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’Wine Knots: Brooklyn Artist Creates Functional Art For Holidays

Originally Posted: November 30, 2011

Wine Knot in white by Robin Antar. (Courtesy Photo: Artist)

New York City - Whether it's a festive feast for the upcoming holidays, an anniversary, birthday, or holiday gift, artist and sculptor Robin Antar offers her hand-carved Wine Knots as a decorative and functional element. The Brooklyn artist and mother of three has sculpted an elegant design that holds two bottles of wine, and serves as a work of art. A unique gift to be sure, a great conversation piece too.

The Wine Knots measure 16" h x 11" w x 9" d, and are hand carved out of a solid piece of stone and then cast in cast stone. They can grace a table, or serve as artwork in another part of the home. Currently available in white and teal blue, they can be made to order in a wide range of colors. The price is $1,200 for white, and $1,500 colored with free shipping in the U.S.

Antar, who is known for her realistic sculptures of American culture - such as Oreos, Diesel jeans, and Doc Martens - is an award-winning artist whose sculptures have graced the windows of Madison Avenue, and have been featured at museums and galleries around the world including the City Museum in St. Louis, the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel, Sotheby's, the National Art Club and the Nabisco Corporation Gallery. Her sculptures are a challenging trompe l'oeil for the viewer, often leaving them wondering: is it a sculpture or is it the real thing?

Wine Knot in teal blue by Robin Antar. (Courtesy Photo: Artist)

In contrast to the order of her home and the gallery-like quality of her living room where she rotates her favorite pieces, her studio houses seven tons of stone (which spills over into her garage), and the unusual tools of her trade (including heavy drills that seem far too bulky for the slight Antar to lift, much less sculpt with). She just completed transforming 6,000 pounds of white Yule marble into a larger-than-life-sized bag of potato chips.

Antar, who is blind in one eye, is the recipient of numerous industry awards including The NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, the Gold Medal of Honor from The Allied Artists of America (for Milano cookies), the Associate award for "My Boxing Gloves" in 2010 from the 98th Allied Artist of America Annual Art Show at the National Arts Club in New York City, and the Gretchen Richardson Award for carved sculpture (work boot) from the National Arts Club, NYC. She was recently named in the Best of America Sculpture Artists, and Important World Artists (to be published in 2012). She is currently represented at Gina MW Gallery, Long Beach, CA and LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX.

For more information visit her website or contact Vicki Garfinkel at 973-519-8926.

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