Artist spotlight: James Presley Ball

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As part of Black History Month, we’d like to provide artist spotlights on significant African American artists. Today’s spotlight will be on James Presley Ball (1825-1904), who was an early daguerreotype photographer. Considering that the daguerreotype process was first introduced in 1839, Ball was pretty cutting-edge to have opened his own daguerreotype studio in Cincinnati, […]

Making Pianos: a look inside Steinway & Sons in Astoria

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Back in the late 1990’s, I lived in Astoria, Queens, in a nice residential neighborhood with only a short subway ride to Manhattan. One afternoon, while exploring the fringes of the neighborhood, I happened upon the Steinway & Sons factory, on a remote northern stretch of Queens just west of LaGuardia Airport. I remember thinking […]

Abstract art found via Street View

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Not sure what prompted this tonight, but I was in the mood to take a virtual stroll through some Newark neighborhoods via Google Street View, and see if I could find anything interesting. I did – in my last post, I found a giraffe-patterned building that matched one I saw in the Ironbound (in person) […]

Construction site window into an urban montage

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There’s little cut-open “portholes” or windows in the plywood walls around various construction sites in NYC that allow a look into the site, as you can see in the picture below. (scroll down for more …) The openings in the plywood walls can serve as “frames” for a snapshot of what lies behind them. Sometimes […]

Having famous artists over for Thanksgiving?

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Hannah Rothstein is a conceptual artist and painter who has a fun series of photographs based on the idea of how famous artists might serve up their own plate for a Thanksgiving meal. Here’s a few of our favorites from this series, clockwise from top left: Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and a cubist […]