ukraine

Art, East Village

New mural in the East Village honors history of Ukraine

By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, March 28, 2022

All photos courtesy of Mike Krautter

A new public art installation was unveiled in the East Village this weekend that aims to show solidarity with Ukraine and its people. Created by New York-based Ukrainian artist Misha Tyutyunik, “Ukraine: A History in Solidarity” depicts a famous monument inspired by the story behind the naming of Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv. A gift from Citizens Bank, the artwork was designed with help from Kyiv residents during Tyutyunik’s time in Ukraine in 2019 and painted on Saturday with help from the public.

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Events, lincoln square

Photo by Ajay Suresh on Flickr

The Metropolitan Opera next week will host a benefit performance to support the people of Ukraine. A Concert for Ukraine will be held on March 14, with all ticket sales and proceeds going to relief efforts in Ukraine. The 70-minute program will be led by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and feature some of the opera’s star soloists. Tickets are $50 and go on sale this Wednesday.

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Art, Brooklyn, Museums

Deborah Kass (American, born 1952). OY/YO, 2015. Painted aluminum, 96 x 19 5 x 54 ½ in (243.8 x 495.3 x 138.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © 2018 Deborah Kass/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

The bright yellow OY/YO sculpture that sits in front of The Brooklyn Museum has been partially wrapped in blue fabric to show solidarity with Ukraine. Deborah Kass, the New York artist behind the piece, joined museum staff on Wednesday to cover the letter “O” with the fabric, a nod to the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag. According to an Instagram post published by the museum, Kass’ activation “aligns with her original motivation in creating this sculpture—to connect communities and to see our commonalities.”

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Policy, real estate trends

220 Central Park South as seen in May 2020. Photo by Jim.henderson (cropped) via Wikimedia Commons.

High-profile sales deals with wealthy Russian buyers have made headlines–Dmitry Rybolovlev’s $88 million condo buy at 15 Central Park West, for example–and Manhattan’s trophy condos have been seen as a safe investment for Russian oligarchs. But since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there have been calls to seize those properties, The Real Deal reports.

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