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
8

Closing Reception, Other Homes at Arsenal Gallery

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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Neighborhoods

Jan
3

Sarah Sze, Blueprint for a Landscape

The long awaited 2nd Avenue Subway line is finally open, which means a bevy of new public art for our enjoyment. Sarah Sze was one of the first artists chosen […]

Jan
2

Philip Williams Poster Museum

The Philip Williams Poster Museum may be a retail store, but it feels like a step into an amazing time warp. First of all the space, which opened in 1973, […]

Dec
30

The Original New Year’s Eve Ball

Back in 1907, metalworker Jacob Starr made the first glowing ball to be lowered from One Times Square at midnight on December 31st. Just five feet in diameter, it didn’t […]

Dec
28

The Jane Hotel

The Jane is a maritime themed budget hotel with great décor. Patrons stay in cruise ship style rooms, as the building was originally built in 1908 as a hotel for […]

Dec
26

Tenth of Always with Andy Warhol and Candy Darling

Tenth of Always (currently The Madelyn) was a happening gay afterhours restaurant in the heart of the Village, frequented by Andy Warhol and Lou Reed. The place was run by […]

Dec
23

Bronze Plaques of Union Square

I bet you’ve never noticed these bronze plaques on the ground surrounding Union Square before. I know, you were too busy looking at the break dancers/tourists/green market/healing art sellers, but […]

Dec
21

Carl Van Vechten’s Studio

Lit Nerd Wednesday! He may sound unfamiliar today but do an image search by his name and his subjects will look very recognizable. Actors, musicians and writers spanning three decades […]

Dec
15

The Pulitzer Fountain

The ultimate post-mortem vanity plate to himself, Joseph Pulitzer left $50,000 for the Pulitzer Fountain, to be erected in Grand Army Plaza at the South Eastern tip of Central Park. […]

Dec
14

Gotham Book Mart

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Oh the plight of the independent bookstore and it’s increasingly likelihood of extinction — like many towns and cities across the country New York City can’t escape this […]

Dec
12

Pissing on Queen Elizabeth I

Once upon a time, publishing giant, William Randolph Hearst, owned the Warwick Hotel. Hearst sought out famed illustrator and muralist Dean Cornwell to transform a salon in the hotel into […]

Dec
6

George Bellows’ House

Across from the House of Fantasy, lived the great New York painter, George Bellows. From 1910 to 1925, Bellows lived in the townhouse, and worked in a studio in the […]

Dec
5

Gordon Matta-Clark’s FOOD Cafe

I love Gordon Matta-Clark. It is true. I love how he turned architecture into sculpture, by cutting holes in buildings or slicing them in half. I love how he bought […]

Nov
30

Columbia Heights

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Living off and on in NYC for 16 years, I’ve often taken the beauty of it’s landmarks for granted, the Brooklyn Bridge being one of them. Poet Hart […]

Tom Otterness, Life Underground, Meatpacking, Subway Art
Nov
29

Life Underground by Tom Otterness

Everyone I know loves Tom Otterness’ “Life Underground,” the Fraggle Rock Doozer-like small bronze characters inhabiting the 8th Avenue L train station. For some reason I’ve always hated them with […]

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