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John Ransom Phillips' Revelatory 'Lives of Artists' Exhibition Opens This Month in Brooklyn

John Ransom Phillips' Revelatory 'Lives of Artists' Exhibition Opens This Month in Brooklyn

We pour over the works of the great artists. Curators write rapturous descriptions of those same works and their supposed meanings. And critics surely analyze them far too vigorously. But what if we were able to really get inside of the minds of Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat? How would it evolve the way we see both them and their art?

Those are the questions that New York painter John Ransom Phillips undertook - and fascinatingly succeeded - to answer with his revelatory new series, Lives of Artists - which will be on exhibit at the BlackBook Presents gallery in Brooklyn starting October 24.

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Opening: NYC Exhibit 'Robust American Love' Poignantly Celebrates Walt Whitman's 200th Birthday

Opening: NYC Exhibit 'Robust American Love' Poignantly Celebrates Walt Whitman's 200th Birthday

If anyone doubted Walt Whitman's continuing hallowed place in the American cultural pantheon, they'd need only take in the sheer scope of the tributes being paid in honor of his 200th birthday this year. In New York City alone, the New York Public Library, the Morgan Library, and the Grolier Club have each examined the exalted 19th Century American poet's work from a uniquely different, but equally engaging point of view.

The latter exhibition, Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman, closed in July. But its energetic curator, Karen Karbiener - a premier Whitman scholar and professor at NYU - is still admirably hard at work preserving the considerable legacy of the man whom she not at all hyperbolically calls "America's greatest poet." But for her, one project in particular is possessed of a foremost sense of urgency.

"I am the President of a 501(c)(3) called the Walt Whitman Initiative," she enthusiastically relates, "and it’s our focus to keep people celebrating him and to keep protecting his cultural legacy. That's where the campaign to landmark his house comes in. It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time."

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Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur less genoux, 1918

Sotheby's London Summer Sales to Include Rarities by Modigliani, Miró, Monet

The unpredictable fickleness of the art world is generally balanced out by sudden bursts of wild enthusiasm for artists who are no longer counted amongst the living. And of late, that enthusiasm has been reserved in great part for the tragic modernist Amedeo Modigliani, who died aged just 36 in 1920 - and whose debauched lifestyle likely kept him from matching the success of his friend and rival Picasso.
He's making up for it a century later, as last year ArtNet called him a "rock star," and a 2018 episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians excitedly documented Kourtney's pursuit of authentication for what she believed was a real Modigliani (it was). That same year, his Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) sold for $157.2 million.
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Evocative New Book 'Miami Beach 1988-1995' Captures the City in All its Pre-Millennial Iconoclastic Beauty

Evocative New Book 'Miami Beach 1988-1995' Captures the City in All its Pre-Millennial Iconoclastic Beauty

Miami, like other major American cities in the 1970s (ahem, New York) watched helplessly as its glory days gave way to a drug-riddled war zone, one that left hollowed out landmarks and blocks of Art Deco hotels in rueful ruins. Hindered by corrupt law enforcement and a significant Latin American narcotics pipeline, it struggled along until the latter end of the '80s, when a music/fashion driven revitalization began to at last introduce new hope.

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12 Must-See Works at the First Ever 'Frieze Los Angeles’

12 Must-See Works at the First Ever 'Frieze Los Angeles’

Frieze Los Angeles made its much buzzed about debut yesterday, fully living up to the spirited anticipation surrounding the international fair. Thousands of art-seeking Angelenos, celebrities, New York transplants and far flung jet-setters flocked to the Paramount Pictures studio lot to experience what many feel has been long overdue for the art-driven city. 

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Frieze Los Angeles: 'Casa Perfect' Will Present Never-Before-Seen Short Films by Andy Warhol

Frieze Los Angeles: 'Casa Perfect' Will Present Never-Before-Seen Short Films by Andy Warhol

Despite the brisk trade in his paintings and screen prints, at his core, Andy Warhol was probably more photographer than anything else he put his inimitable talent to. And during this year's Frieze Los Angeles, that will be thrillingly, revealingly on display.

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