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Herb Alpert’s Next Gig in Manhattan: An Art Show

January 14, 2014

By FELICIA R. LEE

Herb Alpert, the musician, composer and record industry executive, is bringing his other passion — art ­­— back to New York City. His giant totem sculptures are coming to New York’s Dante Park later this month, and Mr. Alpert will also have an exhibit of smaller bronze totems at ACA Galleries in Chelsea, beginning Jan. 16.

The exhibit in Dante Park, at West 64th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway, is from Jan. 25 through April 14 and features three bronze totems with a black patina. All are 15 to 17 feet tall. “I spent time looking all over New York City for the ideal place for the Spirit Totems,” Mr. Alpert said in a statement. “I fell in love with Dante Park because it is an open thoroughfare where the sculptures are visible with a connection to Jazz at Lincoln Center.” Mr. Alpert has said the totems were inspired by the totem poles of the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest and compared their spontaneous design with the improvisation of jazz.

The ACA Gallery exhibition, on view through March 1, will feature 14 smaller bronze totems (three to four feet tall) and bronze maquettes by Mr. Alpert. It is a part of a joint exhibition with the artist Anita Huffington.

Mr. Alpert, the jazz-pop trumpeter and co-founder of A&M Records, has been producing paintings and sculptures for several years, with exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. Mr. Alpert, an eight-time Grammy winner is also a hero in some quarters of the city. Since 2010, his foundation has donated more than $6 million to the Harlem School of the Arts to save it from closing. The school renamed its building the Herb Alpert Center in March.

The totems in Dante Park are part of the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation’s Art in the Parks program, which supports temporary public art projects in city parks.