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Thomas Bayrle, American Dream, 1970.

Art Break: Must-sees at the New Museum, Eldridge Street and a ‘Fine, Bright Day’ at The LGBT Center

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 18, 2018 This week, Art Break shines the spotlight on the New Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the Bowery. Since its founding in 1977, the institution has given New Yorkers a front row seat to the international contemporary art scene, applying ...

Ariel DeAndrea: Crane 45

Art Break: Ariel DeAndrea’s Photorealism at Louis K. Meisel and ‘Charting the Divine Plan’ at the American Museum of Folk Art

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 11, 2018 Art Break has been reflecting on the phrase ‘thinking outside the box’ and the ways it can be interpreted. For instance, you could think outside the box if you decided to measure time in images instead of numbers. How about bringing the ...

Live at the Archway; photo Julienne Schaer

Live at the Archway Returns for Its Fourth Year in DUMBO

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 6, 2018 Summer’s almost here and it’s time for dancing in the street — or under the Manhattan Bridge at the Live at The Archway series! Starting on June 14, this free fifteen-week celebration of musical and artistic diversity will showcase new ...

The Royal Family of Broadway

Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway’ Strains to Please at ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 19, 2018 A new musical by William Finn is always worth seeking out, wherever it happens to be playing. Finn has a knack for crafting quirky shows about peculiar people, but in a very endearing way. From the cadre of lovable ...

Review: 'Othello' Proves Lies Conquer Love

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 19, 2018 After last summer’s uproariously trumped-up and absurdly controversial Julius Caesar and the magical elder fairyland of Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first production of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season seems relatively tame. But what ...

Thomas Bayrle, American Dream, 1970.

Art Break: Must-sees at the New Museum, Eldridge Street and ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 18, 2018 This week, Art Break shines the spotlight on the New Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the Bowery. Since its founding in 1977, the institution has given New Yorkers a front row seat to the international contemporary art scene, ...

Bill Frisell

Versatility Rules at the Eclectic Alt-Guitar Summit, Starring Bill Frisell ...

By David Rubien, Contributing Writer, June 15, 2018 When a large percentage of jazz guitarists under the age of 50 tell you that their primary influence was Jimi Hendrix, you know something interesting is going on. While the guitar has become as prevalent in jazz as almost any ...

Steve Tibbetts

Steve Tibbetts's 'Life Of' Is Both Endlessly Expansive and Deeply ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, June 14, 2018 Guitarist Steve Tibbetts’ long association with ECM has produced nine albums that span influences from Southeast Asian gamelan to Americana to jazz fusion. His 2018 release, Life of, is a quiet, meditative record that Tibbetts describes as a “sequel” to 2010’...

Anika Noni Rose

'Carmen Jones' Is Back — And She's Still Smokin' Hot

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 13, 2018 'Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?' She’s still the fictional character in a popular series of mystery video games that have been around since 1985. A question for 2018 might be: Where in the world is Carmen Jones? ...

SLK dancer

Life In Focus: Preparing for Performance in Ballet Class

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, June 13, 2018   [caption id="attachment_55885" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A stretch before class begins; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55889" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] At the barre; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_55886" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] It's changement ...

Harlequinade at ABT

Review: A Nearly Forgotten 'Harlequinade' Leaps Again at American Ballet ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, June 12, 2018 The choreography of Marius Petipa is practically synonymous with classical ballet. His ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote are part of the repertoire of major and minor ballet companies all over the world and are frequently ...

Ariel DeAndrea: Crane 45

Art Break: Ariel DeAndrea's Photorealism at Louis K. Meisel and ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 11, 2018 Art Break has been reflecting on the phrase ‘thinking outside the box’ and the ways it can be interpreted. For instance, you could think outside the box if you decided to measure time in images instead of numbers. ...

Russell Malone © Chris Drukker

Jazz Notes Intel: Guitarist Russell Malone Gets Saluted; Dafnis Prieto ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, June 8, 2018 Maestro guitarist Russell Malone thanks six-string elder Kenny Burrell for giving him invaluable advice thirty years ago to advance his career. “Kenny told me to always be consistent,” the 54-year-old Malone said in a phone conversation from his ...

Erwin Wurm Hot Dog Bus

Art Break: Stretching Your Mind and Maybe Your Waistline

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 4, 2018 Art Break is taking time this week to study the creative process in the art world. We’re starting at the New-York Historical Society with the late, great Bill Cunningham, the photographer who spent decades recording New Yorkers’ wardrobe ...

Outdoor Public Art and Summer Art in NYC

Art Break: Outdoor Public Art and Indoor Mind-Changing Art Ushers Us Into Summer

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 28, 2018 Now that summer is (unofficially) here, what are you going to do with your time? Get some sun, take a trip, catch a show, hang out with your friends? Art Break has plans like that too. First, we’re going to take a little mind trip at Geary, with ...

Art Break MoMA Frick FIT Art of Al Held

Art Break: Imaginative Models at MoMA, Exhibits at the Frick and FIT, with Galleries Celebrating the Art of Al Held

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 21, 2018 There’s a lot happening in NYC’s art scene — but what should you see first? Art Break has your answers right here! If you’re a history buff, there’s The Frick Collection’s show on Canova and his statue of George Washington. The artist ...

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

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 ...

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, ...

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