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The Miraculous: New York

91. SoHo

In the midst of the AIDS crisis, an artist exhibits a small teddy bear wearing a T-shirt that reads “Someday I will make a Cubist painting but right now it doesn’t seem important.”

The Miraculous: New York

92. Fort Greene

Two young artists, one of whom has traveled by subway from his home in Manhattan, are in a small one-room Brooklyn apartment writing a dialogue on a typewriter. While one of them is typing, the other sits on a bed, waiting for his turn.

The Miraculous: New York

93. 404 East 14th Street

A young couple (he is a sculptor, she has given up painting to help her husband by sewing his cloth and vinyl sculptures) find themselves living in a very noisy building. To ensure that they can always get a good night’s sleep they build three bedrooms in their loft.

The Miraculous: New York

94. West 53rd Street

A 23-year-old Brazilian artist makes his first trip to New York. During a visit to the Museum of Modern Art he falls into a conversation with a woman about the paintings of Jackson Pollock. So inspiring is this conversation, and his discovery of Pollock’s art, that two months later he moves from São Paulo to New York. Within a few years he has launched a successful career by using unusual materials to make drawings based on black-and-white photographs.

The Miraculous: New York

95. 24 University Place, A Restaurant in Chinatown

A young artist frequents the Cedar Bar where he drinks with older painters he admires. It’s there that he meets and befriends an artist who gives him a piece of advice he never forgets.


The Brooklyn Rail

MARCH 2022

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