Museums of New York

New York is home to a multitude of museums. But it’s especially rich in art museums, offering something for everyone. It has some of the world’s finest examples of Ancient, Old Master, Impressionist, Modern and contemporary work.

brooklyn-museumThe Brooklyn Museum, one of King County’s preeminent cultural institutions, this 560,000-square-foot venue made history as the first American museum to exhibit African objects as art work. In addition to the more than 4,000 items in the Egyptian holdings, museum goers can scope pieces by masters such as Monet and Degas.

The museum began to acquiring Egyptian antiquities at the beginning of the twentieth century, both through purchases- such as a a group of Egyptian objects collected by Armand de Potter in the 1880s and also through archaeological excavation. In April 2003 they completed the re installation of the world famous Egyptian collection, a process that took ten years. Three new galleries joined the four existing ones that had been completed in 1993, to tell the story of Egyptian art from it’s earliest known origins (circa 3500 bc) until the period when the Romans incorporated Egypt into their empire.

The 2003 phase of Egypt reborn was made possible by the National endowment for the Humanities, with additional major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marilyn M Simpson charitable Trusts and the Museums Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund.

Double Take: African Innovation opens the doors to the African collection with a new, experimental installation that invites surprising and unexpected ways of looking at African art. It suggests universal themes that link seemingly dissimilar works, often across vast distances of time and space. In the main gallery nearly forty objects, are organized into fifteen pairs of small groups that explore themes, subjects and techniques that recur throughout African history. African holdings can also be found in an adjacent “storage annex”display of an additional 150 African masterpieces, with an area for making new connections and responding to the works , including suggestions for other themes. A temporary installation planned amid an extensive renovation of the first floor, Double Take : African Innovations is the next phase in the ongoing expansion of our collection.

The impressionists. This exhibition of some forty paintings includes many of the finest examples of mid-nineteenth through early twentieth-century French and American landscape in the collection. The works by such leading French artists as Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet and their most significant American followers including Frederick Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent. Among the earliest works in the exhibition are Charles- Francois Daubigny’s The River Seine at Mantes (1856), and Gustave Courbet, Isolated Rock (1862), which reveal the impact of plein-air sketching practice on landscape art of the period.

Following in the footsteps of the French archetypes, beginning at mid-century many American painters sought to improve their skills and find inspiration in Paris, attending French art academies and visiting painting locations made famous by Barbizon and impressionists. Landscapes from the Age of Impressionists have been exhibited in Korea, as well as museums all over America. The Brooklyn Museum is well worth a visit.

New York Art Institutes And Culture

New York city is home to many famous art schools, there’s the school of Visual Arts, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York Institute of Art and Design, National Academy School of Fine Art and the New York Academy of Art, just to name a few.

The rich and diverse influx of immigration to the US throughout its history has helped contribute to the to the cultural diversity and energy of New York. With 8 million people of different cultures living and studying within the the city, it remains the most populated and culturally influential city in the United States.

For the student wishing to study art in New York the possibilities are almost endless, the arts are not only an area of study in New York, but are also a way of life. Not only is the excellent art schools in New York a magnet for students from all over the country studying every form of art, but many international students also choose to come to this famous city to complete their art education.

For the international student the American dream of opportunity and self determination, couldn’t be more alluring. New York is recognized as a financial centre of the world, an international destination for foreign travellers, and home to the most spectacular night life scene in the world.

International students studying there can be confident there are several premiere public and private educational institutions to choose from. New York is also a good choice for students interested in American and world history, especially art history and literature. In fact the international student studying here that has a love for art history, will appreciate living nearby several locations that served as the real world inspiration for premiere 19 century American landscape artwork.

Knowing the history of art is very important to an artist’s development, and there is no better place to study art than in New York city.

Whatever type of art you love, you are sure to find it in NY, whether it be paintings, film, bed art, sculptures, modern art or old masters, NY has every category of art you can think of. In NY art is everywhere it’s in the subways, gallery’s, museums and on the streets.

Take a walk around and be surprised by the sculptures you will unexpectedly see, from the Charging Bull, also known as “The Bull Of Wall Street” this sculpture is located near Wall Street and symbolizes the aggressive nature of capitalism.

The bronze sculpture of George Washington is located in front of Federal Hall, down town Manhattan. At the southwestern corner of Central Park you will find a statue of Christopher Columbus. West of the United Nations Headquarters you will find Rockefeller Centre and the art deco style sculpture of Atlas holding the heavens on his back.

Other notable one to look for are the Peace Fountain, Good Defeats Evil, The Unisphere, and The Knotted Gun, this bronze sculpture is in honour of singer songwriter John Lennon and is a famous artistic symbol of world peace. For art lovers the world over New York City is definitely worth a visit, that you will not soon forget.

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The Art Scene: Welcome To The Met

metropolitan-museumThe New York art scene is very prominent but ever changing, their art exhibitions include the best photography and art galleries that are considered some of the best in the world.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art ( often referred to as the Met ) is located on Fifth Avenue in New York and is ranked 4th globally and number one in the USA, receiving around 5 million visitors annually.

The Museum was built in 1874, its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building on the eastern edge of Central Park is by area one of the worlds largest art galleries.

While the permanent collections consists of works of art of classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, they also have an extensive collection of American and modern art.

The Met maintains holdings of African, Asian, Oceaniac, Byzantine, Indian and Islamic art. The museum is also home to collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armour from around the world.

Now it must be mentioned the Met is not the only museum in New York, in fact NY .com says there are 83 museums in New York city. So no matter what kind of art you love, whether it be Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim, Modern Art, The Cloisters there is sure to be plenty for you to see.

If you are planning a trip to this city you will need several days if you are interested in seeing even a few of these great museums.

The good news is you can get 20% off 3, 5, 7, and 10 day New York passes that can be purchased ahead and you will also receive with your pass free entry to other NY attractions like the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Historic Richmond Town, Museum of Modern Art, New York Hall of Science, Rockefeller Centre, Staten Island Children’s Museum and many, many more.

Of course you will not be able to cover everything you wish to see in a short amount of time, you will definitely need to prioritize. I decided to make a list starting with the one attraction that I felt was the most important to me, then moved on to the second, third and so forth, then made a list to fill in any extra time I may have, with other attraction that I thought would be interesting to see.

Of course I did not get around to finishing my list although I tried very hard, I found no matter how much time you allow for viewing it was not enough and I only managed to squeeze in two of my extra attractions. If I had to pick a favourite place I think I would have to pick The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I really enjoyed the Met department of Arms and Armour, this seems to be one of the museums most popular exhibits.

The distinctive “ parade” of armoured figures on horseback on the first floor is fascinating. The focus on craftsmanship is outstanding, and the collection spans more geographic regions than almost any other department. I do feel as if I only scratched the surface with my visit and definitely feel another visit to New York city would have to be on my agenda.

Bed Art – Proof Anything Can Be Art

Living in New York has proven that anything is not only possible, but probable. I mean I’ve seen it all! Today’s blog post is about some of the crazy art works that people have came up with using one of the most common pieces of household furniture: The Bed.

You can take any bed you can find and turn it into art and sell it for millions of dollars. Well, maybe you can’t, but it has been done. If you were clever, you’d perhaps create the art by purchasing a portable bed… you know, a folding, rollaway guest bed. These portable roll away beds are perfect because it would be easy to move your art piece to another gallery!

Now why do I bring this up? Because there is a lot of artwork out there that has a bed in it. Bunk beds, trundle beds, rollaway beds, rolling beds…. you get the idea. But one messy bed sold for millions of dollars! Wouldn’t you want to take your messy bed and sell it to some collector for a cool million dollars? I know I would!

my bedSo what is this bed? It’s Tracey Emin’s “My Bed” that sold for about 3.7 million dollars. Now, why someone wants some one else’s dirty old bed is beyond me, but that is what it sold for.

Let’s take a look at some other art that uses a bed as the main theme and see if we could spend our money better!

german bedNadja Haefeli, Germanic Funeral 2, 2007, oil on canvas

Really it’s Sleeping Beauty with a fuzzy background. Not earth shattering, but better than than “My Bed”.

For a more surreal kind of art piece, one needs to look no further than Urs Fischer’s untitled (Soft Bed). It takes a page from the great surrealist Salvador D’ali melting clock, and applies it to the bed shown. Now that is easily better than some dirty bed!

soft bed

There is literally dozens of popular art that has been created with the bed as the main theme. So, why settle for a dirty, unkempt bed? Especially since it is literally a messy bed! A painting or something would be much better.

Unless you are filthy rich. Then you can buy my bed, and I’ll even mess it up first.

NYC Art – Unique To Our City

In this wonderful, diverse city you can find all kinds of crazy art. Much of this art is distinctive to the NYC area – you won’t find it anywhere else in the world, unless someone bought it!

New York City Garbage Cubes

garbage-cubeYes, this is for real. A rather enterprising individual decided picking garbage and “artfully” arranging it in Lucite cubes and then selling it would make him rich.

It did not in fact make him rich, but it has provided a small flow of income. The cubes start at around $50, and he has sold upwards of 1300 of them since 2001. They are now all over the world – Brazil, Malaysia, South Korea and basically all of Europe.

There are the regular garbage cubes, and then he created numerous special event and special place ones. For example you get a cube with garbage from Yankee Stadium, a special filled with garbage from Times Square on New Years Eve, a cube to celebrate the day gay marriage became legal and many more.

He even went so far as to work on a few pieces that were commissioned. Essentially, a large Lucite box the size and shape of a coffee table filled with garbage.

People buy some crazy stuff!

The Fabulous Street Art Of NYC

Street art, or graffiti, is actually really taking off. The fact is, some of this art is among the best in the world for the sheer size, color, and awesomeness. Every major city in the world has graffiti but rather than be embarrassed or try to cover it up, the people of NYC revel in the art.

You can get tours to go see some of the most famous painted buildings in NYC. From the Wooster Street building to the Meatpacking District, there is graffiti art everywhere.

The Red Cube

red-cubeThe Red Cube is said to represent a roll of chance as it is shaped like a die and is placed in the Financial District of New York.

The fact is, Noguchi (the artist and creator of the Red Cube) wasn’t a gambler and his background in landscape design makes it pretty clear the Cube is not a die.

Brilliant red, with a gray hole through the middle angled to provide a view of a building if looked through, the Red Cube provides some color and art in an otherwise drab brown and gray location.

It was placed in 1967, and thousands of sculpture and art lovers visit the site yearly for a picture.


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Events: What Is Happening In NYC

New York is known for its vibrant and colorful nature. It is never short of fantastic artistic works- here are some upcoming art events that you can visit for an enriching experience.

Installation view of "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Installation view of “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” Photo by Matt Flynn © 2016 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial: If you are looking for some fresh fashion sense, then this ongoing Cooper Hewitt event is something that will be of interest. This art event will give you a chance to explore 250 different works from 60 designers. The work here not only highlights fashion, but architecture and other art forms that indulge in aesthetic beauty.
Place– 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue, New York
Date- Ongoing till 21 August, 2016
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Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History: Here is another ongoing art event that can really give you some goose bumps. 200 selected photographs are here to give you a glance into the sporting world since 1843. All these photographs represent cultural, historical and aesthetic values that sports have reflected in the society.
Place– 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
Date- Ongoing; closed on Monday and Tuesday
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Hotter Than That: 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five: The Legendary Louis Armstrong marked his name for the first time on a record label in 1926. Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five shook the music world with their album “Heebie Jeebies”. The Louis Armstrong museum is giving you a chance to find out how Satchmo made the name as one of the best Jazz musicians in 20th century.
Place– 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens, New York
Date- Ongoing
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The Art of Now: The Hearst Tower has organized an elevating art experience in its Hearst Gallery. Their new event The-Art-Of-Now is showcasing the work of great contemporary painters like Mitchel Coffman, Ana Bidart and photographers like Asya Reznikov and Margeaux Walter. It is also holding other art forms like sculptures. The only thing you must remember is to make an appointment with the gallery via email.
Place– Hearst Headquarter 300 W. 57th Street, New York
Date- Ongoing
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Public, Private, Secret: There is no doubt that art of Photography has become an interesting part of our daily life. The International Centre of Photography has opened their new Bowery spot with a collection of photographs that reveals how this art is defining and constructing the boundaries of our privacy. With real time images and videos the exhibition is here to show that how this tricky factor- privacy, is changing in our modern society.
Place– 250 Bowery, New York
Date- Ongoing
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Celebrating 100 Years of Einstein’s General Theory: Einstein and his theory about relativity really changed the human thinking. The E= mc2 was introduced to us in 2016 and this is the 100th year of that. The house has organized an exhibition with three Einstein “things” and a letter from the genius to Erwin Finlay Freundlich. The exhibition also gives you a chance to see the real summation of this theory written by Einstein’s own hand.
Place– 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York
Date- Ongoing
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Summer of Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton is an extremely popular figure. Here is your chance to know this great man and his creative role in structuring the great nation. The exhibition also has several belongings of Hamilton and films on the life of Hamilton that encouraged Lin-Manuel’s much celebrated writing Hamilton.
Place– 170 Central Park West Street, Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York
Date- Ongoing
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