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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 to calm down, to find a way to recharge. Art Break has your solution with our Midtown pick: an exhibit at Scandinavia House. This stunning collection of art from the Finnish National Gallery will refresh your spirit, leaving you energized and ready to face the world again. As our bonus tip, we recommend the free tour offered at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays to learn more about the artists and their influences. And as always, all our listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Rachel Uffner, 170 Suffolk Street

When: Now through August 2, Wed – Sun: 10-6

Who: All That Glitters: Maria Berrio, Derek Fordjour, Ebony G. Patterson

What: Three artists with distinctive styles

Why: Explore the strength and fragility of the human condition

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street

When: Now through September 16, Tues – Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6

Who: Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style and Darling Dorset

What: All 57 paintings used to illustrate the text of The Elements of Style and a separate collection of works from a trip to Dorset, England

Why: The color and nuances of these works are best experienced in person

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

Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street

When: Now through October 3, Tues: 12-6, Wed: 12-7, Thurs – Sat: 12-6

Who: Independent Visions: Helene Schjerfbeck and Her Contemporaries, from the Collection of Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery

What: Painters who forged a new artistic identity for Finland

Why: Discover the work of these turn of the last century artists

BONUS TIP: The gallery offers a free tour of the exhibition every Wednesday at 5:30 pm and the last Saturday of each month at 2 pm

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

Where: Blum & Poe, 19 East 66th Street

When: Now through August 5, Tue – Sat: 10-6

Who: Kazumi Nakamura

What: Abstract paintings of uncommon power and beauty

Why: The collision of Eastern and Western thinking and painterly technique has fascinating results


Cover: Helene Schjerfbeck, self-portrait, black background, (1915) oil on canvas, 45,5 x 36,0 cm; Herman and Elisabeth Hallonblad collection; Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum; photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.


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