Art Nerd New York | Los Angeles

  • Williamsburg

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! Henry Miller hated New York. A lot. So much so that he trashed the city every chance he got until his dying days (more on that below). His […]

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  • Metronome

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Most people I know say “What the hell is that thing? What is it counting?” as they point to the smoking, giant wall piece that is posted on the south […]

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  • John Johnson

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Poor Seward Johnson, nobody takes him seriously. And other than the proximity of Double Check to the World Trade Towers, why should they? Another of John Seward Johnson’s life-sized bronzes […]

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  • MidnightMoment- MSHR’s Convolution Weave~Lattice Domain

    Friday, August 11, 2017

    This month, get psychedelic in Times Square for Midnight Moment. In partnership with Upfor Gallery, Times Square Arts presents artist MSHR’s Convolution Weave~Lattice Domain on Times Square’s electronic billboards from […]

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  • Minetta Tavern

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Lit Nerd Wednesday! Minetta Tavern has a different identity these days, one of wall-to-wall people, expensive meals and cocktails and reservations hard to come by but in the 1940s it […]

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  • Jon Burgerman’s It’s Great to Create Released on Chronicle Books

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Jon Burgerman is one of the most fun and creative artists I know. His doodles always have me laughing, and he has always been great at taking them to the […]

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  • Noguchi Was a Babe

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    It was a bum out that Hurricane Sandy damaged a whole bunch of Isamu Noguchi’s works in storage in Long Island City, but all the Googling about it made us discover […]

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  • Perceptions of Luxury with Audrey Kabla

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    My dear friend- author, professor and luxury brands expert- Audrey Kabla is giving a free talk at the lovely Beautique (8 West 58th Street) Wednesday night from 8-10pm, hosted by […]

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  • Carl Van Vechten’s Studio

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    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 […]

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  • White Horse Tavern

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    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 […]

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  • TODAY: Rubin Museum Block Party!

    Sunday, July 16, 2017

    The annual family-fun (and free) block party is back, celebrating the exhibition “The World Is Sound.” Spend the day noshing on Himalayan snacks, live performances such as The Blue Angels […]

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  • Louise Bourgeois- Sanctum on 20th Street

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    I used to walk past the late, great Louise Bourgeois’ legendary brownstone home and studio on 20th Street every day on my way to work. The Abstract Expressionist sculptor was […]

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  • Columbia Heights

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    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 […]

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  • Gotham Book Mart

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    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 […]

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  • Book Signing with Crash, Logan Hicks, Nick Walker and Joe Iurato for The Art of Spray Paint

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    I hope you can join us at the Urban Art Fair | New York 2017 (Spring Studios, 50 Varick street/6 St Johns Lane) for a double book signing on Friday, June 30 […]

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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

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 […]

Aug
18

Apartment of Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian lived in an apartment on this spot after fleeing the Nazi invasion of Holland then the London Blitz. Yikes. Inspired by the freedom of New York, he painted […]

Aug
15

WK Interact’s Climbing the Walls

The Lower East Side has become a horrifying mass of frat boys. The former hot bed of creativity is now home to annoying bar after annoying bar. Sandwiched between the […]

Aug
12

The Zabludowicz Collection

Private collectors Poju and Anita Zabludowicz have such a vast art collection, that they have private museum spaces in London, Finland and New York. Part of their crazy collection can […]

Marc Chagall, The Triumph of Music, Lincoln Center
Aug
11

Chagall’s Murals at Lincoln Center

In 1966, master painter Marc Chagall painted to enormous murals for the Metropolitan Opera, entitled “The Triumph of Music” and “The Sources of Music.” The murals, considered New York treasures, […]

Aug
10

East Village

Lit Nerd Wednesday! “A sad park of Autumn, late Saturday afternoon — leaves by now so dry they make a general rattle and a little girl in a green knit […]

Aug
4

Isamu Noguchi- Red Cube

Isamu Noguchi’s prolific career spanned from the 1920s until his death in 1988. Raised in Japan by his American mother (he is the illegitimate son of Japanese poet Yone Noguchi), […]

Aug
3

McSorley’s

LitNerd Wednesday! Lets get the bad out of the way — McSorley’s has this funky stale onion and beer smell and there’s no bigger display of douchebaggery than on weekend […]

Aug
1

Kettle of Fish

What is now Esperanto Café was once the original home of Kettle of Fish bar. In the 1960s the Beat writers and Warhol crowd hung here. Edie Sedgwick met Bob […]

Jul
28

Marc Chagall’s Apartment

Marc Chagall has left his mark on New York City – Lincoln Center’s gorgeous Chagall murals are as famous as the Metropolitan Opera itself, and the United Nations building boasts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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