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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 institutions of higher learning. All over town you’ll see interesting works and ideas curated by professors and graduate students in gallery spaces open to the public and free of charge. One of our favorite places is the New York Studio School, opened in 1964 and famous for its emphasis on the basics of artistic creation. Their new show celebrating Abstract Expressionist and NYSS teacher Nicolas Carone is a fine example of the principles that guide this school. So go and learn something new—with no fear of a quiz afterward!

Art Break Downtown:

Where: New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street

When: September 5 through October 15, Mon – Sun: 10-6

Who: The Thing Unseen: A Centennial Celebration of Nicolas Carone

What: A selection of works from one of the earliest members of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists

Why: Carone influenced generations of students at the NY Studio School through his work and teaching

Extra Credit Feature:

Where: Shirley Fiterman Art Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 81 Barclay Street

When: Now through September 9, Tues – Thurs: 12pm-6pm, Sat: 12pm-6pm

Who: text/ure

What: Group show of thirteen artists exploring the boundaries of abstract thoughts in a physical setting

Why: Variety of interesting takes on a deceptively simple idea

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor

When: Now through September 30, Mon – Sat: 10-6

Who: Marshall Arisman: An Artist’s Journey from Dark to Light, 1972 – 2017

What: Images from a 45 year career in commercial and fine arts

Why: An artist who moves effortlessly between high minded concepts and visceral impact

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The Museum at FIT, 7th Avenue and 27th Street

When: Now through November 18, Tues-Fri: 12-8, Sat: 10-5

Who: Force of Nature

What: Clothes influenced by and created in response to the natural world

Why: Human plumage mirrors and builds upon the beauty of nature

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, 615 West 129th Street (enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)

When: September 8 through December 17, Wed – Fri: 12-8, Sat – Sun: 12-6

Who: Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing

What: An examination of Wright’s thinking regarding housing in urban/suburban areas

Why: The gaps between ideals and reality have lasting impact on people’s lives and history


Cover: ‘Member of a City Cast’ (1954), Oil on panel, 47 3/4 x 40 in. © Estate of Nicolas Carone; courtesy of New York Studio School.


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