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Just Do Art, Week of May 15, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of May 15, 2014

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  SALOME: DA VOODOO PRINCESS OF NAWLINS A worthy successor to February’s ethnically diverse and relentlessly intense Black Panther Party version of “Othello,” Rebel Theater Company returns to The Nuyorican Poets Cafe with a similarly ambitious adaptation. Director and playwright Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, the man with the “Panther” plan, sets his “Salome” […]

The three dates of Mother’s Day

The three dates of Mother’s Day

The Pen Parentis Literary Salon season-closer features young mom Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, reading from her novel “Bittersweet.” Photo by Kai Beverly-Whittemore BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |  M” is for the many things she gave you — and what have you done for her lately? If the cards and flowers are already in cue for May 11, that’s a […]

Just Do Art, Week of May 8, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of May 8, 2014

Bob Leonard’s “Woodstock 1” is on display, and up for grabs, at Soho Photo Gallery’s Affordable Photography Fair (May 9-12). Photo by Bob Leonard THE AFFORDABLE PHOTOGRAPHY FAIR Established in 1971 by a group of newspaper photographers, the collaborative spirit is still going strong at Soho Photo — where the artists who run this fine art […]

Buhmann on Art

Buhmann on Art

Installation view, from “Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Minus Objects 1965-1966” (on view through May 11, at Luhring Augustine, Bushwick). Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  stephaniebuhmann.com  |  MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO: THE MINUS OBJECTS 1965-1966 Born in Biella, Italy, in 1933, Pistoletto is best known for his Mirror Paintings and Minus Objects, which […]

Just Do Art, Week of March 20, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of March 20, 2014

Tag, he’s it: Stephen “ESPO” Powers’ collection of collaborative urban murals is celebrated, at the Strand’s March 25 book launch. COURTESY OF PRINCETON ARCHITECTUAL PRESS   BOOK LAUNCH: A LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY Even when working as “ESPO” and tagging late 1990s-era NYC with graffiti, the artful mark Stephen Powers was leaving on public […]

The Springtime Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

The Springtime Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

One less place to get cool stuff: Daniel’s Leather. PHOTO BY REV. JEN BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  As prophesied in my last column, my boyfriend of almost four years dumped me two days before Valentine’s Day. I realize I’m not the easiest person to date — but it’s not like I advertised sanity. (Note: […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

BRYAN AND THE AARDVARKS There’s no simple way to label the harmonically swirling sound of Bryan and the Aardvarks. Is it jazz? Yes, probably. Is it chamber pop? One would think so. Or could it fit within some intricately lush movie soundtrack? Well, you could make the case for that too. But regardless of how anyone […]

Buhmann on Art

Buhmann on Art

Image courtesy of the artist and Loretta Howard Gallery Installation shot, from “David Row: There and Back.” Left: “Pooka” (2014, Oil on canvas, 84 x 148 inches). Right: “Concentric Blues” (2013 Oil on canvas, 67 x 116 inches). DAVID ROW: THERE AND BACK Row’s first New York solo show in years features stunning shaped canvases […]

Defining Class, After the Market Crashed

Defining Class, After the Market Crashed

This Gardner and Wooley LTD velvet and satin smoking jacket (1936, London) is from the collection of Alan Bennett, Davies and Son. Courtesy of The Museum at FIT BY SCOTT STIFFLER    |  Whether under glass or just out of reach, you’ll long for their touch — but where would you go, really, if you […]

Buhmann on Art

Buhmann on Art

Leslie Wayne: “Paint/Rag #32,” (above, 2013, oil on panel, 15 x 9 1/2 x 6 inches) and “Paint/Rag #19” (below, 2013, oil on panel 14 x 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches). © LESLIE WAYNE. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  stephaniebuhmann.com   |  PANCHO WESTENDARP: THINGS THAT […]