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Art & Museum News & Reviews

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Review: Violinist Janine Jansen's 'Perspectives' Proves Exciting and Enlightening at ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall.  Two days after a ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is 'Electrifying' In Its Holiday Residency at ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening's performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. [caption id="attachment_48201" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 'Memoria;' photo: Steve Wilson.[/caption] The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Is In 'Superb Form' Under Nézet-Sé...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 The Philadelphia Orchestra's latest Carnegie Hall appearance under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin began exhilaratingly with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's newly expanded Suite from Powder Her Face, an orchestral suite appropriating music from ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017 Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he's aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in 'Mary Frank Pilgrimage' at DC ...

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 ...

Review: 'Pirates' At Play At Skirball

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and respite from the cold can be found at NYU Skirball Center for the few remaining performances of The Hypocrites' summery version of The Pirates of Penzance. The audience ...

The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017 As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah oratorio. But this year as we approach ...

Things Are Running AMOC In Boston (And If All Goes ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 Looking for the re-invention of opera’s traditional image? Look no further, as Boston is becoming a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists. Witness the launch of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) introducing its first line-up of productions ...

There's A New 'Elf' In Town and You're Going To ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2017 The holiday season is upon us, and this year Madison Square Garden will be dazzling audiences with a new stage adaptation of Elf the Musical. Based on the wildly popular film Elf, starring Will Ferrell, this holiday favorite now ...

Review: 'Describe the Night' Bites Off Too Much To Chew?

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 6, 2017 Rajiv Joseph's last play at the Atlantic Theater, Guards at the Taj, featured so much blood that the two women in front of me walked out. I don’t mean that as a criticism of Joseph. I mean it ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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