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De Blasio to Unveil New Artist Housing, Workspace

Monday, February 02, 2015

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In his 2015 State of the City address on Tuesday, the mayor will make affordable housing his top priority and will announce a new program for the city's artists and makers.

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Strangers

Andrew and Akina Cox: Meet the Moonies

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A hip young artist couple find themselves in an arranged marriage. - Get the full story here.

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Soundcheck

Coffee, Deadlines and Bathroom Habits: The Odd and Interesting 'Daily Rituals' of Artists

Friday, June 28, 2013

A new book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" offers a glimpse into the mundane daily lives of some of the world's most productive and creative people, from Mozart to John Updike to Maya Angelou. Author Mason Currey shares some of the habits held by musicians and composers -- from drug use to rigid writing timetables -- and guest host (and singer-songwriter) Erin McKeown talks about her own creative schedule. 

Do you have certain habits or routines that aid your creativity? Leave us a voicemail at 866 939 1612, or write a comment below. 

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Schoolbook

From Balloon Dogs to Puppets, Jeff Koons Teaches an Art Class

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

It's Visual Arts Appreciation Week in city schools. The artist Jeff Koons stopped by a classroom to talk animal sculptures with second graders.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Karachi Does Public Transportation With Style

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hundreds of minibuses get commuters around Pakistan’s bustling port city Karachi.

Ladies ride in the front section of Karachi's minibuses. (Photo by Mansoor Khan)

Since there is no other viable means of public transportation, the buses get packed fast and can be risky to ride since they don’t stop for passengers to get on and off and riders often have to pile up on top of the buses if there's no space in the bus cabin. These turn many Karachi locals off. But the vibrant good looks of the buses coupled with the fact that they are made by local artisans make Karachi buses the coolest form of public transportation I’ve seen to date.

This bus, made in 2008, has seen a few trips. (Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson)

Karachi's minibuses  take months to decorate before they hit the road. First they are painted a base color. Then artisans cut eye-catching red, orange, blue, green and yellow plastic reflector sheets (chamak patti) into shapes -- like hearts, diamonds and flowers -- into small pieces with scissors. The shapes are then made into patterns, pictures or natural scenes -- waterfalls, mountains and peacocks are popular -- and affixed onto tin sheets that cover the bus exteriors.

Popular motifs include peacocks and stars. (Photo by Umair Mohsin/Flickr CC)

The names of bus operators or artists who decorated the buses -- Brothers, Princ Khan, VIP -- are often found on the vehicles, as are eyes that look out at passengers coming from behind. Other decor, such as chains with amulets, dangle from the front and back bus bumpers. Icing on the cake is flags, tassels and strings of beads.

This 2001 bus is operated by Brothers. (Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson)

After you've seen the buses by day, take a drive through Karachi at night: that's when tiny lights on the buses are all lit up.

The Karachi W11 by night. (Photo by Mansoor Khan)

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Matteo Pericoli on drawing Manhattan, before and after 9/11

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Matteo Pericoli on drawing Manhattan, before and after 9/11.

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WQXR Features

A Magnet for Young Talent Turns 50

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Young Concert Artists has been such a fixture on the classical music landscape for so long, it’s easy to lose track of its milestones: creating the debut recitals and tours for pianists like Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Tokyo String Quartet and Dawn Upshaw.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life and Work of Alice Neel

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Phoebe Hoban discusses the artist Alice Neel, who was unconventional both in her life and her work. The biography Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty tells the story of Neel’s life and the portraits she painted, which portray a universe of powerful personalities and document an age—she painted through the Depression, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution, feminism, and the 1980s.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Emerging Artists Curate NYC

Monday, September 27, 2010

Full Spectrum has teamed up with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to produce Curate NYC, a program and contest for emerging artists to show their work at locations throughout the city.  Full Spectrum co-founders Brian Tate and Danny Simmons preview the exhibition, which will take place October 21-31.

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Studio 360

Toxic Materials

Saturday, March 05, 2005

The life of the average artist is not known for a sense of security. Most will gain little money, status, or recognition. They may dream of these things, but what many artists should be yearning for more than anything is … health insurance. Sarah Lilley explains why.

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Studio 360

Clock Watchers

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Many writers, musicians, and artists got their start in the office — the British novelist Anthony Trollope worked for the postal service and composer Charles Ives was a full-time insurance agent. Judith Kampfner looked into the workaday lives of artists to find out how it fuels their creativity outside ...

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Studio 360

Toxic Materials

Saturday, July 17, 2004

The life of the average artist is not known for its sense of security. Most will experience little money, or fame, or recognition. They may dream of these things, but what many artists should be yearning for more than anything is… health insurance. Sarah Lilley explains why.

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Studio 360

Larissa Brown

Saturday, February 21, 2004

A towering curve of yellow interoffice envelopes sits in the lobby of a Portland office building. It's the work of visual artist Larissa Brown. After this office worker took a sculpture class, she became inspired to make art pieces from the supplies at work — shipping tags, staplers, ...

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