Don’t miss John Blee’s “Orchard Suite” in DC!

My good friend, DC-based painter John Blee (who has been featured here in the past – and who is the main reason behind my starting this art blog), has an upcoming show at The Ralls Collection in Washington, DC.  There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Wednesday October 26th, 2011 from 6:00…

John Blee’s show in Dumbo!

See John Blee’s show in Dumbo!     I was fortunate enough to get a preview last week. I thought I knew my friend’s work (here’s a link to his site if you don’t), but was blown away by the sheer…diversity of the canvases that will line the loft’s walls through March. The works represent…

Blowing Boston’s ICA out of the water

Mere moments after enthusiastically adding Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art to my cultural to-do list, I came across an article in Boston Magazine that drained the majority of my anticipation. In The ICA: Exhibitionists?, Rachel Levitt Slade critiques everything from the museum’s unapproachable exterior to the shows themselves, which she says lack substance and long-term…

Vera Pavlova: a poetess for a new generation

Confession: Like a black sheep of a Russian from a literary family, I’ve failed when it comes to poetry. My grandfather wrote it; my great-grandparents, between the two of them, seemed to know it all by heart and had me memorize pages of Pushkin’s children’s sagas; my mother has been a life-long lover of Akhmatova…