by Brian Slattery | Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm | Comments (1)
We’re on a sunlit stretch of a city block. From the architecture it could be any city center south of the United States, or someplace in Europe. That the building in the foreground is worn down helps narrow it down. But not as much as the subjects. There’s a policeman on the corner, looking vigilant. To his left, a group of musicians, guitars, shakers, an upright.
It’s Havana, and this image, for photographer Hank Paper, encapsulates his experience of Cuba as much as any picture he took.
Make no mistake, he said — Cuba is a dictatorship, and “when you have police on every corner, you’re not going to have crime.” But then “there are these musicians who convey a whole different spirit about the place.” The repressive politics and widespread poverty; the deep and vibrant culture that fascinates the world. “These are the two forces that we’re contending with.”
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by Emily A. Gordon | Apr 11, 2018 8:10 am
“I’m going to read a piece today that discusses Celia’s life just as she’s becoming an artist,” said critic Hilton Als to an overflowing auditorium at the Yale Center for British Art, in a lecture about the life and work of British painter Celia Paul. “I thought you might know enough about her from newspaper interviews and the like. Her association with Lucian Freud, her child [with Freud], the years of struggle with security. I thought that I would let others write that, and I would write about the spirit and energy and grace in her paintings, and her lifestyle that led up to all of those things.”
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by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 10, 2018 7:49 am | Comments (6)
The State Bond Commission is set to approve a $1.2 million grant-in-aid to redevelop a former industrial building at 169 Henry St.
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by Brian Slattery | Apr 10, 2018 7:46 am
At first glance the cityscape looks deserted. It could be a ruin of an old city, or one abandoned due to conflict.
But look closer — much closer — and you can see that there are indeed people there. Someone putting out laundry on one of those miniscule rooftops. Someone else on one of the walkways meandering between the buildings.
Marjorie Wolfe’s Matera, situated in the center of the Kehler Liddell Gallery on Whalley Avenue in Westville, is representative of the works in her exhibit, “Far and Wide,” and the paired exhibit “Extended Visions,” featuring work by fellow artist Tom Edwards, on view now until April 22. In both exhibits, the artists explore landscapes and objects that are nearly if not completely devoid of people, but in which the presence of humans is still deeply felt.
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by Brian Slattery | Apr 9, 2018 7:47 am
A vivid painting stands tall, from the floor to well above the average person’s head, a riot of color and faces, a collage of brushwork, print, and found objects. It depicts chaos, but it’s not chaotic. It has a point to make, and you know that before you see the writing in a small panel of the piece. It’s hard to make out at first. You have to get close to see it. But then the words are plain as day: “If you decide to fly, be the pilot.”
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by Paul Bass | Apr 3, 2018 2:15 pm | Comments (4)
Michael Stern noticed a bulldog dressed as a judge, a surveyor riding a mule, and a court jester blinding justice hiding in plain sight in New Haven.
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by David Sepulveda | Mar 29, 2018 7:53 am
Though the catchy name for his website and business, BoToDo Art & Photography, is an acronym for “Born to Doodle,” New Haven artist David S. Chorney did not pick up an artist’s brush until 2010. His new solo exhibit, “Let it Flow,” is a testament to just how little the artist relies on the brush to bring full expression to his lively canvasses.
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by Brian Slattery | Mar 23, 2018 8:14 am | Comments (1)
There’s evidence of a wasp infestation at the Ives branch of the New Haven Free Public Library. Evidence that sea levels have risen, and that blue crabs, mussels and whelks have moved into the basement. Evidence that birds have taken roost in the stacks.
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by Michelle Liu | Mar 21, 2018 1:47 pm | Comments (38)
Sam Sigg dumped the contents of a bag onto a table, revealing a year’s worth of used pipes, syringes and other drug paraphernalia that he’d collected around the Trinity Church on the Green.
This, he told a room full of neighbors filling a City Hall conference room, was a visual presentation of the New Haven Green.
Continue reading ‘2 Visions Of Green Collide’
by Brian Slattery | Mar 20, 2018 8:06 am
A boy frozen in time, submerged after a jump into dark water as if in mid-flight. A short history of an ancestor, and how the magic left the family. A corroded Lady Justice standing on top of the world.
Continue reading ‘CAW Makes Magic From Metal’