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New: In Memoriam Henry P. Raleigh (1930-2017) Raymond J. Steiner
Ben Wilson ~ From Social Realism to Abstraction
           Christina Turczyn
New: Fringe 2017 Justine Bayod Espoz
New: Support for Creatives Merritt Minnemeyer
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• An Open Letter to Artists from Raymond J. Steiner
Discover India / Viva Kultura Brinda Raval
The Here/ Now Festival at New York City Ballet Dawn Lille
Barbara Cook: A Remembrance Evan Guilford-Blake
What’s the Big Deal About Plain Air Painting? M. Stephen Doherty
• Elyn Zimmerman and Grounds for Sculpture Christina Turczyn
• Trust the Author! by Wendy Caster

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New: In Memoriam Henry P. Raleigh (1930 ~2017)
By Raymond J. Steiner
Hank had a Swiftian handle on satire and knew how to bait — and hook — his (our) readers, adding immensely to our reputation and presence on the artscene which had quickly spread from the Hudson Valley to the whole Northeast, with our largest distribution in Manhattan. I remember early on while attending some affair in NYC, a man coming up to me saying, “I love ART TIMES! The first page I always turn to is a Raleigh’s film essay!” I have to admit that I felt a little ‘ouch’ there —not mine? — but was proud and pleased that our journal was making an impact.

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New: Art Review: Ben Wilson ~ From Social Realism to Abstraction
By Christina Turczyn
Bypass 1991-92,  Oil on Board 42.25" X 48.25"
Bypass 1991-92,
Oil on Board 42.25" X 48.25"

Ben Wilson: From Social Realism to Abstraction, is a profoundly moving, historically expansive exhibit currently on view at the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, through November 4, 2017. Spanning decades of Ben Wilson’s drawings, paintings, and collages, the innovative space seems to bring this paradox to the fore. Wilson’s powerful responses to the Holocaust, to pogroms endured by his family, to the Great Depression, as well as to crises in his own personal life, can only begin a dialogue.
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New: Help Desk 4 Creatives: Support
By Merritt Minnemeyer
Help Support Advice Guidance

…Whether an artist works collaboratively or individually, the creative process can be a wild ride. Our successes are worthy of celebrations, and most enjoy the accolades that come with recognition, awards, sales, or the next big break in a given industry. That is all well and good. But what of the days during which we are left to our own devices? How do we handle the challenges of creative block, the disappointment of a string of rejections, or those times when we just feel like no one cares?. … (see essay)

New: Dance: Fringe Danish, American and Dinner Theatre
By Justine Bayod Espoz
Baby Mama pure joy
Baby Mama pure joy

If a decade of participating in the Edinburgh Fringe has taught me anything, it’s that it is not dissimilar to running a marathon. You have to wear comfy shoes and clothes for navigating the city’s copious and imposing hills, you must be prepared to run from one venue to another hoping not to be late to your next show, and above all, prepare yourself for several hours in uncomfortable impromptu venues if your goal is to find the truly stellar performances that pepper the Fringe. (see essay)

New: An Open Letter to Artists
By Raymond J. Steiner

THE PURPOSE OF this letter is to acknowledge and to thank the many, many artists, both deceased and those still ‘fighting the good fight’ who have helped me over the past 40-45 years to understand and appreciate the process as well as the product. ……So, my artist readers, if it were not for sharing those early encounters, the prolonged studio chats, the stories, the exhibitions, the struggles, the insights, the life-sharings for my profiles and books — if it were not for you, dear artist (whether we met face-to-face or only through your art), the artwriter Raymond J. Steiner would never have come into being. (see RJS Blog)

Speak Out: Discover India/ Viva Kultura
By Brinda Raval

…The beauty of much of the Indian arts is that while they explore these themes, they cannot help but to also weave those facets back to a philosophical center which aims to understand the mystery of existence and the true purpose of life. So while Bollywood, vegetarianism and our love of cows are all true snippets of Indian culture, I experience Indian culture in my daily life as something that is so much more beautiful, expansive, and thought-provoking.… (see essay)

Dance Essay: The Here/ Now Festival at New York City Ballet
By Dawn Lille

Tyler Angle and the corps in Namouna, a Grand Divertissement © Paul Kolnik

…The spring season of NYCB offered a four- week long Here/Now Festival presenting 43 ballets, commissioned since 1988, by 22 choreographers. Solo evenings the first week were given to three choreographers, who, between them, created 19 of the ballets: Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon. They also appeared on the mixed programs of the following weeks, with all three having a work in one performance.… (see essay)

Music Essay: Barbara Cook ~A Remembrance
By Evan Guilford-Blake

Barbara Cook as Marian, in
“The Music Man”, 1957

…By the time she re-became a legend, via her 1980 Carnegie Hall concert, I’d left New York and was consigned to hearing only her recordings. I lived in Chicago then, and through the next two decades. As I recall she appeared there only once; I was out of town. Oh, well, I sighed, there’ll be a next time. There was, but it was a long time coming. …
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