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Times Square Public Artist-in-Residence Program: How I Keep Looking Up



On view beginning June 14, 2021 Encore Community ServicesTimes Square Arts is proud to announce a new artistic experiment: a public art residency that pairs socially engaged artists with Times Square’s massive network of businesses, nonprofits, hotels, restaurants, and more to create art that tackles the social, cultural, and political challenges we face as a city and a society.

The first artist-in-residence is Christine Wong Yap, a Queens-based artist who often uses printmaking, drawing, and social practice to explore psychological well-being. Wong Yap will collaborate with Encore Community Services, a support program based in Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen that provides meals and social services to elderly New Yorkers. The resulting public art project How I Keep Looking Up — a series of flags representing the individual seniors’ sources of resilience — will be displayed in Times Square beginning on Flag Day, June 14, 2021. Leading up to the project launch, Wong Yap will hold flag-making workshops with seniors, working directly with them to share their personal stories around resilience, perseverance, and adversity. The flag fabrication will also engage costumers from the local theater community, another group that has been hard hit this past year by the closure of Broadway and other performance spaces.

This Times Square Public Artist-in-Residence program was created in response to the powerful ideas and artworks artists have generated throughout recent moments of political and cultural upheaval. The program is launched based on the belief that artists are visionary thinkers and creative problem solvers, that novel ideas and collaborations are necessary in response to the current crises, and that Times Square’s unique characteristics as both a public space and a cultural and commercial district are vital in tackling the social, cultural, and political challenges we face as a city and a society.

The residency will support one artist per year for a 6-month period who has demonstrated a collaborative practice and shows a commitment to fostering meaningful connections both within and beyond the art community. As part of the program, Times Square Arts can facilitate connections with relevant individuals and organizations in Times Square, as well as provide any resources and expertise from the broader Times Square Alliance team, with departments ranging from operations to policy and research. In addition to a fee covering the residency period, artists are eligible for funding toward the public presentation of their artwork in Times Square.

Christine Wong Yap is a project-based artist who often uses printmaking, drawing, and social practice to explore psychological well-being. She has participated in over a dozen residencies and studio programs. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has lived and worked in Queens, NY since 2010.

Encore Community Services was founded in 1977, by Sr. Lillian McNamara, Sr. Elizabeth Hasselt and Fr. George Moore to provide food, socialization and support for the elderly of the Hell’s Kitchen and Broadway communities. What started as a single community center in the basement of St. Malachy’s Church has since grown into a multipurpose, nonsectarian agency providing a comprehensive array of programs and services to elderly New Yorkers. Each year Encore provides over 400,000 meals; both on-site, at our senior center and delivered directly to our homebound members.

In addition to providing meals and social services to the elderly, Encore also operates the Encore 49 and Encore West Residences. The Encore 49 Residence provides an SRO-style supportive housing facility for formerly homeless seniors with special needs. In a safe, clean and caring environment, residents are provided with their own units, and a range of mental health services. The Encore West Residence provides 84 independent housing units for the very low-income elderly.

Encore strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment to any senior that may need us, from meals, to social services, to housing; Encore’s philosophy remains the same: “By nurturing, respecting and enabling, Encore hopes to improve the quality of life of older New Yorkers in need, in an approach that emanates from the core of Encore’s commitment: we believe that what we do comes from the heart and the heart is the center of all.”

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Events For February



There is still the Bryant Park Winter Village’s iconic bumper cars, two Broadway tickets for the price of one and restaurant week end February 4th. Heated Igloos, ice skating goes high on the Edge’s sky deck. Winter markets are still open in February. Don’t miss out on some of the best cultural events of the year during Black History Month after free Fridays make it affordable.

2/2: Celebrate the Birthday of Grand Central Station

2/2-4: New York’s iconic vintage show Manhattan Vintage over 90 dealers

2/9: The New York Pops

2/9-11: New York Fashion Week all over NYC

2/9: National Pizza Day

2/11: Experience The Super Bowl Hype The Empire Rooftop Lounge. Participate in a whole host of contests, delicious menu items available to order and drink specials, this is the perfect way for keen and casual fans alike to relax and have fun on the big night!

2/10: Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The exhibition will feature more than 100 major artworks by important Black American, African, and African diasporic artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Brooklyn Museum.

2/17: The 21st annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden 

2/23: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the works of beloved English author Beatrix Potter.

2/25: Chinatown’s annual Lunar (Chinese) New Year Parade with dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and more. Head to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year Parade, which celebrates the year of the dragon. Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.

2/25: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,” the exhibit will present 160 works exploring how Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s-40s in New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s South Side and nationwide amid the Great Migration.

New York City Marathon

2/25: Central Park Half Marathon

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Revamping Van Gogh: Art for Modern Spaces




In the realm of home decor, the integration of classic art with modern interiors has become a canvas for creativity and personal expression. Among the masters, Vincent Van Gogh’s works have emerged as a popular choice, not just for their vibrant beauty but for the unique opportunities they offer in customization. The blend of Van Gogh’s emotive brushwork with contemporary design elements provides an intriguing juxtaposition that speaks both to the timeless nature of his work and the evolving tastes of art enthusiasts.

The Allure of Van Gogh in Modern Spaces

Van Gogh’s art is characterized by its bold colors, dynamic textures, and emotional depth. These qualities make his paintings, such as “Undergrowth With Two Figures,” an ideal choice for those looking to infuse their living spaces with both artistry and historical significance. The appeal lies in Van Gogh’s ability to capture the essence of nature and human emotion in a way that resonates across generations and styles.

Bridging Eras through Reproduction Techniques

The process of reproducing Van Gogh’s art involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each brushstroke and color hue is faithfully replicated. Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth With Two Figures” serves as a perfect example of how modern techniques can bring a classic masterpiece to life, making it accessible for contemporary art lovers. These reproductions are not mere copies; they are a bridge between Van Gogh’s era and our own, allowing us to experience his genius in new, personalized contexts.

Personalization: A Touch of the Contemporary

The personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions is where creativity truly comes into play. Art enthusiasts are now opting to modify these classics to fit modern aesthetics. This customization can range from adjusting the color palette to better suit minimalist or maximalist interiors, resizing the artwork to fit specific wall spaces, or even incorporating mixed media elements to add a three-dimensional aspect that echoes current interior design trends.

Van Gogh in Different Interior Themes

Van Gogh’s versatile style means his works can be adapted to a variety of interior themes. For minimalist spaces, a reproduction of “Starry Night” with toned-down hues can create a serene focal point. Conversely, a vibrant rendition of “Sunflowers” can add a burst of energy to a bohemian-style room. The key lies in selecting and adapting a piece that complements the room’s existing color scheme and decor elements.

The Role of Technology in Art Reproduction

Advancements in digital imaging and printing technology have played a pivotal role in the reproduction of Van Gogh’s paintings. High-resolution scans and sophisticated color-matching techniques ensure that even the finest details of the original are captured. This technological prowess not only preserves the integrity of Van Gogh’s work but also allows for its adaptation to contemporary tastes without losing its essence.

The Ethical Dimension of Art Reproduction

While art reproduction, especially of works by masters like Van Gogh, offers numerous creative opportunities, it also brings up questions of authenticity and respect for the original artist’s vision. It’s essential for reproductions to be created and sold with transparency, making it clear that they are adaptations of the original work. This ethical approach ensures that the reproductions honor Van Gogh’s legacy while providing a new avenue for his art to be appreciated and enjoyed.

In conclusion, the personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions for modern interiors is more than just a trend; it’s a testament to the enduring relevance and adaptability of his work. As we continue to find new ways to bridge the gap between classic art and contemporary design, Van Gogh’s legacy remains vibrantly alive, inspiring and enriching our living spaces in ways that the artist himself might never have imagined.

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Clarendon Fine Art Unveils ‘All You Need Is Art’ Solo Exhibition By Mr. Brainwash



Clarendon Fine Art will launch “All You Need is Art”, a new exhibition by world-renowned contemporary pop art phenomenon and Banksy protégé Mr. Brainwash on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at its U.S. flagship gallery at 22 Main Street in Westport, Conn. The exhibition, which celebrates the gallery’s first anniversary in the States, is free and open to the public through February 8.

As part of its U.S. launch, Clarendon is pleased to be partnering with The Westport Museum for History & Culture, an essential American institution dedicated to the mission of Making History Whole. The gallery’s manager Eve Gianni will host an invite-only artist reception for Mr. Brainwash, AKA Thierry Guetta, on February 1 and First Select woman for Westport, Jennifer Tooker will be on-site to celebrate the exhibition’s launch and the first anniversary.

The “All You Need is Art” exhibit will take over the gallery’s two floors and highlight high-value, impactful, large-scale sculptures, ‘vandalized’ canvases’, painted balloon sculptures, vibrant works on wooden panels and sections of subway trains, as well as origami sculptures that serve as miniature replicas of the artist’s famed Rodeo Drive installation. Mr. Brainwash will also release exclusive limited-edition silkscreens, marrying four of the most well-known artworks in history: Van Gogh’s Sunflowers of 1888 and Irises of 1890 and Warhol’s Hibiscus inspired Flowers of 1964 and Campbell’s Soup tin from the 1962 series.

The wide range of artworks on exhibit includes originals, collector’s editions, and sculptures across genres including landscape, wildlife, still life, figurative, and abstract. In addition, 20th-Century investment pieces from artists such as Picasso, Miro, Warhol, and Dali are displayed alongside cutting-edge pop and street artists such as Mr. Brainwash, Koons, and Banksy. At the same time contemporary artists including Christian Hook, Fabian Perez, Sherree Valentine-Daines, and the satirical British duo Connor Brothers are complemented by abstract, and landscape works from artists such as Danielle O’Connor Akiyama and Jeffrey Pratt.

Clarendon Fine Art is located at 22 Main Street, Westport, CT.  Exhibition hours are Mondays -Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM; Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM and by appointment.

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Craft Front & Center At MAD



From all over the world crafts are being honored at The Museum of Art and Design (MAD). This ongoing exhibition is part of the Museum’s growing permanent collection of over 3,500 objects.

Craft Front & Center features a fresh installation of more than 60 historic works and new acquisitions dating from the golden age of the American Craft movement to the present day.

Organized into themes of material transformation, dismantling hierarchies, contemplation, identity, and sustainability, the exhibition illuminates how the expansive field of craft has broadened definitions of art.

Established at the Museum’s beginning in 1956, MAD’s permanent collection was the vision of Museum founder, Aileen Osborne Webb, the collector and philanthropist who pioneered an understanding of craft and the handmade as a creative driving force of art and design. With the aim of broadening access to the collection’s holdings, Craft Front & Center will be periodically updated with new displays of rarely seen works and recent additions, as well as inspiration for hands-on workshops and off-site field trips.


Alexandra Agudelo (Colombia, b. 1959)
Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola (US, b. 1991)
Marcus Amerman (Choctaw Nation, b. 1959)
Darren Appiagyei (UK, b. 1993)
Mitsuko Asakura (Japan, b. 1950)
Derek Bencomo (US, b. 1962)
Ruth Clement Bond, (US, 1904–2005)
Jeffrey Brosk (US, b. 1947)
Bisa Butler (US, b. 1973)
Dewey Garrett (US, b. 1947)
Teri Greeves (Kiowa, b. 1970)
Ted Hallman (US, b. 1933)
Jessica Harrison (UK, b. 1982)
Coille McLaughlin Hooven (US, b. 1939)
William Hunter (US, b. 1947)
Diane Itter (US, 1946–1989)
Ferne Jacobs (US, b. 1942)
Ron Kent (US, 1931–2018)
Dan Kvitka (US, b. 1958)
Eleanor Lakelin (UK, b. 1960)
Bud Latven (US, b. 1949)
Robert Longhurst (US, b. 1949)
Charles Loloma (Hopi, 1921–1991)
Tiff Massey (US, b. 1982)
Carolyn Mazloomi (US, b. 1948)
Beau McCall (US, b. 1957)
Anna Mlasowsky (Germany, b. 1984)
Philip Moulthrop (US, b. 1947)
Joo Hyung Park (South Korea, b. unknown)
Grayson Perry (UK, b. 1960)
Michael Peterson (US, b. 1952)
Dylan Poblano (Zuni, b. 1974)
Faith Ringgold (US, b. 1930)
Hap Sakwa (US, b. 1950)
Norm Sartorius (US, b. 1947)
Mike Shuler (US, b. 1950)
Bob Stocksdale (US, 1913–2013)
Del Stubbs (US, b. 1952)
Dennis Sullivan (US, b. unknown)
Toshiko Takaezu (US, 1922–2011)
Nádia Taquary (Brazil, b. 1942)
Lenore Tawney (US, 1907–2007)
Rose Marie Thomas (US, 1902–unknown)
Armarinhos Teixeira (Brazil, b. 1974)
Denise Wallace (Alutiq/Sugpiaq, b. 1957)
Samuel Wallace (US, 1936–2010)
Howard Werner (US, b. 1951)
Sarah Zapata (US, b. 1988)

Craft Front & Center, The Museum of the Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle


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Robert An Exquisite Dinning Experience



Atop The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle, Robert is a classic modern American restaurant offering breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. Elegant, sexy, and romantic, Robert celebrates design, beauty and culinary delights.

Robert on the 9th floor

Dine on a menu created by Chef Armando Cortes or simply sip signature cocktails while you watch the sunset and revel in the beauty of the city.

Barbara Tober

Thanks to Barbara Tober, I was invited to a sit down dinner on the 7th floor, which I highly recommend if you want to throw an effective event, that will wow on every level, this is the place.

We were served a Roasted Acorn Squash ($17) inside was a Quinoa Salad, Pomegranate, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Maple Yogurt Dressing that was light, refreshing and so fresh. I would come back simply for this dish. Every bite was a treat to your senses.

For the main course, a perfectly French dish of Beef Bourguignon made with bacon lardons, carrots, onions and mushrooms slow cooked in a rich red wine sauce. This magnificent stew was the perfect entree for a snowy night.

For dessert a Chocolate Pot de Crème topped with a Raspberry Macaron, white and dark chocolate twills, and fresh cream.

Throughout the night a Sauvignon Blanc, a Burgundy, and a Rose that were wonderful.

After dinner coffee, and an apéritif of Sauterne.

This was an incredible experience. From the food, to the service, and the views. I can not wait to go back.

Robert at The Museum of the Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle 9th floor

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