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The Pool Man’s Joy

The Pool Man’s Joy

BY DAVID NOH | The one emotion that you come away with from the David Hockney retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — and, indeed, that you experience all through your viewing of it — is joy. He is living proof that great art needn’t be dark, tortured, or full of angst. Hockney comes instead […]

Artifacts of Continent’s First Nations Restored at AMNH

Artifacts of Continent’s First Nations Restored at AMNH

BY LEVAR ALONZO | The American Museum of Natural History has announced a $14.5 million project to update, restore, and conserve its Northwest Coast Hall by 2020, just in time for AMNH’s 150th anniversary. The museum’s oldest exhibit, the Northwest Coast Hall collection is home to the cultural and artistic expression of the indigenous First Nations […]

Celebrating Editta Sherman

Celebrating Editta Sherman

BY DAVID NOH | At the New-York Historical Society right now, you can meet the best unknown portrait photographer of the last century, Editta Sherman. Although she died four years ago, her presence is very much alive here in the huge, vintage 8×10 camera with which she plied her trade (the same one the great […]

Poetic Painter

Poetic Painter

BY DAVID NOH | nce upon a time, on the magical island of Manhattan, there lived three princesses named Stettheimer. Born to a wealthy, elite German Jewish family, their father, a banker, deserted them in childhood, but their mother, Rosetta, had enough money of her own to enable her daughters to create their own special kingdom, […]

Convincing Hell’s Kitchen Artists to Stay Put

Convincing Hell’s Kitchen Artists to Stay Put

BY NATHAN DICAMILLO | Janet Restino’s advice to young artists is that they live outside of Manhattan, yet she herself has been making art here since 1992. And she’s among the recent beneficiaries of an effort encouraging like-minded souls to maintain their base in Hell’s Kitchen. “A lot of the creative force in Manhattan has been […]

Mental Health-Themed Mural Spans Bridge to Spread Message of Hope

Mental Health-Themed Mural Spans Bridge to Spread Message of Hope

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | A vibrant and engaging mural designed to take on the stigma surrounding mental illness is spreading its message — 90 feet long and six feet high — along a once-gloomy pedestrian walkway. Recently installed for permanent view across both sides of the Port Authority bridge on W. 34th St. (btw. […]

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Defining Images from Decisive Moments

BY NORMAN BORDEN | Here is India through the eyes of one of the most — maybe the most — influential and revered photographers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). The artist himself selected 69 of his favorite images for a 2002 show in Oslo, and now that collection is part of the Rubin […]

Talking Statues Project Has History Asking, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’

Talking Statues Project Has History Asking, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The ubiquitous sound — a cellphone ringtone — rang out in Bryant Park, but the person on the other end would have surprised historians. It was, after all, a call from Gertrude Stein, who passed away over 70 years ago. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t Stein, but rather an actor […]

DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh at Grey Art

DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh at Grey Art

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | While a founding member of the pioneering band DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh has also been a visual artist since the early 1970s. Over several decades, he has amassed a prodigious body of work consisting of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, wildly inventive musical instruments of his own design, decorative arts, film, film scores, and […]

America’s True Native Fashion

America’s True Native Fashion

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When you think about Native Americans and fashion, your first thought might be “Beads.” (Well, at least mine was.) Wait, no. Feathers! No— buckskin with fringe. What’s more Native American than buckskin pants worn by some high-cheeked hunter about to shoot a deer? Well how about a Louis Vuitton arrow quiver? That […]

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