Features : Archive for Visual Arts

Fans Pack Auction House to Bid On Lena Horne's Estate

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

For three hours, they bid on everything from inscribed Langston Hughes books to a painting by Horne's friend Charles Alston to a pair of cuffs that Jenny Lumet will wear to the Oscars.


Walking Among Giants: Brooklyn's Botanic Garden Showcases the Bonsai

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's exhibit celebrating the bonsai, Graceful Perseverance, opened this month. WNYC spent an afternoon with the bonsai master behind the branches.


Artist Transforms FBI Files Into Short Films

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Artist Jenny Perlin uses film to take a peek into one of New York City's most notorious trials.


History Museum Puts Spotlight on Tibetan Tangkas, Meditation

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The American Museum of Natural History is taking some time for meditation. On Tuesday, the museum invted the public to meditation sessions guided by Buddhist monks to celebrate its "Body and Spirit" exhibit of historical Tibetan medicine paintings.

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Manhattan Artist Turns Park Ave. Into Fanciful Garden

Friday, January 21, 2011

Will Ryman and his team will begin installing 38 giant rose blossoms up and down Park Avenue from 57th and 67th streets on Friday night.

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NYU Students Create Shirts that Detect Pollution with Style

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hypercolor clothes may have gone out of style in the '80s, but there's a new thermochromic sweatshirt in town.

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Guggenheim Explores Expansion into Finland

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On Tuesday, Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen announced that the city had commissioned the Guggenheim to conduct a study on the feasibility of bringing a new modern art museum administered by the Guggenheim to town.


Helvetica: Your Biggest Fan Just Turned 80

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Helvetica is one of the world’s most ubiquitous fonts. We read it, stare at it, and pass by it every day. The font is especially prevalent in New York, where the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority uses the commonly seen, round-lettered type in its maps and signs. This week, Massimo Vignelli, the man credited with introducing the font to America and one of the font's staunchest supporters, turned 80.


Arts Highlights 2011: New York Critics, Writers Weigh In

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.


Chinese Lunar New Year Hops into Town

Monday, January 03, 2011

Say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Here are our top choices for how to ring in the Lunar New Year in New York.

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Contemporary Sculpture Made From Recycled World Trade Center Steel

Friday, December 10, 2010

An arts organization in upstate New York, has commissioned a sculpture using five huge mangled pieces of steel from the World Trade Center.


New Museum Installs Controversial David Wojnarowicz Video

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The New Museum has installed "Fire In My Belly" in its lobby. The video, which is by the late New York artist David Wojnarowicz, was on view in the Smithsonian last week as part of a gay-themed exhibit. The Smithsonian took the video down on November 30, after the Catholic League called it an act of "hate speech" for several seconds of ants crawling on a crucifix during the film.


Roll Over Beethoven: 'Ode to Joy' Remixes Come to MoMA

Monday, December 06, 2010

This week, the artistic duo chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, unveils their rather unusual "Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on 'Ode to Joy' for a Prepared Piano" at the MoMA.

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NY Hall of Science Spotlights 1001 Inventions From the Muslim World

Friday, December 03, 2010

1001 Inventions, opening Saturday, takes note of technological and medical advancements from the Muslim world.

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The Art of the Dreidel

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Hanukkah began Wednesday at sundown and for lots of kids that means just one thing: dreidels and gelt. While to some dreidels are toys, for many they are works of art and objects invested with spiritual meaning. Check out WNYC's slideshow of high-art dreidels.

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New Museum Installs 28-Foot Tall Rose on Facade

Monday, November 15, 2010

If you're walking down the Bowery on Manhattan's Lower East Side this week, you may notice something different on the facade of the New Museum.


Buyers Pay More for Warhols, Lichtenstein Than Projected

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Andy Warhol's works of art have sold above their projected pricetags at this week's contemporary art auction sales.


Hans-Peter Feldmann Wins 2010 Hugo Boss Prize

Friday, November 05, 2010

The German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann has won this year's Hugo Boss prize. Feldmann, who has been creating conceptual art for four decades, will receive $100,000 along with the award.


Queens Court Charges Graffiti Tagger 'ZEB'

Friday, November 05, 2010

Zebadiah Arrington, 19, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday for spray painting his tag, "ZEB," onto seven New York City subway cars.

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Kara Walker Receives Award Recognizing Women in the Arts

Thursday, November 04, 2010

New York Artist Kara Walker's cut-paper silhouettes address race, gender, repression and sexuality. She received the 2010 Women in the Arts award on Thursday.