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Art & Museum News & Reviews

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 ...

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. ...

Review: Alison Fraser Stars In a 'Squeamish' One-Character Play

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, October 17, 2017 In Aaron Mark’s psychological horror play Squeamish, Alison Fraser’s character of "Sharon" starts off with a slow burn; she turns up at her psychiatrist’s office in a little black dress in the middle of the night ...

Canadian Composer Samy Moussa Makes Carnegie Debut with Montréal ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 16, 2017 This week the Montréal Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall with a program of Bartók, Brahms and the Canadian composer Samy Moussa. Moussa, who is 33, was born and studied in Montreal, and has a long history with ...

Jazz Notes: Renegade Upright Bassist Miles Mosley Plays Soul to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 16, 2017 Diversity thematically informed the Monterey Jazz Festival last month with the brilliantly designed programming. Main stage acts honored the jazz masters Diz, Monk, Sonny, Ella. These pleasing sets were played by bona fides who had festival history. Upcoming ...

Art Break: Art Is Going To the Dogs (Courtesy of ...

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 internet, ...

Review: American Symphony Orchestra Brings 'Sounds of Democracy' to Carnegie ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2017 During these tumultuous times, it is a comfort to know that the arts are responding with bold examinations of current events. In fact, the classical music scene in New York has some important voices that are presenting programming relevant ...

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 ...

Six Decades of Judith Leiber at MAD

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

The Museum of Arts and Design presents Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story, a magnificent overview of an uncommon career in fashion and design. Judith Leiber began her life’s work in 1939, ...

The Lowdown on LOOT 2017 at MAD

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017

LOOT 2017 is a six day event at The Museum of Arts and Design showcasing a variety of one-of-a-kind artist jewelry. At this unique exhibition, the public can purchase items from over 50 ...

Art Break: Women and Art and ‘The Movement of Herstory’ at Gallery Korea

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

This week’s Art Break has women artists in focus. From traditional textile techniques to unique expressions of political and emotional states, these masters of their mediums bring new perspectives to the world ...

Art Break: Urban Migration Is Explored Through Martin Roemers ‘Metropolis’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2017

This week’s Art Break features photography ranging from cityscapes, landscapes and the topography of the individual. We especially recommend our downtown pick as combining all these features in one: the ...

Commentary: The Whitney’s Biennial Is a Barometer of Art in America

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

The latest incarnation of the Whitney Biennial takes as its starting point the divisions of culture, finance and social issues: in short, the current climate in America. The views expressed are, for the most ...

Art Break: Where Will Your Boots Take You This Week? Perhaps Paris By Way of FIT

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 13, 2017

New ideas have to come from somewhere. People get tired of the status quo, bored with using materials for a single purpose only, seeing things from only one angle. This week’s Art Break focuses on various ...

Art Break: Take a Trip to the 60’s Via Beatrice Mandelman

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

In pursuit of the big picture, details can get lost or even ignored. This week’s Art Break gives you a chance to slow down and consider what nuances of light, shadow, and content can do to enhance an ...

Museums, Galleries and Auction Houses Come Together to Celebrate Asia Week

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

Asia Week is actually a ten day event running March 9-18 with 10 museums and cultural centers, 50 galleries from around the world, and 5 auction houses opening their doors to display a stunning variety of art ...

Calling All Bookworms to the Park Avenue Armory

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

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a wonderful way to get to know the specialty markets of book, manuscript, maps, autograph and ephemera collecting. The Fair has the official approval of the Antiquarian ...

Art Break: News Coverage as Art—’Richard Mosse: Heat Maps’ at Shainman Gallery

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

Art has the ability to enable us to see life in a different way. This is how it can make a difference: by reframing a topic in a new or more accessible way, the artist can help the viewer make sense of it ...

Art Break: There’s an ‘All Star’ at the Edwynn Houk Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 20, 2017

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the saying goes, but where do you start when defining this elusive ideal? ZEALnyc gives you some pointers on where to begin. This week we’re interested in ...

In a New Political Era, Art and Cultural Institutions Take a Stand

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, February 17, 2017

It’s 2017: a new Republican administration is in place, social media platforms are rampant with political opposition, call-to-action rallies, and clips of “Saturday Night Live” characterizations ...

Art Break: There’s an art gallery in Central Park?

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017

Sometimes it all seems to be too much: the pressure, the worry, the sheer stress of living in New York City. Let ZEALnyc help. Get out of the fast lane and go look at some art. We guarantee that ...

Art Break: Photos Downtown, Abstract Uptown, with Feminist Art in Between

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

When you’re stuck in the daily grind, it’s easy to loose sight of the need to shake things up. ZEALnyc presents our weekly Art Break as a way for you to step away from your normal routine and ...

Art Break: Combined Creativity—Comic Book Style

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

So you’re at work and you’re just not feeling it. You’re tired, you’re bored, you can’t concentrate. We’ve got a solution for you— go look at some art! This week’s Art Break will shake up ...

Art Break: See Historical Examples of the Downtown Art Scene

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

Everyone can benefit from stepping out from behind their desk at some point during the day and finding a way to clear their head and refresh their mind. Going to a gallery or ...

Art Break: Where to go this week on your lunch break

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

Had a tough morning at work? Why not spend your lunchtime looking at art? ZEALnyc presents various options for you to spend 15 minutes or so at a Manhattan gallery before you grab ...

Start Your Day with a ‘classic’ experience—The Met’s ‘Museum Workout’

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, January 16, 2017

Who wouldn’t want to start their day frolicking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art before opening hours to such lively standards as “Staying Alive” and “Dance to the Music,” all the while taking ...

The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory January 20–29

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

The Winter Antiques Show is one of the highlights of the social and art season in New York City and for good reason.

First of all, this show is an annual benefit for East Side Settlement, a New York ...

Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion January 19–22

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

The Outsider Art Fair is in its twenty-fifth year of presenting galleries and artists who specialize in what was formerly known as art brut, a French phrase that can translate as ‘unrefined ...

Art Break: A New Art and Museum Series for Your Lunch Break

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

Had a tough morning at work? Why not spend your lunchtime looking at art? ZEALnyc presents our new series entitled ‘Art Break’ as a way for you to spend 15 minutes or so at a Manhattan ...

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