Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

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    The Paintings of Menswear Designer Franco Lacosta

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Tonight, menswear designer Franco Lacosta shares his paintings at his gorgeous Chelsea studio. 508 West 26st ( 10/11 ave) Loft 5G The Highline Loft Chelsea from 6-9 pm!  

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    Danceteria

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Like most 1980s art meccas in New York, the epic Danceteria club, where Keith Haring was a busboy, is of course now luxury condos. Madonna worked there as a hat […]

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    Circle in the Square

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! The cliché images of poetry and jazz are well engrained in the pop culture psyche of the 1950s and the Beat Generation. The seeds of that image were […]

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    Messengers, Two-Person show, You Jung Byun and Yuzuru Akimoto

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Children’s book illustrator You Jung Byun is mostly known to the younger set, but her beautifully imaginative illustrations can be enjoyed by any age. Byun is also the prettier-half of […]

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    Sunset Park

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! Sunset Park may not give off the hip image of Brooklyn blanketing the zeitgeist in modern day pop culture but in the late 1940s and 50s it […]

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  • Installation view of Manual Digital curated by Beth Waldman at Space 151. (R-C-L) Jamie Martinez, Oleg Lobykin and Beth Waldman.

    Manual Digital Curated by Beth Waldman at Space 151

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Planes of light and dark in contrasting colors counteract one another, revealing remarkable complexity in the works on view as part of Manual Digital, an exhibit highlighting eight artists in […]

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    Rothko and The Four Seasons: Those Sons of Bitches

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    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. […]

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    Crash, Bio and Nick – “The Collaborations” opening Thursday 3/9

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    CRASH BIO Nick Walker A show over a year in the making…join us for the opening of our “The Collaborations” show, sponsored by Ilegal Mezcal on Thursday, March 9 from 7-10pm. Space is […]

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    The Golden Swan Garden

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

      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 […]

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    Gracie Mansion Gallery site

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    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 […]

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    Art on Paper featuring Tahiti Pehrson as curated by Lynzy Blair

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    The only fair dedicated solely to one medium, the fair returns for the third year to celebrate artists who transform ordinary paper into delicate, detailed and meticulous works of art. […]

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    The House of Scribner

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    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 […]

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    Chad Hasegawa as curated by DK Johnston

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    This Saturday, Hasegawa elevates the medium of ordinary house paint into the fine art realm, with a new show of beautifully rendered abstract paintings at DK Johnston’s The MARCY Project. […]

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    Leopard at Hotel des Artistes

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    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 […]

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    Buff Monster- Melt with me

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Tonight, join Buff Monster’s “Meltiverse” and experience his foray into large scale and small sculpture. Make sure to get there, because the pop-up melts away February 18. Melt with Me- […]

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Feb
28

Chad Hasegawa as curated by DK Johnston

This Saturday, Hasegawa elevates the medium of ordinary house paint into the fine art realm, with a new show of beautifully rendered abstract paintings at DK Johnston’s The MARCY Project. […]

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Neighborhoods

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Oct
25

City Hall Station

The subways truly amaze me. From thinking about how they were built over a hundred years ago with lesser construction technology, to the fact that they transport over 5 million […]

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Oct
21

Berlin Wall in Battery Park

In 1982, French artist Thierry Noir moved to West Berlin, chasing the music scene created when David Bowie and Iggy Pop moved to the German city. Over the course of […]

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Oct
20

Tight Rope Walker

No, the sculpture at Revson Plaza is not an homage to Man on a Wire, but actually a bronze gifted in 1979. Created by sculptore R. Kees Verkade, it depicts […]

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Oct
18

Stephen Sprouse

After surprisingly declaring bankruptcy in 1985, designer and visionaire Stephen Sprouse opened a three floor flagship store on Wooster in 1987. (which later continued in its arts roots by being […]

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Oct
17

Broken Kilometer

Set amidst the fancy designer shops of West Broadway sits another Dia Foundation supported site. On the ground floor of the building next to Eileen Fisher’s flagship fashions, visitors will […]

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Oct
13

Noguchi’s Waterfall

The devil’s number may be 666, but in the lobby of the Fifth Avenue building bearing this address is a little slice of meditative heaven. Simply called “Ceiling and Waterfall” […]

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Oct
12

The Poetry Center

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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Oct
11

Nara n Niagara

The closest that I’ll probably get to a real Yoshitomo Nara piece is at a bar in the East Village- only a thin layer of plastic separates my grubby hands […]

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Oct
6

New York Times Capsule by Santiago Calatrava

I always loved the idea of the time capsule. There’s one I mentioned at the 1939 World’s Fair site in Queens, not to be opened until  6939 AD. There’s the one in my […]

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Oct
4

Diva in the Subway

Gleaming in a gold dress with red hair, could it be…me? No, silly! Deep in the subway station of the 1 train at West 66th Street, aka Lincoln Center, are […]

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Oct
3

Murray Hill’s Gingerbread Carriage House

Alongside the traffic to the Queens-Midtown tunnel is this gingerbread of a house with an artistic past. The Flemish Revival former stable house was built in 1902 by architect Ralph […]

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Sep
29

Jackson Pollock Pissed in Peggy Guggenheim’s Fireplace. And Painted her an Early Mural

After her divorce from Max Ernst, super collector Peggy Guggenheim moved into this duplex apartment in 1943, adding a new address to where New York’s art world elite would gather. […]

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Sep
28

Patchin Place

 Lit Nerd Wednesday! Tree-lined streets are a dime a dozen in the Village but very few have the reputation of the timeless Patchin Place. This small alley populated with three […]

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Sep
27

Yaffa Cafe

It saddens me greatly that Yaffa Cafe is gone, but I still must pay tribute to the overly ornamental kitsch that defined my late teen years coming to New York. […]

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