by Allan Appel | Apr 20, 2015 11:01 am
Most people are not eager to have images of folks with elephantiasis or who are conjoined twins hanging on the walls of their home or in their album of valued views.
Not too surprising, then, that many of those images have not survived the ravages of time.
by Chris Arnott | Apr 17, 2015 3:31 pm
May Day, museums, Harvey Milk, Fahd Mustafa, the Paul Mellon Lectures, the Mafia, A Million Years of Music, Richard Thompson’s A Thousand Years of Popular Music. This week in New Haven is brought to you by the letter “M.”
by Allan Appel | Apr 17, 2015 12:30 pm
Pasta primavera. Turkey sausage. Oven-roasted potatoes. Crème brûlée. Prosecco .
Menu items for a sumptuous, hearty meal? Certainly. At Kehler Liddell Gallery on Whalley Avenue, they also happen to be courses in a visual feast that Artist and long-time Westvillian Frank Bruckmann is serving up in his newest show, aptly titled Breaking Bread. The exhibition — 18 of his very painterly oils — is paired with a set of Marjorie Gillette Wolfe ‘s panoramic photographs, titled The Whole Wide World. The double-bill runs through April 26.
by Allan Appel | Apr 16, 2015 12:53 pm | Comments (8)
Chris Randall’s love affair with New Haven has gone downtown.
by Allan Appel | Apr 8, 2015 12:00 pm
Constance LaPalombara has painted hundreds of cityscapes of New Haven, and not a single human being is any of them. Sometimes New Haven is not even recognizable in them.
by Lucy Gellman | Apr 7, 2015 2:29 pm | Comments (1)
A design for a Cinderella-caliber fantasy dress has lain dormant in Neville Wisdom’s sketchbooks and on his mock-up boards for three years now. It starts simply: a silken, almost sweetheart neckline in a deep blue, the color of something you’d want to dive into at the first hint of summer.
Then the magic begins: a tightly wrapped, ruched bust in the mildest tan, a seductive sliver of midsection, and a hip-hugging skirt, punctuated by large, light pockets and clean blocks of blue and tan.
Every season, Wisdom stopped to gaze at it and then, with a sigh, flipped the page.
But 2015 had a different scent in the air. Wisdom had just finalized plans to open his new store in Westville. More of his fashions were popping up on women around town. And something was going to change when he went to the fashion storyboards.
by Allan Appel | Apr 3, 2015 4:11 pm
A door opened, and scores of people streamed out of a classroom into a two-person-wide corridor lined with colorful oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, collages, and prints.
On their way elsewhere, unless they closed their eyes while walking, their field of vision had to pick up some of the art, even if they didn’t stop, even if the images popped into only a corner of their eye.
A music student on his way to a class had seen these images five or six times, in transit. Yet this time he stopped, and really looked.
by Alexis Zanghi | Mar 27, 2015 12:00 pm | Comments (5)
When I first came to Daggett Street Square in 2007, I was taken by its rambling hallways, its pulley-operated elevator. The building may not have been insulated, but it was insular. By that time, few live-work spaces remained in New Haven. There had been others — on River Street; in the Munniemaker cigar factory on State Street; at Chapel and Church, above what is now Gotham Citi—all now shut down.
Now we can add Daggett Street Square to the list: Last week officials ordered it cleared out.
by Allan Appel | Mar 20, 2015 12:30 pm | Comments (1)
At the the New Haven Free Public Library’s temporary art exhibition space on the first floor, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe‘s first solo show anywhere landed with authority: big canvases, jubilant color, and the appreciation of one outspoken member of the public, who declared the 24 oil and mixed-media canvases and panels “very primordial, Leviathan-ish, with a dash of humanism.”
by Allan Appel | Mar 20, 2015 12:27 pm
One photographer names two of his abstract compositions “Pattern Study #23061” and “Pattern Study 1008.” Another gives specifics: “Catwalks, Baldwin Bridge, Old Saybrook” and “Abstracted Reflections on Water.”
Which is better for the viewer?