Latest happenings: the Art & Architecture Collection, Room 300 is once again open on Sundays from 1pm to 4:45pm.
Today is the last day to see the exhibit: The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.
Checkout this interesting blog post: Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books By Ed Ruscha.
“The Estrangement Principle: On the Problems of Labeling Art Queer” will be held today (Friday, September 5, 2014, @ 1:15 pm) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in the South Court Auditorium. http://ow.ly/B8qEX
In “The Estrangement Principle”, Ariel Goldberg has thoroughly examined the problems around labeling art queer. Can one interrupt the labeling of their art in the process of making it? Does all naming stand eerily at the border of commodification in a postcapitalist society? This book-length-essay has grown in the Library’s Wertheim Study to become a historical and literary research project focusing on writers and artists who enact a form of conflicted resistance to labels in their work.
In March we posted about the “City as Canvas" exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal posted an article about the opposing views of Police Commissioner Bratton and Graffiti as an art form.
The exhibit is now in its final weeks.
How long do you take observing a work of art in a museum or gallery? 1 to 5 minutes?…how about an hour? These two critics are embarking on an hour long single-work review for “artnet News”. No worries the 5 minute video clip is a recap of their discussion: Strictly Critical Video.
From a 13th-century Maastricht church to an old theater converted to book stacks, these bookstores are worth traveling to see: Condé Nast Traveler
In honor of the 25 year anniversary of the Beastie Boys’ album “Paul’s Boutique”, Danielle Mastrion has erected a mural where the cover art for the album was shot. Paul’s Boutique is the second studio album and was released on July 25, 1989.
The mural can be seen on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets in the Lower East Side.
These wire sculptures by artist Robin Wight are worth a look. Read about it in the Huffington Post.
Even though it has been out for several weeks now, it is still worth mentioning that Jeff Koons’ Split Rocker is now on display in Rockefeller Center until September 12th. If you are interested in reading more about the piece check out this article from artnet.
Check out this great article by Condé Nast Traveler, about how Cuba’s rising art scene continues in a country with a large tradition associated with both visual and cultural arts.
Check out our latest NYPL blog post: “Bustles, Bear Grease, & Burnt Brandy: 19th Century Self-Improvement Manuals in the Art & Architecture Collection”. Here’s a little excerpt:
Rapidly evolving developments in printing technology and paper manufacture during the 19th century were a democratizing process which lowered costs and made books of all kinds accessible to a wider audience. In that context it is interesting that, even early on, one of the most popular genres of these inexpensive books was self-improvement. The selection that follows is the barest tip of the iceberg of what is available in the Art & Architecture Collection in this genre. These books can be charming, informative, and at times appalling, but they are always fascinating and all are worth checking out.
A portrait of a mystery man has been discovered behind Pablo Picasso’s 1901 ‘Blue Room’ painting. This is thanks to infrared imagery and the hard work from The Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.