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To me, the purest beauty is the world of mathematics. Its perfect assemblage of numbers, magnitudes and forms persist, independent of us. The aesthetic experience of the sublime in mathematics is awe-inspiring. It is similar to the experience we have when we confront the vast magnitude of the universe, which always leaves us open-mouthed.

Ryoji Ikeda

The Japanese sound and visual artist’s first US installation at the Park Avenue Armory certainly left me open-mouthed – I have never experienced such immersion in a synchronicity of sound and image:

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The American Folk Art Museum transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts. They are all on loan from Joanna Semel Rose who requested the free exhibition as a gift for New York when her husband asked her for what she wanted for her 80th birthday.

“The title ‘Infinite Variety‘, though evocative and accurate, belies the sheer magnitude and and poetry of Mrs Rose’s accomplishment. The lyrical installation conceived by the New York-city based Thinc Design tosses these hundreds of quilts into space like so many playing cards, where they hover weightlessly, seemingly frozen in midair.”

Maria Ann Conelli, executive director, and Stacy Hollander, senior curator, American Folk Art Museum

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