Bushwick Open Studios Highlight: Satirical Animated Paintings by Federico Solmi

So Gilbert Stuart painted the iconic portrait of George Washington we can see at the National Portrait Gallery. And Washington deserved a nice big portrait, didn’t he? After all, he beat the English so that we could gain our freedom and he served as first president. Yet, a reputable historian has suggested that George Washington […]

By |June 12th, 2015|New York|0 Comments

The Best of Bushwick Open Studios 2015

In case you missed it, New York’s largest open studios event occurred this past Spring weekend in one of New York’s most burgeoning art districts. Now in its 9 installment, Bushwick Open Studios delivered the same unsurpassed variety, fresh content, and general weirdness as it has in past years, but on an increasingly inclusive scale. […]

By |June 11th, 2015|New York|4 Comments

Black Mountain at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum fuer Gegenwart – Berlin presents the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the legendary Black Mountain College. Founded in 1933 in North Carolina, USA, Black Mountain rapidly rose to fame on account of its progressive teaching methods and the many prominent figures who taught and studied there. Its influence […]

By |June 11th, 2015|Europe, Reviews and Photo Stories|0 Comments

De Colores – a Group Show at the Buggy Factory (for BOS), Curated by Enrico Gomez

If you were to think of songs associated with the labor union movement or various union strikes, the songs of the prolific union activist and songwriter Joe Hill might come to mind. Once, when a company hired a Salvation Army band to play loud enough to drown out the chants of strikers, Hill simply wrote […]

By |June 10th, 2015|New York|0 Comments

The Third Edition of Call for Bushwick Has Come and Gone

It was an event more radical than has ever been organized before, spread throughout the year only through their own social media and newsletter. Almost completely off the map of Bushwick Open Studios and any other artistic district of Brooklyn, the event was held in a semi-abandoned venue that required the commitment of construction more […]

By |June 9th, 2015|New York, Reviews and Photo Stories|0 Comments

Interviewing Ellen De Meijer: The Dutch Painter’s Ceremony Portraits Cross the Digital Divide to Art Southampton

An array of vivid ties spring to mind upon encountering the work of Dutch painter Ellen De Meijer. The first is of Margaret Keane, the American creator of that mid-century phenomenon colloquially known as Big Eyes. And while there are indeed similarities between the two, in tone as well as of features, there’s a different […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Interviews, New York|0 Comments

Bushwick Open Studios Highlight: Erik Maniscalco

One of the highlights for me of this year’s Buskwick Open Studios was finding the work of Erik Maniscalco. Maniscalco seems to be drawn to those he meets in his travels who have endured extreme hardship, or who are enduring extreme hardship, but who solicit no pity and who are not so much resigned to […]

By |June 8th, 2015|New York, Reviews and Photo Stories|0 Comments

ArtBridge’s Annual Art Auction Fundraiser at Jack Studios

The fourth annual 2015 Spring Art Auction with Artbridge and Jack Studios was abuzz with very beautiful people Thursday, May 28th.  The lovely attendees were made privy to a bevy of work presented by an auctioneer with the thankless job of doing his damnedest to hold the boozy crowd in sway.  Poor Guy.  Yes, the […]

By |June 8th, 2015|New York, Reviews and Photo Stories|0 Comments

Tony Matelli – Garden at Marlborough Chelsea

In world mythology the trickster figure is usually really good at giving horrible advice. The irony is that the trickster is usually not trying to sow discord or wreak havoc in people’s lives, he is sincere but misguided. So the trickster has gotten a bad rap – he’s not a ‘trickster’- he is not malicious, […]

By |June 6th, 2015|New York|0 Comments

John Scott’s New York Debut at Flowers Gallery

Once upon a time John Scott was a young socialist/communist-leaning kid mopping the floors of an oil refinery.  With the intention of becoming a socially conscious art writer, he dashed off some napkin drawings and soon found himself enrolled at the formerly known Ontario College of Art (now called OCAD University).  Since then he’s been […]

By |June 5th, 2015|New York, Reviews and Photo Stories|0 Comments