Grace Visits: Artist Mimi Smith

September 28, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

The visual elegance and allure of Mimi Smith’s work often belies the startling dichotomy between the object and the inscribed words. Her language is both comical and deadly serious, compelling the viewer to question any easy assumptions that they might have had concerning the issues that she tackles.

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Grace Visits: Artist Robin Tewes

August 31, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

Robin Tewes believes that “[T]here is a need for men to be fragile and vulnerable with each other . . . usually they are not portrayed that way in art history. . . ” In her series of paintings, drawings and mixed media works, “Men In Trouble,” men are metaphorically engulfed in water — either drowning, or in a ritual of purification, transitioning from one state of awareness to another.

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Blueprint for Happiness: The Photography of Joana Cardozo

August 29, 2016 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Photographing the streets of New York and its strange array of characters, Joana Cardozo fell in love with both New York City and photography. When it was time to go back to her law practice in Brazil, she decided instead to apply to a one-year intensive photography course at ICP. She told herself that if she were accepted, she would spend another year in New York. Joana was 36 years old at the time.

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Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics and Art

August 16, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

How does art created 10, 20, or even 50 years ago speaks so loudly to issues that dominate headlines today? Is the current presidential race taking us forward or “back to the future?”

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Grace Visits: Artist Judith Henry

August 11, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

This August, our frequent arts contributor and artist herself Grace Graupe-Pillard is making studio calls. This week she shares with us her visit with Judith Henry, who for over 40 years, has created evocative multimedia artworks that explore the friction between our interior lives and public selves.

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The Fine Art of Aging

July 20, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

“Better she should learn how to cook for her husband than make like Picasso,” Hilda’s relatives said. To her credit, Hilda never turned on the stove. And she never stopped painting.

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‘The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men’

June 30, 2016 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

For centuries, the male gaze has dominated how women have been depicted in art. This exhibition, in which 32 prominent female artists focus their gaze on men, aims to correct that age-old imbalance.

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A Memorial Day Parade and the Making of Art

May 29, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

I loved photographing the schoolchildren in the Memorial Day parade, when recognition of a parent in the crowd-filled sidewalks initiated a loss of composure and a squall of wildly waving hands.

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Riding the Sensational SeaGlass Carousel

October 30, 2015 by Ruth J. Katz

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By Ruth J. Katz

Step inside the Nautilus-shaped glass-and-steel pavilion that encircles The Battery’s strange and wonderful new merry-go-round and choose the creature you want to ride. No prancing horses here, but rather, frolicking fish—gossamer, sorbet-hued, whimsical versions of real sea life.

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Days of Their Lives—Earth, Fire, Water: Jerolyn Morrison’s Dream Job

October 5, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Jerolyn and her fellow researchers tease out the details of the ancient Minoans’ domestic life through piecing together shattered objects, chemical analysis, experiments (like cooking demonstrations), and informed speculation. “We put these deposits together very slowly, very meticulously, to form a story about an archaeological deposit that’s been excavated,” she tells us.

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Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ — Part 3

September 24, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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Suzanne Russell, who writes about art and groundbreaking artists for Women’s Voices for Change, recently sat down with the curator and one of the artists from the new exhibition ‘Intimate Transgressions,’ which features twenty-two artists from around the world responding to the challenging theme of sexual violence as a tactic of terror.

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Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ — Part 2

September 16, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Suzanne Russell, who writes about art and groundbreaking artists for Women’s Voices for Change, recently sat down with the curator and one of the artists from the new exhibition ‘Intimate Transgressions,’ which features twenty-two artists from around the world responding to the challenging theme of sexual violence as a tactic of terror.

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Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ — Part 1

September 9, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

‘Intimate Transgressions’ is a multimedia exhibition of twenty-two artists from around the world responding to the challenging theme of sexual violence as a tactic of terror.

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When Women’s Bodies Get Censored on Facebook: An Artist Responds

August 26, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

In my portraits, the personal and the political are interlaced: they involve risk through a literal baring of self, expose the vulnerabilities of aging, and explore with humor and pathos, how I as an older woman exist and navigate as unnoticeable in an urban environment.

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The Tao of Friendship

July 21, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

An important part of our relationship has always been sharing ideas about art. As an artist and friend, Patty Hudak understood when I suddenly stopped making physical artwork in order to focus on giving free legal and social support to refugees in Denmark. She was one of the few people who understood that creating solutions to problems in individuals’ lives was similar to creating paintings or other art objects.

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