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Susan Eley
Susan Eley is the founder / director of the contemporary art gallery Susan Eley Fine Art on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She is a former freelance editor and writer, who has written extensively on fine art and dance for national and regional publications. She has a BA in Art History, Brown University, and an MA in Visual Arts Administration, NYU. She has worked at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Mayor's Art Commission of the City of New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. She is also a former professional ballet dancer.

Entries by Susan Eley

Avant-Garde Costume Designs From Ukraine on View at the Ukrainian Museum in NYC's East Village

(5) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 1:59 PM

I love New York for so many reasons. One reason is for the seemingly limitless number of cultural sites to discover. Last week I went to The Ukrainian Museum in the East Village for an ArtTable sponsored tour of the exhibition, "Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s...

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Ten Magnificent Paintings on View at the Frick Collection in "Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery"

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:34 AM

My father, an avid and passionate reader, is a man of lists. He has lists for the 50 top books of fiction, the top 25 non-fiction books, the 10 greatest movies of all time and more. But the one that I consult most regularly is his list of five criteria...

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Wendy Whelan's Farewell Performance at NYCB Featured 'After the Rain' Pas de Deux

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Tears, flowers and an outpouring of love accompanied Wendy Whelan's farewell performance at the New York City Ballet on Saturday, October 18. Sadly, I was not able to attend, but I heard from friends and balletomanes that it was an awesome night, the kind that brought a community of uber...

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A Former Intern Returns to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice After 30 Years

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Last week I visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and found myself weeping in front of a painting by Paul Klee. Thirty years have elapsed since I was a summer intern in this museum, housed in a private palazzo on the Grand Canal, acquired by Peggy Guggenheim...

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"She Who Tells A Story" Closes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 2:05 PM

The MFA in Boston has just closed "She Who Tells a Story," a revelatory exhibition of photography by 12 women artists from the Middle East and Iran. These photographs, mostly of women, have largely been taken in the past ten years. They show women staged and poised, ready to tell...

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Studio 34: Long Island City Open Studio Weekend

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Artists enjoy their most private moments in their studios, where the creative energies flow and the demons emerge in full force. These rooms are messy and paint-splattered, often furnished with shabby, second hand couches and chairs, or spare and clinical with a MacBook Air or a tidy sketchpad sitting atop...

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Italian Artist Alighiero Boetti at MoMA New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 12:09 PM

Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994) believed that artists simply observe and point to what already exists in the world. And because the world is a complicated place -- filled in one moment with fullness and variety, and in the next, with sameness and emptiness -- Boetti's artwork also moved between...

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The Madness of Art: Jim Kempner's Mockumentary-style Film Series About the Contemporary Art World

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 2:34 PM

Few acknowledge the silliness that is a part of the contemporary art world. Galleries brand themselves as solemn and holy places, where doors marked PRIVATE abound, where yellow tennis ball fuzz -- carefully placed in a circle on the floor -- is billed as art, and where gallerinas glare at...

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Molly Barnes Brown Bag Art Talks at New York's Roger Smith Hotel

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 11:32 AM

If Gertrude Stein were alive today, she'd be a core member of Molly Barnes Brown Bag bunch or would have started the lecture series herself. Part salon/art history lecture/talk show, Molly Barnes Brown Bag lunches are to New York today what Stein's formidable salons must have been like to Paris...

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Hooters to Swan Lake During One Week in New York

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 2:45 PM

Last Saturday night my husband, tween daughter and I found ourselves hungry in Paramus, NJ. We were driving back to Manhattan along Route 17, following a ghoulish shopping spree at a pop up Halloween megastore, and decided to stop at Hooters for a bite. Having both gotten into our 48th...

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Following a Stint at the Met, the Mourners Travel to Six American Museums

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 3:54 PM

Once in a while an art exhibition presents with such a dizzying splendor as to literally take your breath away. The Mourners, which closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY on May 23, is one such show. The exhibition--which will travel to six American museums beginning this month--features...

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Tino Sehgal at the Guggenheim New York

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 11:27 AM

When I go to a museum exhibition, I know what to expect. I'll look at objects hanging on the wall and respond to their color, shape and content. The impressions I form--subconscious or not--get tucked in my mind for later contemplation.

The current exhibition at Guggenheim NY by...

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Nine Sculptures by Carole Eisner on Broadway This Fall

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2009 | 3:32 PM

Public art in an urban environment compels passersby to react. It can inspire, titillate, offend, please or provoke. It is by definition not passive. Its job is to enter headlong into the experience of an urbanite, whether he walks by or catches a glimpse of a monument, sculpture or mural...

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