As you approach Twelve Gates Gallery, your eyes immediately fall upon dolls clothed in shards of mirrored glass, suspended from the ceiling of the big picture window. Dolls that represent female icons (Beyonce, Frida Kahlo, PJ Harvey) often seen as other-worldly entities capable of astounding creative feats. Continue Reading

Spotlight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

We start off our Black History Month Spotlight Series with a look at the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. His genius trapped in a burgeoning art movement set on ‘crazed’ did nothing to help slow down the excesses he became victim of. At 27, he was dead of a drug overdose in his Great Jones loft…the radiant child had left his canvassed works behind screaming at the world, their many faces torturing and riveting are not unlike his legacy.

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Art Smart on the Sly


Since you never know what crowd you’ll be falling into –we’ve compiled a non-threatening mix of books to get your Art Smart on. Some cover the hype of a few well-known art stars, and others take you into current art movements. There are a few biographies and “text” book like works on our list, but that’s because it makes it easier to appreciate the new when you know what influences the artist drew from. Continue Reading