Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day 2021

 Fathers in Art in Honor of Father's Day 2021  ("an oldie, but goldie" repost from 2014)

Edgar Degas, Place de la Concorde (Vicomte Ludovic Lepic and his daughters), 1875
oil on canvas, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, NY

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Ugolino and his Sons, 1865-67
marble, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hellenistic, Laocoön and His Sons, 27 BC-67 AD
marble, Vatican Museum, Vatican City

oil on canvas, Musée Marmottan Monet

Paul Cézanne, The Artist's Father Reading “LÉvénement, 1866
oil on canvas, National Gallery, Washington, DC

 Norman Rockwell, Father and Son: Homework, 1962
Four Seasons Calendar, oil on canvas, 
Collection of George Lucas, © Brown and Bigelow

Max Ferguson, Father on Fifth Avenue, 2011
oil on panel, Courtesy of Max Ferguson

Best wishes to fathers, grandfathers, god-fathers and uncles everywhere - (Click on the titles for more information about the works.)

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth 2021

Dear friends,

Last year we celebrated Juneteenth in the midst of the #BlackLivesMatters demonstrations.
Today we celebrate Juneteenth as a new National Holiday!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy 

With love,

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange


Monday, June 14, 2021

Bold, Beautiful, and Poignant: Wan-Ting Chiu's Exhibition in Taiwan


Wan-Ting Chiu, Chengde Hall, Golden Car Literary Center, March 2021
materials: wool and glue

An artist's work comes into your life, out of the blue, and it feels like kismet - right in the gut.   Immediately, you love the art. Period. It just sends shockwaves of delight and desire right through your body.  No mediating and no hesitating.  You want to become a fan, a follower.  You want to know more.  

Thanks to my email correspondence with the tarot specialist Ronan Farrell of Traditional Tarot fame, who shares an interest in André Salmon's foray into the tarot readings as a journalist, I discovered Wan-Ting Chiu and her beautiful art, recently exhibited in Taiwan, where Ronan studies Buddhism. One day he sent me an email about a wonderful exhibition that he visited in Taipei City.  I asked to see photographs, and thankfully, Ronan facilitated meeting the artist through emails.  

Wan-Ting Chiu (in English style order: first name and last name) graciously sent me images and gave me permission to post her work and  Artist's Statement (translated into English) on my New York Arts Exchange blog.  Thank you so much, Wan-Ting, for the honor of introducing your work to American audiences.

Wan-ting Chiu's work strikes me as a magical experience: something ethereal and hopeful in the midst of our collective pandemic trauma.  I had no inkling her work comes from anxiety.

Wan-ting Chiu, He Guan, 2017, diameter: 150 cm, wool, acrylic paint, iron wire

The artist explains:

"Drawing on prior experience, suppression has become my preferred method of coping with life’s variables. This could either be a product of my upbringing or simply part of my original disposition. Nonetheless, it has resulted in the accumulation of anxiety.
As I transition from fashion design to mixed media art, I have finally begun tracing my personal relationship with fiber as a material. What was once external image-making through the way I dress has developed into an internalized practice that speaks to the way I camouflage myself within an inherent and pre-existing anxiety. Consequentially, my artworks frequently exhibit a dense yet fluidic state. Often times they are bright and colorful;
 other times they appear dull and pallid. An anxious state of mind has many faces, be it hostile or fearful, yet it may also manifest as something conformal or compliant. With that said, my current art practice not only allows me to achieve mental equilibrium, but also acts as a consoler of emotions.  
Perhaps, to some extent, my artworks are an exploration or innervation of my own sentiment. However, anxiety is a shared human nature, which can lead to a sense of exclusion as I objectively and habitually suppress my emotions. As I turn my attention to art, which may include still life objects, films, music or other medium, I wonder If could somehow become empathetic, and be relieved from anxiety. As human nature seems to be the one factor influencing many things, I hope my artworks can help the viewers establish an inner-dialogue with themselves, which in turn helps them to experience their lived-experiences and other multi-dimensional occurrences."


I am heartened by Ms. Chiu's quest for an empathic expression through art.  I certainly responded to her work, albeit in a virtual state as digital slides. Hopefully, her artwork will come to New York and the pleasure of viewing her soft textures on rigid shapes in person will yield an even greater appreciation for her artwork and skill. 

Wan-Ting Chiu graduated with a Bachelors degree from the Department of Fashion Design  of Management of Tainen University of Technology in 2013 and received her Masters degree from the Fine Arts of Tainan University of Technology in 2015.  In 2018, she received the NANYING AWARDS of the Judges' List Award.  She has exhibited numerous times. This latest exhibition at Chengde Hall took place earlier this year.

To view more of her work, please visit her website, Instagram and her Facebook page.  Links provided below

The Land of Situation
Chiu Wan Ting Solo Exhibition: In Situ / Anxiety
Exhibition Dates: March 2021
Venue: Chengde Hall, Golden Car Literary Center
Address: Taipei City, Datong District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, Closed Monday
Organizers: Golden Car Culture Foundation / Golden Car Literature Center

Wan-Ting Chiu's website
Wan-Ting Chiu's Facebook Page
Wan-Ting Chiu's Instagram

For more information about the artist, please contact her through her website or write to me at

Best wishes for the week,

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange

Friday, June 4, 2021

June 2021 Happenings - Studio visits and a request to respond to the Met Museum's Documentary


Lord Frederic Leighton, Flaming June, 1895
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Dear Friends,

June 2021 - how can that be?  Time seems to be speeding up since New York started to relax its Covid-19 restrictions and now, it's full speed ahead into summer. Yes, the weather hasn't been quite so summery this past week, but just wait: "flaming June" is on the way this weekend.

How will you stay cool?  Why not spend time with art?  Studio visits with social distancing and a Zoom lecture are listed below.  Plus - write to me about your memories of the Met.

Studio Visits:
Here are two opportunities coming up this Saturday and next Saturday:

Saturday, June 5, from 10 am - 3 pm:
Clay Art Center Spring Fest!

Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street,  Port Chester, NY.

Pottery for sale, outdoors.  
Raindate: June 12
100% of the revenues will support the Clay Art Center.  
Also on view: raku firings and pottery wheel demonstrations.

Saturday, June 12, 1 - 5 PM
Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper
Sistaah Open Studio 
part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Annual Uptown Arts Stroll

Masks and reservations required for social distancing.
Click on this link here to reserve your time slot

Award-winning artist and director of SISTAAH Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper invites you to her studio for a rare opportunity to see her artworks and meet the artist at the same time. (New York Arts Exchange members may remember Wilhelmina's work in the exhibitions Art Above the Sofa and Bosom Bodies)

Reservations are free and open to the public.

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Zoom Lecture on Art:

Gerard Sekoto, The Proud Father, Manakedi Naky on Bernard Sekoto’s Knee, 1947

Thursday, June 17, 7 PM
"Fathers in Art," a slide lecture on Zoom
hosted by Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich, CT
Please register here

Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D., lectures on the images of fathers in art history from Ancient Egypt to contemporary times.  One hour.  Free and open to the public, anywhere.

Memories of the Met:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1889, seen from
the Weston Wing

Metropolitan Museum of Art today
A bird's-eye view of the sculpture galleries

If you had been interviewed for this Met documentary, what would you say? 

PBS produced a three-part series "Inside the Met," which aired on May 21 and May 28. You can watch the documentary at this website address: Inside the Met

I would love to know what you thought of this series. 

Please share your reviews and your favorite memories of the Met through my email address:

Or post comments on our Facebook page (look for this blog post)

Or respond directly to this email newsletter.

Thank you so much for any thoughts and memories you would like to share.

I'll be back soon with more info about artists and art, near and far.

Happy June!



Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.

Director and owner

New York Arts Exchange

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mothering Day - Celebrating the Nurturing Spirit in Us All

Ebo People, Queen Mother Mask Pendant: Iyoba, 16th century, Benin
Metropolitan Museum of Art (to honor the mother of King/Oba Esigie, Idia)

Ancient Egyptian, Queen Hatshepsut, 1479-1459 BC, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Metropolitan Museum of Art  (First female pharaoh, stepmother of Thutmose III) 

Happy Mothering Day - 

Honoring our mothers, aunts, cousins, and friends;

the nurturing spirit within ourselves;

and our Mother Earth

Celebrate royally!

Love and hugs,
Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

Saturday, May 1, 2021

A May Day 2021 Wish for You . . . .

Happy May Day!

"I bring  happiness"

In France, May Day brings gifts of lilies-of-the-valley called muguets to wish friends and family happiness in the year ahead.   

This year I found a new variation online:

"Happiness is not to have all you desire, 
but that all you desire is what you have"

Whichever sentiment you choose, may you spend this day ruminating on the goodness that life brings to you and may goodness embrace you forever.

Bonne Fête - Happy May 1st and International Labor Day -
With love and warm wishes on this brisk spring day -

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Michael Richards' Exhibition Curators' Virtual Tour on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7 pm


Michael Richards, Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, from the Tuskegee Airmen series, 1999

Please join us for the curators' virtual tour of

Michael Richards: Are You Down?

an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

at 7 pm, Wednesday, April 28, 2021

with curators Melissa Levin and Alex Fialho

To register, click on this link

I hope you will be able to attend,

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Spring 2021 Greetings - Happy Holidays

Charles Ethan Porter, Peonies in a Bowl, 1885

Happy Passover
Happy Easter

Sending you best wishes for the Spring - 
May you enjoy good health and holiday pleasures

Love and hugs,
Beth and the New York Arts Exchange


Monday, March 8, 2021

Studio Visit on Zoom with artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper hosted by Greenwich Arts Council - Free!

Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper 

Please join us for a Studio Visit with
artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper

hosted by Greenwich Arts Council


Wednesday, March 10th at 7 pm

Registration is Free
Register here

Artist and art instructor Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper will welcome us to her studio via Zoom to share her artworks, process and story.  She is a cancer survivor, who discovered her artistic calling through healing.  We will have a powerpoint presentation followed by a Q and A. Beth Gersh-Nešić, director of the New York Arts Exchange, will conduct the interview


Wilhelmina Obatola Grant-Cooper in her studio

Ms. Grant-Cooper founded SISTAAH, Inc. (Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art and Advocacy for Health), an arts-based non-profit organization which seeks to inform, encourage and facilitate access to early detection of breast cancer by connecting the medically underserved to free screening services. Through SISTAAH, Inc.,  she also launched two successful grant-funded community art projects: Saving Our Sisters in the African American Community, and the Harlem Hand Fan Initiative.

Ms. Grant-Cooper creates assemblages using mixed-media and found objects which she repurposes into visual art.  Among her collectors are  Alice Walker, President Bill Clinton, Vy Higginson, Hoda Kotb, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, Heath Gallery and Universal Studios. 

Her memoir A Feeling of Fullness: Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer (2016) is available on her website:

I look forward to seeing you on Zoom this Wednesday evening.

Happy International Women's Day,

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Celebrating Women's History Month: Our Art Salon on March 3rd, Zoom at 7 pm: A Feminist Monument in Central Park

Vinnie Bagwell, Victory Beyond Sims, model 2020

Come join us for tonight's 
Wednesday, March 3rd
7 pm
Hosted by Greenwich Arts Council
(write to for the Zoom link)

Sculptor Vinnie Bagwell unveiled her model for a new monument in Central Park at the Hudson River Museum in September 2020, as part of the exhibition Women at the Fore, September 18, 2020 through January 3, 2021.  Although the in-person experience has closed, the virtual experience remains available online on the Hudson River Museum's website. 

Our Art Salons, hosted by the Greenwich Arts Council on Zoom, have focused on the entire exhibition of one subject (Félix Fénéon at MoMA, closed on January 2, 2021) and one artist's singular series of paintings (Jacob Lawrence: American Struggle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, August 29 through November 1, 2020).

Tonight's Art Salon takes its content from Women at the Fore, a group exhibition of 40 women artists from the 19th through 21st centuries.  However, the sheer vastness of the show, which happily introduced numerous lesser-known women artists in addition to the famous Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Miriam Shapiro, felt overwhelming as I tried to figure out a way to pull a thread through this one topic: women artists.  The subject matter seems fairly female, but not compelling enough to generate a coherent discussion among us all.

To that end, I decided to focus on one topic introduced into the narrative of this feminist exhibition: 
Vinnie Bagwell's Victory Beyond Sims, which will replace the J. Marion Sims statue in Central Park. Sims was a 19th century gynecologist who experimented on enslaved Black women. Born in South Carolina, he remained loyal to the Confederacy, even while he lived in New York, where he died in 1880.  The statue by German sculptor Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller was installed in Bryant Park in 1894 and then moved to Central Park in 1934. It was taken down from its place in Central Park on April 17, 2018, following the protests motivated by the publication of exposés on Sims' abusive medical practices in  2017.

Our discussion will focus on Vinnie Bagwell's sculptures, the iconography of Victory Beyond Sims, and the feelings we have toward public monuments in the 2021 century.  

Videos on the sculptures by Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley will be viewed and discussed as well.

Please join us at 7 pm this evening.  I look forward to sharing a lively conversation with you on this timely topic.

Best wishes,

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


Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Valentine Quiz - Who Are Art History's Greatest Love Matches?

Frans Hals, Marriage Portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa and Beatrice van der Laen, 1622.  Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

It's Valentine's Day 2021.  Let's celebrate with a sentimental challenge: can you identify these lovers in art?

If you can guess all 10: you merit the whole pound of chocolates;  9-7: you merit a half a pound of chocolates; 7- 5: you merit a quarter of a pound of chocolates; 4 and under: you merit a Hersey's Kiss and a hug for trying.  Thank you for taking the time to test your knowledge and click through for the correct answers.  Please feel free to share with your fellow art history fans.  

Happy Valentine's Day  - 

With love and hugs,

Beth and the New York Arts Exchange

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