Word of Mouth: NYC’s LES Galleries

Spaces for inspiration and community in the vibrant neighborhood

Art can be isolating or divisive and, as PUBLIC SWIM co-founder Catherine Fenton Bernath points out, producing artistic work can prove isolating as well. But within the walls of galleries, visitors gather inspiration and see entirely new points of view. Galleries provide space for communities to form and play a vital role within the ecosystem of the art world. While NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood is perhaps …

Overdue Attention for Overlooked Women Old Masters

Several significant exhibitions of Old Masters have been announced, and while large shows of Renaissance and Baroque paintings aren’t anything new, this recent spate is solely focused on women painters of the eras. From Washington DC’s National Museum of Women in the Arts to London’s National Gallery and Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado, shows dedicated to artists including Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Judith Leyster, Rachel …

Word of Mouth: Tallinn, Estonia’s Contemporary Art Institutions

Five world-class destinations pushing the limits of art curation

Perhaps best known to tourists for its cobblestoned Old Town, Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn stretches well beyond those beloved medieval walls. Situated on the Baltic Sea, the city—which was honored as one of Europe’s co-capitals of culture for 2011—provides more than historic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Home to global tech companies like Skype and Transferwise, Tallinn’s offerings meet the needs …