Author Archives: Raymond E. Mingst

Tableaux Vivant at the Met

We chanced upon this scene at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday. We imagined the composition of figures plucked from a Veronese or perhaps a classical Greek frieze. (We can’t say with certainty whether the mood was World Cup … Continue reading

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Find Yourself at Curious Matter

Not sure where you are, or where you’re going? Be brave. The artists of Terra Incognita have explored uncharted territory too. Come. The final day to view Terra Incognita is Sunday, June 22, noon to 3pm. You might just gain … Continue reading

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Hats Off To The Frick

We headed out to the Frick to see Parmigianino’s “Schiava Turca.” The sitter was misidentified in the 1700s as a Turkish slave (most likely because of her turban-like headdress) and the appellation stuck. We felt a little bad for her, … Continue reading

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Parallel Art Space Speaks

Parallel Art Space presents smart, fun exhibitions and I’m very pleased to be showing in their current group offering “The Heroic Object.” This Sunday, April 27 at 3pm they’ll host a talk with the 8 exhibiting artists. If you decide … Continue reading

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Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass at The Cloisters

Moving and shipping art is nerve racking. Even if the object itself is resilient as a plush toy there’s always the possibility of loss or damage. Safely and securely shipping six huge stained glass windows from England’s Canterbury Cathedral, to … Continue reading

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Fanny Allié at ArtBloc

The opening reception for “Fanny Allié: The Glowing Home” at ArtBloc in Hamilton Square is this Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 8pm. We had a daytime preview of the work, but we’re looking forward to viewing the neon and … Continue reading

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CHELSEA: report from the street

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Grumpy, Old Men at National Academy Museum

Paintings by a group of grumpy, old men currently line the walls of the National Academy Museum. “See It Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters” features work that “grew out of abstract currents, but shifted toward representation.” The artists are: Leland … Continue reading

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Twelve Creches

To close the year we present 12 creches. St Francis of Assisi is credited with producing the first pantomime of the nativity in 1223. Performers still dress and play out the story of the birth of Christ in church and … Continue reading

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Fran Lebowitz/The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The September 1981 cover of Interview magazine featured Fran Lebowitz. She looked sly and smoldering in the photo-based illustration by Richard Bernstein. Her eyes were piercing and she held a cigarette. Fran represented all that was smart and cool and … Continue reading

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