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Art & Museum News & Reviews

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 ...

Review: A 'Candide' That's The Life of the Party, But ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, April 20, 2018 Carnegie Hall’s “One-Night-Only Benefit Concert in Celebration of the Bernstein Centennial” took the form of selections from the concert version of Candide currently licensed by the Leonard Bernstein Office, performed by a top-of-the-line crew of singers, players, and ...

Grand Rapids Symphony Brings More Than Great Music to Carnegie

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 17, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony arrives in New York this week for its first Carnegie Hall appearance in thirteen years with 85 players, a 135-member chorus, the world-renowned pianist Nelson Freire and its dynamic conductor Marcelo Lehninger. But according to ...

Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic director of ...

Review: Basil Twist's Aquatic 'Symphonie Fantastique' Is Visually and Sonically ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 Twenty years ago, third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist, decided to create a totally abstract work based on the music of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This year, HERE, the Off-Broadway theater, has revived the work as part of their 25th ...

Review: The Drama of Mozart's Music (and Life) Fills Geffen ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic’s April 14 screening of Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning movie Amadeus, with the musical score performed live, was bittersweet; Forman died the day before, at eighty-six. Conductor Richard Kaufman dedicated the presentation to Forman, and ...

Jazz Notes: On April 20, Jazz Foundation of America Returns to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 16, 2018 Every year, New York’s nonprofit the Jazz Foundation of America—whose motto is “Saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”—helps to be a key factor for helping musicians who have faced natural disasters and ...

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we have a lengthy discussion about what I call “The Elephant in the Room.” Carousel barker Billy Bigelow hits his ...

Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how ...

From Rio With Love — Grand Rapids Symphony Returns To Carnegie ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony takes the stage at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 20 for the second time in the orchestra’s 88-year history. Having celebrated its 75th anniversary there in 2005, the orchestra returns with the 140-member Grand Rapids ...

Ecstatic Music Festival Features Diverse Programming and Collaborative Performances

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival, now in its eighth year, presents collaborative performances from a broad, diverse range of musical groups. As Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos notes, “since Kaufman Music Center launched the pioneering ...

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 ...

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 boundary lines? This week we explore ...

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 hundred years ago this year is ...

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 mind in the viewer. Lin’s work as an ...

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-book publishing as conceived ...

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 Polk Smith’s joyous colorful forms, ...

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 and China After 1989: Theater of ...

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 ...

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 blockbuster art event. Unusual subject matter plus ingenious displays add up to an experience that speaks to both the ...

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 do much of anything. You’ve been ...

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 Algonquin Cat, and so many other ...

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 also participating in the group’s ...

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. One show is Art Break’s Chelsea pick ...

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’ exhibition that mirrors the sentiments ...

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 ...

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 linked to an artist and a Pope – ...

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 and Girls Club to present The Art of Watches ...

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 artist, activist, and educator. Her ...

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 exhibit Poussin, Claude, and French ...

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 experience in one place: a brilliant ...

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 York City: three of our best small museums ...

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 starting out or have been established ...

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 our first bonus tip, check out the ...

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 enjoy the installation of her painted figures ...

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