New York Arts On My Mind

I am dying to race up to NYC in the next few weeks to see so many great shows and events.  I really wanted to go for the Kips Bay Showhouse opening and ICFF this week but really needed to stay put for a bit.



Kips Bay Decorator Show House

 The 2015 Show House dates are:
May 14th – June 11th
at 58 East 66th Street 

Twenty-two of the nation’s most renowned interior designers and architects have been tapped to participate in this year’s 43rd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, hosted by New York’s premiere local youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Each designer will spend the next eight weeks transforming a distinct space in The Arthur Sachs Mansion at 58 East 66th Street located in Manhattan’s iconic Lenox Hill neighborhood. 

Hand-selected by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee and let by its chair, celebrated interior designer Bunny Williams, this year’s talented group of 22 designers and architects will be tasked with reviving the interiors of the five-floor, 9, 600 square-foot townhouse in support of the organization’s milestone 100th anniversary.

2015 Designers

Alan Tanksley, Inc.
Bennett Leifer Interiors

Cathy Kincaid Interiors
Christopher Peacock
Clive Christian
David Phoenix, Inc.
Drake Design Associates
Gail Green Interiors
Greener by Design
Janice Parker Landscape Architects
Mark D. Sikes Inc.
McMillen Inc.
Michael Herold Design
Paula + Martha
Pavarini Design
Peter J. Sinnott/ Home Works
Philip Mitchell Design
Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.
Rottet Studio
Thom Filicia Inc.
Tilton Fenwick

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Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden

16 May 2015 | 01 November 2015

This blockbuster exhibition is the first to examine Frida Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement also reimagines the iconic artist’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City.

Accompanying events invite visitors to learn about Kahlo’s life and enduring cultural influence through music, lectures, Frida al Fresco evenings, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, and hands-on art activities for kids. As a complement to your visit, use our new mobile guide to see rare photos and footage, listen to expert commentary, and create your own Frida Selfie to share with friends.


Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at The Brooklyn Museum

February 20–May 24, 2015

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republicraise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures.

Over at the Met


Location: Chinese Galleries (206–218) and the Anna Wintour Costume Center (980–981)

This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.

The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.


CY TWOMBLY at Gagosian Gallery

APRIL 23 – JUNE 20, 2015

Gagosian New York is pleased to present a group of the last paintings and sculptures of the late Cy Twombly, many of which have never been seen publicly.

Throughout his sixty-year career, Twombly infused the physical and emotional aspects of Abstract Expressionism with a wealth of historic and mythic allusion. He combined elements of gestural abstraction, drawing, and writing in a highly idiosyncratic and potent expression. At once epic and intimate, his work is steeped with references to poetry, classical mythology, and history. The alternation between the visible and the hidden, between present and past, and the struggle between memory and oblivion are unifying themes in his work.


This will warrant a fall trip. 



OCT 30, 2015–FEB 7, 2016

During the Whitney’s inaugural year in its new building, the Museum will present a career retrospective of Frank Stella (b. 1936), one of the most important living American artists. This survey will be the most comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. Co-organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Whitney, this exhibition will feature Stella’s best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world. Accompanied by a scholarly publication, the exhibition will fill the Whitney’s entire fifth floor, an 18, 000-square-foot gallery that is the Museum’s largest space for temporary exhibitions.

This exhibition is curated by Michael Auping, Chief Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with the involvement of Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art.

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