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Art Break: Nature Captured in Art By Georgia O’Keeffe at the New York Botanical Garden

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 14, 2018 Art is amazing for many reasons. One of the best is helping us reexamine and redefine our understanding and relationship to history, culture, people, or even everyday items. Case in point: all our Art Break picks this week. From Karl Orozco’s ...

Commentary: Inspirational Fashion By Way of the Catholic Church at the Met

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 11, 2018 For many people, fashion isn’t just something to cover (or reveal) the body: in their eyes, fashion is practically a religion. These devotees travel to cities famous for designers and stores, buy items that are cherished for years afterward, and ...

Art Break: The Power and Influence of Design From Cooper Hewitt to the Met

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 7, 2018 Art Break turns this week’s spotlight on design and how it can be used in a variety of ways. Normally, when we think of design (if we think of it at all), it’s as something modern and possibly technology based. But if you consider that the first ...

In Film Camp, There's Always Popcorn

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, May 17, 2018 The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center in Pleasantville, New York, has a dual mission. Their five-screen art house theater shows independent documentaries and world films, while across the street, a 27,000-square foot media ...

Review: ‘Me and My Girl’ Underwhelms at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, May 16, 2018 In the 1980s, the landscape for Broadway musicals was bleak. As the decade wore on, American musicals were fewer and fewer in number, to the point where, in a number of seasons, there weren’t enough new musicals to ...

Wall to Wall Bernstein at Symphony Space on Saturday - ...

ZEALnyc, May 15, 2018 One of New York City's most enduring performance hosting venues just happens to have started out as a food hall (the Astor Market) in 1915, was a short-lived ice skating rink (the Crystal Palace), and eventually evolved into the iconic performing space and film ...

Art Break: Nature Captured in Art By Georgia O'Keeffe at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 14, 2018 Art is amazing for many reasons. One of the best is helping us reexamine and redefine our understanding and relationship to history, culture, people, or even everyday items. Case in point: all our Art Break picks this week. ...

A Day @: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Will Lift You Out of ...

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, May 11, 2018 Are you tired of feeling trapped inside cars, trains and buses? Or being surrounded by glass, concrete and industrial lighting? Taking a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden might change your mind. This stunning 52-acre garden in the ...

Commentary: Inspirational Fashion By Way of the Catholic Church at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 11, 2018 For many people, fashion isn’t just something to cover (or reveal) the body: in their eyes, fashion is practically a religion. These devotees travel to cities famous for designers and stores, buy items that are cherished for ...

Out of the Pit and Into the Spotlight — the Metropolitan ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 10, 2018 The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is one of the world’s finest orchestras, and their highly anticipated appearances at Carnegie Hall are a highlight of the season. Unleashed from the pit of the opera house and taking center stage, it ...

Launching 'A Day @:' Series — Exploring the Not-To-Be-Missed Throughout the ...

ZEALnyc, May 9, 2018 New York City may be our oyster, but where are the pearls? With so many museums, performances, street fairs, shopping, special interest events — how are we supposed to cull out the real gems from the enormous smorgasbord of possibilities? ZEALnyc is here to ...

Jazz Notes: Iconoclastic Jazz Master Ornette Coleman Receives a Rousing ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 8, 2018 Ornette Coleman, who dared to step to the edge of jazz boundaries and break the rules in search of improvisational freedom with his free jazz, was once considered a renegade and outsider. In testament to his alto saxophone ...

Review: Mariss Jansons Leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony in a ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 8, 2018 The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra reinforced their stature as one of the finest ensembles in the world in a riveting performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 7 in E Minor. Under the revered baton of Mariss Jansons, their chief conductor, ...

Art Break: Galleries Featuring Painting and Sculpture, With Photos By Stanley Kubrick at the Museum of the City of NY

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 30, 2018 This week, Art Break’s choices cover a variety of interests. Want to know more about painting? Visit Almine Rech Gallery for a show on late 20th century painting and its relevance. Maybe you prefer photography – in which case, you’ll be ...

TEFAF Returns In All Its Glory To Park Avenue Armory In May

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2018 For many reasons, TEFAF is possibly one of the best fairs for antiques, art, and design in the world. Firstly, there will be 90 galleries and dealers participating in the spring show, all of whom are first class in their fields. Secondly, every ...

Art Break: Comic Book Art at Society of Illustrators; a Prized Private Collection at Hauser & Wirth; and Chinese Folktales at James Cohan Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 23, 2018 This week Art Break is all about storytelling — but with images, not words. What do we mean? For instance, you can write an exciting story about a thief with a genius for planning and plotting but to make the narrative come alive, there should ...

Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed Media at CRUSHCURATORIAL, Four Shows at MoMA PS1, and Art on the High Line

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 people embrace ...

Get LOOT By Going MAD

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 10, 2018 Every spring, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) brings together artisans and jewelry makers for a six-day celebration of ideas, craft, and talent. This year’s LOOT 2018 exhibition and sale (April 16 – 21, 2018) will have 35 creators ...

Art Break: African American Marching Bands at Storefront, Torres-García at Acquavella, and Four Exhibits at the Drawing Center

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 9, 2018 We all know that New York City has a lot of choices when it comes to art galleries, maybe too many. How do you find the interesting, innovative work that sparks your imagination?  That’s where Art Break can help. This week we’re showcasing ...

Art Break: ‘1968: The Global Revolutions’ on Display at Columbia University

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 2, 2018 It’s sometimes said that the past is another country; they do things differently there. That may be true. When we look at earlier cultures and history, we observe behaviors and events that often surprise us with their biases and injustices. We ...

Art Break: To The Power of Three — A Sixty Year Retrospective of Work By Influential Women at Pratt

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 26, 2018 This week Art Break is looking at the contributions of three women artist/designers to mid-20th century culture and graphic design. Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi all worked in an era when design was becoming important to ...

Art Break: A Rare Opportunity to View Ancient Jade at J. J. Lally & Co.

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 19, 2018 This time Art Break focuses on Asia Week, a ten-day celebration of the arts and cultural influences of the region. A multitude of countries and time periods are represented by local and international galleries, giving New Yorkers the opportunity ...

Art Break: Deeper Implications In ‘Marjan Teeuwen: Destroyed House’ at Bruce Silverstein

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 12, 2018 Now that spring cleaning season is almost here, you may be wishing you could just toss everything out and start fresh. Or maybe you’d prefer to break it all down and build it up again. If that’s the case, check out Marjan Teeuwen’s ...

Asia Week Is Coming for Ten Days to Museums, Galleries, and Auction Houses

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 7, 2018 Asia Week is actually a ten-day event with 10 museums and cultural centers, 45 galleries from around the world, and 5 auction houses opening their doors to display a stunning variety of art across several countries and centuries from March 15 ...

Art Break: Street Talk From the Middle Ages Courtesy of Les Enluminures

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 5, 2018 Have you ever considered the idea that right here, right now, you are part of history? That someday your daily life will be of interest to scholars? They will wonder what you thought was important, how you accomplished your ambitions and goals, or ...

Getting Up Close and Personal With History Through the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2018 The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a wonderful way to get to know the specialty markets of book, manuscript, maps, autograph and ephemera collecting. The fair has the official approval of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America as ...

Two Major Art Shows at the Midtown West Piers: The Armory Show and VOLTA NY March 8-11

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 1, 2018 The Armory Show and VOLTA NY are two annual fairs showcasing the best in 20th and 21st century art. With over 200 international exhibitors, these two events cover just about every major art movement of the time as well as cutting edge works in ...

Art Break: Fashion = Activism In EFA’s Omega Workshop

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 26, 2018 Fashion is all about ‘the look’. The right accessory, clothing or shoes isn’t just a matter of visual harmony, it’s also a statement about status and group identity. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? AT EFA Project Space in ...

The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Art Show Can Change How You Look at Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 The Art Show is one of those events that can change how you look at art. This show, now in its thirtieth year, is composed of ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) members, all with extensive experience in their chosen artists and time ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography and Video at Gavin Brown’s

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her work in performance, film and photography ...

Art Break: Love Is All Around (or at least in Times Square) for Valentine’s Day

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 12, 2018 Valentine’s Day is this week and we’ve got a lot of lovely art to share with you (and it won’t cost a thing!). We start with Desiree Dolron’s show downtown at the Grimm Gallery that reflects on being both a separate being and part of a ...

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art Opens ‘Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today’

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, February 8, 2018 When you think of the internet, you generally take for granted that it’s mostly a tool for your own personal or professional use, with all the bells and whistles. But when you dig below that surface, and start to explore beyond the technology, ...

Art Break: Stephen Shore’s Vision Through a Camera Lens at 303 Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 5, 2018 This week Art Break features Stephen Shore, a master of the photographic medium. His career has spanned 45 years, ranging from landscapes and urban settings to recording Andy Warhol’s process at The Factory. His work, with its variety of ...

Art Break: The Influence and Effect of Partition Examined in ‘Zarina: Dark Roads’ at the A|P|A Institute at NYU

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 29, 2018 Although it may seem like a long time ago, the 1947 Partition of India was a pivotal moment in the history of south Asia. Over 14 million people were displaced from homes and communities due to the creation of the Dominion of India (later the ...

Art Break: Remembering the Downtown Scene in ‘Club 57: Lost Flyers 1979-83’ at Alden Projects

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 22, 2018 Once you’ve lived in New York for a while, you’ll find yourself starting to say how much better things were long ago (and we don’t mean in 2016). Of course that isn’t true; things were both good and bad at all times in the city’s ...

Art Break: See ‘Power in Print’ at the NYPL’s Schomburg Center in Harlem

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 15, 2018 This week Art Break celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. day with some gallery shows reflecting his ideals. Whether it’s the inclusion of all as represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery’s show of art from around the world, The Open Society ...

Elegance On Display With the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 12, 2018 The Winter Antiques Show is your chance to see a wonderful variety of objects from the decorative and fine arts. This year’s group of over 65 dealers and experts will be presenting items that come with a guarantee that each has been carefully ...

Outsider Art Fair Merges A Variety of Styles and Mediums From Over 60 Galleries

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 11, 2018 The Outsider Art Fair is in its twenty-sixth year of presenting galleries and artists who specialize in what was formerly known as ‘art brut’, a French phrase that can translate as ‘unrefined art’. Today, the genre is known by other ...

Art Break: Looking Outside the Box With Donald Judd at the Center for Architecture

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 8, 2018 This week Art Break starts off January with four examples of artists who weren’t afraid to explore ideas and methods outside their expertise or comfort levels. Although he didn’t know it, Donald Judd’s training in the fields of engineering, ...

Carnegie Hall Sponsors A City-Wide Festival Focusing On ‘The 60s: The Years That Changed America’

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 4, 2018 Carnegie Hall begins the new year with a citywide festival of events, exhibitions, films, lectures, and talks exploring what made the 1960s a decade to remember. Civil rights, changing cultural norms, social justice, and the Vietnam War will be ...

Art Break: New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Have Fun Keeping

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 2, 2018 Here we are, one day into the new year, and that list of resolutions is beginning to get on your nerves. Why? Because great ideas are one thing, but acting on them can prove to be something else. The solution? ZEALnyc of course! We’ll show you ...

Art Break: Between the Holidays Fun at the Arsenal in Central Park

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 26, 2017 Christmas is over. The presents have been opened, the meal eaten, and you are tired out. Art Break gets it: you’ve got post-holiday letdown. But that’s ok because we have some choices this week that just might make you feel better (and are ...

Art Break: Longtime Friends Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle Are ‘Crossing Lines’ at Pace Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 18, 2017 This is the time of year when life gets hectic. All those events you have to get to, things you have to buy or just the stress of too many people on the sidewalk (and NONE of them know how to walk in a crowd!). Let us help you take a break from ...

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. Only the most talented artists can ...

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 here have worked in New York and much ...

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