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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 ...

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 ...

It’s Time For The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition at Cipriani 42nd Street

ZEALnyc, July 13, 2017

Summertime brings all sorts of special treats and delights, from outdoor performances and dining al fresco, but occasionally there are things that may draw you back indoors. Patek Philippe is collaborating with the Kips Bay Boys ...

Review: Lincoln Center Festival's ‘While I Was Waiting’ Explores the ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2017 Now in its 22nd year, The Lincoln Center Festival hosts a myriad of performances from around the globe. Making its North American debut at the festival, While I Was Waiting is a play based on a true story by ...

Jazz Notes: What To Look Out For at This Year's 63...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2017 The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. Under new artistic ...

New Tenants In the 'Doll's House' Starting This Week

ZEALnyc, July 25, 2017 When we think of a Broadway show, we often think of a musical. Of course there are dramas and comedies, as well as other special event productions, like Michael Moore's upcoming one-man play The Terms of My Surrender, which promises to be a ...

Mostly Mozart Festival Opens Tomorrow—What To See and Hear

ZEALnyc, July 24, 2017 Summer in New York brings many performances and festivals for which we look forward, from the Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in Central Park to the Lincoln Center Festival, bringing the world's theater, music and dance to our own backyard, followed by their Out ...

Art Break: Helene Schjerfbeck and Other Finnish Artists at Scandinavia ...

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 ...

Lincoln Center Goes 'Out of Doors' With a Big Free ...

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 21, 2017 Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival is bringing an other-worldly level of performers for an "only in New York" kind of experience. The festival’s free performances (that's right—FREE) runs July 26 through August 13, and includes a Double Dutch ...

Review: The Elusiveness of Peace Brought To the Fore In ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017 In this era of dismal, seemingly endless intractability in the Middle East, it’s startling to be reminded that, not too long ago, the prospect of peace between Israel and Palestine was tantalizingly close. That reminder, and the horrible ...

Review: Compagnie XY Proves Its Strength Is Working Together

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017 Compagnie XY is a French-based circus, but there’s no big top, no trapeze rig, no spangled leotards nor wild animals. Instead, it is a troupe of individuals with extraordinary abilities and exquisite training who develop theatrical programs that ...

Jazz Notes: Passing the Newport Jazz Festival Baton from Founder ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2017 As the new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride has put his stamp on this year’s lineup for the 2017 performances, adding a mix of incredibly diverse musicians—though, by his own account, he was totally ...

Review: 'Assassins' Chills and Thrills at Encores! Off-Center

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, July 19, 2017 For years, I’ve been threatening to write a book entitled Everything I Know I Learned from Musical Theater. I have Andrew Lloyd Webber to thank for my religious education. I listened to Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and ...

Art Break: Celebrate Harlem Artist and Activist Betty Blayton at Elizabeth Dee

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

Art Break is always thrilled to learn about people who make a difference in the lives of others. This week we’re highlighting Betty Blayton, a co-founder of the Studio Museum of Harlem, as well as being an ...

Smaller Shows Make a Big Impact This Summer at the Morgan

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

The Morgan Library and Museum is presenting two small shows this summer that display some of the strengths of this New York institution. The collection is particularly strong in European drawing examples and the ...

Art Break: A ‘Down Under’ Group Show at Olsen Gruin Gallery

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

This week’s Art Break takes groups as its theme. Group shows are a great way to learn about a culture, an art movement, a topic, or a new way to bring art to people. Our downtown pick this week is the full ...

The Connoisseur Pass Is A Museum Value Trifecta

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

One Pass to Rule Them All: Neue Galerie, The Frick Collection, and The Morgan Library and Museum combine forces to attract summer visitors.

This summer marks a new innovation in museum admissions for New ...

Galleries Collaborate and Join Forces for ‘Condo New York 2017’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 29, 2017

Condo New York is an art fair with a difference. Instead of the powerhouses of the art world represented in a prestigious, expensive exhibition hall, this fair promotes smaller galleries: those that are just ...

Art Break: Art Is All Around Courtesy of the Public Art Fund

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 26, 2017

Art Break says now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to hang out at the park. Between the performance art of your fellow citizens or the official installations we list below, you’ll never be bored. As ...

Art Break: Life’s a Beach With Mimi Gross at Shrine

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2017

Art Break says how about heading to the beach on your lunch break? It’s not too far if you’re in the downtown area, just stop by Shrine Gallery’s newest show, Mimi Gross – At the Beach. You can ...

Henry James and Henry David Thoreau Are Both Featured in Special Exhibits at the Morgan Library

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2017

This summer The Morgan Library and Museum is presenting two shows displaying the art and craft of observation as practiced by Henry James and Henry David Thoreau entitled Henry James and American Painting ...

Art Break: Ellsworth Kelly Exploring Color and Form at Matthew Marks Gallery

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

Beauty and lyricism are not confined to sound and movement, they can also be found in drawing, painting and sculpture. Art Break’s Chelsea pick of Ellsworth Kelly is a shining example of this due to the nuances ...

Art Break: Brazilian Artist Lygia Clark at Luhring Augustine

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017

This week Art Break brings you a selection of art and social/political movements with strong roots in South America and the Caribbean. From the activism of The Loisaida Center to the commentary on environmental ...

Art Break: Enter the Imaginative World of Iván Argote at Galerie Perrotin

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017

Art Break is all about the art available around in NYC, but art itself often hinges on storytelling. What are the forces that caused an object or installation to appear? Sometimes the story is so engrossing, you ...

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Spring Show Opens This Weekend

ZEALnyc, May 24, 2017

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit commences its 2017 shows this Memorial Day Weekend and the following weekend.  The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the ...

Art Break: Calder and Miró Are the Focus at Pace and Aquavella Galleries

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 22, 2017

This week Art Break is all about classic examples of art (not classical art, that’s something else entirely). Every entry is the gold standard of its movement or an artist’s output and seeing them is key to ...

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 ...

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 ...