Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free Admission at Dallas Museum of Art in the New Year

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Maxwell Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, has announced a new policy of free admission for his institution, beginning January 21, 2013.  It's a bold move that one hopes will inspire other major museums within the near future.  

Please visit the Dallas Museum's website for details:
Or view this video: 

Then tell us what you think of this idea.  
Please leave comments on our blog: New York Arts Exchange

Beth New York
aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Patricia Cronin's Dante: The Way of All Flesh, through December 21

Patricia Cronin was so wise to send me her invitation yesterday, since her opening fell right after the one-two punches of Hurricane Sandy and Nor'Ester Athena.  (What was I doing on November 8th - oh, right: digging my car out of the snow to get to work with the little gas I had left in my tank.  May we never forget all the losses and hardship Hurricane Sandy has brought to our NY, NJ and CT community, especially those who continue to suffer today.)

Fortunately, Cronin's show continues at ford Project, 57 West 57th Street, through December 21.
And what a show she has created for the holiday season: Dante's Inferno with an emphasis on the 9th Circle, the place for traitors, deceivers and frauds.  (Sounds like a Wall Street Christmas Party.)

For more information about Cronin's life, work and technique, please read her interview with Phong Bui in this month's Brooklyn Rail.  Truly enlightening.

NB: Gallery hours are only Monday-Friday, 10-6 pm.  Or by appointment: 212-219-6557

Patricia Cronin's sculpture Memorial of a Marriage (2002) was showcased on my blog Beth New York in February 2012.

(The New York Arts Exchange and Beth New York blogs are combined from now on.)

Beth New York
aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Kim de Beaumont Lectures at Alliance Francaise de Greenwicih, November 27

Dear friends,

It may be gray and snowy today, but I am fired up to see Kim de Beaumont's lecture on public spaces in 17th- and 18th-century Paris at 1:30 pm at the Women Club of Greenwichm 89 Maple Aveue.  This lecture is sponsored by the Alliance Française de Greenwich

Dr. de Beaumont is an art historian who teaches at Hunter College and Pace College.  You may know the exhibition she curated for the Frick Museum: Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, fall-winter 2007-8.
Click here for my review for Art History in 2008

 Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (French, 1724-1780)

Society Promenade, 1760
Pen and brown and black ink, brush and
gray wash, watercolor, and gouche
12 3/8 x 10 5/32 in. (31.4 x 25.8 cm)
© The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg 

The lecture will be in French.

Dr. de Beaumont will offer a tour of 18th century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January 2013.

Beth New York
aka - Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Monday, November 26, 2012

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World

Dear friends,

I am especially excited about our tour on Wednesday, November 28th.  We will have the pleasure of visiting the Caribbean, right here in New York, at El Museo del Barrio, which was recently renovated.

Here you will find rarely exhibited works by Gwendolyn Knight (wife of Jacob Lawrence) and Jacob Lawrence, Camille Pissarro (the Jewish Impressionist born on St. Thomas, whose parents' marriage was considered a scandal within such a tight-knit community), and Paul Gauguin (who lived in Martinique for several months in 1887).

We will also see contemporary works by Papo Calo (whose alternative exhibition space, Exit Art, closed in May, soon after our NYAE tour), Ana Mendieta (who came from Cuba and died too soon in New York in 1985) and Arnaldo Roche Rabell (whose painting graces the catalog's cover).

Arnaldo Roche Rabell (Puerto Rico, 1955)
We Have to Dream in Blue (Tenemos que soñar en azul) 1986

Please join us at El Museo del Barrio on November 28th at 1 pm.  
Suggested admission donation: $9 for adults, $5 for seniors.  Free to seniors on Wednesdays.
The New York Arts Exchange tour is $60.  

We will meet in the cafe between 12:30 and 1 pm.

I hope to see you there.

Beth New York

aka   Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Virtual Tour with Rhode Island Artist Tayo Heuser

Dear friends,

The Holiday Season is officially here and we have much to celebrate.
Let's begin with feasting our eyes on a new short documentary about Tayo Heuser, a fabulous Rhode Island artist, whose work I have followed for quite some time.  

This film made me fall in love with her art all over again.

Click here to read  my review of her show Pulse at the Phillips Collection, which was on view from November 19, 2009 to November 7, 2010.
Tayo's website is: 

Congratulations, Tayo - thank you for sharing your work with us.

Beth New York

aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 2012 Newsletters: Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear friends,

We have much to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.  For many, it's is having electricity and heat after lengthy power outages due to Hurricane Sandy and Nor'Ester Athena.

However, many people still suffer from losses incurred by these storms and other serious reverses.
While we celebrate our good fortune, please consider those who have lost so much.  Here is a link to a list of several organizations that need our help.

As you know, the New York Arts Exchange had to postpone two tours, because of the storms.
Our next tour will be on Wednesday, November 28:
"Caribbean Art," El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th St,  We meet a 1 pm.  $60 per tour.

Our remaining tours for the Fall Season:
November 28 - El Museo del Barrio
December 5 - Private studio visit with Ellen K Levy
December 12 - Matisse at the Met.
December 19 - Bellows and Bernini at the Met
December 26 - Brooklyn Museum

Closing Soon:
The Duchamps, Francis Naumann Fine Arts, closing Friday, November 23.
This show is a must-see this season.  Here is the New York Times review
"Martha Rosler's Meta-Monumental Garage Sale," Museum of Modern Art, through November 30.

Closing in December:
Malcolm  D. MacDougall III, 287 Spring Gallery, through December 8
"Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years," Metropolitan Museum, through December 31

Closing in January:
Saika Hoisu, Japan Society, through January 6.
The Quay Brothers, Museum of Modern Art, through January 7
Rosemarie Trockel, New Museum, through January 20
Picasso Black and White, Guggenheim Museum, through January 23
"Mantegne to Matisse: Drawings from the Courtauld," Frick Museum, through January 27
"Faking It: Manipulated Photos before Photoshop," Met Museum, through January 27
Lin Tianmaio, Asia Society, through January 27.

Opening Thursday, December 13: Masako Inkyo's recent work at Onishi Gallery.
Look for an invitation soon.

Best wishes for the Holiday Season,

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic
New York Arts Exchange