Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

  • Secret Garden: The Female Gaze on Erotica

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    It’s not just a man’s world anymore. Next Tuesday June 27, 40 female artists fearlessly address sexual themes in their work with a gorgeous exhibition on nudes, “the gaze,” sensuality […]

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  • The San Remo Cafe

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! Greenwich Village during the 1950’s was a magical time in post-WWII bohemia where painters, writers and poets mingled in bars and cafes in what was then part […]

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  • Hilary Swift as curated by DK Johnston at The Quin

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Opening Thursday (6/22 7-9pm) at The Quin Hotel (101 West 57th Street) Hilary Swift’s photographs capture surprising portraits on the streets of New York- in the vein of the time-honored […]

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  • Storytime with Jon Burgerman & Oliver Jeffers!

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Next Monday from 4-5 at Books Are Magic at 225 Smith Street, UK artist Jon Burgerman will host an incredible story time with his newest picture book Splat! He’ll also be […]

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  • Roy Lictenstein’s Time Square Mural

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Another oversized Roy Lichtenstein piece is free for everyone to see- in the 42nd Street subway station. Just called “Times Square Mural,” The piece is huge- 6 feet high and […]

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  • UNCONTAINABLE opens with RETNA, Shepard Fairey, Logan Hicks, London Police + more

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    UNCONTAINABLE, opening June 9, is the precursor to the forthcoming National Institute of Urban Art. NIUA, opening in late 2017, will provide exhibition space, public education programs and artist services […]

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  • Closing Reception, Other Homes at Arsenal Gallery

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Come and celebrate the closing of Other Homes at Arsenal Gallery! Featuring a short walkthrough with the artists and curator and refreshments from 6-8 pm. We look forward to having […]

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  • Bannerman Castle of Curiosities

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    You don’t have to go to Europe to explore castle ruins- just a 60 minute train ride from Grand Central is the epic architectural gem, Bannerman Castle. I first spotted […]

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  • Clinton Hill

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! A little mix of punk rock and literature this week with Patti Smith whose love of poetry and prose was the original reason she moved to New […]

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  • Maxfield Parrish’s Painted Fart- and the Bloody Mary

    Monday, June 5, 2017

    The fantastical Gold Age-illustrated world of Maxfield Parrish lives forever at one of New York’s ritziest bars, the King Cole at the St. Regis Hotel. Hanging above the bar where […]

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  • The Monkey Bar and Hotel Elysee

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! I have mixed feelings about Midtown — like the rest of the city, I find some of the modern architecture kind of awful but I really like the […]

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  • Summer Night Wishes at Elizabeth Street Garden

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    The gorgeous Elizabeth Street Garden is one of my favorite stops in Soho. Independent curator Marie-Salomé Peyronnel chose seven artists, including the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti, to transform the idyllic garden into […]

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  • The Poetry Center

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! It’s a drag to write about places completely vanished or just a shell of their former glory so it feels good to talk about something still very […]

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  • That Side of Paradise: Katya Grokhovsky and Nyugen E. Smith

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Don’t miss two incredible artists tomorrow night in a performance on a roof in Central Park! Katya Grokhovsky and Nyugen E. Smith share new performative works as part of Other […]

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  • Diane Arbus and the Westbeth

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    In 1971, the volatile and highly depressive photographer Diane Arbus, then 48, took a heavy dose of barbituates then slashed her wrists, while living in the Westbeth Artists Community in […]

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What's Up

Jun
15

Storytime with Jon Burgerman & Oliver Jeffers!

Next Monday from 4-5 at Books Are Magic at 225 Smith Street, UK artist Jon Burgerman will host an incredible story time with his newest picture book Splat! He’ll also be […]

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Neighborhoods

Mar
14

Rothko and The Four Seasons: Those Sons of Bitches

The Four Seasons Restaurant is one of the swankiest places to have a meal in New York- so swanky that Mark Rothko decided he didn’t want his paintings hung there. […]

Mar
8

The Golden Swan Garden

  Lit Nerd Wednesday! It’s hard to imagine when walking past the corner of West 4th and Sixth Avenue that on that little slice of greenery once stood a place […]

Mar
6

Gracie Mansion Gallery site

The artistic spirit of the East Village of the 1980s was one I dream about, and live through movies like “Downtown 81”, “Slaves of New York” and modern period movies […]

Mar
1

The House of Scribner

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Who knew that the Sephora  at the bottom of the gloriously old building on 497 Fifth Avenue had a lot in common with writing. Authors like Dawn […]

Feb
28

Leopard at Hotel des Artistes

The Hotel Des Artistes was opened in 1918 as a place for artists of all genres to live, work and flourish. Originally served by the Café des Artistes, The Leopard […]

Feb
16

Large Coqui by Tom Otterness

There really are Tom Otterness pieces all over New York (like my not so favorite “Life Underground”). Living around the corner from this site, Otterness has given the playground of […]

Feb
15

Cafe Le Metro

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Even if you think you know a ton about the lost literary haunts of NYC, you come across some surprises like Cafe Le Metro. Situated in what […]

Feb
13

Beau Stanton’s Cursum Perficio mural

Beau Stanton‘s beautiful Cursum Perficio is the latest permanent mural to enliven the dwindling Little Italy neighborhood (which is slowly being swallowed up by Chinatown). The  L.I.S.A. Project (Little Italy […]

Feb
9

Hive (Bleecker Street)

Coming out of the Bleecker Street 6 Station is like coming out of a video game. The glowing LED light installation spans across the ceiling as commuters ascend into the […]

Feb
8

Williamsburg

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Henry Miller hated New York. A lot. So much so that he trashed the city every chance he got until his dying days (more on that below). His […]

Feb
7

Carnegie Artist Lofts

High above Carnegie Hall, The Carnegie Artist Studios housed musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, architects and other creatives since 1895. Some pretty famous people lived here, and creatively monumental evens happened […]

Feb
6

Richard Woods Facade

The façade of this Gianni Intili-designed home has been painted with faux-wood doodlings by British Pop artist Richard Woods. The home was subject of a Bravo TV show called “9 By […]

Jan
31

Dan Flavin at Dia

The Dia Foundation‘s Chelsea headquarters may be gone, but the building remains to be used by the arts (most recently for the Outsiders Art Fair). Aside from continuing to be […]

Jan
30

Eleanor

A throw back to the traditional style of public art, the bronze statue, is Penelope Jenck’s statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at the entrance to Riverside Park on the Upper West […]

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