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ALLEN + ALLAN + ARTURO = Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project

March 27, 2020

In its first five years of existence, Howl! Happening has become an intergenerational cultural hub—a club house of experimentation, camaraderie, collaboration, and crazy wisdom.


‘Enigmas of Enchantment: The Paintings of Helen Oliver’ By Tom Breidenbach

March 24, 2020

There is a theatrical quality to Helen Oliver’s paintings, their scale and earthy palette recalling, in one glance, those eerily charmed circus or movie marquee posters of yesteryear. This feels especially true of her portraits, which loom large enough to engulf the viewer in the formal contortions of their sometimes nude subjects. Yet these works…


Howl! Happening Closed Until Further Notice

March 19, 2020

The safety of our guests and our community is our top priority. While the number of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases in NYC remains small, we are carefully monitoring this issue and taking measures for all of us to stay healthy.


‘Humanist Alchemy: The Paintings of Helen Oliver Adelson’ By David Ebony

March 16, 2020

Most often the alchemy that produces a poem or a work of fiction is hidden within the work itself, if not embedded in the coiling ridges of the mind. —Patti Smith, Devotion[1] Helen Oliver Adelson’s portrait paintings of her friends, family, and acquaintances seem to result from a kind of alchemical process. The sitter poses,…


‘Unfolding Lee Quiñones and Ori Carino’ Essay by Cary Abrams

March 4, 2020

Exhibition curated by Carlo McCormick       Spring/Break Art Show 2020 From Unfolding by Lee Quiñones and Ori Carino   Howl Arts recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Named to honor Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem, his clarion call against what he believed to be a narrow, stultifying 50s American culture, Howl Arts has become a…


‘Jane Dickson: Times Square Revisited’ By Carlo McCormick

February 3, 2020

It was called the Tenderloin, not for any array of fancy steakhouses but because in a society of graft and corruption it offered the choicest cuts. Populated by pimps, prostitutes, chicken hawks, hustlers, and all manner of predators, Times Square, New York City, was in its way a kind of meat market, catering to a…


‘Whose World Is This?’ By Deborah Frizzell

January 27, 2020

As an artist, Jane Dickson is compelled to witness, examine, and interpret. She works with the tools at hand, with observation and analysis distilled in paint. Figuration, her vehicle of expression, is flexible enough to accommodate either a narrative impulse or poetic metaphor. The figure invites projection and identification for artists and viewers alike. Dickson…


‘Jane in Peepland: The Painter of Modern Life’ By Miss Rosen

January 20, 2020

Jane Dickson was just 25 when she arrived in New York in 1977. The following year she began working the weekend night shift as an animation designer operating the Spectacolor billboard at One Times Square—the first computer light board in New York City—bringing a woman’s perspective to a low-down dirty world. Times Square in the…


“Stereo” from Marriage: A Sentence / “En estéreo” de Al casarse: Una condena

January 16, 2020

“Stereo” from Marriage: A Sentence By Anne Waldman Marriage marriage is like you say everything everything in stereo stereo fall fall on the bed bed at dawn dawn because you work work all night. Night is an apartment. Meant to be marriage. Marriage is an apartment & meant people people come in in because when…


‘Antony Zito and the Hero’s Journey’ by Penny Arcade

December 30, 2019

There is a history of painters who paint what they know, and there is a history of painters who paint whom they know. Caravaggio based his paintings of the Madonna and the saints on the rough-and-tumble denizens of his demimonde. Many a prostitute posed as the Virgin Mary, queen of heaven. In the 1880s Toulouse-Lautrec painted the people…

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