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Hilary Harkness
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Hilary Harkness is an award-winning artist who exhibits her work with the Mary Boone Gallery in New York City. Her paintings have been exhibited worldwide, including the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain, and the Deste Foundation in Athens, Greece. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is a past recipient of the Metcalf Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundations award, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Harkness has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Interview magazine, and Esquire. She has taught painting and sculpture as Artist in Residence at Yale Summer School of Art and Music, and lectured widely at institutions such as Columbia University, Boston University, Yale University, Brandeis University, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Hilary Harkness is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California-Berkeley (where she studied biochemistry, music and art) and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Cats, Cherry Fizz and Color! Studio Visit with E.V. Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 3:42 PM

Co-authored by Ara Tucker, creator of the Vabeh Gregson Bennett Series.

E.V. Day, recipient of the 2016 Rome Prize, is a visionary artist with originality and a joie-de-vivre that isn't easily captured by words. So, on my most recent visit to her studio, I brought along Vabeh Gregson...

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Candyass's Clipper-Class Classicism -- Decoded!

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 12:41 PM


When gallery Invisible Exports had a last-minute vacancy for a show this month, Cary Leibowitz aka Candyass saved the day by scavenging his basement storage for a box of paintings he made in his early 20s. The resulting show, which plays with classic...

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8 Ways to Launch Your Tween Art Star

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 11:02 AM

Kids are cropping up everywhere in my life these days. My friends have kids. My sister has kids. And recently, a psychic to the stars grabbed me and my wife at a party and told us we were having a child soon. We aren't, but my wife is a writer...

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Awol Erizku's Eight-Track

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Mixtapes, mustaches, and muses. This is just one of the possible alliterations that comes to mind after I walk through The Only Way Is Up with artist Awol Erizku.

Erizku is a photographer and a self-reflective curator. He tells me that he envisioned his show as a mixtape - he's...

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Margaux Williamson: I Could See Everything

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:48 PM

At night I painted in the kitchen

When I walked into Margaux Williamson's show, I Could See Everything at Mulherin + Pollard gallery on the Lower East Side, I thought I knew what to expect. After all, I had been given the...

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Michael Berryhill: Bright Lights, No Sweat

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Tabernacle Trapple (2014), 58 x 50 inches, oil on linen

I dropped by Kansas Gallery to see Beggars Blanket, Michael Berryhill's show of recent paintings, and was greeted by a four foot long glass vitrine containing more than a thousand small paintings and...

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Emerging Artist Spotlight: An Hoang, Painter

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:19 PM


An Hoang arrived in New York City in 2001 at the age of 23. Her first job was at an interior design firm on the Upper East Side, but the style desired by the clients didn't jibe with her sense of off-hand, wabi...

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If You Let Them Color, They Will Come: The FLAG Art Foundation Baby Art History Program

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 2:16 PM

On Saturday morning the alarm went off at 8am. I had a renewed respect for people with kids. Getting out the door by 9am on a Saturday isn't a regular occurrence in our household. But, on March 1, fortified by coffee, I headed into Chelsea for the FLAG Art Foundation's...

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Choose This Bottle of Port for Its Label and Help Save the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 11:19 AM

My girlfriend isn't a wine connoisseur. In fact, she usually chooses wine based on what she thinks is the most interesting label. I know she's not alone. I've heard this little secret whispered at many a cocktail party. For all of those label lovers out there, I've got a tip...

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Seeing The FLAG Art Foundation Through The Trees

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 11:15 AM


Awol Erizku "Kwame On Lexington." Image courtesy the artist.

My girlfriend, who grew up in the suburbs of Manhattan, says that one of the earliest memories she has of her father, an art dealer, is him struggling to carry her four-year-old weight through the...

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Studio View: Painter Amir H. Fallah

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Just outside the smog.

My GPS is broken and I'm relying on my iPhone, precariously balanced between two of my fingers, to help me navigate my way east out of Hollywood to visit with painter Amir H. Fallah in his studio. The sun comes out a few moments before the...

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The Hour That Will Change Your Life: Six Things Artists Should Do for 10 Minutes a Day

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:38 AM

Every artist struggles with productivity -- how can you create more work, and how do you know where you should be spending your time? I recently spoke with Dorie Clark, strategy consultant and author of the new Harvard Business Review Press book Reinventing You: Define Your...

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Fiber Arts Shine as Public Art

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Making things out of yarn used to be the realm of grannies, but fiber arts have evolved in the past few decades into a cutting-edge discipline. Before I dedicated myself to painting in the mid-90s, I fancied myself a...

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Studio View: Painter David Humphrey

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 6:08 PM

One way to get to know a person very well - without talking with them - is to draw with them. I got to know David Humphrey in this way when we became part of the same figure-drawing group and I quickly noticed something unique about...

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7 Creativity Tips From a Top Mathematician

(7) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 11:23 AM

As an undergraduate, I studied calculus and physics; when I became an artist, I remained fascinated with the question of what artists and mathematicians can learn from one another. That's why I wanted to talk with mathematician Steven Strogatz, the New York Times columnist and author...

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Natalie Frank: "The Governed and the Governors"

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 1:54 PM

What is the role of painting today? The power of illusion in painting is magical but limited. Installation artists have the advantage of using their galleries as an element, or even the subject, of their work. Thomas Hirschhorn turned his gallery into the skewed interior of the sunken...

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The Cold War and the Creative Imagination: Andra Ursuta

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 6:45 PM


"Untitled (Masothrone)" courtesy Ramiken Crucible and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Growing up in Michigan during the 1970s and 1980s, I was terrified by the specter of nuclear holocaust (The Day After-style). My family, part Transylvanian, had arrived in the U.S. prior...

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Studio Visit Advice From Painter Michael Berryhill

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 5:16 PM

For artists, it's a truism that having studio visits is one of the most important things you can do to connect with others in the field and advance your career. But having collectors, dealers, curators, and even other artists to your studio can be a wild ride if it's a...

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Studio View: Jodi Colella, Fiber Artist

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 6:55 PM

As a child of the 1980s growing up in Michigan, I thought of macrame, embroidery and crochet as tedious tasks for homemakers. But a decade later, in my MFA program, I gained a newfound appreciation for fiber arts as high-art feminist pursuits. Flush with grad school inspiration, I got my...

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Four Attitudes That Will Help You Succeed As an Artist

(42) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:24 AM

It's a time-honored joke: M.F.A. actually stands for Mother F%#king Attitude. I've had that outlook, and it's seen me through some rough and dispiriting times as an artist. But looking back on my early career, I've come to realize it's not an attitude that will sustain you, and even in...

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