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Wishing everyone the best and a better New Year!
12/24/2020

Wishing everyone the best and a better New Year!

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/circus/#part01PBS just sent State of the Arts NYC the link to this vid...
12/01/2020
The Circus | American Experience | PBS

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/circus/#part01
PBS just sent State of the Arts NYC the link to this video on the Circus. We highly recommend that you check it out as well.

The Circus explores the colorful history of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time.

Just learned about this event. Unfortunately, I am booked for another Zoom event but it does look compelling. Check it o...
12/01/2020

Just learned about this event. Unfortunately, I am booked for another Zoom event but it does look compelling. Check it out.

State of the Arts NYC wishes you and your family a blessed holiday!
11/26/2020

State of the Arts NYC wishes you and your family a blessed holiday!

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/things-are-going-to-change?utm_source=The+Art+Newspaper+Newsletters&utm_campaign=86...
11/25/2020
What will Joe Biden's culture policy look like?

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/things-are-going-to-change?utm_source=The+Art+Newspaper+Newsletters&utm_campaign=8627c5488b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_23_12_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c459f924d0-8627c5488b-62097422 Art in a Biden-Harris administration.

The art world cheered at Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election. But, with a formidable to-do list—not least dealing with the coronavirus pandemic—where will the arts feature on his agenda?

Images from Cosmic Reckoning
11/25/2020

Images from Cosmic Reckoning

https://stateoftheartsnyc.net/2020/11/25/polish-animator-mariusz-wilczynskis-kill-it-and-leave-this-town-premieres-in-th...
11/25/2020
Polish Animator Mariusz Wilczyński’s Kill It and Leave This Town Premieres in the US

https://stateoftheartsnyc.net/2020/11/25/polish-animator-mariusz-wilczynskis-kill-it-and-leave-this-town-premieres-in-the-us/ Highly recommend this film for your holiday weekend. Animation in Europe is so different and edgy and thoughtful.

Kill It and Leave This Town is available for streaming between November 25 and December 8, 2020, for a rental price of $12 at vimeo.com. Co-presented by Anthology Film Archives, the Polish Cultural…

Lawrence Weiner’s ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE (2011/20) is a two-story, building-wide banner in red, whi...
11/18/2020

Lawrence Weiner’s ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE (2011/20) is a two-story, building-wide banner in red, white, and blue that stretches across the Museum’s Fifth Avenue-facing façade (north of 92nd Street).

Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, New York City) uses language to create his art, finding it an accessible and flexible medium that allows the viewer to think in new, challenging, and often unexpected ways. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School and briefly attended Hunter College. Weiner explains how growing up in New York City influenced his approach to making art: “Art was something else; the notations on a wall, or the messages left by other people. I grew up in a city where I had read the walls; I still read the walls. I love to put work of mine on the walls and let other people read it.”

Weiner’s art is fundamentally social. He believes it is complete only when seen by others; when viewers can interpret it, engage with it, and put it into action. He has addressed charged histories and urgent issues throughout his 60-year career. For this new artwork commissioned by the Jewish Museum, Weiner drew upon an old Yiddish phrase he often heard when growing up, “Ale Yevanim habn eyn punim,” meaning all Greeks (i.e., all non-Jews) have the same face. These words, an expression of Jewish self-isolation and anxiety, arose in response to the long history of anti-Semitism, repeating the same insularity and suspicion of “others” to which they were subject. Weiner reconceived this text to read ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE, and translated it simultaneously into English, Hebrew, and Arabic on a field of vibrant blue. His reimagining of the effects of anti-Semitism is inseparable from the resurgences of xenophobia and racism we have seen enacted in our own city and around the globe, urging us to reexamine who we are and where we want to be today. Weiner’s artwork signals a restorative, unifying sentiment; it prompts us to think collectively, to imagine all that we may accomplish if we work together.

The text on the banner appears in Weiner’s characteristic sans serif font, in horizontal as well as gestural lines. The banner is printed on a vinyl mesh material and measures approximately 97 feet by 28 feet.

Lawrence Weiner is widely regarded as a pioneer and leading figure of the conceptual art movement, expanding the parameters of what constitutes fine art. He has exhibited around the world, in numerous languages, both indoors and outdoors, in art institutions and public spaces. Weiner has a long history with the Jewish Museum, where he has been included in and the subject of five exhibitions, beginning in 1970 with Using Walls. Elsewhere in New York City, he was the subject of a career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007. During the run of that exhibition, he presented AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE (2007) on the façade of the Whitney’s historic Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue. As a recipient of Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize in 2017, honoring artists and scientists for their achievements made in the interest of mankind and strengthening relations among people, Weiner considers the current Jewish Museum project a furtherance of his commitment to these ideals and a way he can continue to uphold this honor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3b4PFS70CU Brian Clarke's stain glass can be viewed at the Museum of Art and Design in ...
11/16/2020
Brian Clarke: The Art of Light

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3b4PFS70CU Brian Clarke's stain glass can be viewed at the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle. This film offers a real insight of the artist's work.

A lifelong exponent of the integration of art and architecture, and celebrated for his paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mosaic, and his radical innovation in ...

Today is our 5th Anniversary!
11/13/2020

Today is our 5th Anniversary!

State of the Arts NYC support our American veterans for serving their country and making the ultimate sacrifice.
11/11/2020

State of the Arts NYC support our American veterans for serving their country and making the ultimate sacrifice.

https://stateoftheartsnyc.net/2020/11/07/amy-sillman/ Our latest post includes a review from a favorite -- Hilton Als
11/07/2020
AMY SILLMAN

https://stateoftheartsnyc.net/2020/11/07/amy-sillman/ Our latest post includes a review from a favorite -- Hilton Als

The splendor of Sillman’s new show at the Gladstone gallery lies in its restlessness. Working primarily in oil and acrylic on paper, canvas, and linen, the painter’s fecund imagination finds its ex…

11/03/2020

VOTE! Because your life might depend on it.

Because everything matters!
10/23/2020

Because everything matters!

https://www.artforum.com/news/art-in-general-new-york-mainstay-to-shutter-after-forty-years-84228 Very sad news. NYC art...
10/20/2020
Art in General, Long a New York Stalwart, to Close after Forty Years

https://www.artforum.com/news/art-in-general-new-york-mainstay-to-shutter-after-forty-years-84228 Very sad news. NYC arts groups are truly struggling even before the pandemic. There is a need for artist studios, office space, work spaces. It's important to our quality of life.

The long-running nonprofit exhibition space Art in General will permanently shut down operations as of October 31 owing to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. Founded in 1981 by artists Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka, the widely respected organization was devoted to exhibiting and supporting uncon...

https://hyperallergic.com/594050/medusa-sculpture-new-york-county-criminal-court/ Read this article about a new public a...
10/13/2020
Across From the New York County Criminal Court, a Public Statue Reimagines the Myth of Medusa

https://hyperallergic.com/594050/medusa-sculpture-new-york-county-criminal-court/ Read this article about a new public art work in NYC across from the Criminal Court House and speaks to abuse. BRAVO New York!

Many have criticized the sculpture by Luciano Garbati, which was installed near the the site of several high profile abuse cases including the Harvey Weinstein trials, calling its depiction of Medusa’s nude body inaccurate.

Sanford Biggers talks with Sculpture Center on his works in virtual event.
07/11/2020

Sanford Biggers talks with Sculpture Center on his works in virtual event.

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HANDS & EARTH: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics currently on view at the Katonah Museum of Art through January 24, 2021. Drawn from the extraordinary collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, who are longtime clients and friends of Joan, HANDS & EARTH marks the first time that selections from the Horvitz Collection have been exhibited in New York, and the forty works on display are only a seductive taste. Built steadily with passionate dedication, theirs is now arguably the largest and most important collection of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics in private hands in the West. This exhibition was previously shown at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami, Florida in 2018, the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas in 2019, and Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
HANDS & EARTH at the Katonah Museum of Art by art dealer Joan Mirviss. HANDS & EARTH: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics currently on view at the Katonah Museum of Art through January 24, 2021. Drawn from the extraordinary collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, who are longtime clients and friends of Joan, HANDS & EARTH marks the first time that selections from the Horvitz Collection have been exhibited in New York, and the forty works on display are only a seductive taste. Built steadily with passionate dedication, theirs is now arguably the largest and most important collection of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics in private hands in the West. This exhibition was previously shown at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami, Florida in 2018, the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas in 2019, and Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Janet Borden, Inc. announces Martin Parr: World Tour, an exhibition of signature photographs by celebrated photographer Martin Parr. The show will run from 19 December 2020 – 30 January 2021. Lanka. Parr is a formally sophisticated, humorous, and astute documentary photographer. Whether he is photographing the Kentucky Derby or the beaches of Cannes, he treats the subjects as curious oddities. Many of Parr’s essential tropes, including vivid colors and a keen appreciation of the absurd, are on view in these photographs. The daylight flash, the dressing up and partying, the coincidental matching of patterns and colors in unlikely places, all commingle in this body of colorful and witty work. Pisa, Italy is a quintessential Parr. By photographing not particularly the leaning tower, but the tourists all in the same pose of holding it up, he engages the idea of both tourism and photography. The punk hair combined with the red telephone booth is another example of Parr's extraordinary ability to combine two simple clichés into a complex shorthand for British life in the 1990s. In a world limited by pandemic and economic concerns, these photographs are all the more revealing and poignant, In a world limited by pandemic and economic concerns, these photographs are all the more revealing and poignant, Martin Parr was born in Surrey, England, in 1952. He currently lives in Bristol. This British documentary photographer has worked on many photographic projects throughout the world, resulting in over 110 published books, including Bad Weather; The Last Resort; The Cost of Living; Common Sense; Think of England; The Last Parking Space; Martin Parr: Objects. His work is exhibited and collected throughout the world. Last year, Only Human, Parr's 13-room extravaganza of several hundred photographs and objects, was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London. His fashion photography is the subject of an upcoming monograph by Phaidon. He created The Martin Parr Foundation to promote and preserve the history of British documentary photography.
https://stateoftheartsnyc.net/2020/12/09/higher-pictures-gallery-moves-to-dumbo/ New art gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn with a focus on photography.
https://level.medium.com/black-concert-trauma-5fa0459e5b3 Very good article. And it speaks to a real problem. People of color are constantly being told that they don't deserve a quality of life. Folks need to accept that POC have a variety of interests and there's no need to be afraid.