A guide to art in NYC, with families in mind.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stephen Antonakos: Pillows 1962-1963

An Artist's Life, February 17, 1963
Stephen Antonakos
  At the Lori Bookstein Fine Art gallery the  work of Greek artist  Stephen Antonakos is on view up until March 16th, and is well worth the visit. He created this series in the early Sixties and has a Pop Art look.   The work is all pillows and pillow drawings that are embellished with items like nails, pipes, dolls, marbles, lights even a ferris wheel!  Many times the objects sprout out of the center or are wrapped up all around the pillow.  Are we looking into the remnants of a dream he has had?   You and your kids may find yourselves having some interesting conversations about dreams and art.  The exhibit is  perfect for all.  

Lori Bookstein Fine Art 138 tenth ave between
Untitled Pillow, March 4th 1963
Stephen Antonakos
18th and 19th street

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nancy Dwyer : Painting & Sculpture, 1982-2012

Long Island City, located in Queens, New York,  is the home of  The Fisher Landau Center for Art.   The museum was established  by Emily Fisher Landau, a patron of the arts with a passion for modern art and collecting it.  Formerly a parachute harness factory,  the museum  boasts  three spacious loft floors  filled with its permanent collection of modern art.  The list of artists represented  includes Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Cy Twombly, to name just a few.   The fee is always complimentary and the staff is welcoming and helpful.  The current exhibition is of the work of Nancy Dwyer, one of the founding member of the Pictures Generation,  an art movement that originated in the mid 70's.  Using various mediums, the artists explored  ways in which media saturated our culture and daily lives with selected "language."  The show "Painting & Sculpture, 1982-2012," is on view through April 7th.  Perfect for all.
The Fisher Landau Center for the Art
38-27 30th street Long Island City, New York
hours: Thursday-Monday 12-5
wheelchair accessible
Images:  left: "Big Ego II, 2011," "The ME Block, 1988"  Nancy Dwyer
right:  "ME, MAN, MEN, MEAN, 1987,"  Nancy Dwyer
credit: E. Suarez

Monday, March 4, 2013

Ionic: divine

                                     This Ionic capital  is divine.  Spotted on 108th street.
                                                                         -Edna Suarez