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Art & Museum News & Reviews

Art Break: ‘Russian Photography After the Revolution’ at Nailya Alexander Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 23, 2017

This week Art Break is focusing on photography work influenced by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Our midtown pick, the Nailya Alexander Gallery, is known for its outstanding holdings of Russian ...

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Expands to the Javits Center

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017

The International Art Fair for Prints & Editions, now in its 26th year, is known for its dazzling array of works in the mediums of prints and books. Previously located at the Park Avenue Armory, the fair ...

Art Break: Art Is Going To the Dogs (Courtesy of William Wegman)

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 16, 2017

The internet is full of animals doing all kinds of things: singing, jumping out of boxes, speaking in French. You could spend hours watching — and we know, because we’ve just finished doing it. But before ...

The New York Philharmonic Hosts Centennial Festivities Honoring Its Former ...

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 23, 2017 This year the New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th anniversary with various concerts commemorating this auspicious occasion. A milestone of this magnitude would provide most organizations with more than enough reason to celebrate, but not the New York Philharmonic. This ...

Art Break: 'Russian Photography After the Revolution' at Nailya Alexander ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 23, 2017 This week Art Break is focusing on photography work influenced by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Our midtown pick, the Nailya Alexander Gallery, is known for its outstanding holdings of Russian photographers and this collection will show you ...

Review: Ken Urban's 'A Guide for the Homesick' Digs Deep ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017 A “rising star” in theater, and HP Fellow, Ken Urban continues his successful momentum in Boston with the current premiere of his latest play, A Guide for the Homesick, which grabs its audience immediately with emotional intensity, a character ...

Review: 'Lonely Planet' Spins But Never Soars

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 20, 2017 There’s something off about Lonely Planet. This play should sear and burn, should leave you choking for air. And maybe it did, when Steven Dietz’s two-hander premiered in 1994 at the height of the AIDS crisis. But this ...

Review: This 'Torch Song' Still Blazes

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 20, 2017 A confession: I never saw the original Torch Song Trilogy, or the three separate plays that came before it. So I have nothing to compare it to, no memory of Harvey Fierstein in the lead role, no sense of ...

Review: Violinist Maxim Vengerov is Both Fierce and Tender as ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017 The Montreal Symphony made a flying visit to Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday night—literally; they’d played the same pieces the night before in their stunning new concert hall back home—bringing a recent piece by Samy Moussa, ...

Jazz Notes: The Queen of Cabaret Marilyn Maye Dazzlingly Swings ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 19, 2017 The iconic cabaret singer Marilyn Maye loves to work. In fact, she says with gusto, “I work every day of my life.” As the preeminent singer of the “art of song,” as she calls it, Maye exudes a ...

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Expands to the Javits ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 The International Art Fair for Prints & Editions, now in its 26th year, is known for its dazzling array of works in the mediums of prints and books. Previously located at the Park Avenue Armory, the fair has ...

Jazz Notes: The Jazz Foundation of America's 26th Annual Loft ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 18, 2017 With its motto ("Please help us to save the very people who saved you all these years with their music"), the New York-based Jazz Foundation of America has been raising funds to help and support elderly blues and ...

Review: Bill Murray Blurs the Lines of Literature, Classical Music, ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 Comedian, actor, writer, and now singer: Is there anything Bill Murray can’t do? Not likely. A chance encounter on a plane brought Murray and acclaimed cellist, Jan Vogler to the stage at Carnegie Hall this past Monday evening. ...

Art Break: Exploring the Premise of ‘What If?’ At Galleries All Around Town

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 9, 2017

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if?” As in: What if I walk down a different street today? What if I get off a stop earlier or later on the train? What if I say good morning to that cute person I ...

Review: A Doodle That Is Worth a Thousand Words: Drawings Through History at the Met

By John Tilly, Contributing Writer, October 5, 2017

Who knew a doodle could hold such immense weight through the centuries? But doodle they did, the great artists of Western civilization, and the Met is here to walk us through these sometimes quick, sometimes ...

Asia Contemporary Art Week Is So Big It Can’t Be Contained To One Week

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 3, 2017

Asia Contemporary Art Week, which is actually three weeks of exhibits, performances, conferences and lectures at more than 30 museums and galleries around town, will run from October 5 – 26, 2017. Some ...

Art Break: Taking To the Road Through William A. Hall’s Car Drawings at Andrew Edlin Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 2, 2017

Art Break says it’s time to hit the open road – but without leaving town and without spending any cash. How? By visiting our gallery choices, of course. Start by picking out your dream ride, courtesy of ...

Art Break: Exploring Sculpture Through ‘Rebel Clay’ at Cavin Morris

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 25, 2017

Art Break asks the question: what do you think is a sculpture? Is it a figure in clay, metal, or stone? Is it an abstract mass? Or is it anything in three dimensions? What about an empty space marked off by ...

The Power of Rodin On Display at the Met

By John Tilley, Contributing Writer, September 21, 2017

His figures writhe, squirm, scream, and sometimes just think — but always there is the tumult of the human mind behind the great sculptures of the iconic Impressionist master Auguste Rodin, whose death one ...

Art Break: Water-Inspired Works by Maya Lin at Pace Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2017

This week Art Break is highlighting Maya Lin, a unique voice in contemporary art. Among her many strengths as an artist is the ability to use unusual materials, such as water, to invoke a mood or state of ...

The Arts Converge at the 12th Annual NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 15, 2017

The NY Art Book Fair is a great way to kick off the fall season of art fairs in New York City. Now in its twelfth year with over 370 vendors from 28 countries, this free event showcases the intimate world of ...

Art Break: All You Need is Love (And Some Great Art)

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 11, 2017

This week, Art Break is thinking about what artists do to show love, so our choices feature artists who are passionate about creating and connecting with others. Robert Rauschenberg’s friendships, Leon ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Art and Museum

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 6, 2017

This fall brings a wide variety of exhibits to New York City’s museums. There are the internationally famous names of Michelangelo and Louise Bourgeois being shown, along with thematic collections such as ...

Art Break: Heading Back to School

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 5, 2017

It’s the first week of September and you know what that means: it’s back to school time! To celebrate, Art Break has a lesson plan that will keep your brain buzzing by visiting New York City’s ...

End of Summer Museum Round-up: Part 2

A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 28, 2017

As we were saying last week (Museum Round-up: Part 1), New York’s small museums are a welcome change from the super colossal ...

End of Summer Museum Round-up: Part 1

A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 21, 2017

As we edge toward the end of summer we often find ourselves wanting to get that last bit of pleasure and enjoyment out of season. August can be one of those times of year when you just don’t want to have to ...

Art Break: ‘All The World’s A Stage’ For Hilary Knight

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

This week, our focus is on Hilary Knight, an artist with a wide ranging career in book illustration, stage and costume design, and writing. From his expressive pen came Eloise, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Wallace, the ...

Art Break: Powerful Images at the International Center of Photography

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 7, 2017

NYC is having a Magnum moment! Not only is our downtown pick featuring work from women members of this renowned photo agency but The Rubin Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography Museum are ...

Art Break: All Is Wright With the World With Ezra Stoller’s Photographs at Yossi Milo Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 31, 2017

This year (2017) marks 150 years since the birth of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. To celebrate this milestone, New York City has several exhibitions and other events going on now through the fall. ...

Celebrating Summer in an Exhibition at the Robin Rice Gallery

ZEALnyc, July 28, 2017

During the summer months everything feels more relaxed, less rigid, allowing us to engage in various activities and seasonal pleasures both indoors and out.  Each summer the Robin Rice Gallery presents a ‘Summertime Salon’ ...

Art Break: Helene Schjerfbeck and Other Finnish Artists at Scandinavia House

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 24, 2017

Hey, let’s face it—summer weather in New York can be challenging. It’s hot, it’s humid, and sometimes it’s just tough to be outside. Sometimes all you want is a half hour in a cool place, a chance ...

Art Break: You’ve Heard of Pop Art—Now There’s Pope Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 17, 2017

Time to test those history skills by visiting our Downtown pick this week. Devon Dikeou has created a combination photo/object installation of ten chairs that reference portraits of Catholic Popes. Each chair is ...

It’s Time For The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition at Cipriani 42nd Street

ZEALnyc, July 13, 2017

Summertime brings all sorts of special treats and delights, from outdoor performances and dining al fresco, but occasionally there are things that may draw you back indoors. Patek Philippe is collaborating with the Kips Bay Boys ...

Art Break: Celebrate Harlem Artist and Activist Betty Blayton at Elizabeth Dee

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 10, 2017

Art Break is always thrilled to learn about people who make a difference in the lives of others. This week we’re highlighting Betty Blayton, a co-founder of the Studio Museum of Harlem, as well as being an ...

Smaller Shows Make a Big Impact This Summer at the Morgan

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 6, 2017

The Morgan Library and Museum is presenting two small shows this summer that display some of the strengths of this New York institution. The collection is particularly strong in European drawing examples and the ...

Art Break: A ‘Down Under’ Group Show at Olsen Gruin Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 3, 2017

This week’s Art Break takes groups as its theme. Group shows are a great way to learn about a culture, an art movement, a topic, or a new way to bring art to people. Our downtown pick this week is the full ...

The Connoisseur Pass Is A Museum Value Trifecta

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 30, 2017

One Pass to Rule Them All: Neue Galerie, The Frick Collection, and The Morgan Library and Museum combine forces to attract summer visitors.

This summer marks a new innovation in museum admissions for New ...

Galleries Collaborate and Join Forces for ‘Condo New York 2017’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 29, 2017

Condo New York is an art fair with a difference. Instead of the powerhouses of the art world represented in a prestigious, expensive exhibition hall, this fair promotes smaller galleries: those that are just ...

Art Break: Art Is All Around Courtesy of the Public Art Fund

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 26, 2017

Art Break says now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to hang out at the park. Between the performance art of your fellow citizens or the official installations we list below, you’ll never be bored. As ...

Art Break: Life’s a Beach With Mimi Gross at Shrine

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2017

Art Break says how about heading to the beach on your lunch break? It’s not too far if you’re in the downtown area, just stop by Shrine Gallery’s newest show, Mimi Gross – At the Beach. You can ...

Henry James and Henry David Thoreau Are Both Featured in Special Exhibits at the Morgan Library

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2017

This summer The Morgan Library and Museum is presenting two shows displaying the art and craft of observation as practiced by Henry James and Henry David Thoreau entitled Henry James and American Painting ...

Art Break: Ellsworth Kelly Exploring Color and Form at Matthew Marks Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 12, 2017

Beauty and lyricism are not confined to sound and movement, they can also be found in drawing, painting and sculpture. Art Break’s Chelsea pick of Ellsworth Kelly is a shining example of this due to the nuances ...

Art Break: Brazilian Artist Lygia Clark at Luhring Augustine

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017

This week Art Break brings you a selection of art and social/political movements with strong roots in South America and the Caribbean. From the activism of The Loisaida Center to the commentary on environmental ...

Art Break: Enter the Imaginative World of Iván Argote at Galerie Perrotin

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017

Art Break is all about the art available around in NYC, but art itself often hinges on storytelling. What are the forces that caused an object or installation to appear? Sometimes the story is so engrossing, you ...

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Spring Show Opens This Weekend

ZEALnyc, May 24, 2017

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit commences its 2017 shows this Memorial Day Weekend and the following weekend.  The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the ...