Features : Archive for Visual Arts

Bloomberg Says Unveiling of Ai Weiwei's 'Zodiac Heads' is 'Bittersweet'

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at the opening of Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" on Wednesday morning. Under a steady rain, 12 figures from the city's arts community read the words of the detained Chinese artist to protesters, fans and the media.


Hundreds of McQueen Devotees Flock to Met Costume Institute Gala

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Nearly 800 guests flocked to the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute benefit on Monday night. Many of them were long-time Alexander McQueen fans. Click here to see a slideshow of who attended and to see what they wore.

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A Look at the Work of Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute opens a dark, provocative show dedicated to McQueen's work called "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." Here's a slideshow of work you can expect to see at the exhibit.

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Mayor's Office Postpones the Unveiling of Ai Weiwei's 'Zodiac Heads'

Monday, May 02, 2011

Ai Weiwei had planned to be in New York City on Monday to preside over the unveiling of his work, along with Mayor Bloomberg. Ai, however, has been detained in China since early April. On Monday morning, the Mayor prepared to give remarks on Osama bin Laden's death.


Year-Round, 365 Days of Print Turns Headlines to Art

Monday, May 02, 2011

Today's bold headlines about the death of Osama Bin Laden became art at 365 Days of Print. Using what they call "endangered print media," artists turn the news into mixed media, painting, photography and video art.

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Do I Hear $40 Million for the Warhol?

Monday, May 02, 2011

For buyers of 19th, 20th and 21st century art, spring means one thing: auctions. The New York branches of Sotheby's, Christie's, Bonham's, Phillips de Pury and Doyle all host major sales in May. Check out WNYC's art auction preview here.


Traveling Art Project Designed By Barbara Kruger Shifts Into Gear In New York

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


An 18-wheeler truck wrapped in bold black, white and red messages by the visual artist Barbara Kruger geared up for its tour across the country on Wednesday in SoHo, Manhattan. The truck is meant to raise eyebrows, prompt stares and stimulate conversation about American politics and culture.

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Contemporary Art Flourishes at New York City Churches

Friday, April 22, 2011

More than ever, New York City churches are being used as modern art galleries as interest grows in exploring the intersection of modern art and faith. "Through their art, through their passion, they [the artists] are giving us new connections, new insights into the transcendent — into mystery," said Father Frank Sabatté of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

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Fifteenth Century Haggadah Displayed at the Met for Passover

Monday, April 18, 2011

Those celebrating Passover on Monday night are likely to be using a Haggodah, the prayer book that guides diners through the Passover Seder meal. But few can turn to a book that's over 500 years old.


Merchant's House to Display Photos of New York Civil War Regiment Soldiers

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In honor of the soldiers who put their lives on the line, the Merchant's House in Manhattan is presenting a series of photographs of wounded Civil War soldiers who served NY regiments.

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Despite Disappearance of Ai Weiwei, 'Zodiac Heads' Will Come to New York

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Twelve oversize bronze sculptures of animal heads representing the Chinese zodiac are scheduled to be unveiled in New York on Monday. But the creator of the work, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," will not be with them.

Ai Wei Wei

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Red-And-White Quilts Blanket Park Avenue Armory

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

If you are a quilter, the Park Avenue Armory is the place to be this week. But whether or not you've ever been excited by quilts in the past, the collection of 650 red and white quilts suspended from the armory ceiling in twisting helix patterns is a sight to behold.

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Artists 4 Israel Simulate Rocket Attacks in Washington Square

Monday, March 28, 2011

On Monday, a group called Artists for Israel put on a multi-media installation simulating the experience of living in an Israeli border town under rocket fire by Gaza militant. View a slideshow of the installation.

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Guggenheim Says Artists' Boycott Jeopardizes Abu Dhabi Project

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

More than 130 artists have boycotted the Guggenheim's new Abu Dhabi location over migrant workers' rights.


Downtown Arts Festival Springs Forth

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

With warm weather on its way, New Yorkers are coming out of hibernation and going out to plays and concerts. At least, that’s the idea behind Spring Downtown, an arts festival that begins this week at selected venues, all below Houston street.

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Artists Boycott Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Over Migrant Workers' Rights

Saturday, March 19, 2011

There may be a few key art works missing from the Guggenheim's collection in Abu Dhabi. More than 130 artists have signed onto a petition boycotting the Guggenheim's new Saadiyat Island museum over alleged unfair working conditions for migrant workers building the project.

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Walker Center Acquires Merce Cunningham Dance Group Costumes and Décor

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Walker Center in Minneapolis purchases work from Merce Cunningham's 70-year career, with sets, costumes and backdrops by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and others.


Behind the Scenes: Public Sculpture in New York City

Saturday, March 19, 2011

From "Tilted Arc" to "Civic Virtue," outdoor statues and monuments have long been the focus of controversy in N.Y.C.

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Public Sculpture Comes to Times Square

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

This week, fine art meets flash as five sculptures by high-profile artists land in Times Square, a public art exhibition connected to Armory Arts Week. On Tuesday morning after the unveiling, tourists and native New Yorkers alike wandered among the statues. Here's what they said.

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Painting New York's Skyline

Monday, February 28, 2011

Once, hand-painted outdoor advertisements on building walls were widespread, but now they are a rare breed. One Brooklyn company is trying to change that. Check out our slideshow to learn more about the daring artists who make their living by braving tremendous heights and biting winds.

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