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Towards postmodernism: the emergence of artists from Coenties Slip

From the late 1950s to the early 1960s, the Coenties Slip district, located near the docks at the southern tip of Manhattan, was home to a group of artists, who, each in their own way, helped shift American Art History from abstract expressionism to postmodernism. Included among these artists were Ellsworth Kelly, Jack Youngerman, Robert […]

Statue by Vinnie Bagwell to replace controversial monument in Central Park

Earlier this year in April, New York City made the choice to remove a statue honouring J. Marion Sims, the 19th century doctor sometimes called the ‘father of modern gynaecology.’ Sims made his mark on the medical world at the cost of enslaved black women who were experimented on, sometimes in death, without consent. The […]

Sam Szafran: farewell to a master

Just when the Gallery Claude Bernard, where his work was frequently shown, had dedicated a booth to him at the Biennial, Sam Szafran, one of the most influential artists of the last 50 years, passed away at the age of 85. He died in Malakoff, in his studio-home where he had worked for many years […]

From surrealism to abstract expressionism, the practice of Arshile Gorky

 “I don’t like the word ‘finish’. When something is finished, that means it’s dead, doesn’t it? I believe in things that last forever. I never finish a painting – I merely stop working on it for a while. I love painting because it’s something that I can never complete”. These few words, taken from an […]

BRIC announces first recipients of the Colene Brown Art Prize

Just a few weeks ago, BRIC, the Brooklyn-based ‘arts media house’ focusing on education, incubating ideas, and presenting art and cultural programmes, announced that they would be offering a new, unrestricted grant. Entitled the Colene Brown Art Prize, the grant would distribute a combined total of $100,000 to 10 visual artists based in New York […]

Siminovitch Prize in Theatre 2019 shortlist announced

This past week, the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre announced the shortlist for candidates in the field of directing. The generous award offers $100 000 (CAD) to a theatre practitioner in Canada who has spent a decade or more contributing noteworthy work to the climate of Canadian theatre, in an effort to allow that artist to […]

Artist Olafur Eliasson named as Goodwill Ambassador for climate action

Olafur Eliasson, the Icelandic/Danish artist known for his large-scale works often highlighting environmental issues, was recently appointed the newest Goodwill Ambassador for climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The position is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) who announced Eliasson’s role on September 22nd. Launched in 2016, the UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors […]