The High Line – Best Outdoor Date in NYC

The High Line – Best Outdoor Date in NYC

Now the High Line NYC hood means primo rents. That’s thanks to its new life as an outdoor artwalk. Celebrated artists clamor for spots in this splendorous garden gallery. It’s also the coolest outdoor date in Manhattan.

Frozen River by Hendrick Avercamp

Frozen River by Hendrick Avercamp

Mute painter Henrick Avercamp sings an icy opera with Frozen River. In fact, his expressions range from delight to death here. Without a word spoken, Avercamp tells us a complex emotional story.

Approaching Storm by Eugène Boudin

Approaching Storm by Eugène Boudin

Nature versus Man whips like wind through the painting Approaching Storm. Eugène Boudin often painted the moneyed and middle class. Their fancy finery struck a wry contrast with Mother Nature.

Louise Bourgeois – Feminist, Fun & First in the Art World

Louise Bourgeois – Feminist, Fun & First in the Art World

A complex woman with a vision, Louise Bourgeois turned anxiety into art. Her work provoked audiences with disruptive work. She channeled emotions into her pieces to jolt audiences awake. Good or bad, Bourgeois makes us feel things.

Ms. Behavior – Sojourner Truth

Ms. Behavior – Sojourner Truth

Charisma and extemporaneous insight earned Sojourner Truth a spotlight. She didn’t only grab attention in the mid 1800’s. Her impact remains today. This is even more impressive given that Sojourner was born a slave.

The UnderCliff by Richard Parkes Bonington

The UnderCliff by Richard Parkes Bonington

Waves crash The Undercliff painting with foreboding. This makes sense. After all, Richard Parkes Bonington painted it one month before dying.

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II by Frank Auerbach

The painting EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown II presents us with seductive obscurity. Frank Auerbach was a true romantic and it shows here. This painting may seem blunt at first. But the piece demands a deeper look.

Ms. Behavior – Lady Godiva – Naked & Fearless Game Changer

Ms. Behavior – Lady Godiva – Naked & Fearless Game Changer

Folklore and history intersect at the story of Lady Godiva. A noblewoman of the 11th century, she’s still talked about today. That’s because she earned the “noble’ in her title.

Death and Fire by Paul Klee

Death and Fire by Paul Klee

War and Death ruled Paul Klee’s life when he painted Death and Fire. Torn asunder by World War II and a seering case of scleroderma – Klee suffered while painting this. His pain shows.

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Nude in the Bath by Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard painted four versions of Nude in the Bath. It wasn’t an obsession – just routine. In fact, the habit was not even his. Bonnard’s wife, Marthe de Méligny, loved bath time best.

Screaming Medusa by Sculptor & Legend Michael Malpass

Screaming Medusa by Sculptor & Legend Michael Malpass

Intriguing contradictions infuse Michael Malpass artwork. That may be because the man behind them was also complicated. He delved many themes. For instance, Screaming Medusa stands out among his thematic works.

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The Annunciation marks a critical inflection point for Christianity. Keeping that in mind, painter Fra Angelico uses a golden laser beam to direct viewers’ eyes.

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day gives us a slice of life. It’s an unromantic, realistic painting during peak Impressionism. At the same time it captures 19th century Paris with a fresh allure.

Ms. Behavior – Angela Davis –  Activist, Intellectual & Legend

Ms. Behavior – Angela Davis – Activist, Intellectual & Legend

Angela Davis made history with a powerful and poignant voice. Her work began in the sixties Civil Right movement and continues today. Scholar, activist, writer, and all around badass, she exemplifies strength.

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel

Clarity and purpose shine through Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel. Its sharp cold bite make this more than a landscape. But on the most basic level it’s one of the best landscapes ever.

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Unconscious Rivals by Lawrence Alma Tadema

Cupid’s off to the side in Alma Tadema’s painting Unconscious Rivals. That’s because love plays a mere supporting role in this portrait. But pay no attention to the title, it’s not about rivalry either. This is a painting about friendship.

Serpentine Sculptures by Marc Gibian on the Hudson River NYC

Serpentine Sculptures by Marc Gibian on the Hudson River NYC

Marc Gibian’s Serpentine Sculptures bring whorling steel tendrils to the Hudson River Esplanade. These three structures are Twister, Offshoot, and Torque.

Snap the Whip – Winslow Homer

Snap the Whip – Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s Snap the Whip delights in joyful nostalgia. No matter the life we’ve led, at some point we all had a moment like this. These scampering bare feet sing to us of freedom.

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus serves up instant recognition. We’re all familiar with Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece. But have we looked at it? It’s a birth – messy baby business. But this portrait shows neither mess nor baby, only beauty.

The Old Stone House Brooklyn

The Old Stone House Brooklyn

Kid-friendly and communal, The Old Stone House breaks the House Museum mold. This historic structure keeps it real. There’s no pretension and nothing’s precious.

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri – George Bingham

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri – George Bingham

George Caleb Bingham’s painting, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, dwells in romanticism. The work reminds us that romance in art takes many forms.