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Guide To Prague's Arts With Monika

Guide To Prague’s Arts With Monika

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Monika Doležalová -- photo by Petr Pawlowski

Our extraordinary usher to the Prague arts, Monika Doležalová, flexing rebellious disregard at Museum Kampa (photo by Petr Pawlowski)

 

Franz Kafka. A medieval core. Haggardly elegant cobblestone streets under fairy tale castles and architecture galore. But, I’m not recounting a pleasant dream that I had. I’m telling you about Prague. A city with a romantic mystique and cheap brews.

A really tremendous city that knows that a decent celebration should last at least twenty-four hours on a public street. And BATM is all for that. But, for the love of F. Kafka, what about Art? Where’s the art scene under these gothic spires, adorable bridges, infinite breweries, and romantic views?

That’s where Monika comes in. A living, bona fide art babe professional from the Czech Republic who somehow finds the time to work at the Museum Kampa, City Gallery and still has the time to lead art programs for young artists.

Here’s our full interview with Monika, the superhuman GPS and our portal into Prague’s art scene. (more…)


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Guide To Tel Aviv's Arts With Rufina & Sarah

Guide To Tel Aviv’s Arts With Rufina & Sarah

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Rufina & Sarah in front of Tavares Strachan at Dvir Gallery

 Sarah & Rufina in front of artwork by Tavares Strachan at Dvir Gallery

 

When NY Times writer Clifford J. Levy called Tel-Aviv “the hip, kid brother of the momentous Jerusalem,” not only did it make us want to the meet the radder, younger singling of the two cities, but also be introduced to its girlfriends.  Yeah, I guess you could say babes.

Sarah Peguine and Rufina Valsky are a formidable duo of art professionals with the axiomatic vice grip not only on the Tel-Aviv art scene, but of all things art in Israeli, as well. In our interview, the girls share their reservoir of local knowledge with us and unravel the plural identity of a city’s art pulse, which is simultaneously multi-cultural, innovative, experimental and conflicted.

It’s not London. It’s not Rome. It’s not Paris and it’s definitely not New York. It’s Tel-Aviv and it’s a different type of hot sparkly ball of light.  Full interview here

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A Guide To Tasmania's Art Scene with Andrew Harper

A Guide To Tasmania’s Art Scene with Andrew Harper

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What do you know about Tasmania other than what the Looney Tunes has grossly led you to believe about their endemic species?

Believe it or not, but this teeny Australian island – adrift in the South Pacific, about 300 miles away from Melbourne – boasts a sprightly and experimental art scene that only a few globe-trotters will ever stretch their sea legs to get a glimpse of.

Since I’m way shy of the frequent fliers miles necessary to travel to the antipodes of Brooklyn and my knowledge of the Tazzie arts is limited to hashtag-happy Instagramers I stumble upon,  I sought expert help in order to learn more about Tasmanian art.

It didn’t take long until I was pointed to local artist, writer, performer, and all-Tas-everything connoisseur, Andrew Harper.  Check out our interview to find out more about what is arguably the most secluded art scene in the world and pick up some clutter-beating tips for where to eat and play in Tasmania.

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City Squeeze: L.A. with Claire Cottrell

City Squeeze: L.A. with Claire Cottrell

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I have never been to a museum in Los Angeles. Part of me was reluctant to admit that but it’s true. And it must be said. Then again I’ve only been to L.A. once, for a weekend, so spare me the chuckles.

Because of this embarrassing fact and my inability to break away from Brooklyn for the past six months, I reached out to one of my favorite West Coast creatives to answer all my burning questions about L.A.’s exceptional art scene. Enter museum junkie and multi-talented ‘demoiselle Claire Cottrell.

As the design editor for Flavorwire, film director and recent owner of the online book stored Book Stand, Claire is a treasure trove of smarts as she navigates through the many facets of L.A.’s artistic community. BATM recently had the opportunity to chat with Claire about what makes L.A. such an undeniable art capital and why we should all book a ticket to LAX, ASAP.

 

Claire Cottrell credit Andrew Neuhues

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