Celebration is in the air as thousands of people of all ages, 5 to 95, flock to a Manhattan hotspot that one might not expect… an art school that has all of NYC talking. On September 22nd 2011, New York City’s The Art Studio NY, located on West 96th street between Columbus and Amsterdam on the Upper West Side, is expanding to a new 2000 square foot studio, which quadruples it in size. The move is a response to the steadily increasing demand of New Yorkers who want to reconnect with their creative side and freely express themselves through painting, drawing and mixed media…. read more
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Willem de Kooning Re-Writes Modernism at MoMA
There is no doubt that Willem de Kooning (l904-l997) is one of the most significant artists of the New York School. In this exhibition that will continue through January 12, 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art of almost 200 works within seven decades of the artist’s development the viewer can certainly agree with the curator John Elderfield that “de Kooning opened radical options for painting that ask us to reconsider how its modernist history should be told.” Here is an artist who worked not only in painting but also on drawings, prints, sculptures and created unusual works on paper. He is an artist who made statements about art that were always forceful and provocative. In 1949, for instance, he declared that “flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented.” And he believed in change in art, its constant new refinements. “Art,” he said, “should not have to be a certain way.” And in these seven decades of the artist’s work, by way of seven galleries, it is clear that his art is not done only in one way. Abstraction sits side by side with figuration, and both are glowing art. Consider, for example, his “Pink Angels” (1945).
Occupy Wall Street: NYC Wakes Up
Late 16th France, while one of the richest and most powerful nations in Europe at the time, was facing formidable economic difficulty. Louis XVI, his ministers, and the nobility quickly found themselves unpopular. This was largely due to the fact, that the peasant classes were burdened with incredibly high taxes levied to support wealthy aristocrats and their lavish lifestyles. This was the start of the French Revolution. Sound familiar?
History repeats itself. As artists, activists, and people of all walks of life gather to occupy Wall Street, we realize that some things change, others stay the same. On this list includes: rising unemployment, slashes to education and the arts, the disparity between the rich and poor.