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Art & Museum News & Reviews

The latest news in New York City art, museum and gallery. From the largest exhibitions to the smallest shows, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

Art Break

Art Break: Engage in the Thrill of Discovery at Galleries Around Town

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 24, 2018 One of the best things about a new season of art shows and exhibitions is that moment when you walk into the room, look around, and say “Wow – this is where I want to be!” If you want that thrill of discovery, Art Break has some great ...

Judson Dance Theater

Roots of Modern Dance Are Traced through MoMA’s Current Exhibit About Judson Dance Theater

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2018 The current exhibit at MoMA entitled Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done is an homage to the dance artists who created work at the Judson Church in the 60s and 70s. The dancers and choreographers who created work there have had an ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at the Frick Collection, and Kasmin, Lisson, and Shiva Galleries

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional art. These paintings and ...

Jazz Notes Intel

Jazz Notes Intel: Overcoming Boundaries Chapter — Guitarist Lionel Loueke Journeys ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2018 In jazz, there is a plethora of guitarists, each with a voice on the six strings that rocks with fire or soothes with pastel colors or embellishes with strokes that support the surrounding conversations. Then there’s the ...

Art Break

Art Break: Engage in the Thrill of Discovery at Galleries ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 24, 2018 One of the best things about a new season of art shows and exhibitions is that moment when you walk into the room, look around, and say “Wow – this is where I want to be!” If you want ...

New York Philharmonic

Review: New York 'Officially' Meets Jaap with Philharmonic's Season Opening

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2018 The 2018-2019 season, and a new era for the New York Philharmonic, began with a gala concert at David Geffen Hall on Thursday evening. Entitled "New York, Meet Jaap," Jaap van Zweden made his debut with the orchestra as ...

New York Renaissance Faire

Life In Focus: It's Fairy-Nice at the New York Renaissance ...

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, September 20, 2018   [caption id="attachment_60766" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Consulting a Book of Magic and Spells at the Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_60771" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Villagers of the Renaissance Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [...

PermaDeath

The First Video Game Opera, 'PermaDeath,' Receives Its World ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 19, 2018 At first glance, the title of Cerise Jacobs’s upcoming world’s first video game opera PermaDeath seems to imply another dark take or tale using the commercial success and wide-spread popularity of the multiplayer video game phenomenon. But ...

Judson Dance Theater

Roots of Modern Dance Are Traced through MoMA's Current Exhibit ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2018 The current exhibit at MoMA entitled Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done is an homage to the dance artists who created work at the Judson Church in the 60s and 70s. The dancers and choreographers who created ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional ...

There Will Be Blood

Review: Film Soundtracks Take Center Stage in NY Philharmonic's Art ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 If the New York Philharmonic were to program an evening of music by avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, I suspect it would be a tough sell. The audience would be limited, and probably dwindle in number as the night ...

Agnes

Review: 'Agnes' Brings Dramatic and Meteorological Tensions to 59E59 Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 Agnes is a compelling play about family, friendship, and connections. Set in a three-bedroom New York City apartment, Agnes presents five millennials sheltering themselves from a major storm. The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for ...

Feast of San Gennaro

The Feast of San Gennaro Returns to NYC's Little Italy

ZEALnyc, September 13, 2018 For the 92nd time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as "Little Italy" (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the festival stage is located ...

Art Break

Art Break: ‘Soul of a Nation’ at the Brooklyn Museum and a ‘Scrapbook Love Story’ at the Walther Collection Project

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 10, 2018 This week Art Break showcases a variety of styles and thinking about art and what it can do. The abstract art method is represented with two shows: DIA: Chelsea’s display of Blinky Palermo’s formal shapes saturated in color and the group ...

Fall Preview Art

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Art and Museums

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 7, 2018 Fall is finally here, bringing a huge variety of museum exhibitions to town. There are the blue-chip names like Andy Warhol, Eugene Delacroix, and Sarah Lucas having impressively large shows, and relatively unknown artists who are more than ...

Art Break

Art Break: Governors Island Hosts an Art Fair and New Exhibits Kick Off the Season at Galleries Around Town

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 3, 2018 Art Break is beginning September looking at New York City’s amazing ability to attract a diverse artistic population of all ages and interests. Why is that so fascinating? Because whatever you’re into, chances are more than good that ...

Art Break: Museums of Long Island Are Steeped in History While Capitalizing on Their Picturesque Settings

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 27, 2018 When people think of Long Island, they tend to think about the outdoors: the beaches, ocean, parks, wineries – even the best mall on the Island is an outdoor one. Not Art Break! When we think of Long Island what springs to mind are the ...

Philadelphia museums

Art Break: Love (and Art) Abounds in Philadelphia, So Plan Your Trip Now

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 20, 2018 Sometimes at Art Break we feel the need to get out of town but not wander too far. We want to keep the conveniences of great food, interesting art, and cool people – you know, everything we have here, but more relaxed. So, when we get in that ...

Hudson Valley museums

Art Break: Just a Short Journey North, The Hudson Valley Continues To Inspire

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 The Hudson Valley has a special place in the heart of Art Break. So many of our favorite artists spent their summers in the region with friends and family, working on projects, and enjoying the beautiful landscape, just as we do today. It’s a ...

Florence Griswold Museum

Art Break: A Reverse Commute Uncovers Museum Gold in Connecticut

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Here at Art Break, we’ve often complained that people don’t realize how much art is available to see outside New York City. Case in point: the great state of Connecticut. Never been? Well, you’re missing out on the best kept secret of the ...

Art Break: The Berkshires Are Beckoning For a Day Trip or a Weekend Getaway

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 30, 2018 We love New York, we really do, but when it gets too hot and humid it’s time to hop in the car and head for the hills – in this case, the Berkshires. Located in Western Massachusetts, this region has a fantastic variety of museum experiences, ...

Art Break: Abstraction at Simon Lee and Marianne Boesky Galleries; Firelei Báez at the Schomburg Center; and Photography at Aperture

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 23, 2018 Art Break is featuring four shows this week that represent some of the best of the NYC summer gallery scene. Two highlight the abstract art movement: Simon Lee Gallery showing Roy Newell, one of the earliest proponents of the style, and Marianne ...

Art Break: ‘Chain Reactions’ at The Painting Center; Delacroix at the Met; Celebrating Next Wave Festival at BAM

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 16, 2018 As a rule, artists are a generous group of people. Yes, sometimes we meet one that is a jerk or worse, but for the most part, these individuals are engaging in the world around them, learning and exploring all kinds of ideas. This week, Art Break ...

Art Break: The Art of David Wojnarowicz on View at the Whitney, NYU and PPOW

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 9, 2018 Sometimes it’s difficult to remember how much fear and unknowing there was at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. How the medical profession began to realize there was a new deadly disease that had a rapid and vicious timeline of destruction. How ...

The Met Breuer: Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso

Art Break: Nudes at the Met Breuer and ‘DIY: Made In the Studio’ at Julie Saul Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 2, 2018 Regardless of what you think about the news of the day, there is one truism that takes no sides: attention must be paid. Attention to all of humanity: no matter what they look like, where they’re from, and what they do, is essential because ...

'Painting: Now and Forever' at Galleries; Klimt at the Neue Galerie

Art Break: ‘Painting: Now and Forever’ at Matthew Marks and Greene Naftali; Klimt and Shiele at the Neue Galerie

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 25, 2018 Death and Sex – two topics guaranteed to get a response from people. And tossing art into the mix? Well, you’ll get an endless supply of agreement and argument from friends and family, making for some interesting conversations. If you need help ...

New York City's New Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Break: Must-sees at New York City’s 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 must-sees at New York Citys 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 ...

Ariel DeAndreas Photorealism at Louis K. Meisel

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 Dumbo

Live at the Archway Dumbo Returns for Its Fourth Year

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. You can experience just that at Live at the Archway Dumbo! Starting on June 14, this free fifteen-week celebration of musical and artistic ...

Celebrating Bill Cunningham

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 choices ...

Outdoor Public Art

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? How about outdoor public art? Art Break has plans like that too. First, we’re going to take a ...

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 ...

Georgia O'Keeffe at the New York Botanical Garden

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 ...

Heavenly Bodies 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 ...

Design From Cooper Hewitt

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 ...

Stanley Kubrick at the Museum of the City of NY

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

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 ...

Comic Book Art at Society of Illustrators

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 ...

Freud at the Center for Book Arts

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 ...

LOOT at Museum of Arts and Design

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 at Museum of Arts and Design 2018 exhibition and sale (April 16 – 21, 2018) ...

Storefront for Art and Architecture

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 ...

1968: The Global Revolutions

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 ...

Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi

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 ...

Ancient Chinese Jade

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 ...

Marjan Teeuwen’s photographs at Bruce Silverstein

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 ...

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