Zachary Kussin

Stories by Zachary Kussin

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    Low-Cost Health Care Available for Artists

    Katherine Edmonson, a singer and songwriter in Austin, Texas, is finding her career on the upswing. Previously, she played regular gigs in bars and restaurants around Austin, but she has graduated to playing shows at music venues and theater spaces throughout the city. But even as she finds more success, she’s still trying to make ends meet.
  • Does Street Art Belong in a Gallery?

    São Paulo's Choque Cultural Gallery prides itself on exhibiting works of pop art, photography, and sculpture by Brazil's top contemporary artists. But its current exhibit, Coletiva Choque, featuring works by the artists Zezão, Jaca, and Presto, looks like it'd be more at home on the walls of a favela. It consists of large, colorfully embellished murals, known as street art, that have been transferred to canvases. More inspirational than angry, they're a far cry from "tag" graffiti—hastily sprayed words on outdoor property that convey social and political messages.São Paulo is not the only place where street art has made the leap from the inner city to the gallery. Exhibition spaces in Los Angeles, London, and New York City have all commissioned street artists to apply their talents to murals rather than on building façades or concrete barriers. Although the artistic style of the outdoor artwork is preserved, some argue that moving it indoors and changing its scale compromises its...
  • See Paintings Without Ever Leaving the Hotel

    It used to be that a hotel was simply a place to stay to recover from a tiring day of museum-hopping. But a number of hotels offer spectacular indoor gallery space of their own for displaying surprising collections of works that can include everything from old masters to avant-garde sculpture.Hong Kong's Langham Place hotel owns a collection of more than 1,500 pieces, all created by artists from China and spread throughout the hotel by theme. The lobby is dedicated to sculpture, including Jian Shuo's ironic Red Guard: Going Forward! Making Money! and Yin Hong's Meditation; the seventh and eighth floors are devoted to pieces that convey celebration, such as Exercise by Pei Jing. Free guided 30-minute tours of the collection are available to hotel guests and outside visitors. Then they can satisfy their appetites at one of the hotel's five restaurants, which emphasize using fresh local ingredients in creating masterpieces of European, Cantonese and Japanese cuisine (hongkong...
  • Personalized Eyewear: Seeing Is Believing

    Just when you thought the personalization trend in fashion couldn't go any further, bespoke eyewear craftsmen are coming up with glasses made to fit clients' distinctive facial features, proportions and skin complexion.Nader Zadi's impressive collection starts with vintage frames crafted in the early to mid-20th century; clients choose from rimless, semi-rimless and full frames, shaped or tinted lenses, bridges and nose rests made entirely of solid yellow, white or rose gold (starting at $750) by appointment only. Zadi then measures, assembles and modifies each component to each client's taste, appearance and prescription needs (212-249-5609; rareframes.com).Having outfitted Jude Law and Kylie Minogue, the Oliver Goldsmith Studio offers a bespoke eyeglass service with custom engraving starting at $700. Fitters measure the distance between clients' temples, the height of their ears and the width of their noses to assure a perfect fit. Vintage acetate or tortoiseshell frames add star...
  • Javea, Spain: History Lesson and Summer Fun

    A home to Roman fishermen in the second century B.C., this port town an hour's drive from Valencia offers a vivid history of the area's ancient occupation as well as a variety of fun summer activities. ...
  • 4 Hours in Dumbo, Brooklyn

    Formerly a manufacturing district, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) is now a community proud to be home to some of New York's best restaurants, art galleries and neighborhood flair. ...