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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
14

Get Loved Up in Times Square for V Day

Love is the message on V-day in Times Square, with a slew of events happening around the newly unveiled sculpture, “We Were Strangers Once Too.” Bring your sweetie and celebrate with […]

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Neighborhoods

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Jul
26

Frank Stella’s Sack

The giant Salto nel Mio Sacco by Stella literally translates to “Jump into my Sack”. It hangs in the giant  lobby of CitiCorp Center, which is enclosed in glass windows and […]

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Jul
25

Otterness Mama Bear

I’m a fair person, so I’ve accepted the fact that some of you like  Tom Otterness. So, I guess I’ll let you know that one of his newer, cuter bronzes […]

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Jul
22

Club 57

Long before St. Marks turned into a smattering of random Asian places (it was all over the day Coney Island High closed and SUPERCUTS opened up- I’m still upset), it […]

New York’s rave days may be long over, but don’t tell that to Kenny Scharf’s basement. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a party at the iconic artist’s East Williamsburg basement, make sure to stick to the Day-Glo dress code. Called the Cosmic Cavern, the space is Scharf’s neon fantasy come to life, and quite possibly his largest existing art installtion. Hanging from the ceilings, walls and floors are neon colored dolls, toys, kitchen utensils, plastic garbage, and furniture, intermixed with neon murals by Kenny Scharf. The room glows brightly with more black lights than my friend’s 30 year old brother’s room in his parents basement could ever dream of. When guests enter, their faces are painted with Day Glo paint by Kenny himself, letting everyone become one with the Cosmic Cavern. With disco pumping and people dancing, it feels as close to what I imagine New York in the early 80s was. Who: Kenny Scharf What: Cosmic Cavern Where: Undisclosed, East Williamsburg
Jul
19

KENNY SCHARF’S COSMIC CAVERN

We’re so sad this place is packed up and gone.  If you were lucky enough to be invited to a party at the iconic artist’s East Williamsburg basement, make sure […]

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Jul
18

Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk

The late Tony Goldman’s headquarters in Soho is chock full of art, from Henry Chalfant and Swoons in the lobby, to every inch of each tenants’ spaces on every floor. […]

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Jul
15

The Mercer Street Store

Before he opened the epic Fashion Moda, which connected the culture of the South Bronx to the art world, Stefan Eins ran the downtown alternative art space The Mercer Street […]

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Jul
12

Studio of Jasper Johns

Built in 1912, the neo-classical gem on the corner of Essex and Houston was originally the Provident Loan Society, long before becoming the long time studio space of famed painter […]

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Jul
11

Booze Books + Art

You probably know The Library bar as the place to get cheap drinks strong enough to take paint off cars, tall boy Tecates, or the only place playing NOFX and […]

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Jul
7

An Artist-dedicated Playground With No Art

Augustus Saint Gaudens is known as the premier sculptor of the Gilded Age. Probably his most popular piece is the sparkly gilded statue of William Tecumseh Sherman that glitters in […]

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Jul
6

The San Remo Cafe

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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Jul
5

Flatiron Prow Artspace

Everyone knows I wander the streets of New York, taking in the architecture with an overly romantic eye, and gazing up at the Flatiron Building is like icing on the […]

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Jul
1

Jose Maria Sert- Time

Walking into the lobby at 30 Rock, visitors get an eyeful of a giant muscular Titan, who is straddling two columns directly over head. Aside from the up-crotch view, the […]

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Jun
30

Light and Movement at Rockefeller Center

Behind the heavyweight Atlas sculpture that upstages 630 Fifth Avenue is a tranquil artwork of light and sculpture that transforms the lobby of the International Building as an art gallery. […]

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Jun
29

Atlas Shrugged

The Art Deco-style giant bronze of Atlas, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, caused quite a stir when it was installed in 1937. First of all, the […]

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