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Art & Museum News & Reviews

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 ...

Catch the Final Summer Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's ...

ZEALnyc, August 23, 2017 It's easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this 'devil may care' sensibility and featuring period jazz band music and dancing ...

Jazz Notes: Discovering the U.K. Jazz Underground With Shabaka ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 22, 2017 In the past couple of years, there has been an excitement in the jazz underground of the U.K., finally getting recognition across the pond with its dynamic acts that have wowed the home crowd as well as ...

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 ...

Review: Schumann and Brahms Shine Bright at Mostly Mozart

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 This has been quite the year for New York audiences to revisit the music of Robert Schumann, and this former sceptic has been finding great art therein. Recent concerts at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival presented an opportunity to ...

Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in 'Van Gogh's Ear'

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the artist ...

Commentary: Thoughts on Polymath's Exploration of Music and Philosophy

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2017 This past Sunday there was a summer lab project performance at National Sawdust involving the combined forces of Found Sound Nation and Polymath Club. In order to appreciate the work of Polymath Club, a research/creation collective that explores ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017 One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & Company, Western Massachusetts has plenty for ...

Review: 'Curvy Widow' Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author and subject of ...

Review: 'Macbeth' Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. Under the leadership of Artistic ...

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 Algonquin Cat, and so ...

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 ...

Art Break: Calder and Miró Are the Focus at Pace and Aquavella Galleries

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017

This week Art Break is all about classic examples of art (not classical art, that’s something else entirely). Every entry is the gold standard of its movement or an artist’s output and seeing them is key to ...

An End to 500 Years of Solitude at the Center for Jewish History

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, May 18, 2017

Exhibitions of classical texts by their very nature confound the viewer. Even if one does know Greek, or Latin, and the old minuscule script in which they are written—even if one knows Middle English ...

Art Break: Self-Taught Art from Latin America and the Caribbean at Baruch College

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

Art Break likes to discover small places that promote art with a big impact. Our latest find: The Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College. This gallery makes a point of bringing to the public intriguing exhibits ...

Art Break: African Diaspora and Architecture As Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 8, 2017

Art Break takes as its theme this week the continent of Africa and its diaspora. The variety of experiences are too large to contain in a single column – but we hope that by seeing these gallery shows you’ll ...

Commentary: Why Do We Put Art Above Our Sofa?

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, May 2, 2017

Why do we put art above our sofa?

Why do we find certain images or objects that move us, that speak to us, on some unfathomable level?

Why are we then compelled to bring these pieces into our homes ...

Art Break: Identity Explored Through the Lens of Cindy Sherman at Mnuchin Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 1, 2017

This week’s Art Break is all about identity: what is it and how does it affect people and places? From LGBTQ experiences to the ambiance of an urban environment, the way that people perceive themselves or their ...

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Armory This Spring

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) was founded 30 years ago by a group of art dealers looking to expand their base audience of connoisseurs and collectors. Held in Maastricht, The Netherlands every March, it has ...

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Comes to Brooklyn In May

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

The third year of this up and coming fair brings a wide range of contemporary art from the African continent and its diaspora on May 5-7, 2017. You will see work from Senegal, Ghana, Democratic Republic of ...

Art Break: Math and Art Merge With Joan Waltemath’s ‘Fecund Algorithims’

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

Back in high school, you could easily separate the math nerds from the artsy people. They each claimed to use different parts of their brains and after a couple of conversations with them, you decided they were ...

Revisiting (and Revising) Home: ‘Marsden Hartley’s Maine’ at the Met Breuer

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April  20, 2017

What’s most interesting about the stark, expressive works featured in “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on display at the Met Breuer through June 18, is the interplay between representation and memory. For ...

Art and Nature Mix at the New York Botanical Gardens

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

Dale Chihuly is considered to be one of the finest artists working in glass today. His site-specific installations at art institutions, public spaces and gardens across the world have brought attention to its ...

Art Break: Other Hats—Icelandic Printmaking

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

You think you know Iceland because you watch Game of Thrones? Well, the gorgeous landscape is only part of the story — the arts scene there is lively, interesting, and with a terrific variety of ...

Artexpo Is Back—And It’s Bigger Than Ever at Pier 94

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

Artexpo New York is the art fair that explodes all your ideas about art: that it’s too expensive, too precious, ordinary people can’t or don’t own original work from an artist and have no access to the art ...

Art Break: South Korean Artist In First Solo Exhibition in U.S. at Lévy Gorvy

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

This week’s Art Break brings you a variety of concepts ranging from abstract form to the very definite concerns of the individual and its place in society. We like our uptown pick this week, showcasing the ...

Art Break: Get Emotional With Ancient Art at the Onassis Cultural Center

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

Humans are emotional, that’s a fact you can confirm after your morning commute (or even before you get out of the house). You may not like it, but if we weren’t, life would lose meaning and become a boring ...