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The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Art Show Can Change How You Look at Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 The Art Show is one of those events that can change how you look at art. This show, now in its thirtieth year, is composed of ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) members, all with extensive experience in their chosen artists and time ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography and Video at Gavin Brown’s

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her work in performance, film and photography ...

Art Break: Love Is All Around (or at least in Times Square) for Valentine’s Day

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 12, 2018 Valentine’s Day is this week and we’ve got a lot of lovely art to share with you (and it won’t cost a thing!). We start with Desiree Dolron’s show downtown at the Grimm Gallery that reflects on being both a separate being and part of a ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Eclectic French Violinist Scott Tixier Soars; Pianist ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 22, 2018  (No. 1) In a Saturday early-afternoon conversation, Scott Tixier stresses that he’s beyond busy. “I get distracted easily,” said the rising-star France-born, Brooklyn-based jazz violinist and composer when asked if he were ramping up for a new recording ...

Review: 'At Home At The Zoo' — Albee At His Best

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 22, 2018 In Edward Albee’s world, people quarrel, threaten, argue, fight, and struggle against each other. They bite, tussle, demean, condemn. His world is a bleak place, and yet it’s so much fun to be there, at least from ...

Review: Anna Caterina Antonacci Captivates and Conquers in a Rare ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 New York City Opera brings the celebrated Anna Caterina Antonacci to Carnegie Hall for a rare, intimate recital and audiences should run, not walk. It is a privilege to experience vocalism of this caliber, and this former mezzo turned ...

The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Art Show Can Change ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 The Art Show is one of those events that can change how you look at art. This show, now in its thirtieth year, is composed of ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) members, all with extensive experience in ...

Review: The Met Revives the Rare 'Semiramide' With a Golden ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 Offering palace intrigue and plot twists that would make a Trump White House blanch, the Metropolitan Opera tonight revived its beautiful production of Rossini's Semiramide, swathed in blue and gold and filling the house with impressive vocal pyrotechnics. ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President's Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner's monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her ...

Review: Drama Reigns at the New York Philharmonic, and Not ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 16, 2018 Those weren’t boos you heard at Thursday night’s Philharmonic concert at Geffen Hall—they were howls of rage and contempt, and cries of “What an idiot!,” and a shouting-match that might have led to fisticuffs if a ...

Review: The York Theatre's Oy-Vey-Worthy 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering new musicals, and to unearthing old ones, polishing them off, and giving them a chance to shine in ...

Review: 'Hey, Look Me Over' Surprises at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historical musicals that have somehow fallen through the cracks. Every year, Encores! chooses three musicals to resurrect, and each ...

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art Opens ‘Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today’

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, February 8, 2018 When you think of the internet, you generally take for granted that it’s mostly a tool for your own personal or professional use, with all the bells and whistles. But when you dig below that surface, and start to explore beyond the technology, ...

Art Break: Stephen Shore’s Vision Through a Camera Lens at 303 Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 5, 2018 This week Art Break features Stephen Shore, a master of the photographic medium. His career has spanned 45 years, ranging from landscapes and urban settings to recording Andy Warhol’s process at The Factory. His work, with its variety of ...

Art Break: The Influence and Effect of Partition Examined in ‘Zarina: Dark Roads’ at the A|P|A Institute at NYU

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 29, 2018 Although it may seem like a long time ago, the 1947 Partition of India was a pivotal moment in the history of south Asia. Over 14 million people were displaced from homes and communities due to the creation of the Dominion of India (later the ...

Art Break: Remembering the Downtown Scene in ‘Club 57: Lost Flyers 1979-83’ at Alden Projects

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 22, 2018 Once you’ve lived in New York for a while, you’ll find yourself starting to say how much better things were long ago (and we don’t mean in 2016). Of course that isn’t true; things were both good and bad at all times in the city’s ...

Art Break: See ‘Power in Print’ at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center in Harlem

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 15, 2018 This week Art Break celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. day with some gallery shows reflecting his ideals. Whether it’s the inclusion of all as represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery’s show of art from around the world, The Open Society ...

Elegance On Display With the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 12, 2018 The Winter Antiques Show is your chance to see a wonderful variety of objects from the decorative and fine arts. This year’s group of over 65 dealers and experts will be presenting items that come with a guarantee that each has been carefully ...

Outsider Art Fair Merges A Variety of Styles and Mediums From Over 60 Galleries

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 11, 2018 The Outsider Art Fair is in its twenty-sixth 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’. Today, the genre is known by other ...

Art Break: Looking Outside the Box With Donald Judd at the Center for Architecture

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 8, 2018 This week Art Break starts off January with four examples of artists who weren’t afraid to explore ideas and methods outside their expertise or comfort levels. Although he didn’t know it, Donald Judd’s training in the fields of engineering, ...

Carnegie Hall Sponsors A City-Wide Festival Focusing On ‘The 60s: The Years That Changed America’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 4, 2018 Carnegie Hall begins the new year with a citywide festival of events, exhibitions, films, lectures, and talks exploring what made the 1960s a decade to remember. Civil rights, changing cultural norms, social justice, and the Vietnam War will be ...

Art Break: New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Have Fun Keeping

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 2, 2018 Here we are, one day into the new year, and that list of resolutions is beginning to get on your nerves. Why? Because great ideas are one thing, but acting on them can prove to be something else. The solution? ZEALnyc of course! We’ll show you ...

Art Break: Between the Holidays Fun at the Arsenal in Central Park

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 26, 2017 Christmas is over. The presents have been opened, the meal eaten, and you are tired out. Art Break gets it: you’ve got post-holiday letdown. But that’s ok because we have some choices this week that just might make you feel better (and are ...

Art Break: Longtime Friends Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle Are ‘Crossing Lines’ at Pace Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 18, 2017 This is the time of year when life gets hectic. All those events you have to get to, things you have to buy or just the stress of too many people on the sidewalk (and NONE of them know how to walk in a crowd!). Let us help you take a break from ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in ‘Mary Frank Pilgrimage’ at DC Moore Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 A lot of powerful art can be created using the environment as an inspiration but it also can be easy to miss the mark. After all, when you get down to it, the natural world is more complicated than it looks. Only the most talented artists can ...

Art Break: Cultural Contrasts Explored In ‘Uncharted Waters’ at Boers-Li Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 4, 2017 Art Break is spending this week exploring how artists work with and against boundaries. In particular, we are looking at our uptown pick of Boers-Li Gallery’s current show. The Chinese artists represented here have worked in New York and much ...

Holiday Fun With Seasonal Exhibits All Around Town

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 28, 2017 Baby, it’s cold outside! Let ZEALnyc get you warmed up and ready for the holidays with festivities at some of our favorite cultural spots. Most of our listings are included with the purchase of a paid admission, others require a separate low ...

Art Break: ‘Elia Alba: The Supper Club’ Documents Dinners of Diversity and Discussion at The 8th Floor

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 27, 2017 There are a number of social events to attend at this time of year. Everybody is rushing around, worried about what to wear, if anyone interesting will be there, how drunk will they (or you) be by the end of the night, etc. Art Break says ...

Art Break: Another Side of Louise Bourgeois on Display at Carolina Nitsch Project Room in Chelsea

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 20, 2017 Although Louise Bourgeois is known as a sculptor, she was also an accomplished artist in the areas of drawing, painting and printing. Less known are her works in textiles, often done in collaboration with other artists. Now on view at Carolina ...

Getting Up Close and Personal With Michelangelo at the Met

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 13, 2017 There are times when an artist’s name becomes verbal shorthand for discussing anything that remotely resembles their talent – or when it doesn’t. As a result it’s easy to lose sight of the original reason for the praise. Michelangelo is ...

Art Break: The Fabric of Our Lives Through the Eyes of ‘Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality’ at Di Donna Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 13, 2017 A lot of people dream of travelling the world. They want to experience firsthand the joys of walking down narrow streets surrounded by the colors, smells, and sounds of other lands and cultures. Art Break takes a different view. We say if you ...

The Inside Scoop on the Tribeca Art+Culture Night (it only happens 4 times a year!)

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 7, 2017 Tribeca Art+Culture night is one of New York’s best kept secrets in the arts. Every three months this neighborhood opens its doors to the public for a single evening filled with exhibitions, performances, talks, and workshops. Artists, ...

Art Break: Statistics and Art Converge In Pratt’s ‘You Are Here NYC’ Exhibit

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 6, 2017 Have you ever considered how to make data interesting? One way is to give it a visual framework, like those pie charts and bar graphs you did in grade school. At Pratt Institute’s Manhattan gallery, artists and designers show how important ...

The Salon Art + Design Brings International Flair To NYC

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 3, 2017 The Salon Art + Design has a different take on the art fair experience. Rather than focusing on a single element (art, objects, furniture, etc.) it blends various disciplines and creators into a seamless whole. With general knowledge of design ...

Performance Art Takes Over NYC With Performa 17 Biennial

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, November 1, 2017 Performa is an arts organization with the mission of nurturing and promoting performance art around the world. Their biennial event in New York City brings artists across multiple disciplines to discuss, create, and perform their works for a ...

Art Break: Things Get a Little Hairy With ‘Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 30, 2017 Halloween is one of New York’s favorite holidays: after all, how often do you get to pretend to be someone else for a night? Ok, we do that all the time here, but on October 31 everyone goes all out with every kind of craziness possible. Get ...

TEFAF Brings Its Finest Works to the Park Avenue Armory This Fall

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 24, 2017 TEFAF New York Fall is the second installment of this well-known European art fair. The spring event was a huge success, bringing a wide variety of artworks from around the world. This time the Park Avenue Armory will have over 90 dealers in ...

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 photographers and this collection will ...

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 has grown to encompass everything ...

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 internet, there was William ...

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 always see in the elevator? This week ...

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 slow and methodical drawings that have ...

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 highlights include gallery shows at Aicon ...

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 William A. Hall and his fantastical car ...

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