Art & Entertainments

Art gallery to open at Empire Outlets, featuring works from local artists

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An art gallery is set to launch this weekend at Empire Outlets in St. George.

The space, which had been a storefront for U.S. Polo, will host “Kin•etiꓘ” beginning Saturday. The exhibit consists of multi-medium works from local artists throughout the five boroughs and the tristate area.

“It is more important than ever to support the local artists that make New York City the incredible cultural destination that it is,” said Joseph Ferrara, principal at BFC Partners. “Empire Outlets is proud to provide a space for artists to showcase their tremendous work and thrilled to add to Staten Island’s rising art scene.”

Empire Outlets art gallery

A gallery, promoted for its inclusivity, is set to launch at Empire Outlets in St. George March 6, 2021. (Staten Island Advance/ Victoria Priola)

Kiara Williams, aka Keys La’Ché, a Staten Island resident and recent Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, curated the gallery. In

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MOCA’S ‘Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art’: Simple materials, exceptional vision

Don’t call these artists naive. It’s a patronizing term smacking of colonial arrogance.

The works in “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art: Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection” — on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami — offer a stylized portrait of Haiti, primarily in the 1940s and 1950s, by artists working with simple materials and exceptional vision. They depict the hardscrabble Caribbean nation with grace and pride.

However, paintings such as these were once labeled “naive,” says exhibit curator Francine Birbragher. “This was a negative connotation,” she adds, arising from the artists’ lack of formal training and materials.

Yes, the paintings often have the “flat” look common to artists unused to portraying their subjects with three-dimensional perspective. Although some paintings are by artists more skilled than others at depicting subjects realistically, she says, “In general, these artists are all self-taught. They

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Inside an Art Adviser’s Eclectic Minneapolis Pad

Kathy Ganley’s home in suburban Minneapolis is at once an inviting, expansive space for her family as well as an informal art gallery. “Art is like the jewelry to an outfit. It’s one of a kind, and I think it’s just a way to make a house feel like a home,” says the Midwestern representative for Mason Lane Art Advisors. Her palatial 6,500-square-foot home is a showcase for original paintings, woodcuts, and photographs—there’s even a still life in the laundry room. “You’re in there, why shouldn’t you look at something that’s awesome?” Ganley says cheerfully.

Her eclectic approach to displaying art balances styles, materials, and design elements—while occasionally even subverting expectations. A massive oil painting by Richard Kooyman hangs in a utility space where an iMac helps keep track of family schedules. “We added the desk in the kitchen,” Ganley says. “You need the computer nearby, checking people’s schedules. Messages

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17,300-year-old kangaroo found in Australia is country’s oldest intact rock art

Ian Waina, a traditional owner and Indigenous descendent, inspects a painting of a kangaroo found in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.


Peter Veth and the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation. Illustration by Pauline Heaney

Scientists can now point to a large kangaroo as Australia’s oldest intact rock painting.

A team led by researchers at the University of Melbourne dated the painting in Western Australia to between 17,100 and 17,500 years old, settling on 17,300 as the likely age. To handle the tricky art of figuring out the painting’s age, they got creative and turned to radiocarbon dating of mud wasp nests. 

Radiocarbon dating lets scientist make age estimates for organic materials. The location of several wasp nests both under and over the pigment made it possible to dial in when it was created.

The painting was found on

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