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5 New York City Art Events to Catch in August

The dog days of summer have descended upon New York City, and one of our favorite places to flee while we wait for boot weather is Manhattan’s (mostly air-conditioned) galleries and museums. This month, there’s plenty to do and see on the art scene, but here are a few shows we’re looking forward to most. 

A photo by Frank Paulin. Image courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery. 

The Curator’s Eggs at Paul Kasmin Gallery
This is one you will not want to miss. Paul Kasmin Gallery hosts 13 artists’ pieces in this exhibition focused on artists who use art as their voice. Mediums range per artist, making it an even more interesting show to see. Each featured piece aims to provoke inspiration, conversation, and new ways of thinking. This collection will only be open until the 18th of August, so don’t delay.

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New York, The Early Years: Photographs by Frank Paulin at Bruce Silverstein Gallery
Open now through the first of September, this somber and romantic display of black and white photographs by Frank Paulin is a must-see. Most of the photos taken in the 1950s give perspective to a seemingly simpler time in the city that, even then, never slept. This exhibit is an online exhibition and prices for each photograph by Paulin are available by request.

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Pinot Pinelli: PITTURA at De Buck Gallery
Taking primary colored cues from the classics like Piet Mondrian, Pinot Pinelli’s minimalist exhibit is sure to please fans of both the classics and modern art. Pinelli is unafraid to play with texture while maintaining simplicity with this series of paintings. This exhibit is open now through the 25th of the month, so hurry in. you won’t want to miss it.

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RYB: Mary Heilmann Paintings, 1975-78 at Craig F. Starr Gallery
Heilmann has been enchanting art fans for years with her colorful and contemporary works of art. This exhibit, taking place at the Craig F. Starr Gallery, showcases paintings from the 1970s gives off the aura of Heilmann’s work while still channeling the feelings of the times. Open now through the end of October.

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13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair at the Queens Museum
This month is one of the last months to catch this historically significant and iconic exhibit. The initial reveal of this piece featuring 13 mugshots of wanted men was considered a scandal to be covered up—literally. Fifty years later, however, we use these mugshots of infamous men to celebrate the essence and rebellion of the icon that is Warhol.

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Hamptons Art Events to Visit this Summer

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, or as like New Yorker’s like to call it: Hamptons’ Season. While the East End offers a little of everything that’s good about the summer season (farm stands, beaches, al fresco dining, vineyards and polo are just a few that jump to mind), one of our favorite thins about summers in the Hamptons are the many opportunities to enjoy the local art scene. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few must-see Hamptons art events to visit this summer. 

hamptons art events summer 2017

9th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Show on the Green

Getting out of the city this weekend? Be sure to stop by this idyllic art show hosted by the Montauk Artists Association on the Montauk green. The free show features painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, photography, woodworking, fiber art and more. It takes place Friday May 26, 2017 from Noon-6:00 PM, and Saturday/Sunday from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. 

Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Show

Staying a little further west? Also happening this weekend is the Southampton Artists Association Memorial Day Show, which runs May 25-June 4 at the Levitas Center for the Arts in the Southampton Cultural Center. 

Bridgehampton Fine Art & Crafts Show

This bi-monthly art show happens all season long (May 27, July 1 and September 2) at tjhe Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Each show draws fine art and artisans from a variety of media including painting, photography, furniture, jewelry, and wood carvings. Admission is free.

Art Exhibition at The East Hampton Nature Conservancy

From June 3 through July 14, The Nature Conservancy of East Hampton will host “Sacred Balance,” an art exhibit curated by Beth McNeill-Muhs featuring 10 artists including John Alexander, Scott Bluedorn, Bobbie Braun, Tapp Francke, April Gornik, Kara Hoblin, Cynthia Knott, Jerome Lucani, Jeff Muhs, and Cindy Pease Roe. Proceeds from the exhibition sales will benefit the Nature Conservancy. 

For more information on these events and to check out other art happenings in the Hamptons this summer, check out 27 East.



Unexpected Ideas for Arranging Wall Art

Arranging wall art can be daunting, which you know if you’ve ever spent 15 minutes staring at a blank wall trying to figure out which piece should go where, and then scrapping the entire project altogether because you simply can’t decide. Or, perhaps you’ve hung you art, only to move it around again 10 more times over the course of a year. 

Our best piece of advice: find an arrangement you love, then copy it. You might not have the exact pieces, or frames in the same sizes, but finding an inspiration image and letting it guide your own art arrangement can not only be the easiest approach, it can also be the one that yields the best results. Here are a few of our recent picture hanging arrangements that are worthy of copying. 

If you have a set of four frames, your mind likely automatically goes to hanging two on top, two on the bottom, or perhaps in a neat row. But an arrangement that is slightly askew is more interesting, and if you have frames of different sizes, will actually feel more balanced.

wall art arranging ideas

Even if all of your frames are the same size, that doesn’t mean you should arrange them in a way that’s equally as tidy. Using white space (or in this case, yellow space) strategically makes the wall become part of the art. 

wall art arranging ideas

Here’s another example of a same-sized collection of frames arranged in an unexpected way. The key to getting this seemingly random look right is actually a precise measurement. Each frame is separated on at least one edge by exactly two inches. 

ideas for arranging wall art

This tall, narrow arrangement of small frames was hung with flow in mind: it’s designed to naturally draw your eye from one photo to the next, and from the top of the wall to the bottom. 

ideas for arranging wall art

This final example shows off one of our favorite unique picture hanging techniques: using the windows as wall space. It works best in bright rooms that have natural light to spare.

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Happy hanging!