Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

  • Brooklyn Heights

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! On a tree-lined street in Brooklyn Heights a faded plaque rests on one of the many brownstones that dot the area — fitting as the reputation of […]

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  • May 6th AMREF ARTBALL honoring EL ANATSUI honorary host JACK SHAINMAN

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    The ArtBall 2017 invite is here! This year we have an even more fabulous event planned for Saturday, May 6th  – and we are hoping to sell it out! Along with […]

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  • Anne Barlinckhoff – Strength Africa

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Born in Amsterdam, Barlinckhoff is a young photographer with the guts and gaul of the great documentary photographers of the past, traveling to the far edges of the earth to […]

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  • Seaman-Drake Arch

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    This hidden arch was once the entrance way to the lavish 1855 Seaman-Drake “country” estate which sat on 25 acres near Broadway and 215th Street. It is a replica of Paris’ […]

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  • West 8th Street

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday!   It’s strange to think of West Eighth Street as anything but a few blocks of tacky shoe stores but in the 1950s and 60s it was […]

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  • DEATH

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Next week, experience a live audiovisual performance in Chelsea on April 18th, marking the opening of “DEATH,” presented by Laura Duvall and Margaret Velvet of THE CORP. The visual exhibition a series […]

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  • PS Os Gemeos

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    I really, really miss when Os Gemeos had their turn at the Houston Mural- it was by far the best and most complex as far as I’m concerned! But I […]

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  • In Dreams- An art show tribute to David Lynch

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Fulfill your Lynchian fantasies this weekend for an epic show at SPOKE NYC (210 Rivington Street). Be prepared to wait in line- these shows are incredibly popular. SPOKE NYC is pleased to […]

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  • Patchin Place

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

     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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  • Detroit GRIND

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    Detroit is representing this week, as Inner State Gallery takes over Rush Arts Gallery at (526 West 26th Street #311) for “Detroit Grind”- featuring works by Detroit-based artists: Nic Notion, Olayami […]

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  • Naoko Tosa’s Sound of Ikebana (Spring), Midnight Moment

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    You know how I love how art wins over ads every night in Times Square with #MidnightMoment (and of course I’m particularly fond of it since I curated July’s #MidnightMoment!) […]

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  • Hunt & Fish Club

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Remnants of old New York are few and far between- especially in Times Square, so I was surprised when a brand new restaurant echoed the bygone era. Eytan Sugarman’s brand new […]

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  • Willem de Kooning’s Studio of Depression

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    In 1946, things weren’t great for Willem de Kooning. His marriage to Elaine de Kooning was increasingly on the rocks. After a Spring of depression and showing up around town […]

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  • Morningside Heights

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! Columbia University, besides being outrageously expensive and eminent domainy, played a key role in one of the biggest literary movements of the 20th century and one of […]

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  • Haring Unearthed

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    I can’t imagine an 8,200 square foot apartment in New York- but complete with its own Keith Haring mural- preposterous! When realtors were renovating the epic “maisonette,” they accidentally unearthed […]

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Mar
28

The Art of Spray Paint at Wall Works Gallery

Join me Saturday from 5-8 at Wall Works Gallery for The Art of Spray Paint Exhibition, the companion show to my second book, with work by Logan Hicks, PichiAvo (the […]

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Neighborhoods

Sep
15

Stamen by Rodney Carroll

In 1967, the Churchill Building was one of New York’s largest luxury buildings. The sculpture at the front of the 2nd avenue facade was commissioned by the building in 2008. […]

Sep
14

The Bunker

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Where do I start when it comes to William S. Burroughs? From the moment he stepped foot in New York City it was high drama, be it […]

Sep
13

Calder’s Saurien

Although I’m more of a fan of his mobiles, this Alexander Calder stabile on Madison Avenue is pretty cool. Straddled across the corner sidewalk under the eaves of the IBM […]

Sep
9

Masstransiscope

Some subway art is questionable, but Bill Brand’s Masstransiscope is one of my favorites- creative, fun and unexpected. Newly restored in 2008, the piece can be seen from the B […]

Upper West Side, Dante, The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, Columbia University Philosophy, The Gates of Hell, Public Sculpture New York
Sep
8

The Thinker

Rodin’s The Thinker is one of the most recognizable statues in the world- and New York has its very own! The bronze sculpture in front of the Philosophy Hall at […]

Sep
7

The Algonquin Hotel

Lit Nerd Wednesday! “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her […]

Sep
4

Commanda Commands The Bell House

Shepard Fairey’s collagey murals are in venues all over New York, but I was pleasantly surprised to find his Commanda piece at the far reaches of the Bell House. Despite […]

Sep
2

Art Deco Splendor on Exchange

We love the art in the architecture of New York, and were stopped dead in our tracks when passing 20 Exchange Street. The doors at the former City Bank Farmers […]

Sep
1

Warhol’s Favorite Restaurant- Elaine’s

When it opened in 1963, Elaine’s Restaurant on the Upper East Side quickly became a haven for artists and writers alike. Andy Warhol often dined here as did Helen Frankenthaler […]

Aug
31

Chumley’s

Lit Nerd Wednesday! Remember the faux-speakeasy craze of the early aughts? For a while I dug this rehash of the 1920s but then it became a hassle — if it […]

Aug
30

John Ahearn’s Double Dutch

John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres’ South Bronx casting projects are now a thing of legend, and could be seen in our art world at the ill fated Max Fish Bar, Socrates […]

Aug
29

DeMedici’s Butt- Caffe Reggio

Treat your ass like a DeMedici! Unless you go to NYU, most New Yorkers avoid the cheesiness that has become MacDougal Street. Most of the bars have built in beer […]

Aug
24

Fort Greene

LitNerd Wednesday! I just can’t quite get out of this Brooklyn literary history theme of the past week — so many planted down here and I still haven’t touched on […]

Aug
23

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum/ Andrew Carnegie Mansion

The newly rebranded Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum takes residence in the gorgeous former mansion of Andrew Carnegie, built during the Gilded Age of 1903. Carnegie lived in the gargantuan […]

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