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
9

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

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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Neighborhoods

Jan
25

West Village Surprise: West 10th Window

It may not look like much in between exhibitions, but the West 10th Window comes on like a little art surprise in the city. Since 2003, there are a smattering […]

Jan
25

Bedford Street

  Lit Nerd Wednesday! My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! First […]

Jan
24

4 Seasons Seasoned

Its no secret that I am attracted to anything sparkly. It is also no secret that I find much of the MTA’s subway art kinda boring. I do however love Robert […]

Jan
23

Nam June Paik’s 429 Old TVs

Although it sorta reminds me of childhood trips to the electronics store at the mall, Nam June Paik’s Chase Information Wall seems incredibly dated, although only 21 years old. Made […]

Jan
20

Jan
18

Minetta Tavern

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Minetta Tavern has a different identity these days, one of wall-to-wall people, expensive meals and cocktails and reservations hard to come by but in the 1940s it […]

Jan
17

James Turrell, Light Box

The lobby of 505 Fifth Avenue is a permanent art installation. Artist James Turrell’s collaboration with architects Kohn Pederson Fox Associates have transformed the office building lobby into a glowing […]

Jan
16

Haring’s Altar Piece

When the late great Keith Haring finally succumbed to feeling the sickness of HIV, he made one last art work. In January of 1990, just one month before his death, […]

Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, Barbara Krueger, Damien Hirst, EV Day
Jan
13

Lever House Art Collection

The Lever House was one of the first glassy skyscrapers to open on Park Avenue, changing the look of the masonry street into a business center in 1952.  Now we […]

Jan
12

The Tallest Hotel Filled with William DeBilzan Art

New York, the best city ever, is now home to the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere- the newly opened Marriott on 54th Street. To go along with its  grandeur […]

Jan
10

Balls.

George Rhoads is kind of a dorky Renaissance man- a painter, origami master, and rolling ball run sculptor. His 42nd Street Ballroom sculpture doesn’t evoke dancing in gowns, but instead […]

Jan
9

Coenties Slip Group

The little strip called Coenties Slip was home to a group of artists in the 1950s headed by Robert Indiana. Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist and Jack Youngerman had […]

Jan
6

Christie’s Auction House

Many people don’t realize that Auction houses are essentially free museums. So much important work from art history gets passed from private hands to private hands, occasionally lent to a […]

Jan
4

Bemelmans Bar

Lit Nerd Wednesday! I have a bit of a dilemma – I love vintage hotel bars but my archivist salary says NO! Of course I still like to indulge from […]

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