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

May
23

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

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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Neighborhoods

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” […]

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 […]

Santiago Calatrava
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

Central Park, Artist Studios, manhattan, Gainsborough Corporation, Gainsborough Studios
Sep
23

Gainsborough Studios

Central Park South today is more associated with tourists and horse carriages than artists. But in 1908, an entire building was built, just so a group of artists could have […]

Sep
21

White Horse Tavern

Lit Nerd Wednesday! With any mention of the White Horse Tavern it’s guaranteed you’ll get the Dylan Thomas story and how he  spent his last night here proclaiming that he […]

Sep
20

Heaven in an Elevator

The Standard, High Line is a design feat itself. The opulent glass structure sits on the edge of the Hudson, atop the Highline Park in the Meat Packing District, providing gorgeous […]

Sep
16

Gordon Matta Clark’s Home Sweet Home

For a year or so, the bar Home Sweet Home on Chrystie was my go-to for a guaranteed dance party in Manhattan on the weekends. As all things are cyclical, […]

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
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 […]

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