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Eric J. Henderson is a fine art photographer and writer with public and commercial works widely published in both the philanthropic and private sectors, having contributed for such entities as Advertising Age, Living Cities, The BMW Guggenheim Lab, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For his photography work, he was first noticed as a "standout newcomer" by The New Yorker magazine for images exhibited in the HRLM Pictures exhibition of the Studio Museum in Harlem. He was selected as principal artist in the global campaign of Bombay Sapphire - "There's Something Inside" - including featured exhibitions at Art Basel - Miami, commissioned shoots for NFL SuperBowl games XLV and XLVI, and selection as featured artist for Art For Life's annual benefit. He has collaborated on projects with Starbucks, The World Bank, and OneWorld Now!, and various nonprofits in work that has taken him to Brasil, France, Morocco and across the US. He shoots exclusively with a 1950 Kodak Brownie Hawkeye he found in 2003 at a sidewalk bazaar on 125th St. at Park Avenue in Harlem - a self-taught artist with no previous training in photography.

He has a 20+ year history in business, earning an MBA from Thunderbird (including a year at ESADE-Barcelona). He has advised numerous organizations, including the Aspen Institute-Socrates Society, the International Career Advancement Program, and the social sector initiative Markets For Good, leading the latter initiative as Curator. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese (and defending well in Catalan), he brings a deep intellectual curiosity to this column, “Art, The Arts and Policy.” Also an avid runner with a marathon best of 2:54, you will easily find him on the streets of New York City speed, big smile.

Entries by Eric J. Henderson

On "Visual Leverage"

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:50 AM

Jacqueline L. Patten-Van Sertima is a photographer with work spanning the past 30 years, major exhibitions and a feature among 100 New York Photographers, with peers including the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Chester Higgins, Jr., Adger Cowans, Len Gelstein, Amy Arbus, and Carrie Mae Weems. She is the president of...

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On The Threadcount of the American Flag

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Will Roberson takes the seat just across from me on an almost rainy day at Tacombi in Nolita. (Tacos are always in the budget.) We're settling into a conversation about his new work (painting) and waiting on his collaborator in another work (music), "City" (formerly "Jemini the Gifted...

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Where Does Art Come From?

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:13 PM

[Takashi Yoshizak at Artbeat event. Sculpture by Kat Herine photo credit: ericjhenderson]

The Scene

What are the economic and social forces that shape the path of Art?

We, as the public, only see a small number of...

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Art in Diplomacy ( ...Not "as" Diplomacy)

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:21 PM

2013-10-26-BlackMonolithIII.jpgYou've just been greeted by a stunning abstract, in front of which to sit down and steep your thoughts: "Black Monolith III: For Barbara Jordan" (1998), acrylic collage on canvas, 69h x 65.5w in (175.26h x 166.37w cm) by

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"I Look Into the Eyes, Not the Faces" - An Interview With Vocalist Nicole Henry

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Nicole Henry welcomes listeners to a house of many rooms. That was the feeling I got when I first saw her perform at Joe's Pub in...
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A New Americana: Amanda Brown

(7) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:56 AM

It doesn't get much more Americana than writing for a national Sunday newspaper magazine: Amanda Brown covers this latest season of NBC's The Voice from the insider's angle Amanda's Voice Blog for Parade Magazine, where. Insider is an understatement. She was the breakout star of the...

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The Mind of a Professional

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 9:37 AM

Bass-baritone Keith Miller is a former football player and a graduate of Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. He joined the Metropolitan Opera in 2006.

Art, the Arts & Policy, is a cultural, anthropological questioning of how we are changed by art, whether we are...

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Art in Earnest: Harlem-Based Artist, Tyson Hall

(6) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 10:55 AM

I recently sat in a talk hosted by the Aspen Institute and led by Howard Gardner and Ellen Winner. As the room wrestled with the dog-yeared question of why Art suffers in taking up its proper space (i.e., any space) in public education, I...

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Solving the Scenario: Asad Raza, Art Producer

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 2:15 PM

The credits roll and you notice the name of the producer. Stock-in-trade for a film, but what about that role in the world of art? A profile of Asad Raza. An Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist with notes from artists.

Asad Raza, Buffalo, New York
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Hip Hop and the (Near) Future

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 12:26 PM

On being futuristic and tangible at once: "Ness" and EYE2025*

The Scene

Some artists strain to look deeply into the future to escape the perceived orthodoxy of the present.
Others might enjoy the2011-12-27-cropB.JPG close-up view, one that Chesterton would love, finding nothing "so...

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A Skeptic Queries "The Artist as Urbanist"

(4) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Interview and Photo Shoot With Artist, Alexis Laurent


I am currently leading a game/simulation called Urbanology...

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The New View From Atop Manhattan's Museum Mile: Africa

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 12:08 PM

110th & 5th Avenue, New York City, Harlem.

Harlem Meer is in the foreground. The scene makes for an instant city pastoral: a thicket of trees, the Dutch pond, and a museum... behind me. At this lazy hour of 5th avenue traffic, I can manufacture a scene in Beacon,...

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To See Certain Things... Zoom

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2011 | 9:01 PM

A comment on Middle Eastern art through the lens of Art, The Arts, and Policy

To see certain things, we squint. In response to a glare, we omit the details of a scene by nearly closing our eyes and looking through the shade of brows and lashes to...

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Art, the Arts, and Policy

(9) Comments | Posted November 20, 2010 | 2:07 PM

I'd like to use this space to revisit a three-way intersection: Art, the Arts, and Policy. It's familiar enough to create an easy deception, often driven by the summary cliché, "Art has Power." We also count on a solid history from agit prop to banned books and persecuted artists to...

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