I love Amsterdam and have been visiting a close friend there regularly since 1998, but if you’ve never been to the city, this is not a good time to go. Much of the city is torn up because of large construction projects: at the train station (whose entrance is entirely obscured behind hoardings, below, and interior is also undergoing work); on major streets, where they are building a subway; and at both the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. Both museums have a small selection of their collections on view, which is probably sufficient for tourists, but not for readers of artblog. ... More » »
Cut-paper meister Joe Boruchow is having a celebration for the publication of his new book Stuffed Animals, tomorrow at Johnny Brenda’s. The book is lovely to hold, with its embossed cover. Inside are images of the cut paper drawings, telling the story of a boy whose nocturnal adventure transforms him. The event will also include a slide show of the book accompanied by an original score (think movie score–move over John Williams). The score will be performed live by The Night Lights, for whom Joe sings, plays guitar and writes witty, often acerbic songs.