New York City is coming back to life this fall after a brutal spell of loss and lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The surest sign that there is reason for hope? Our favorite museums are open again! We recently visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and discovered a marvelous new textile art exhibit called Taking a Thread for a Walk. We love art museum exhibits devoted to textiles and weaving, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s a fascinating look at gender, race and class in the arts – and an uplifting vision of how a simple thread could connect all of humanity.
Who are the best African-American visual artists in today’s art world? Who are the names to know, and who are the up-and-coming stars of the future? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has done the research, and now she’s sharing a curated list of 20 of the most influential black and African-American visual artists right now, including painters, photographers and sculptors – names we all need to know and celebrate.
Low is the new high in the world of modern luxury, and much of the thanks (or derision) for this phenomenon goes to the humble sneaker. The sports and leisure shoe has morphed from a utilitarian and affordable item of footwear into a prized collectible worthy of the attention of a high-end auction house. Why are vintage sneakers now being treated like prized works in the contemporary art market? High auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s are holding vintage Air Jordan luxury sneaker sales this summer, as athletic shoes are quickly becoming the hot new collectible item. Luxury sneaker as collectible art? Watch your back, watches. They’re coming for you.
Here’s where to find the best contemporary art on the East End this summer, as new galleries join long-time residents to make East Hampton the center of the art world.
Now that many of us are going to be wearing a protective face mask whenever we leave home for the foreseeable future, some of us are exploring how to make them work with our overall style sensibility. If you’re among the multitudes of people looking for a way to turn this necessary new accessory into a way to express some style and personality, read on. Previously, we shared our top picks of the chic luxury designer fashion brands producing protective face masks. Now we investigate the most stunning artist-designed statement face masks available to the general public right now. In addition to a personal style statement and a functional protective layer, many of these face masks designed by contemporary artists are artistic works that poignantly memorialize this devastating era of COVID-19.