Arts Agenda
Pynchon for the Postmodern Soul

Pynchon for the Postmodern Soul

Visionary author takes the modern world to the Bleeding Edge  In his new novel Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon uses the word “postmodern” for the first time in his fiction – a notable event in the career of this supposed American postmodern novelist par excellence. The word crops up in a few places, including a description...
Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink

On “Blinkey” Palermo’s vehicles for color Palermo, born Peter Schwarze in Leipzig in 1943, was 34 when he died in 1977. He and his twin brother Michael were adopted by a couple named Heisterkamp and escaped to Munich in 1952. In 1962 he enrolled in the Kunstacadamie Dusseldorf, studied with Joseph Beuys and acquired the...
The Season of Cambodia

The Season of Cambodia

Royal Ballet of Cambodia performs Apsara Mera at BAM   Cambodian classical dancers move as slowly as rain sliding down a window, their hands curving and curling in intricate patterns as they look out into space as if enchanted by an unseen world. Supremely elegant in gold bangles and shimmering dresses and elaborate headdresses that replicate...
Punch-drunk Humanism

Punch-drunk Humanism

Time to revisit the great Terminal Bar  As an alternative to the patronizing media praise of Portrait of Jason, consider Terminal Bar, a non-exploitive documentar. Review originally printed Oct. 15, 2002 New York Press. “I’m trying to tell people what‘s happening. If you don’t put it down on paper nobody knows.” That’s an ironic commentary...
Blink First

Blink First

Luigi Ghirri’s photographs give new perspective A few of the images in Luigi Ghirri’s “Kodachrome” series (on view now at the Matthew Marks gallery) are unexpectedly religious. A wooden bench with a soft, curved back sits on a pink and white tiled floor in an old hotel. An arched brick doorway reveals a folded beach...
Wearable Art

Wearable Art

Impressionists, Fashion and Modernity at the Met A big show founded on a simple idea, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” is like taking a gander at the walk-in closet of some very elegant people, only they’re expecting you. The dresses, also a few men’s frock coats, are there, as well as hats, corsets, even dressing table...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Photos and Fine Books loom large A spate of auctions cluster around the annual AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Show, April 4-7 (aipad.com), and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 11-14 (nyantiquarianbookfair.com), both at the Park Avenue Armory. The upcoming auction previews showcase rare works from a number of significant private collections....
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Asian Week Wonders New York auction houses present an astounding variety of top-quality items from India, Tibet, Japan and China during mid-March “Asia Week.” From archaic bronze vessels to modern Indian paintings, there is much to see in the preview exhibitions that begin March 15. Check the websites for details, blogs and videos, related events,...
Worth A Thousand Words

Worth A Thousand Words

 Ed Ruscha’s book projects–explained January marked the 50th anniversary of Ed Ruscha’s influential book “Twentysix Gasoline Stations,” in which Ruscha’s Route 66 road trip yielded a collection of influential black-and-white photographs of filling (or emptying, if you will) stations, isolating the anomie of their stark, graphically interesting forms, with no text explanation. Ruscha’s Steinbeckian journey...
Ivy Style at FIT

Ivy Style at FIT

The organizers of “Ivy Style” acknowledge that this clothing can seem “conservative, even static,” but they provide a detailed history of its evolution. A wall bears an amusing quotation from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise: “I want to go where people aren’t barred because of the color of their necktie.” Ivy style was...
Lisa Breslow’s New York State of Mind

Lisa Breslow’s New York State of Mind

Lisa Breslow’s solo show is at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Chelsea, through December 15 Lisa Breslow’s work is a love song to New York. The Village and the High Line, Chelsea, Long Island City and Central Park; these are her constant subjects. In her paintings and monotypes, Breslow visually plumbs the paradoxes of the...
CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR NYC, AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW NYC BOOST NEW YORK’S FALL ART SCENE

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR NYC, AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW NYC BOOST NEW YORK’S FALL ART SCENE

Two events + new art section draw 250 artists and artisans under one roof Oct. 19-21 at the Javits Center Contemporary Art Fair NYC and American Craft Show NYC in their third year, plus a section with installations by artists of Caribbean, African and Latin American ancestry, some of whom were part of the Art...
APERTURE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY BEGINNING FALL 2012

APERTURE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY BEGINNING FALL 2012

World-Leading Photography Foundation to Celebrate with Gala Dinner and Auction Magazine Relaunch, IPAD App, and Remix Exhibition Also Part of the Festivities NEW YORK, NY–Aperture Foundation, the leading nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting photography, will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary beginning in Fall 2012. Founded in 1952 by some of the most significant photographers of all...
London Swings: Carnaby Street to King's Road 1964-1974

London Swings: Carnaby Street to King’s Road 1964-1974

MINISKIRTS AND MOD SUITS COME TO THE MANHATTAN VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOW OCTOBER 12 & 13, 2012 On a street in London’s Soho neighborhood, young fashion and pop culture collided and the explosion continues to be heard a half-century later. In 1966 Time magazine wrote “Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than Carnaby Street,...
Studio Batut is Bringing "Portrait Composites" to NYC

Studio Batut is Bringing “Portrait Composites” to NYC

THE GREAT-GREAT GRANDSON OF RENOWED FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER, ARTHUR BATUT LAUNCHES A STUDIO IN NEW YORK CITY COINCIDING WITH “FAKING IT” EXHIBIT AT THE METROPLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Photographer Paul Vinet has recently revived a part of his French family history here in New York City by launching Studio Batut. To celebrate and establish the studio...
Columbia Lights Up the Heights with Community Arts Project

Columbia Lights Up the Heights with Community Arts Project

From September 22-29, the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre at Columbia University invite community members of all ages to participate in a series of free lantern-building workshops, culminating in an illuminated procession in Morningside Park. Called Morningside Lights, the procession will begin at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 29 at 117th Street and Morningside Avenue....
Art Adverts Start A New Wave, Part 2

Art Adverts Start A New Wave, Part 2

Advertising strategies take art out the wilderness. CityArts surveys the new media tacticians who bring Broadway shows, museums and other art venues to popular attention. Art and its patrons all benefit from millennial art advertising new tactical strategies. Second of two-part series. When Clint White, president of New York’s WiT Media and lecturer at Sotheby’s...
Aluminum Origami

Aluminum Origami

David Rodriguez Caballero Sculpts Nature There is something unbelievably tender about the aluminum in David Rodriguez Caballero’s sculptures, on display for just a few more days at the Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. The Spain-born artist sands down the metal to give it a soft, flat shine and then folds it like big pieces of origami...
Art Crawl 2012 Kicks Off Feb. 4

Art Crawl 2012 Kicks Off Feb. 4

This Saturday, Feb. 4, join ARTLOG for the first Art Crawl of 2012. Beginning at 3 p.m. at The New Museum, 235 Bowery, the fifth annual event (presented in partnership with Thrillist, The New Museum, Columbia University Alumni and The Appraisers Association) will celebrate the Lower East Side’s leading galleries from 3–7 p.m., concluding with...

A Guide to Art Fair Week

It’s art fair time! Armory Art Week began last night but you haven’t missed out yet. The fairs featuring international contemporary artists (or even hyper-local Brooklyn newcomers) will be  all across the City for the next few days. Curious about which shows to check out? We’ve sorted it out for you here. —by Anna Sanders...

Travel With the Arts: Focus on Washington D.C.

From priceless art to fantastic theater, the nation’s capital is more than monuments By Tony Ware Just a few hours by train or bus from New York City, Washington, D.C., sits at the heart of a region tasked with both changing and preserving history. And the arts have captured every dynamic shift in the cultural...