Diane Arbus | In the Beginning.

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As part of the inaugural season at The Met Breuer, diane arbus: in the beginning opened earlier this month, featuring an eye opening new look at one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. The exhibit showcases her early works and influences until her death at 48. The photographs focus on the evolution of her style in the early years - specifically those from 1956-1962- using a 35 mm camera to her eventual signature the 2.25-inch square Rolleiflex format. The exhibit displays over a hundred unseen photographs that were gifted to The Met by her daughters Doon and … [Read more...]

Greetings From | The Asbury Hotel

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The revival of Asbury Park, a storied beach town with rock and roll history and greaser vibes has been talked about for at least 2 decades. With the opening of  The Asbury, the first new hotel to be built in the town in over a 60 years, one can't help but feel that the revival is finally here! They call it Brooklyn at the shore... There is a thriving arts scene, surf scene, gay scene, foodie seen, design and vintage shops popping up all over, and as much plywood and concrete and scando furniture as one could possibly wish for. I love it. I love every minute of every day of it. The Asbury is … [Read more...]

Michael Dweck | The End: Montauk.

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Michael Dweck is a visual artist known for his seductive photos. Dweck studied Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and began his career in advertising where he went on to become a highly regarded Creative Director receiving over 40 international awards (including the Gold Lion at the Cannes Festival!) Eventually in 2001 he left advertising to focus on photography full time. Themes of  youth, summer, freedom, beauty, and the temptations of the flesh, are often apparent in his work. His series: "The End: Montauk, NY" and "Mermaids" are two of my faves.  The End: Montauk, NY … [Read more...]

Wilson Hall | The History of the Mansion from An..

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Wilson Hall, the centerpiece of Monmouth University's campus has a long and storied history. It was formerly called Shadow Lawn, also known as the Summer White House of President Wilson, from which he conducted his campaign. The original mansion was a huge colonial style house with over 50 rooms and wrap around porches. It was built in 1903 for John A. McCall, former president of the New York Life Insurance Co. In 1927 it was purchased by former F.W. Woolworth Co. president Hubert Templeton Parson and his wife Maysie. It was soon destroyed in a fire. Parson then hired Philadelphia architect … [Read more...]

ART + DESIGN | Chateau de Beauvoir.

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Claire Basler, a chic french artist living in an old iron factory outside of Paris has made her home/ studio a masterpiece. Her artwork is nature - based, whimsical, earthy and gorgeous. And her home is nothing short of that. Whether it is her actual paintings hung, or the hand-painted murals on the walls throughout the home this historic castle is an etherial forest. The aesthetic of the home is extremely cohesive. Wood furniture, earth tones, floor to ceiling windows that lend directly to the outdoors. The line between nature, art, and home seems to be very thin. This home is a fairy's … [Read more...]