Visual Art
Hitting History Hard

Hitting History Hard

Frohawk Two Feathers brings revolution to art and politics  Frohawk Two Feathers is re-writing American history.  In his current exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery, “Heartbreaking and Shit, But That’s the Globe. The Battle of Manhattan,” he has re-imagined the conquest of North America from a very different point of view than what you were taught...
Back to the Beatles’ Future

Back to the Beatles’ Future

Julian Lennon’s exhibit of early Beatles photos gets real There has been a lot of hoopla regarding the Beatles’ 50th anniversary of coming to America and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Grammy madness could be a bit much. Don’t get me wrong; this was an important event. Paul & Ringo were great and it...
Perfecting the Storm

Perfecting the Storm

Local photos memorialize the historic Hurricane Sandy A dramatic shot by Harvey Stein shows the twisted and mangled Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Hts., N. J., standing several feet in water. In another by Catherine Nance, desperate notices of lost cats are scribbled across a door in Staten Island, while Paul Moakley’s image of...
Old School Into New School

Old School Into New School

Out of Hand presents the Future in rebooted craft museum Columbus Circle is as crowded as it ever was, but the past decade’s renovations with fountains, benches, and plantings make it a prettier place to be. The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) moved to the south side of the Circle in 2008, with a mission...
Lively Still Lifes

Lively Still Lifes

Danielle M. Marin’s various techniques combine at Noho Gallery in Chelsea At NOHO gallery, Daniele M. Marin is showing her new series of still-lifes entitled “Interaction”.  Marin examines her association with this medium and explores various eras of art history. Indeed, there appears to be references to James Ensor, traditional still life and along with...
Working Class Art Hero

Working Class Art Hero

Spiegelman’s comix and more in local exhibition Much has been written about Maus, Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel that recounts the harrowing tale of Spiegelman’s parents’ experience and survival in Auschwitz. Much has been written about Spiegelman, the New Yorker magazine artist who produced challenging covers that addressed real New York issues. The Feb...
Not Your Grandma’s Quilt

Not Your Grandma’s Quilt

Alt-Quilters meld art and craft in local show  If you think quilts are “mumsy” guess again.  In the jewel box sized American Folk Art Museum, a few historical and traditional quilts hang on the walls of the “alt_quilts” exhibit, but they are only there to highlight work by three contemporary artists who use quilting techniques...
Going Dutch at The Frick

Going Dutch at The Frick

Classic arts and classic pieces show locally “Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals,” a jewel of an exhibition, represents the collaboration of two gems of institutions: the Frick and the Mauritshuis, both of which showcase small but world-class collections in stately mansions. While the Mauritshuis undergoes a renovation and expansion of its home in The Hague, it...
Re-launching the Ready-mades

Re-launching the Ready-mades

L’Objet Trouve in Chelsea and Spiegelman uptown   2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the debut of Marcel Duchamp’s art-world shaking piece Bicycle Wheel. By mounting a bicycle wheel on an old wooden stool and declaring it “art,” Duchamp effectively set the 20th Century art world in motion.  To celebrate the act that launched a million artists,...
Arts That Unites

Arts That Unites

The UN and Gabarron Foundation bring international art to local attention  The remarkable institution that parented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 65 years ago and has been campaigning for human rights ever since—the UN, of course—will be turning 70 in 2015. To celebrate, they’ve mounted a superb exhibit of art culled from their massive...
Before the Revolution

Before the Revolution

 Asia Society’s “Iran Modern” show takes us back in history   With Iran’s nuclear program and new president in the news, taking a step back to the country’s art prior to 1979 may enlighten the current headlines. “Iran Modern” at Asia Society includes pieces of breathtaking beauty as well as provocative religious and political commentary....
Everlasting Album Art

Everlasting Album Art

Browsing Don Hunstein’s timeless pop star photography     You got older but they didn’t. See them as they were—Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, and dozens more–in their best preserved envelope of time.  Photographs by Don Hunstein, the great “in-house photographer” for Columbia Records, are in a show encompassing 30 years,...
Seeing the City as Art

Seeing the City as Art

How Jan Gehl redesigned New York  If you empty it out, they will come. This is the working premise of Danish architect Jan Gehl.  Here is your chance to learn about the chap responsible for all the initial bitching about those silly looking chairs in Times Square when traffic was forbidden and space opened up...
Take the Grand Tour

Take the Grand Tour

Thrilling to the Met’s merge of painting and music  By pairing Pachelbel’s Canon in D with images of men and women struggling up a foggy mountainside in The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, Werner Herzog created an unforgettable portrait of the eternity of human suffering.  Its effectiveness drew from the interplay between music and image: the...
Storefront Visions

Storefront Visions

Baumann paints the same city, different times   There is a lovely small show of paintings on West 14th Street that evokes a sweet nostalgia for New York City of another era. But blink and you might miss it! The 14th Street Framing Gallery is the kind of local business that used to help define the...
Only Engage

Only Engage

Soto-Diaz and Bisbing shows stay connected and personal    These days we’re nothing if not connected. And so is our art; one of the most salient features of contemporary art is the drive for inclusiveness—for the dismantling of the last barriers between art object and viewer, using new technologies, novel mixtures of media, and site-specific installations....
Crying Time

Crying Time

 John Kirby makes art out of tears  Some artists paint from the eye in the classic phrase. John Kirby’s work derives from the lacrimal gland as much as the imagination. His sad portraits of people who seem already defeated in their internalized desire to connect can make a visitor weep as well as applaud. His paintings...
Edward Hopper at the Movies 

Edward Hopper at the Movies 

How a mansion on a hill took modern sensibility from canvas to screen   In the Museum of Modern Art’s current exhibit “American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe” viewers can survey the creation of modern sensibility and realize its impact from one medium to another. If the art of cinematography is, as film critic Armond White succinctly...
Triumph of an Iconoclast

Triumph of an Iconoclast

Llyn Foulkes’s brilliant retrospective at New Museum Among the first works in Llyn Foulkes’ current retrospective at the New Museum is a video of the artist/musician singing and playing his “Machine,” a home-built contraption of car horns, cow bells, drums, and xylophone. Ornery, cynical, rebellious, and most of all honest, his music sets the tone...
Ken Price in Reverse

Ken Price in Reverse

The art of communication at the Met  The crowd around me breathed a sigh of relief as we walked into the last room of the Metropolitan Museum’s Ken Price retrospective. “Oh, I like these!” said one woman, hurrying closer to a case of little ceramic cups. The whole room was full of small, shiny objects...
Making Art Socialable

Making Art Socialable

ArtistEngage connects artists to the world   Here’s an evergreen question: how does an emerging artist get his or her work out there? These days, the answer seems to lie in navigating an ever-proliferating, often-overwhelming array of apps and social media possibilities. Somewhere between figuring it out on your own and overly formal “how to” conference...