Features : Archive for Visual Arts

"Christian Marclay: Festival"

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Christian Marclay can make music out of almost anything. He's composed scores out of found objects, clothing, record covers, and restaurant menus.  


Live/Work Made Legal

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Artist Rob Swainston knows what it's like to face eviction. For almost 13 years, he has been living illegally in a loft apartment on the 10th floor of an old pasta factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Even though about 200 people live in the towering waterfront building at 475 Kent Avenue, the owner does not have a certificate of occupancy and the residents have commercial leases.


Studio 360 Examines Post-Apartheid Art in South Africa

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

With the World Cup heading into its final two weeks, all eyes are set on host nation South Africa. Sixteen years after the election of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid, it's an opportunity for South Africa to show the world the vibrant, multi-racial democracy it has become.

But for South African artists both white and black, the traumas of apartheid are never far away. From the Afrikaner novelist to the young black photographer, learning to cope with that past continues to shape the way they make art.

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MadeHERE Asks Artists How They Survive

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's never been easy to be a working artist. Now, a web-based project called MadeHERE asks how forty New York performing artists manage to pay rent, raise families and make art.


Warhol: The Later Years

Friday, June 18, 2010

From 1977 until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol wasn't just collecting friends through the revolving door of his Factory. He was making art with them.

The Brooklyn Museum's new exhibition, Andy Warhol: The Last Decade showcases Warhol's work with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring and other artists of the period.


Artists Exchange Creative Services for Healthcare

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Working artists in New York are twice as likely to be living without adequate health insurance as those who make their living by other means.  And after health care funding was slashed by $775 million dollars in the most recent state budget, it may be more urgent than ever for people who make a living through creative means to make their health care dollars stretch.


WNYC's World Cup Culture Guide

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The World Cup isn’t just a soccer tournament – it’s an worldwide cultural happening. Find out about the best World Cup music, videos, art exhibitions, and books, right here.


Posing With Miranda July: "Eleven Heavy Things" in Union Square Park

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

If all goes well, you're going to take a lot of pictures this summer.  Artist and filmmaker Miranda July would like to help you out.


Louise Bourgeois, 98, Dies

Monday, May 31, 2010

Artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures exploring women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists, died Monday, her studio's managing director said. She was 98.


Stolen Pieces

Monday, May 24, 2010

Art world provocateurs Provac Eva and Franco Mattes exhibit chips, bits, and other little pieces of art masterpieces stolen from museums at Postmasters Gallery.


King Tut Rises Again... In Times Square

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The King is back, and we don't mean Elvis. After a 31-year absence, the King Tut exhibition returned to New York as the final stop on a U.S.-tour.


Big Bambu: Mike and Doug Starn Make Waves at the Met

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mike and Doug Starn are woven together about as much as their massive bamboo installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's rooftop garden. 

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City Proposes Less Art for Parks' Sake

Friday, April 23, 2010

A public hearing on a new Parks Department proposal limiting the number of art vendors in public parks brought out advocates on both sides of the issue.

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Postmortem Post-Modern: "Dead or Alive" at the Museum of Arts & Design

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Museum of Arts & Design is resuscitating chickens, anchovies and other once-animate objects in a new exhibition titled "Dead or Alive," which opens Tuesday, April 27. Check out the slideshow of photos from MAD below and listen to WNYC's Anna Sale preview the series that lends new meaning to the phrase "recycled materials."


By the Numbers: The New Museum's "Skin Fruit."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When the controversy surrounding the Jeff Koons-curated "Skin Fruit" bubbled to the surface last November, New Museum director Lisa Phillips told The New York Times that the exhibit would provide New Yorkers with a unique opportunity to see a prized art collection from abroad -- the implication being that the show would consist of little-seen artists and/or works. "We think the public will be the beneficiaries of Dakis's very generous agreement to allow works from his foundation to cross the ocean," she said at the time.


Troubled: "Skin Fruit" at the New Museum

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Last fall, when the New Museum announced it would show the private collection of its trustee Dakis Joannou -- and that this show would be curated by the collector's friend, artist Jeff Koons -- all manner of debate emerged about the propriety of the exhibit. (It started with a post by blogger James Wagner last September, turned into a full brouhaha with artist William Powhida's "Brooklyn Rail" cover in November, before being picked up by The New York Times ten days later. Since then, it's made for regular, reliable blogger fodder. Full disclosure: I've been critical of the show on my own blog.)

Now that the exhibit is up, the burning question is: Was it worth the controversy? The answer, in my book, would be: No.


Ear to the Ground

Friday, March 26, 2010

WNYC's Janaya Williams shines her highly arbitrary spotlight on some of the city's happenings. From the Civil Rights Movement, to new leadership at the Cooper-Hewitt, to getting ready for Passover.


On View: Original Drawings

Friday, March 26, 2010

Learn how important drawing is for video and performance artist Joan Jonas at Location One. The Jewish Museum uses orginal drawings to illustrate the real life escape of the husband and wife team behind Curious George, and Swiss artist Zilla Leutenegger brings her drawings to life for her new show Rocksie

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Public Reacts To Nudity In Abramovic Exhibit

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WNYC asked museum visitors' about the controversial Abramovic installation. Watch the videos.

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On View: AIPAD, LOOK Magazine, and Barnstormers

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The annual AIPAD photography show has taken over the Armory. Also on view: Images of New York from Look Magazine at the Museum of the City of New York. And the Barnstormers take Manhattan. View the slideshow.