain areas of South America.
The Andy Warhol Museum, “Twisted Pair: Marcel Duchamp/Andy Warhol”This exhibition presented a variety of works from both Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Both of these individuals have had a profound impact on contemporary art and continue to do so. “Twisted Pair” not only included artwork from these legendary artists but also contained Warhol’s personal papers, which made this exhibition the first to explore Warhol’s deep appreciation of influence of Duchamp.
RBA has the pleasure if coordinating the shipping of artifacts into the USA as well as making sure that the objects were delivered to the museum in a timely and efficient manner.
Beloved Civil War-Era Artifact Returns HomeRBA assisted THE CITADEL with organizing the transport of its historical emblematic flag, “Big Red”, to return to the school for a special 150th anniversary.
Newark Museum Presents “Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s”RBA assisted the Newark Museum in coordinating the importation of loans from numerous Latin American countries for inclusion in this ground-breaking exhibition. After the Newark viewing, the exhibition will travel to Fort Worth, Texas before the works are returned to their owner/lenders.
New Year - New TruckRBA is pleased to announce the addition of a new air-ride, climate-controlled truck to our fleet of vehicles. Our new 20 foot, high cube vehicle will be used primarily in New York City and the tri-state area for local fine art transport and for cartage to and from the airports.
Our team of professional fine art handlers is available for the full range of art handling services including installations, de-installations, soft-packing, crating and local transport. Our rates are competitive.
Call or email our office for bookings and availability.
Seoul Museum of Art: “Andy Warhol, The Greatest”RBA transported the largest retrospective of Andy Warhol ever shown in Korea. The exhibition contains some of the highlights and most important works in the collection of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Crawford Art Gallery; Cork, Ireland: “Art in an Age of Anxiety: Terror and the Sublime”Included in this thought provoking exhibition whose subject matter explores the spirit of our times, is the artwork of Virginia artist, Jim Sanborn. Themes in Sanborn’s work have included "making the invisible visible", with many sculptures focusing on topics such as magnetism, secret messages, and mysteries of atomic reactions. Sanborn’s sculptures are in many private and public collections and he has received numerous federal commissions for public sculpture. RBA was selected to transport this sculpture to Ireland.
RBA TRANSPORTS PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESSESRBA arranged and supervised the packing and shipping of several dresses once belonging to the late Princess Diana of Wales. They were transported from Kensington Palace in London to Orlando, Florida. The dresses were hand-carried aboard British Airways by Racine Berkow. An additional cargo shipment containing dresses and gowns designed by Catherine Walker Studio was returned to the designer’s atelier in London.
DIA: BEACON: “Antoni Tapies: The Resources of Rhetoric”Dia and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, organized an exhibition by the venerable Spanish artist in which his works are compared to the works in Dia’s collection of American and German art from the Sixties and Seventies. RBA coordinated the transportation of these works, including several extremely large and oversized canvases.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK: “Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson”In 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, made the first exploration of what is now New York Harbor and of the majestic river that today bears his name. His voyage of discovery led to the creation of the Dutch West India Company and ultimately to the founding of New Netherland, including its trading post at the mouth of the river — New Amsterdam, now known as New York City. Included in the exhibit are rare 16th and 17th century objects and documents from the Netherlands which RBA is transporting to and from the United States.
PINTA ART FAIRRBA was selected as the “Preferred Vendor” for the Pinta Art Fair held in New York City on November 13-16, 2008. Pinta, now in its second year, highlights Latin American Art. The exhibition included 55 galleries from many countries in Latin America, Europe, and the United States.
LEFT: Racine Berkow of RBA pictured with members of the staff of El Museo del Bario
at the Pinta Art Fair
Julian Zugazagoitia, Director
Elvis Fuentes, Associate Curator
RBA TRANSPORTS PAINTINGS BY IRAQI ARTIST, DR. ALA BASHIR, TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ARAB ART IN QATAR.The RBA team, under the watchful eye of Patricia Sherwin Garland, Senior Painting Conservator of the Yale University Art Gallery, rolled and packed seven works from the Corvus Art Center in New Haven to ship to Qatar.
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RBA Transports “Ashes and Snow” Exhibition to Mexico CityRBA is proud to have been chosen to facilitate the shipment of Gregory Colbert’s acclaimed “Ashes and Snow” exhibition to its current location in the historic Zocalo, the ceremonial central square of Mexico City. Since its debut in Venice in 2002, the exhibition of more than 50 large-scale photographs and films depicting extraordinary interactions between humans and animals has been seen by more than a million and-a-half visitors in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. The exhibition is housed in a permanent travelling venue, “The Nomadic Museum,” a sustainable structure created from shipping containers and other recyclable and reusable materials.
RBA Wins Contract to Relocate the Robert E. Lee HouseArlington National Cemetery
RBA was awarded the contract to relocate the contents from the historic Robert E. Lee House overlooking Arlington National Cemetery. The contract was a public tender based on specifications prepared by the National Park Service. The winning bid was selected through a combination of price, credentials, and references.
Contents from the house, including mirrors, paintings, and period furnishings were removed from the premises and put into storage at a temporary location while the house is being refurbished.
The photo at left illustrates the scissor lift used to take some of the furnishings out the window because they were too big to be carried down the narrow stairwell.