Art About Town

Hey gang! I’d like to broadcast some new art exhibitions taking place in the New York City and Long Island areas. The first one is Bernini: Sculpting in Clay at the Metropolitan Museum. The NY Times review described it as “not a blockbuster of a show” but one that is surely a must-see for sculpture aficionados and those who are curious about the process Bernini employed to achieve his signature style of twisting, dramatic movement.

The Guggenheim has just unveiled Picasso Black and White an exploration of the “colorless” works of an artist whose creative periods are often identified by colors – Rose period, Blue Period, etc. Always challenging himself, Picasso tested his skills and imagination with a limited palette of monochromatic black and grey tones. Again from the NY Times review, I found this excerpt quite illuminating:

Inevitably “Picasso Black and White” is also a judgment on Picasso the colorist, repackaging a long-held criticism — that he was indifferent to or indiscriminate with color — as a virtue. “The fact that in one of my paintings there is a certain spot of red isn’t the essential part of the painting,” Picasso himself once said to Françoise Gilot. “You could take the red away, and there would always be the painting.”

And last but not least is an artist I model for regularly at his outstanding school, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art. Robert Armetta’s solo show can be seen at Farmingdale State College’s Memorial Gallery and will be on view through October 21st. Check out this video of Robert’s elegant work:

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