Since 1984, Yoshitomo Nara has been one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists, with a devoted following and nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide under his belt. His images of wide-eyed children (mostly girls) displaying obstreperous attitudes use wit to undermine the kawaii, or “cute aesthetic,” of Japanese anime and manga, a subversive approach that paved the way for global superstars like Takashi Murakami. On the eve of his latest show at Pace Gallery in Chelsea, Nara shares some thoughts on his process and his shift to a more mature tone in his recent works. Studio view © Yoshitomo Nara Photograph by Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery David Byrne once wrote that your typical subject is “a cute kid who is in fact a bad seed,” like one of the children from Village of the Damned. Is that how you see them?When I read that I thought, Oh, maybe so. But I don’t generally comment on the subjects of my work. Studio view © Yoshitomo Nara Photograph by Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery Yet your characters do often seem to project a rebellious spirit. Is that a reflection of your own personality?Perhaps. I was a late bloomer as an adult. Those kinds of expressions had a strong impact in my early work, leading to some superficial preconceptions about it. Since then I’d say that it’s become more mature. Studio © Yoshitomo Nara Photograph by Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery Why is that?I guess because I’ve b
Between the honking taxi horns, overcrowded subway trains and sky-high rent prices, New York City isn’t exactly known as a relaxing place to live. It’s no wonder that at least 56 percent of us feel anxious. But keeping up with your fast-talking, coffee-guzzling ways isn’t going to help any New Yorker relax. When your frazzled nerves need a break, hole up in one of these nine calming spots in the city. A few moments of solitude might be just what the doctor ordered. The CloistersThough it’s part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art family, the Cloisters is much less crowded than its sister museums on the Upper East Side. Architects created the building from the stone from five French medieval churches so it has the same elegant style as the original. Wander quietly through the collection of art from the Middle Ages, or spend a relaxing afternoon reading in surrounding Fort Tryon Park. Floating LotusSliding into the sensory deprivation tanks at this posh spa is an almost otherworldly experience. After a quick shower, you’ll enter the private float room to the sounds of light ambient music. Once you get into the tank of warm salt water, though, the music gives way to complete silence and utter darkness for nearly an hour. Inwood Hill ParkThe last natural forest and salt marsh in the city, Inwood Hill Park offers visitors a peek into what New York must have been like before settlement. Explore the prehistoric caves and the remnants of a Revolutionary War fort to really get a sen
Each week, we take two New Yorkers who swear they're totally undateable, and put our matchmaking skills to the test. Afterward, we find out what went well on their date, and what went horribly, horribly wrong. Why they're single: Kaine: This Aussie is a world traveler who’s new to New York and is used to flying solo. Jermaine: He’s an outgoing guy, but intimacy makes him nervous. Ideal date: Kaine: Something low-pressure that could potentially lead to more—like a boozy brunchJermaine: An experience that sparks conversation, like a walk around a new neighborhood or watching a political film THE DATE First impression Kaine: “He got to the restaurant before me. He seemed approachable and welcoming. I thought he looked quite friendly.”Jermaine: “He came in with a bright smile, and we shook hands, sort of hugged. I got a warm feeling from him; he seemed like a cool guy. It wasn’t love at first sight. He just seemed nice.” Chemistry Kaine: “We kind of ran out of things to talk about toward the end of the date, so there probably wasn’t much chemistry. We spoke about New York in general.”Jermaine: “I didn’t feel sexual or romantic chemistry, but I definitely felt he was somebody I could get to know and hang out with. We talked a lot: music, politics, food, culture.” Awkward Moment Kaine: “When I walked in, I fell quite loudly. I didn’t realize he was actually sitting in the back room, so he didn’t see any of that, but the waiter mentioned it, so it was revea
It appears that a major fire has broken out on the roof of Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Ave. The entire building has been evacuated including the NY1 newsroom. The fire broke out shortly after noon. Smoke can be seen rising from the roof of the market and office space throughout the neighborhood, and the FDNY is now on the scene. Hundreds of evacuated people are standing on the street, and it's unknown whether anyone has been seriously injured. Check back for updates. Roof of Chelsea Market on fire. pic.twitter.com/eOxcf22fjK — Jay Barba (@jaybarba) March 28, 2017 Chaotic scene here by Chelsea Market where it appears a fire broke out. We smelled smoke at @NY1 and had to immediately evacuate pic.twitter.com/KHf09Vgret — Elijah Stewart (@EJ_Stewart) March 28, 2017 Apparently Chelsea Market is on fire. pic.twitter.com/w0TlflyIlA — Dak❄️ta Gardner (@dakotagardner) March 28, 2017 Chelsea market fire. Stay away from the area. pic.twitter.com/IJCYlK1nSm — Chris 🌀🐘 (@cspinelli33) March 28, 2017 Fire at Chelsea market/Google/YouTube @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/ROHSSZ7t8M — Justin Dolan (@justdolan) March 28, 2017 Fire at Chelsea Market filling the whole neighborhood with smoke pic.twitter.com/WAakrFIFzp — Colin Morrissey (@cmorr44) March 28, 2017 Smoke billowing on 15th st. @NY1 offices evacuated. Haven't been told where it started, looks like roof of Chelsea market. pic.twitter.com/PYY8Nc5Ckj — Lindsay Tuchman (@LindsayTuchman) March 28, 2017
Start your moviegoing engines: This year's Tribeca Film Festival is now open for business. Even though the festival doesn't get underway until April 19, individual tickets are, as of this morning, on sale at the fest's website. What to buy? In the days ahead, we'll have our 10 can't-miss picks for this year's edition. But for the moment, here are a few suggestions: Godfather fanatics won't want to skip the closing night's double feature of the first two movies, followed by a Q&A with director Francis Ford Coppola and his legendary cast. Or get tickets for the exuberant new documentary Dare to Be Different (about Long Island's legendary early-'80s radio station WLIR), and you'll be treated to a post-screening performance by—we kid you not—A Flock of Seagulls, the Alarm and the English Beat. Start exploring!
New York's favorite on-the-go game show is getting a reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Discovery Channel's Cash Cab is returning to TV later this year after five years off the air. The show, which brings unsuspecting locals and tourists on a trivia extravaganza through Manhattan, previously ran for 10 seasons before it was cancelled in 2012. The show's premise is simple: trick taxi riders into thinking they're jumping into a run-of-the-mill cab, flash a bunch of lights in their face, scream "YOU'RE ON CASH CAB," ask them a series of trivia questions that are worthy increasing amounts of cold hard cash, and if the guests get more than three answer wrong, kick them out onto the street. The revamp is being produced by comedian David Steinberg, and will see a handful of changes from the original iteration. Deep-voiced and Emmy Award-winning host Ben Bailey will not host the reboot. His replacement has not yet been named, but THR reports that the new season will feature guest celebrities behind the wheel of the namesake cab (this seems like an apt fit for someone like, say, Dax Shepard). Cash Cab went off the air before the rise of Uber, so the new season should certainly feel different. But if you really want to put your trivia skills to the test, you're better off heading out to one of New York's best trivia nights than scoping the streets of Manhattan for a game show taxi.
A post shared by Jeremy Frechette (@jeremyfrechette) on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:34am PST New York City is filled with vestiges from bygone eras. From 17th century sculptures to witchy cemeteries, the city makes no effort to hide its history. That said, there are plenty of old spaces in New York that are hidden from public view—and you can explore one of them this weekend. On Saturday, Crown Heights-based cheesemonger Crown Finish Caves is offering a unique peek into its set of 19th century caves located 30 feet beneath Bergen Street. The company is set in the former Nassau Brewing building, and uses the tunnels once used by brewers to age their moldy milk into delicacies. The temperature in the tunnels is roughly 50 degrees throughout the year, which, according to Crown Finish Caves's website, is the "perfect temperature for aging cheese." This weekend's event will include a wine and cheese tasting, and proceeds will benefit the expansion of the nearby Maple Street School. Tickets go for $70, which might seem like a lot for a wine and cheese event, but feels like a steal when you add historic cheese caves into the mix.
After three years of planning and miles of red tape, the plan for a "floating" island park on the Hudson River hit a major speed bump last week. The project, dubbed Pier 55, aims replace the dilapidated Pier 54 with a 2.7-acre park above the Hudson River at the west end of 14th Street. Plans for the space include three performance venues, rolling hills and views stunning enough to leave even the most jaded New Yorker in awe. Last Thursday, a federal court issued a ruling that has put the future of the park in jeopardy. Following up on the latest in a string of lawsuits filed by the City Club of New York against Pier 55, Judge Lorna G. Schofield revoked the pier's permit, citing that its construction as a performance space is not sanctioned in an area that's been deemed a maritime wildlife sanctuary. The ruling effectively negates an official approval from the Army Corps of Engineers last year, and is the first major legal win for the City Club in its battle to keep the park from seeing the light of day. In June 2015, the organization filed suit with the State Supreme Court in Manhattan to halt progress on the pier, claiming that organizers had deliberately deceived the public by failing to divulge the effects that the new space would have on the Hudson River's ecology. Last September, the court shot down that suit, and developers continued to push ahead on the project. The park was scheduled to open to the public by the end of 2018, but after Thursday's ruling it's not l
For the final exhibition of its 40th Anniversary year, the Public Art Fund is swinging for the fences. The organization has announced a city-spanning new work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei entitled, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." The ambitious piece will feature more than 100 fences and installations built across the city, and will officially open on October 12. It’s expected to be one of the provocative artist’s most ambitious projects to date. More locations for the installation will be announced in the coming months, but current confirmed sites include Flushing, Downtown Brooklyn, Central Park and the Lower East Side. The piece will use the motif of metal security fencing, and transform it to respond to existing architecture and landscapes surrounding each site. The work, with its stark and intimidating base material, is meant to address the global rise of nationalism, the proliferation of border fences and the architecture of division. “The exhibition brings together many strands in Weiwei’s life and work, including his childhood experience of displacement during the Cultural Revolution, his more recent persecution as an activist, his formative years in NYC and his interest in architecture and design,” said the Public Art Fund’s director and chief curator Nicholas Baume in a statement. “It reflects his profound empathy with other displaced people, particularly migrants, refugees and victims of war.” "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" will be on view until February