Spike Lee Organizes Block Party to Celebrate Life of Prince

Apr 24, 16 Spike Lee Organizes Block Party to Celebrate Life of Prince

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Within hours of the news that Prince (Rogers Nelson) had died, Spike Lee, the iconoclastic film director, held a block party outside the premises of “40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks” studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Hundreds of fans of the iconic rocker met to celebrate the life and music of Prince, whose style and genre of music is outside any definable box. Describing the unlikely “party,” 38-year-old Rob Robinson said, “Tonight is about the feelings Prince evoked in all the people who ever heard his music. Many musicians master an instrument. Prince touched hearts. Prince is about love.” Lee, dressed in purple to evoke Prince’s great song Purple Rain, danced and pranced through the crowd, singing along with every song spun by the DJ playing Prince’s music. “It’s a celebration,” Lee said. “We are here to celebrate Prince’s life.” The party ended with a 20-minute version of Purple Rain, leaving many teary-eyed, but happy to have joined in the festivities celebrating the musician’s...

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Asia Week New York Celebrates Great Art of the Orient

Mar 07, 16 Asia Week New York Celebrates Great Art of the Orient

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The New York art world is getting ready for one of its most fun events of the year: the eighth annual Asia Week New York. Beginning on March 10 and continuing for nine days until March 19, Asia Week New York will have participants from 45 international galleries and five auction houses. Lark Mason, Chairman of this year’s event, explained: “For connoisseurs and collectors who want to immerse themselves fully in the wonders of the Far East, they know there is a once-a-year celebration that they must attend. And it’s no wonder. Asia Week combines top-flight galleries and world-renowned Asian art specialists for over a week of outstanding events and exhibitions—all sprinkled around the world’s most exhilarating city, New York!” This year nine galleries will be participating for the first time: Phoenix Ancient Art, New York, will feature Chinese bronzes Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, featuring Japanese photography Berwald Oriental Art, London showing Chinese ceramics, pottery and more DAG Modern, New York, featuring modern Indian Art Fitzgerald Fine Arts, New York, showing Chinese ceramics and contemporary art Gallery Japonesque, San Francisco, featuring contemporary Japanese ceramics and works of art Alan Kennedy, Santa Monica, Chinese textiles and paintings Renaud Montméat Art d’Asie, Paris, featuring Indian and Himalayan Art Tenzing Asian Art, San Francisco, with Hindu and Buddhist art If you are thinking that major art events like Asian Art Week are only for the wealthy, Mason says this ain’t necessarily so. “Although there is a superabundance of exquisite objects on the market, the focus by the press is invariably on the high end, leaving many less expensive works under-publicized” he said. “For the beginning collector, now is one of the best times ever to acquire gorgeous artworks at very attractive prices.” Collectors looking for something beautiful yet unusual should stop by Phoenix Ancient Art at 47 East 66th Street. The irresistible combination of the ancient world with the faraway lands of the East, makes a trip to Phoenix thrilling. One piece on hand there is...

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Nets Cut Their Last Tie with New Jersey

Feb 29, 16 Nets Cut Their Last Tie with New Jersey

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The Nets are finally completely wedded to their home court in Brooklyn, no longer having to travel back to New Jersey for practice. “At last this day has come. The Nets are 100 percent in Brooklyn,” said Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. “That’s presumably why we are celebrating this event with fresh-pressed juices and quinoa. In my country we would have a shot of vodka and a potato.” The umbilical cord was finally severed with the completion of the brand new 70,000-square-foot Hospital For Special Surgery Training Center in Industry City, just one subway stop away from Barclays. The center comes complete with two full basketball courts, a weight room, locker room, and amazing views of Manhattan. Brook Lopez, who is the Nets center, explained that the state-of-the-art facility will make it easier for the Nets to attract free-agents during the off-season, while also being an incredible tool for Nets players. “We have everything top of the line here, all the amenities in the world,” said Lopez. “We’re finally situated in one spot here in Brooklyn. Who doesn’t want to be in Brooklyn?” The new center is also an employment opportunity for Brooklynites. There will be at least 40 new full-time jobs available at the training center. Add that to the 200 temporary construction jobs it took to build the site, and it is clear this endeavor was welcomed by many in...

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OY-YO Says it All in Brooklyn

Nov 15, 15 OY-YO Says it All in Brooklyn

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A new sculpture now graces the grass in Brooklyn Bridge Park, expressing itself in a quite Brooklynistic manner. Created by artist Deborah Kass, the sculpture is a painted aluminum giant, loudly declaring the emphatic declaratives Oy and Yo, depending on if you are gazing at the sculpture from Brooklyn or Manhattan. This is the first time Ms. Kass, who calls herself a “”total, absolute, 100 percent provincial New Yorker” has created a piece of these dimensions, 17 feet long and 8 feet high. “The fact that this particular work resonates so beautifully in so many languages to so many communities is why I wanted to make it monumental” Ms. Kass said. The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn developer Two Trees Management Company, and was installed on the renovated Main Street Lawn in the park last week. It will remain in the park until August next year. Although the sculpture seems like a perfect fit in the culturally diverse New York environment, Ms. Kass points out that any city in America with a diverse population could be home for Yo/Oy. Wherever blacks, Latinos and Jews live together would make a great backdrop for this artwork. However, Brooklyn seems somehow like the best place of any: “This is New York, baby. We’ve got it all. And the sculpture covers it all” she...

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Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

Nov 01, 15 Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

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Admirers of modern art and Greek classic art will be pleased to hear that Phoenix Ancient Art and the Helly Nahmad Gallery are joining together to exhibit for the first time the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico with original Greek and Roman antiquities. Under the leadership of brothers Ali and Hicham Aboutam, Phoenix Ancient Art will present classic Greek and Roman antiquities, all sourced from private collections, at the Helly Nahmad Gallery. This prominent New York gallery specializes in major twentieth century artists such as Picasso, Calder, Kandinsky and de Chirico, whose work is the focal point of this upcoming show. The goal of the exhibit is to elucidate the enormous impact classical Greek and Roman art has had on the styles and statements of modern art and artists. Greek-born Italian master Giorgio de Chirico is most famous for his connection with the Surrealists of the early twentieth century, but he made a shift in style during the 1920s. The paintings from that period of change include a series which was frequently misunderstood, depicting deserted valleys with scattered classical ruins; majestic horses in windblown landscapes; figurative representations of Greek gods and philosophers; and gladiators in full armor suits. Juxtaposing these paintings with the genuine Greek ancient art is a brilliant way to see the incredible influence this body of art has had on the artists of modernity. Apropos to this theme, the exhibit, which is opening on November 4th and running until December 23rd, is called Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity, referring to the Greek goddess who was the mother to the Muses, and the embodiment of memory personified. The myth of Mnemosyne tells us that without her there would be no memory, no history, and therefore mankind would be void of the motivation and inspiration to create works of art, or to be creative at all. In addition the exhibit hopes to inspire us to understand and take seriously the unique and crucial role the past has played in the world of today,...

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Mets Make Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live from Brooklyn

Oct 26, 15 Mets Make Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live from Brooklyn

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Several members of the National League Baseball champions, the New York Mets, appeared on the late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” David Wright, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Wilmer Flores, were guests on the popular show’s Friday night segment, which had been previously recorded. The show aired only moments after the Kansas City Royals won the American League pennant, making them the team the Mets will need to beat to win the World Series. During Kimmel’s opening monologue he joked about the high prices of the tickets to the World Series at Citi Field, saying that “The only people who can afford to go to a Mets game are Derek Jeter and A-Rod right now.” Kimmel discussed several topics with the players including the proposed trade of Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers and the anger New Yorkers have towards Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers for fracturing the Mets’ Ruben Tejanda’s leg while he was going for a slide at Dodger Stadium during the National League Championship Series. Kimmel also pulled out a Halloween costume which is supposed to remind people of deGrom’s flowing long hair, but Kimmel pointed out that the costume does double duty also as “The brunette...

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