City Art Break: New York

21 Aug 2015

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As summer winds down and crowds disperse, against-the-grain travellers may find it the perfect moment to plan a weekend getaway. For art-lovers with only a few days to spare, we recommend a few current events and new venues to see in New York.

Whitney Museum of American Art

In the works since 2008, the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney museum opened its doors in May in its spot between the Highline and the Hudson River. Running through September 27, the inaugural exhibition, American is Hard to See, uses the museum's large collection to re-examine American art from 1900 to the present through 600 works by 400 artists.


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Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

Through November 1, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibition that recreates the Mexican painter's studio and garden from Casa Azul, her home in Mexico City. A rare display of more than a dozen original paintings and drawings is also included. Learn about Kahlo's life and influence through music, lectures and activities for kids.

#AsianArt100 At The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's blockbuster spring exhibition China! Through the Looking Glass ends September 7, but the year-long centennial celebration of the museum's Asian Art Department continues with two exhibitions, Chinese Lacquer and Chinese Textiles, that run into June.

Maya Angelou's Art Collection

More than 50 art pieces owned by the late writer are to get a public exhibition at Swann Galleries in September before they go up for auction. Maya's Quilt of Life by Faith Ringgold and Kumasi Market by the muralist John Biggers appear with works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards and Jonathan Green. On view September 9-11 from 10am-6pm, September 12 from noon-5pm, September 14 from 10am-6pm and September 15 from 10am-noon.

Affordable Art Fair

The next New York edition of this international fair for collectors on a budget runs September 10-13, featuring more than 70 local, national and international galleries offering artwork from 1,000 artists. Find paintings, prints, sculptures or photographs at prices from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced at less than $5,000.

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