Paweł Althamer’s Venetians

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This haunting series by contemporary Polish artist, Paweł Althamer, features dozens of cast faces and sculpted human forms dispersed throughout the room, making full use of the gallery floor. The pieces are structural – at times, you can see spines, foundations, framework – yet they have an incredibly gestural quality that gives them an unusual lightness. The Venetians is one of several collections of Althamer’s work on view through April 13th, 2014 at the New Museum.

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new year’s eve at st. bart’s

Vaulted ceiling (l), and pipe organ console (r) of St. Bartholomew's Church.
Vaulted ceiling (l), and pipe organ console (r) of St. Bartholomew’s Church.

It was the evening of December 31st and I was contemplating my plans – go to some random event or stay home? Luckily, I read about the annual concert at St. Bart’s in midtown Manhattan to usher in the new year. Performed by the church’s organist and music director, William Trafka, we were treated to a beautiful program which included pieces by Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Jean Langlais, Dan Locklair, and closed with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, accompanied by percussionists, Chris Nappi and Sam Lazzara. The encompassing sound of New York City’s largest Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ was chilling, and coupled by the church’s grand neoclassical architecture, made for a mesmerizing and meditative experience.

eclectic is the word

This antique shop I stopped by last weekend, called Eclectic Collectibles & Antiques, certainly lived up to its name.  Even its sidewalk front, although too dark to photograph well, was littered with interesting, random objects: traffic light; bird cage; vintage car (!) … Inside, I found a treasure trove of nostalgia and found art opportunities…