December, 2008

Art felt support

Art: Borough President Markowitz has long been known as a champion of cheesecake — but now the portly beep wants to be known as a patron of the arts. Comment

November, 2008

Black mark for ‘Black List’

Art: What is the difference between museum-quality art and a quality art book? Comment

‘Black’ is beautiful

Art: A new photography exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum will enjoy, to say the least, good timing. Comment

October, 2008

Sex, lies and audiotape

Art: They say phone sex is anonymous. But in DUMBO this week, a one-night-only photo exhibition pulls back the covers on the delights of dialing-up. Comments (1)

Merritt’s Monday Minute!

Art: Our correspondent, Merritt Gurley, headed to DUMBO last week for the Art Under the Bridges festival to figure out the age-old question, “What is art?” Along the way, she meets artists, sees finished work and even licks a salt sculpture. Comments (1)

By ‘George,’ it’s good

Art: Our critic takes on the massive Gilbert and George retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment

Gilbert and George: Who are they?

The Explainer: So who are these natty Brits who deserve a career retrospective before they’re even dead? Comment

September, 2008

Powell returns to his day job

Art: Turns out, running for Congress was just a part-time job for losing candidate Kevin Powell. Comments (1)

Your guide to all the big shows

Art: From the DUMBO galleries to that big museum on Eastern Parkway, here’s your fall art preview. Comments (1)

Got something to say? Let’s hear it

Art: In one of the noisiest parts of DUMBO — the Pearl Street Triangle — two local artists will soon establish an oratory oasis: a “speaker’s corner,” where people can stand on soapboxes and rant and rave, or just talk to their hearts’ content. Comments (1)

Victory! Taps tightened on tree-killing ‘Waterfalls’

Art: Under fire from local groups and one of the city’s most-romantic restaurants, city officials have cut the hours that the “New York City Waterfalls” exhibit can propel its salt-laden water onto nearby trees — but the decision many not come in time to save some of the victims of Olafur Eliasson’s four-pronged arborcidal artwork. Comments (2)

Making it ‘Grand’

Art: Grand Army Plaza is a traffic nightmare — but starting next week, it’ll host a tantalizing exhibition of what might lie in store. Comment

Victory! Taps tightened on tree-killing ‘Waterfalls’

Art: The tree-killing “New York City Waterfalls” project, which has enraged plant-loving Brooklynites by damaging local flora near the River Cafe in DUMBO and along the fabled Brooklyn Heights Promenade, will be turned off half of the time starting next week. Comments (2)

August, 2008


Art: Citing dangerous mist, the Brooklyn Heights Association is demanding some of the NYC Waterfalls be turned off. Comments (4)

Billyburg artist in China’s big house

Art: Lord knows, we weren’t going to cover the Olympics, but when the Chinese put the squeeze on one of Brooklyn’s best-loved multi-media artists, it was time for The Brooklyn Paper to summon its international bureau. Comments (1)

Waterfall of death!

‘Future’ fun

Coney Island: This weekend, more than 500 visitors came out for the opening of the Coney Island History Project’s latest show, “The Astroland Archives Photography Exhibit: Back to the Future.” Comment

Jazz society

Art: Ellis Marsalis and his son, pianist Jason Marsalis, are just two members of jazz society featured in “Kindred Cool: Portraits Inspired by the Jazz Friendship of Ralph Ellison, Romare Bearden and Albert Murray” on display through Sept. 14 at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Fort Greene. Comment

July, 2008

Reel people

Art: Our coastal borough hasn’t lost all traces of its maritime ways, as photographer Christian Johnston and writer Shamar Hill reveal in their exhibition “Fishermen of Sheepshead Bay,” on display now at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene. Comment

‘Best Painting’

Books: When art writers Deanna MacDonald and Geoff Smith set out to write their book, “100 Best paintings in New York,” they knew from the get-go that our borough would be a great place to visit. Comment

Artful spreads

Art: A group of Brooklyn quilters are redefining the way we think of the folksy blankets with their latest show, “Stitch by Stitch: Works in Fabric,” on display now at Brooklyn College. Comments (4)

‘Hot’ prospect

Art: Prices might be low, but drama will be high at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s summer art exhibition — dubbed “Hot!” — that opens on Saturday. Comment

FAKE! But bogus art show will go on

Art: The Brooklyn Museum of Art will make artistic lemonade after being thrown the ultimate art-world lemon: finding out that many of its prized pieces from early Egyptian Christians are actually fakes. Comments (1)

Park art

Art: There are always plenty of strange things to gawk at in Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, but beginning Sunday, a collection of 30 exotic sculptures will be unveiled by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Comment

Summer ‘Knights’

Art: Next weekend, “The Dark Knight,” the latest movie in the Batman franchise, opens in theaters nationwide. Hidden away in Red Hook, however, is another look at the Caped Crusader — and what it lacks in box office glitz, it more than makes up for in graphic authenticity. Comment

Mind your Q’s

Art: Brooklyn Paper photographer Tom Callan is a star at “Click!,” the publicly curated photo show currently hanging at the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1)

June, 2008

The Paper’s ‘Wanted’ Man: Artist JG Jones got his start with us

Art: From The Brooklyn Paper to a date with Angelina Jolie — that’s the JG Jones story. Comments (2)

May, 2008

Walking on water

Art: Galapagos Art Space, the Williamsburg institution that is preparing to re-open in a newly renovated space at 16 Main St. in DUMBO, will feature a lake outfitted with walkways and tables, allowing club goers to lounge on top of the water. Comment

March, 2008

Cops: Art show is ‘brutal’ to us

Art: In an echo of the “Sensation” controversy almost a decade ago, a Fort Greene museum is under fire from police union brass for a supposedly anti-cop art exhibit. Comments (3)

June, 2008

Gushing over ‘Waterfalls’

Art: The waterfalls are flowing in the East River. Comments (1)

April, 2008

Arty night

Art: If you're looking for a way to combine a night on the town with a culturally enriching outing, look no further than "First Thursday," the monthly arts celebration held in DUMBO. Comment

May, 2008

The art of the bus stop seat

Art: The newest street art installation in Park Slope might not knock you off your feet — but if it does, at least you’ll have a place to sit. Comment

Is this not art?

Art: Dust off your energy dome hats and radiation suits — Devo is back! On Saturday at 8 pm, the seminal New Wave band will be honored with “The Super Thing: NYC Goes Devo,” a night of art, live music and costumes at Williamsburg arts fortress 3rd Ward. Comment

March, 2008

Hot shots

Art: Ladies Lotto won’t be selling scratch-off tickets, but if you’re looking to find photography from local artists, stop by the March 1 opening of their “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography” exhibit in Greenpoint, and you’ll hit the jackpot. Comment

January, 2008

Space place

Art: With its annual tour of open galleries and thriving art scene, Gowanus is on its way to being the next DUMBO. And on Feb. 1, the ‘hood will get another step closer with the opening of the Gowanus Studio Space. Comment

Take a hike

Art: A walk through Williamsburg — especially along the crowded Bedford Avenue corridor — on a Friday night is always an experience, but on Jan. 11, there will be more than just the normal spectacle to gawk at. Comment

June, 2008

’Candy’ store

Art: When Rae McGrath moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant three years ago, he wasn’t sure that the area was ready for his vision. But thanks to plenty of hard work, McGrath’s baby, the Brooklynite Gallery, will open on Tuesday. And he thinks it’s not a moment too soon. Comments (2)

January, 2008

Gallery girl

Art: TV’s “Gossip Girl,” which often flubs Brooklyn, makes good with Park Slope sculptor Martha Walker. Comment

Tattoo you

Art: The opening party for Martina Secondo Russo’s debut solo exhibition, “Tattooed Limbs and Other Oddities,” had all the typical trappings of a gallery show — chatter, cheer and free wine — but a second glance at the artwork and the gallery space showed more than a few quirks.  Comment

March, 2008

Obsessed with ‘Love’

Art: There’s one feminist in Brooklyn who isn’t stumping for Hillary. Ghada Amer, a well-known artist whose first retrospective in the United States opened at the Brooklyn Museum on Feb. 16, focuses on the roles of women in her artwork, but thinks Mrs. Clinton has already bungled her job. Comment

May, 2008

Hot shots

Art: Growing up in Coney Island, Arlene Gottfried was witness to plenty of odd scenes. It’s no surprise, then, that her new book of gritty, black-and-white photographs, “Sometimes Overwhelming,” charts a path through the wacky, wild and just plain weird characters that New York City attracts. Comment

April, 2008

Doll house

Art: In a small Prospect Heights community center, 31 artists have come together to create a new neighborhood — populated entirely by handmade dolls. Comment

Graphic display

Art: James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and other famous American artists caught J-fever in the late 19th century, and the Brooklyn Museum has 25 works on paper to prove it in its Luce Visible Storage Center, beginning April 16. Comment

March, 2008

Inside job

Art: There are certain iconic images of Brooklyn: The Manhattan Bridge shot from Front Street in DUMBO or the Wonder Wheel looming over Coney Island. On April 3, Sunset Park native Larry Racioppo will unveil “Brooklyn Interiors,” a show exploring what’s inside Brooklyn landmarks and exposing a side of the borough many have never seen. Comment

Beach party

Art: Barbecue-happy Brooklynites aren’t the only ones getting their backyard ready for summer. Over on Bond Street, photographer Robert DiScalfani has renovated the patio — as well as two floors of a 100-year-old house — that, on March 27, will open to the public as the Bond Street Gallery. Comment

February, 2008

Kiss this

Art: A good kiss is unforgettable, and to prove it, Lori Baker and David E. Brown are displaying 76 photographs of kisses from their personal collections at Williamsburg’s City Reliquary through March 31. Comment

June, 2008

Block party

Art: This weekend is the last opportunity for visitors to see the Brooklyn Museum’s breathtaking exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the Utagawa school. The works are the thrilling predecessors of graphic novels and celebrity posters alike. Comment

It’s a ‘Natural’

Art: A photograph of a life-size, fake deer stares mournfully at us from a tiny yard in Carroll Gardens. Bits of moss and grass, collected from all over the borough, are pressed into abstract collage that is literally Brooklyn on paper. These are just a couple of artworks featured in “Brooklyn Au Natural” — a visual exploration of the interface between nature and the city — a show which opened at the Safe-T-Gallery in DUMBO on Thursday. Comment

May, 2008

Elmes grows new roots

Art: On Wednesday, May 14, Galapagos Art Space — the pioneering cultural center that is undergoing a move from Williamsburg to DUMBO — will open to the public for the first time. Although the space will be used to exhibit video for the New York Photo Festival, just as interesting is what founder and Director Robert Elmes has planned for the venue. Comment

April, 2008

Flower power

Art: It’s not the futuristic nude sculptures or trippy, Alice in Wonderland–style magic mushrooms growing out of the floor that has tongues wagging about the “Murakami” exhibit that opens April 5 at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s the 550-square-foot Louis Vuitton boutique, hawking $5,000 purses and $10,000 canvases within the show, which seems to be the real sensation. Comments (1)

June, 2008

The art of honesty

Art: Artist Jillian May set out some baked goods and a jar for payment. Both disappeared. Comments (2)

May, 2008

Drilling art

Art: No, that’s not a drill bit coming out of the Fulton Ferry Landing — it’s a telescope that lets you see all the way to London. OK, it’s really an art project that touches on Victorian, futuristic and sci-fi themes — but the part about seeing London? That’s entirely true. Comments (1)

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