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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 right. There was no chance of both kinds of people ever finding common ground. ZEALnyc’s downtown pick challenges that old thinking — math and art can be compatible and even be beautiful together. Go see for yourself! As always, all listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Anita Rogers Gallery, 77 Mercer Street, #2-N

When: Now through May 10, Tue – Fri: 10-6, Sat: 12-4

Who: Joan Waltemath: Fecund Algorithims

What: Abstract paintings based on harmonic mathematical relationships

Why: The relationship between math and art is stronger than you might think

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 100 Eleventh Avenue at 19th Street

When: Now through June 3, Tue – Sat: 10-6

Who: William T. Williams: Things Unknown

What: Abstract works from 1968 – 2017

Why: A masterful display of color and shapes that command attention

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

Where: Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street

When: Now through May 6, Mon – Sat: 10-5:30

Who: Peter Sacks: New Works

What: Highly textured paintings and collages

Why: Exciting usage of found materials creating unexpected beauty

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

Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (enter via Amsterdam Avenue and 63rd Street or use the Lincoln Center side, the library is to the right of the Metropolitan Opera House, towards the back of the plaza)

When: Now through June 30, Mon: 10:30-8, Tue – Wed: 10:30-6, Thur: 10:30-8, Fri – Sat: 10:30-6

Who: Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London

What: Exhibit about the plays, musicals and productions that have won both an Olivier and a Tony Award

Why: You’ve seen the shows, now enjoy the behind the scenes stories of the performers and all the people who made it possible


Cover: Works by Joan Waltemath: ‘men/many’ (East 2 1,2,3,5,8…), 2014-16, Oil, aluminum, bronze, interference, glimmer, phosphorescent and florescent pigment on honeycomb aluminum panel, 39 1/4″ x 18 5/8″; ‘Three Bodies or how I knew you were gone’ (east below), 2011-13, Oil, graphite, stainless steel, phosphor and florescent pigment on honeycomb aluminum panel, 38 ½” x 17 3/8”; ‘interwoven’ (East 2 1,2,3,5,8…), 2013-2016, Oil, zinc, bronze, stainless steel, phosphorescent and interference pigment on honeycomb aluminum panel, 39 1/4″ x 18 5/8″courtesy of artist / Anita Rogers Gallery.


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