13 November 2022

New York In November: Alex Katz – Edward Hopper And More – Ilka Scobie

Decades ago, when I lived in Soho, a familiar sight was the sweatshirt-hooded Alex Katz on his daily early morning jog.

7 November 2022

Great Art Cities Explained – An Art And Travel Video Series

Following the wildly successful YouTube art history series, Great Art Explained in 15 Minutes, founded in 2020 by art writer and curator James Payne, a new art and travel series has been launched. Great Art Cities Explained, a collaboration from PayneShurvell gallery owners, James Payne and Joanne Shurvell will run concurrently on the same channel. The new series uses the same popular format as Great Art Explained, whose entertaining short films present a fresh look at familiar artworks.

22 November 2021


New York Exhibitions November/December 2021 From Jasper Johns To Alex Katz – Ilka Scobie

Ilka Scobie trawls through the best art exhibitions New York currently has to offer. 

19 September 2021

Rebound Ramblings: New York City Art Week 2021 RoundUp – Ilka Scobie

With major as well as offbeat art fairs, ranging from the Armory at the massive Javits Center (where I last went for my Covid vaccination) to tiny storefronts selling transgressive signage

1 June 2021


Nicola Vassell Opens First Black-Owned Gallery In New York’s Chelsea

Nicola Vassell Opens First Black-Owned Gallery In New York’s Chelsea

Gabriel J. Shuldiner: The Poetry of Black — Raphy Sarkissian

“Can there be a more hypnotic colour than black?” is a question that impulsively arises when we encounter a work by Gabriel J. Shuldiner

5 May 2019


Lorna Simpson Explores Race Gender and History At Hauser & Wirth NY

Native New Yorker Lorna Simpson has creatively explored race, gender and history for over thirty years.

14 March 2018

Armory Week – Snow and Art Virginie Puertolas-Syn Highlights

While many collectors and Art world professionals were in Europe for TEFAF and the Auctions in London, I went instead to visit the New York art scene for the Armory week.

12 March 2018

Yinka Shonibare MBE Unveils NY Central Park Commission

New York’s Public Art Fund has unveiled ‘Wind Sculpture (SG)’, a new work by the Turner Prize-winning British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

18 November 2017

Shui Shi Liu: International Artist In Profile By Isa Freeling

I was asked to go out to Maspeth to meet an artist. I wasn’t even sure where Maspeth was. Queens itself intimidates me since it’s a maze of unlikely numbers in opposition with themselves all intersecting in nonsensical disunity. The only thing I knew about Shui Shi Liu is that he is a painter visiting from China who has his studio in Maspeth where he created an installation.

Edward Albee Estate To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s has announced that it will be handling the estate collection of the great American playwright Edward Albee. The dedicated auction will be held this September in New York with proceeds of the sale benefiting The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

7 May 2017


Frieze New York 2017 Lizanne Merrill Chooses Her Top Six Booths

Whether you reach the luxurious tent that is Frieze by waterway or highway, the art fair’s weekend home on Randall’s Island is as accessible as the art itself.

2 April 2017


James Rosenquist First Wave US Pop Artist Dies Aged 83

James Rosenquist, a first wave pioneer of Pop Art has died in New York. He was 83. He began his career as a sign-painter

4 March 2017


Armory Show Highlights By Gallerist Zavier Ellis Of Charlie Smith London

The Armory Show, which opened to the public in New York on 2 March is always one of the highlights of the art fair season. This year, the first fully under new Executive Director Benjamin Genocchio is a step to separate the fair competitors like Frieze and Art Basel. “This is not a franchise fair,” Genocchio explained to the assembled press before the doors opened on Wednesday. “This is a New York institution.”

3 March 2017


Christopher Le Brun PRA Touch And Improvisation The Artlyst Interview

Christopher Le Brun, PRA, painter, and president of the Royal Academy is a very busy man. With two shows currently on in the United States, Christopher Le Brun: Composer, at the Albertz Benda gallery in New York (2 March-15 April 2017) and in Vero Beach, Florida (25 February-27 April 2017) at the Gallery at Windsor, he continues to expand his international reach as a force to be reckoned with.

12 January 2017

Frieze New York Announces Edition Six For Randall Island Park

Frieze New York has announced the sixth edition of this international art fair held at Randall’s Island Park from May 5–7, 2017. The event brings together more than 190 galleries from 30 countries, showcasing an unparalleled program of ambitious presentations by today’s most significant international artists

14 November 2016


Rothko’s Tenth Exhibition At Pace NY Explores His Darker Palette

Rothko: Dark Palette will be the 10th presentation of the artist’s work at Pace New York. The exhibition traces the history of Mark Rothko’s use of dark colors in his sectional paintings. It is on view at 510 West 25th Street from November 4, 2016 through January 7, 2017.

7 November 2016


French Modernist Designer And Architect Pierre Chareau Celebrated In New York Exhibition

The first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950) has opened in New York.

18 October 2016

Marilyn Marilyn Monroe Exhibition Curated By Whoopi Goldberg Unveiled In NY

Review of Mana Contemporary NY presents: Marilyn: Character Not Image September 25, 2016 – October 22, 2016 Curated by Whoopi Goldberg

10 October 2016

Richard Long Exhibits At The Judd Foundation In New York

“Richard was busy doing these pieces, and a trail of mud was going to the basement,”  said Flavin Judd, curator of the Judd foundation. Created by American minimalist pioneer, Donald Judd, the Foundation is housed in the corner cast iron Soho building where the artist and his family lived. The upper floors preserve Judd’s self-designed furniture, his archives and working space. With […]

25 September 2016


British Artist David Shrigley From Grocery List To NY Monument

The newly installed sculpture, ‘MEMORIAL’ by British artist David Shrigley replicates an average grocery list onto a 17-foot slab of granite. The monumental sculpture stands at the entrance to Central Park in New York City, on 60th street, across from the famed Plaza hotel. The accompanying explanation on the Public Art Fund’s signage reads “ While Shrigley’s […]

13 September 2016

Louise Nevelson: A Rare Female New York Mid-Century Art Star

Louise Nevelson was one of the relatively few female artists to make a major stir in the furiously competitive environment of the New York art world.

17 July 2016

Three Summer Shows in New York’s Chelsea You Shouldn’t Miss

There are many wonderful summer shows up right now in Chelsea, from group shows to solo exhibitions, sculpture to painting to mixed media; you certainly get a little taste of everything. While I enjoyed many exhibitions, there are three that left a strong impression on me: Annie Pearlman/Adrianne Rubenstein/Alyson Vega at White Columns, Skins: Body as Matter and Process at […]

14 May 2016


Art Now: Cologne, Brussels, Berlin And New York By Virginie Syn

Virginie Syn is Artlyst’s roving art correspondent. As an international art insider with a respected eye for what’s new Virginie has uncovered six of the best from her latest whirlwind tour of the globe in May 2016.  Spring started with a good round up of Art events and fairs and I found myself on the road again, busily meeting artists, […]

12 May 2016


A-list Artists Prove Value At Sotheby’s £167,689,576 Contemporary Art Sale

Sotheby’s evening sale of Contemporary Art in New York has achieved a staggering $242,194,000 £167,689,576.22 The result included several record prices for artists. “Tonight we achieved exactly what we set out to do: tailor a sale to the market’s current taste. You only had to count the number of hands in the air for works as diverse […]

4 February 2016


TEFAF Maastricht Moves In On The New York Art Market

TEFAF fairs, considered to be the leading art and antiques fairs in the world, will launch an unprecedented showcase in New York for high end art dealers from around the world. New York is already a saturated market with the tried and tested Armory Week along with newcomers the Frieze Art Fair.  Presented annually in […]

8 December 2015


Jeff Koons Appropriates Great Masters While We Straighten Our Ties

A brand new series of paintings by the Post Pop artist Jeff Koons entitled Gazing Ball is currently on show in New York. In this series, Koons has appropriated images from artists of the past, such as Titian, El Greco, Courbet, and Manet, among others. The works deal with the power of artistic gesture. Each work has […]

6 October 2014


Rothko Masterpiece Worth $50m To Be Auctioned In New York

Sotheby’s New York will present The Schlumberger Collection this November. The magnificent compendium of Modern and Contemporary masterworks acquired by distinguished collectors and benefactors, Pierre and São Schlumberger brings together over 90 outstanding works from the Twentieth Century with a combined estimate in excess of $85 million and is led by Mark Rothko’s pivotal canvas […]

11 June 2014


Stik Creates New Work At Union Tower In New York

Stik, the London grafitti artist, was in the process of finishing his second major New York City piece. Repeats of his iconic stick figure, holding hands, embellishes one of downtown’s iconic remaining water towers. “The Union Square piece is a union of eight points of the compass, eight figures all holding hands, symbolizing the union […]

8 March 2014

Onnasch Collection: Tracing The History of New York’s Art Scene 1950-1970

What is the difference between a museum survey show, showcasing New York’s art scene between 1950 and 1970 and a viewing of a private collection spanning the same period? I would say the answer probably lies in the unabashed passion and freewheeling initiative of the collector, particularly if that collector is Reinhard Onnasch. Let’s face […]

6 March 2014

Armory Week: Press Packs And Sausages Ben Austin’s Diary Day 2

New York 2014: So dear reader, I’m sitting here in my favourite diner ‘Neil’s’ on 70th and Lex nursing a horrible hangover. My breakfast of sausage, bacon, home fries and eggs (sunny side up, of course) has helped but still feeling sort of fuzzy from excesses of last night. It is damn cold here too, […]

19 January 2014


Frieze Projects Announced For 2014 New York Fair Programme

The Frieze Projects program of specially commissioned artworks to be realized at Frieze New York 2014 has been announced. The program for 2014 is curated by Cecilia Alemani and includes seven newly commissioned projects. Frieze New York is located in the unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, overlooking the East River. The artists participating […]