November 16, 2008

Brooklyn's Latest Brush With Art

Bushwick Area Is Winning Street Cred With Its Offbeat Venues and Daring Displays

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By Andrea Sachs
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Things change in New York City's art world in a matter of moments. Bushwick's moment is coming.
"It's happening fast. There is a whole slew of emerging artists moving to Bushwick," said Sara DeRose, marketing communications director of the Brooklyn Arts Council. "It's the next big place."

Over the past few years, the two-square-mile Brooklyn neighborhood has been attracting visionaries outpriced by neighboring Williamsburg or disillusioned by Chelsea's artiste scene. Studios, galleries and spaces that defy categorization are appearing in former bodegas, 99-cent stores and other non-glamorous structures. The pieces on exhibit are daring, a tad risque and sometimes befuddling. (A mountain of melted plastic? Hmmm.) The art spills outdoors as well, with multi-story murals electrifying drab exteriors and graffiti adorning surfaces that can't defend themselves.

"There is a lot more experimental art here, partially because people don't have the structural constraints where they are trying to keep up with the galleries," says Laura Braslow, an organizer with Arts in Bushwick, a volunteer group that supports local artists and plans community projects. "The Bushwick art scene is not about sipping wine and looking at white walls."

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November 13, 2008

Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch restored

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The Telegraph

A five-century-old Renaissance painting that was smashed to pieces just 41 years after its creation is to appear on display after a decade of intensive restoration.
Raphael's Madonna of the Goldfinch - or Madonna del cardellinoas it is known in Italian - was shattered into 17 pieces when the house of its owner collapsed in 1547.

The work was just 41 years old. It was nailed together again before being painted over time and again to hide the cracks.

A grimy brown film of dirt and dust, built up over five centuries, also conspired to rob it of its blue, red and golden hues. But after 10 years of microscopic restoration it is to be put on show again in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

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October 28, 2008

A Jazz Night to Remember

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The unique magic of Keith Jarrett's 'The Köln Concert'

The Wall Street Journal
Corrina Da Fonseca-Wollheim

It is the most successful solo jazz album of all time, but Keith Jarrett wants to see each of the 3.5 million copies of "The Köln Concert" stomped into the ground. Recorded on Jan. 24, 1975, in front of a live audience in the Cologne opera house, the hauntingly lyrical free improvisation became as much a part of '70s ambiance as the scent of pot and patchouli. In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel in 1992, Mr. Jarrett complained that the album had become nothing more than a soundtrack. "We also have to learn to forget music," he added. "Otherwise we become addicted to the past."

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