Cuban Artist Héctor Frank’s “Color de Cabezas” Exhibit at Toth Gallery

Large-format paintings that probe the human portrait

It’s not an exaggeration to say that a trip to Havana often leads to the studio of Héctor Frank. The Cuban artist’s open workplace and the dozens—if not hundreds—of works within speak to the material restrictions of the nation and the creativity birthed from it. Frank often welcomes guests and shares his insights, but his decades-long career stretches beyond Cuba and into galleries, fairs and …

Photographer Emily Metzguer Captures the Crew at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis

Inside the Hudson restaurant serving tropical comfort food with a side of intersectionality and inclusiveness

A step inside Lil’ Deb’s Oasis (located in Hudson, New York) is transformative. From the diner-like facade to the flowering, pastels and patterns inside, guests are welcomed into a celebration of community and artistry. As much as the venue can be classified as a restaurant (one that serves up superb food), it also happens to be an art installation and, most importantly, a beacon of …

The Elusive Smile in Art History

It’s a common misconception that the reason subjects in portraits of yesteryear didn’t smile is because of unappealing looking teeth. In fact, the reason is quite logical: smiling for hours on end is awkward and straining for models. In an essay on the topic, writer Nicholas Jeeves says, “A smile is like a blush. It is a response, not an expression per se, and so …