Atlantic City’s cool new Arts Garage

Atlantic City’s cool new Arts Garage

I often wish I were in Atlantic City. No more so than today, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Arts Garage. When I toured the site a few weeks ago, workers were just putting finishing touches to the complex that marks phase one in the creation of a new Arts District in the heart […]

25.11.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Destination Guides · Tags: , , , · 11 Comments »
Monday in Central Park with painter Janet Ruttenberg

Monday in Central Park with painter Janet Ruttenberg

Tossing plans, taking cues from nature, leads to an extraordinary encounter in New York City. I didn’t plan to ‘waste’ a whole day in the park. In an expensive city like New York, I make the most of every minute, shoehorning museums, tours, specific paintings, into every daylight hour. Leaving Scotty’s Diner at 39th and […]

23.11.2013 · Filled under: Art, New York · Tags: , · 11 Comments »
Color Field paintings by Canadian artist William Perehudoff, in NYC

Color Field paintings by Canadian artist William Perehudoff, in NYC

COLOR! I’m excited to talk about a show I just saw at the new Berry Campbell gallery in New York: William Perehudoff: Color Field Paintings from the 1980s. It’s delightful, though not surprising, that a New York art gallery would choose an abstract painter from the Canadian prairies for their opening show. There are actually […]

08.11.2013 · Filled under: Art, Canada, New York · Tags: · 9 Comments »
ArtSmart Roundtable: Marianne North, Victorian adventurer & botanical artist

ArtSmart Roundtable: Marianne North, Victorian adventurer & botanical artist

After a month off for good times, I’m back in time for September’s ArtSmart Roundtable. Scroll to the end of this post for more on the Roundtable and links to my colleagues’ great blogs.  This month’s theme of Travel Art/Art in Travel inspired me to write about Victorian artist and traveller, Marianne North. The gallery […]

ArtSmart Roundtable: Deciphering Dalí’s The Hallucinogenic Toreador

ArtSmart Roundtable: Deciphering Dalí’s The Hallucinogenic Toreador

The ArtSmart Roundtable is focusing on painting this month. I’ll be deciphering a mindblowing painting I saw at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida: Salvador Dalí’s The Hallucinogenic Toreador (1969-1970). Be sure to scroll down for more on the Roundtable and links to my colleagues’ posts. Now, The Hallucinogenic Toreador. The Hallucinogenic Toreador is 13 […]

03.06.2013 · Filled under: Art, ArtSmart Roundtable, Florida · Tags: , · 17 Comments »
In Brussels, the visual enigmas of René Magritte

In Brussels, the visual enigmas of René Magritte

Green apples, bowler hats, clouds–the imagery of Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898-1967) is familiar to all of us. His personal iconography has pervaded popular culture via countless movies (Toys, I Heart Huckabees, The Thomas Crown Affair), posters (The Exorcist), video games, television shows (the Simpsons), music videos and rock album covers (Paul McCartney owns many of his […]

06.05.2013 · Filled under: Art, Belgium, Europe · Tags: , · 7 Comments »
Art glass inspired by nature in St. Petersburg, Florida

Art glass inspired by nature in St. Petersburg, Florida

Fluid and luminous, art glass seems naturally inspired by ocean waves, sunsets and seashells. St. Petersburg, Florida, is a hotbed of hot glass. Its growing community of glass artists and glass blowing studios offers many opportunities to explore this magical art form. And much of the work is inspired by the area’s natural beauty.   […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, Florida, United States · Tags: , , , · 11 Comments »
Let it snow! Wintery works by Canadian artists

Let it snow! Wintery works by Canadian artists

  Postcard-pretty weather over the holidays inspired this collection of snow paintings by Canadian artists.  Here are a few of my favorites, past and present: Maud Lewis (1903-1970), Digby County, Nova Scotia.  Despite her disabilities and the primitive conditions in the 4.1 x 3.8 m dwelling she shared with her husband Everett, Maud’s folk art […]

06.01.2013 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: · 5 Comments »
Frida & Diego: Passion, politics and painting at the AGO

Frida & Diego: Passion, politics and painting at the AGO

On now at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting is a rare opportunity to see work by the 20th century’s most legendary artist couple exhibited side by side. The AGO show includes more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as more than 60 […]

02.12.2012 · Filled under: Art · Tags: , , · 5 Comments »
ArtSmart Roundtable: Genre paintings of Holland’s Golden Age

ArtSmart Roundtable: Genre paintings of Holland’s Golden Age

Time again for ArtSmart Roundtable, a group of travel bloggers with a contagious passion for art. Each month, Roundtable members publish a post on a chosen topic; this month is Art Genres. Be sure to scroll down for links to my colleagues’ unique blogs and perspectives. And now, genre paintings of Holland’s Golden Age. A quick check […]

05.11.2012 · Filled under: Art, ArtSmart Roundtable, Europe, Netherlands · Tags: , , · 10 Comments »
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