Effie Bowen

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Plumbs His Archive

December 6, 2013

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko wears a variety of hats as poet, artist, curator, and performer; and at the Miami Theater Center in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach, his latest project incorporates all of them.

Discovery: Champagne Jerry

March 13, 2013

Rather than rehashing the genre’s well-trod subjects, sex and money, Champagne Jerry (assisted by his entourage, “The Champagne Club”) possesses a unique swagger that could be attributed to his oversized neck piece, the giant bottles of champagne on stage, or just his ability to rap a crude love song to CNN anchorwoman Erin Burnett.

Celia Rowlson Hall Won’t Be Your Valentine

February 13, 2013

As the face of Banana Republic’s 2010 campaign, a Bessie award-winning performer, and a festival-darling filmmaker, Celia Rowlson-Hall is a superstar of balancing acts.

The Drawing Room is Off the Wall

January 25, 2013

Inside a converted utility closet in Chelsea is The Drawing Room, a gallery by the public art initiative The ArtBridge. The 78-square-foot space opens their 2013 season with “About Space,” showing works by Tatiana Berg, Matt Jones, Joey Piziali, Jason Stopa and Hiroshi Tachibana [through Apr. 11].

Strauss Bourque-LaFrance Moves In

January 4, 2013

Spring cleaning starts early with “In The The Spring,” Strauss Bourque-LaFrance’s first solo show at emerging downtown gallery KANSAS. The 29-year-old, New York-based artist’s immaculately edited arranging of his own sculptures summon a unique style between interior design, sculpture and painting.

NADA Previews the Art of Tomorrow

December 5, 2012

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Miami Beach’s Hotbed proves that the Miami art scene keeps going all year long.

Wolfgang Tillmans’ New World

November 26, 2012

Wolfgang Tillmans’ buoyant, chemically manipulated abstractions and nonchalant portraits of cultural icons, nude acquaintances, and royalty have long displayed his aesthetic experience of the world. In Neue Welt (Taschen), the Turner Prize winner surveys the world through his lens again, this time wandering through terrain both foreign and familiar.

Crossing the Line in a Good Way

September 13, 2012

Art festival “Crossing the Line” returns for a sixth edition from Sept. 14–Oct. 14. Locations in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan —Times Square, Essex Street Market, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, The Kitchen, Invisible Dog Art Center, Abrons Art Center, and the Chocolate Factory—will be occupied by boundary-pushing artists like musician Gérald Kurdian, who performs a solo pop music concert and magic tricks between songs.

Discovery: Cave Days

August 30, 2012

Though not reclusive by nature, Cave Days co-writers Jon Murphy and Richard Thomas create their best work out of the spotlight. No stranger to change, Cave Days has been through more than one metamorphosis, and the band garners strength from its ability to adapt whether it’s playing a last-minute acoustic show or turning a guitarist into a bassist.

Discovery: Habibi

August 28, 2012

The all-female quartet Habibi says they’re “really, really overdue to put out something,” even if they’ve only been together a year. Thankfully, their 7-inch, released last February on Born Bad Records, offers crystal harmonies and pop beats that will keep us charmed until their full-length drops this winter.

With Nada Hudson, Art Heads Upstream

July 25, 2012

With successful franchises in Miami and Cologne, this weekend the New Art Dealers Alliance hosts its second art fair in Hudson, NY.

Discovery: Geo Wyeth

July 6, 2012

Geo Wyeth, a New York-based transgender musician, takes the “interdisciplinary artist” label to a whole new level.