Wednesday, August 5, 2020

ArtBeat#5: 10 Streetwise Artisans at New York's Nolita Market

By Jacquelin Carnegie - (New York, NY)
While museums and most galleries are still shut due to 
COVID19, you can show some "love" to a group of living artists at the Nolita Market in Manhattan. It's outdoors--along the wall of St Patrick's Old Cathedral on Prince Street. Here, a small group of selected artisans sets up stands to sell their wares each weekend. Their crafts are lovely, unique, and of a high quality--not the sort of crappy stuff you see at street fairs. Usually, there are 20 vendors but, due to COVID19, only 10 are currently allowed. Here's a few worth checking out: 
Nolita Market
Prince St, btw Mulberry & Mott (March-Dec; Fri-Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm)
Joyous Jewelry
CoKo Jewelry 
Originally from Switzerland, artist Cornelia Koller got bored with painting on canvas and switched her passion to "wearable" art. Her earrings--and other pieces--are enamel, created with her special flair for color and design--each piece is a unique work of art. [Instagram: @coko_jewelry]

Using recycled sterling silver and salvaged exotic hardwoods, Ruben Ceballos handcrafts each beautiful piece--rings, necklaces and cuffs. (Rings: Macassar Ebony/Sterling Silver)

Snapshots of New York
Ciaran Tully Photography 
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Ciaran Tully's love for his adopted home, New York City, comes through in his images--whether in sharp or soft focus. (photo: Grand Central Station)

Bird By Bird
Pigeon Be Pigeon
What's more quintessential New York than a pigeon? It's practically NYC's official bird! Artist Simon finds these feathered friends to be quite whimsical and enjoys bringing smiles and laughter to people through his quirky cartoons as drawings or printed on tote bags and T-shirts. 

[Instagram: @pigeonbepigeon]

Last But Not Least
Need some colorful creations to liven up your life? Look no further than Nick Peate's bold artwork! [Instagram: @nickandthepeeps_nyc]
Due to COVID19, the lack of tourists, and much less street traffic, these lovely artisans are having a hard time. So, New Yorkers get out there and shop! Those in other places, can always buy online on the artists' websites. These lovely, handcrafted items make worthwhile gifts--and/or a nice treat for yourself during the pandemic!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

THE ARTSY VOYAGER: 101 Artsy & Cool Things To Do in Paris

Great news! My Paris eBook is now available:

THE ARTSY VOYAGER: 101 Artsy & Cool Things To Do in Paris

(You don't need a Kindle; download a free App to read on phone, tablet or computer.)

Whether this is your first or your 20th trip to Paris, there's always something new to discover. These "artsy + cool" suggestions will help you get as much enjoyment out of your visit as possible.

ArtBeat#4: Must-See Art Exhibits in New York City

[COVID-19 has shut down museums which, hopefully, will reopen soon. Please view these exhibits online as it would be a shame to miss them!]
Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry, North Wall-lower panel, 1932–33
(photo: Courtesy Whitney Museum)
99 Gansevoort St;
(Until May 17, 2020)
This is a stunning and important exhibit. Not only did Mexico’s three leading muralists—Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco--have a profound influence on art in general, they had a specific influence on American artists of the period, grappling with the Great Depression and the subsequent ravages of economic injustice. The Mexican artists created pieces portraying the working man's life and struggles that resonated with the public at large. They used the reality of social and political injustice to create masterpieces. The American artists were influenced not only by the subject matter of the Mexican painters, but also by their painting styles. (A fascinating factoid: Jackson Pollack, considered one of the major American artists of the 20th-century, learned his drip-painting style in a Siqueiros workshop!)
Frida Kahlo, Me and My Parrots, 1941 (photo: Courtesy Whitney Museum)
The artwork on display in Vida Americana is so exciting! In addition to the work by the famed Mexican muralists--Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco--"los tres grandes," other key Mexican artists featured include: Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Mardonio Magaña, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, and Rufino Tamayo.
Presented alongside is artwork by their American contemporaries, both well-known and under-recognized, including: Thomas Hart Benton, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Marion Greenwood, William Gropper, Philip Guston, Eitarō Ishigaki, Jacob Lawrence, Harold Lehman, Fletcher Martin, Isamu Noguchi, Jackson Pollock, Ben Shahn, Thelma Johnson Streat, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff. 

Aaron Douglas, Aspiration, 1936
(photo: Courtesy Whitney Museum)
Vida Americana is a piñata of mind-blowing artwork: world-famous paintings, frescoes, sculptures, archival film clips &
photographs as well as you-are-there displays of the fabulous 1930s' murals in the Abelardo L. Rodriguez Market in Mexico City and the Rivera murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Go see it today! ¡Vamos!

Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1801 & Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005 (photo: Courtesy RMN-GP & BMA)
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn;
Most major museums are guilty of displaying artwork predominantly done by white males. BMA has consistently presented work from a wide variety of artists and these exhibits are excellent examples of that diversity:
Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley (Until May 10, 2020)
Kehinde Wiley (who did President Obama’s magnificent portrait) feels that the canon of important art pieces throughout history--stately portraits, public statues, bronze busts, etc.--have celebrated the achievements of white men, overlooking the Black cultural contribution. To address this inequity, Wiley started a series of artworks, Rumors of War. This exhibit features a few pieces from that series, spotlighting Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, Wiley's counterpoint to Jacques-Louis David's famous Napoleon Crossing the Alps. While Wiley's works can't right ever slight, they certainly get the conversation going!
Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection 
(Until Sept 13, 2020)
Polly Apfelbaum, The Dwarves without Snow White
(photo: Courtesy BMA)
The title says it all: For too long, artwork by female artists has been considered "out of place" in museums and other cultural institutions. This exhibit features interesting--often whimsical--work by 44 female artists: including Louise Bourgeois, Beverly Buchanan, Chryssa, Thornton Dial, Helen Frankenthaler, Lourdes Grobet, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Snyder, and Emmi Whitehorse. Over half the works are on view for the first time, including key pieces from BMA's collection as well as new acquisitions.
Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks
(Until Jan 10, 2021)

Jeffrey Gibson artwork & 
Charles Cary Rumsey, Dying Indian, 1900 
(photo: J. Carnegie)
Artist Jeffrey Gibson is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent. In this exhibit, Gibson questions long-held institutional categorizations and representations of Indigenous peoples and their art. Using objects from BMA's Native American art collection, along with examples of his recent work, Gibson creates a new narrative.
Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas (Until Jan 10, 2021)
This superb exhibit, featuring magnificent artifacts, explores the complex worldviews of Indigenous communities and how their beliefs, practices, and ways of living have been impacted by the ongoing threat of environmental destruction.
African Arts―Global Conversations
(Until Nov 15, 2020)
On view are 33 works, including 20 by African artists. Some are new acquisitions, other are never-before-exhibited objects. Presented in the 1st-floor gallery and in "parings" throughout the museum. By pairing diverse African works with pieces in BMA's collection, the idea is to get the viewer to reconsider the place of often-marginalized African art in the overall history of art.
Kuba artist, Mask, late 19th century & Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, 1796
(photo: Courtesy BMA)