Excuse me, there’s a bug in my art!

I don’t know about you but there are a few places I cannot walk into unless I know I have time to kill. These include: a pet shop, a paper store, an art/craft shop, and a bookstore. It’s when I’m inside these places that my New York-bred ADHD kicks into full gear.  Most recently, I … Continue reading

Berlin, Art, and Maike Cruse

Berlin is known as the artistic mecca of Europe, a place where abandoned, historic buildings are easily repurposed as artists’ studios, and galleries and experimental creative spaces are sprinkled throughout the city. Without high living expenses, artists are able to produce work at a leisurely pace, and can count on support from the government. However, … Continue reading

Labouring over Fruit

As I write this, I am sipping from a fresh coconut, not from Union City, NJ, but from the tree a few feet away from me! I am finally at one of my favorite places in the world —a volcanic lake in El Salvador— where I can eat fresh papaya and guayabas. While I’m sipping … Continue reading

Union City Murals

As I watched one man rapidly peeling oranges on a machine with a table clamp, and the other handing us the coconuts he prepared with straws poking out, the combination of the heat, the fruit stand, and their heavy Cuban accents convinced me that I was thoroughly disoriented. Wasn’t I at Port Authority in Manhattan just 15 minutes … Continue reading

Dina Goldstein: Once Upon a Time

Controversy and art are by no means strangers. As a photographer, it is difficult to avoid it, especially since most subjects worth photographing are by nature controversial, or reveal a provocative narrative. The challenge in undertaking a touchy subject then, is to present it tastefully without censorship. Although, whose taste is the artist serving ultimately… and who determines what is “tasteful”?

Happy Birthday ‘Merica!

Two of my favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, both distinctly American. They both celebrate friendships and family, and place a huge focus on food! What could be better than that? Today, we celebrate our country’s birthday but we also are celebrating SUMMER! No matter how we do it, whether it’s with grilling, picnics, fireworks, it’s … Continue reading

The Artist Formerly Known as ‘Princess TNT’

“Daahling! I’m so happy you were able to make it! Bob, meet Bob! Bob Shafer, Ambassador of the Order of Malta to the UN, this is Bob Colacello, writer extraordinaire!” Today, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis still has the spunk that earned her the nickname “Princess TNT, Dynamite Socialite” and “Punk Princess” in the late 80s … Continue reading

Williams Art Mafia

In honor of a recent trip up to Williamstown, I wanted to spend a little time highlighting the legendary “Williams Art Mafia”. There are very few schools that can claim to be the breeding ground for a mafia, and usually if they can, they wouldn’t advertise it. Williams College (my alma mater), however is one, and proud of it. The … Continue reading

Bushwick Opens its Studios

Color…Street-art…Giant artist studios, drenched in light! Ok, ok, it’s summer, and Brooklyn always looks its best in the sunshine, but I think I’m in love with Bushwick. I have to be honest, I spend 97% of my time in Manhattan, and I’ve only really wandered around Bushwick during the Open Studios last weekend (June 5-7)… but … Continue reading

Finding Value in an Art Fair

When I attend an art fair, I am often struck by how often I find connections to other contemporary work I have seen, and I wonder if the gallerist or the artist knows about it. My first thought is that the artist must’ve seen the other artist’s work and tried to do something similar. However, most of the … Continue reading