New York’s art season is like the school year. It begins in September, just after Labor Day, with a round of openings, during which the gallery-lined blocks of far west Chelsea are so thronged with crowds spilling out into the streets that cars struggle to navigate them. And it ends in June, after Art Basel Read More
The Brooklyn Gallery scene has long seemed like a noisy teenager–energetic, loud, a little unreliable. But 2011 marks the 24th anniversary, by some accounts, of its Williamsburg hub. (Marcin Ramocki’s documentary Brooklyn DIY: The History of the Williamsburg Art Scene dates its birth to 1987, although a structured gallery environment came later.)
So, for those Read More
“Hotel art” is a phrase that conjures up treacly florals, pale generic seascapes and beige geometrics. But some New York hoteliers hang the real stuff, and a surprising amount of it. As relatives come in for the holidays, you might want to park them where you’ll have something to look at while they talk.
Jumeirah Read More
These women knew how to enter a room–and stay there in a permanent collection. The personalities, the tastemakers, the artists and intellectuals of their time, they were photographed and painted by superstars. These artworks have become some of the highlights in museums along Fifth Avenue, meaning these women, or their images, arguably occupy some of Read More
There’s a whole other art world, and an increasingly vibrant one, outside the mainstream art gallery and museum system. So-called “alternative art spaces” date back more than a generation but have multiplied in recent years, especially in Brooklyn. Usually headquartered in ad-hoc, unlikely or industrial locations, these spaces showcase emerging artists and performers, and artwork Read More
Sometimes art, like film, has a musical score. Over the next few weeks, several museums and cultural insitutions are turning to orchestras, musicians or DJs to bring sound (and patrons) to their galleries. In most cases, performances are free or cheaper than they would be in a concert setting.
“Music Off the Walls: Members of Read More
Artists tend to be visual, not verbal, but once in a great while, they’ll talk about their work. No explanations promised, of course, but any of these events will boost your contemporary art cred, and knowledge.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
This Wednesday, Adam D. Weinberg, the Read More
“Memento Mori: The Birth & Resurrection of Postmortem Photography”
MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM
Through Nov. 29
Do you see dead people? This half-scholarly, half-ghoulish exhibition at the Merchant’s House Museum features the history of the evolution of postmortem photography. Prints from the forthcoming book Sleeping Beauty III and Modern art inspired by the images of Read More
It’s an old cliché that many famous actors claim: “But all I want to do is direct.” The same may be said of some artists-turned-directors who have treated film as just another medium for their art.
A handful of museums, galleries and theaters showcase these multi-talented types this fall.
Bruce Conner: The Art Read More
Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea. In recent years, New York¹s midtown gallery scene has found itself fighting for attention with its younger, hipper West 20s sibling. The epicenter of the art world two decades ago, the radius around 57th street is still the home to nearly 70 art galleries. Several of these are headquartered in the Read More