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Katonah Museum Honors Regional Artists

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Walk into Kiyoshi Otsuka’s studio (if you can get past the door) and you’ll be reminded of Jackson Pollack. The paint splattered floor is dripped with layers of spattered hues, all of which are colors of paintings past and present. Stacks of work line the walls and fill the overhead shelves making it somewhat of […]

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The Bad Guys

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Who is the most powerful? In my family, it was my mother…but that’s another story.  According to Forbes, which loves to delve into power games, the most powerful person in the world is Vladimir Putin. It’s Putin who had the audacity to waltz into Crimea and annex it.  It’s Putin who stoked a proxy war […]

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What’s in a Name?

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What’s in a name? Plenty if the name is Henry Moore. He’s the famous sculptor that greets you at the entrance to our own SUNY Purchase campus.  I never thought we’d be so lucky to have one of his drawings in our ArtsWestchester gallery.  But we do courtesy of the Bank of New York Mellon […]

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The New NY Bridge

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I got to thinking about bridges…both real and metaphorical…when I got a call from Andy O’Rourke. He’s the son of the former County Executive, who by the way, believed the arts were an important asset to Westchester.  Given that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I was not overly surprised to get a […]

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Masters in the Print Studio

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The thing I love about Jasper Johns is the way he zeroes in on common objects like numbers, flags and maps. His magnifying lens zooms in on these objects that in the process become larger than life. Take the number one.  Johns turns the lowliest of numbers into an icon.  From his microscopic vantage point, […]

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Expect the Unexpected

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It’s official! Westchester’s loss is Long Island’s gain. Neil Watson, former director of the Katonah Museum, is heading to the Long Island Museum at Stony Brook as its new Executive  Director. But it’s still possible to see Neil’s curatorial prowess at ArtsWestchester.   Twelve artists are “Pushing the Line” in a new exhibition at the Arts […]

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The Horse, Of Course

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I got my comeuppance this week in Chautauqua, New York.  There by chance at an educational institute, I attended a lecture by the artist Stanley Lewis.  I expected he would talk about landscape painting because, after all, that’s his métier. Instead, he talked about horses as in the friezes at the Greek Parthenon. Those horses […]

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Sculpting the Future in Ossining

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My guest blogger this week is Jonah Jeng, our talented Communications intern who also happens to be a terrific writer with a knack for analyzing art. He just finished his freshman year at the University of Rochester, where he’s double majoring in brain & cognitive science and film & media studies. I gave Jonah an […]

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