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Hi Everyone,

Spring is in the air and it’s a great time to get out and go see some art exhibitions.

Rona Pondick at Sonnabend, 536 West 26th street

Phillip Guston at McKee Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue, NYC

John Singer Sargent, El Anatsui and Fine Lines: American Drawings are at The Brooklyn Museum

Elizabeth Peyton at Michael Werner, 4 East 77th Street

Maya Lin at PACE 32 East 57th Street

Richard Serra at David Zwirner, 537 West 20th street


Schools out, go see some art!

Schools out and I’m always looking for ways to inspire my kids and get them thinking about things besides video games and movies on Amazon. We went to see some exhibits this weekend and the sketchbooks are out again. The car ride home was very quiet as the kids were all working on their masterpieces. When we got home my 12 year old  asked for some acrylic paints and canvas.  The kids are planning an exhibit.  Keep in mind that these shows close this week and next week so check closing dates. Here’s what we saw:

Neil Golberg: Stories the City Tells Itself

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
March 2 – July 4, 2012
Open 7 days, 10am-6pm

This show is moving on many levels but especially made me think of the moments we take for granted: waiting for the subway or sitting in traffic. Neil Goldberg: Stories the City Tells Itself is a mid-career survey that brings together nearly two decades’ of video work and photography exploring the power and resonance of the everyday and overlook. This is the Museum’s first-ever exhibition of contemporary video art. Sharon Marcus of Columbia University writes: “Neil Goldberg’s videos and photographs alert us to the perplexity of being alive in a body in a particular place and time. In this exhibition, New York City provides the unifying inspiration and context for this exploration. Goldberg makes us see how strange it is that we do what we do: eat, breathe, move, wait, feel pleasure, experience surprise, endure disappointment.”You can definitely take the kiddies.  Here is some press connected with the show:

 Selected Press:
The New York Times:
Time Out New York:
Time Magazine’s LightBox site:

Thomas Demand: Mathew Marks Gallery

May 5 – June 23, 2012
522 W 22 Street http://

The main piece in the exhibit is an amazing short film made on a set that Demand constructed of paper.  It comprises a total of 2,400 frames, filmed one at a time, as animators meticulously retraced the movements of each item in the room, shifting the paper models of plates, lemons, pendant lamps, chairs, an upright piano, and a refrigerator by several millimeters at a time.

Maira Kalman: Julie Saul Gallery

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22 Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212 627-2410
Fax: 212 627-2411
As always, Kalmans work is magical and don’t miss the embroidered table cloth in the center of the gallery


Congratulations Portfolio Prep Students!

Congratulations to all of The Manor Arts portfolio prep students on being accepted to your first choice art high schools! You worked hard and we are very proud of what you have accomplished. Parents, you all provided such great support. What results!

For all of you aspiring art students, the next portfolio prep session begins in April. Call Nurit at 917 754 6325.

February/March art to see

The winter session is off to a running start.  I’m happy to say that we have 7 classes completely filled.  Now it’s time to go see some art.

Michelle Handelman at Staphan Stoyanov Gallery (29 Orchard Street  

This is not a show for the kiddies, in no way shape or form. Michelle’s work is video and photography based and deals with feminist issues of desire, deviant characters against pristine backgrounds.  The work is provocative and thoughtful.

James Nares at Paul Kasmin Gallery 515 West 27th Street

This show is for the kiddies.  Especially kids who are interested in sculpture and stop motion animation.  The work is from 1976 and includes short films, photographs and drawings.  Nares is obsessed with a pendulum that he’s constructed and  both films depict a single, repeated action involving a Pendulum.  The haunting lyricism and anxiousness revealed in the films along with the obsessive drawings made me smile with delight.

Kakyoung Lee at Mary Ryan Gallery till February 25th

Another great series for the stop motion kids to see.  Ms Lee shows the numerous drawings she made to create her short films.  I love her drawings and the repetitive obsessive strokes that evoke a love/hate relationship with her subject.

Sarah Sze at the Asia Society till March 25th Sze

This show is for everyone and is an exploration of line, literally and figuratively, across mediums from drawings to sculpture to installation. Initially trained in architecture, Sze explores how we experience space in her obsessessive use of everyday objects, collections of all sorts, and color.  Have fun, her work is thoughtful and bold!

Marble Sculptures from 350B.C to last week at Sperone Westwater Gallery till February 25th

This exhibit is a combination of both dealers: Sperone and Westwater’s 71 year old passion with collecting and history.  90% of the work is from Sperone’s private collection.  There are numerous floors and an assorted array of wonderful work.

That’s all for now.


Winter Break Art to see

Hi Everyone,

As you prepare for your holiday and winter break with the kiddies, here are some cool, fun shows that won’t disappoint.

Ezra Jack Keats at the Jewish Museum:

September 09, 2011 – January 29, 2012.  

This is a great opportunity to see the original collages that make up the book “A Snowy Day” as well as many other art works. There is also a sweet installation (a collage come to life) where the kids can sit on a bean bag and read one of his fabulous books.

Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim Museum.

November 4, 2011–January 22, 2012

This retrospective survey brings together virtually everything the artist Maurizio Cattelan has produced since 1989, and presents the works en masse, strung haphazardly from the oculus of the Guggenheim’s rotunda. This is a show for the older kids  crowd as there are some challenging images.  All the sculptures are suspended and create an incredible maze from above.

Sanford Biggers at the Brooklyn Museum

This show is for everyone.  The work exhibited deals with issues of race but in a poetic and sometimes playful manner.  Don’t miss the tree trunk sculpture puncturing a baby grand piano that plays.

September 23, 2011–January 8, 2012

Carsten Höller: at the New Museum

This show closes January 15th

If you want to experience (also the title of the show) sculpture or installation bring the kids a long and slide through an gigantic plexi-glass slide.  It’s supposed to be a mood altering experience. This is one show where you can touch some of the art which is really cool for the kids (I like it too.)  There is more to see than just the giant slide. His work often draws on social spaces outside of the museum such as the amusement park, zoo, or playground, but the experiences they provide are always far from our usual expectations of these activities.

Have fun!!


Winter class registration begins today!

Hi Everyone,
It’s been an exciting semester at Manor Arts.  The Portfolio students are almost done with their auditions and all our Fall students are making lovely work and having fun. So are we.
Time to start gearing up for the Winter now.   WINTER REGISTRATION has begun at Manor Arts and we’d love to include your child in our classes.
Keep in mind that Winter session classes fill up very quickly and some are already full so let us know soon if you want to be sure to get a spot.
If your child is currently enrolled in one of our classes and wants to stay with us, keep in mind that all our winter projects are new and do not a repeat of the previous session.  Class content changes from session to session.

To stay updated on Manor Arts activities, cool art exhibits, and other events follow Manor Arts on Twitter and become our facebook friend.

Contact Info:

Nurit Newman
Phone: 917-754-6325 

Our session begins January 17th.

FREE Exquisite Corpse Workshop at PLG Pop Up Gallery!

On Friday November 11th from 10 – 11 am, Nurit Newman will be teaching an Exquisite Corpse Workshop for children at the PLG Pop Up Gallery. Please join us in supporting art and artists in the PLG neighborhood. Supplies will be provided. Bring family and friends. The Pop Up Gallery is located at 552 Flatbush Avenue at Maple Street. See you all there!

More information on Exquisite Corpses can be found here:

FREE Trial Art Classes!

Been trying to decide which MANOR ARTS class to join but couldn’t decide.? Now’s your chance to sign up for a free trial class while our classes are still in session. Check out the class line up (Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Comic Book Arts and Portfolio Prep) at and contact Nurit Newman manorarts@yahoo.comto reserve your FREE spot.  There are only a few spots left.

ART in NYC 10/14/11

Hi Everyone,

Sorry it’s taken so long to post but there are some great, fun works to go see on your own or with the kiddos.

1. New York Comic Con: Friday/Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-5 @ The Javitz Convention Center, 655 West 34th St (888) 605-6059.  Tickets are $45 for Friday and Sunday.  Special fee for Saturday.

Costume contest for kids under 12 at 1pm on Sunday.

2.MoMA: The New Photography show (there is nudity in the show and a photograph of a naked woman astride the lap of a man sitting in a chair.) A show that gives new life to contemporary photography.

3. Richard Serra:  Gagosian Gallery open till November 26th. Fun for kids and adults to explore this amazing sculptors maze.

4. Carsten Nicolai: Pace Gallery at 545 W. 22nd The kids will love the parachute in flight right before their eyes.

5. Sanford Biggers, Eva Hess, Lee Mingwei at the Brooklyn Museum Don’t miss Eva Hess

6. Kim Beck at Mixed Greens in Chelsea Using drawing, sculpture, and site-specific installation, Beck explores the relationship between desire, stability, and economic security. 

7. Nick Cave at Mary Boone Gallery  this wonderful exhibition of performative objects closes on October 22nd so don’t miss it with the kids. Continue reading ART in NYC 10/14/11

No Classes Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th-May 30th)