Barry Kostrinsky

Barry Kostrinsky

Barry Kostrinsky is the founder of Havensbx and Haven Arts. Gallery and performance spaces that reinvigorated the South Bronx arts scene from 2004-2017. The Municipal Arts Society (MAS) awarded Haven Arts a certificate of merit in 2006. 

Barry has contributed to a variety of  panels including a NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Percent for art program, and a Bronx Museum symposium for the Artist in the Artists in Marketplace (AIM) program. Barry formed and moderated  talks for the Artists Talk on Art(ATOA) Series at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and the National Arts Club that discussed the history of  the Bronx arts scene and contemporary ceramics. Recently he joined the board of ATOA 

Barry served as a member of the Arts in Public Places (AIPP) committee for Rockland County in the past and now sits on the board of "Human Connections Art"

His past experiences managing a family run manufacturing company in the South Bronx for 20+ years gives him a uniquely balanced view of the art world.

He worked in finance and banking from 2010-2013 for a small independent company and then for Bank of America. As a result he sees the art world from both the aesthetic side and the financial market it is. 

As an artist Barry has exhibited in group shows in NYC. He works in a variety of medium including oil paints, ceramics, acrylics, watercolor, photography and mixed medium. Whereas the oil paintings are mostly plein-air works not unlike the impressionists and post-impressionist, his acrylic work is quite contemporary and often on found objects including car parts, light bulbs, beds and more. His photographic work ranges from serene nature shots, to street detritus and social commentary using his simple I-Phone and old Polaroid small format cameras. In ceramics Barry makes modern day minkisi-power figures and has helped developed Bruce Sherman's ceramic career while managing his studio from 2014-2016

Barry special ability is to be able to see others artists work from the eyes of an artist and to dialogue with artists in a meaningful way about their art and where they are going.
 
As a youth Barry was a math major at Vassar College and graduated in 1982. His High School days at New Rochelle High enabled him to develop his artistic talents, Mr. Blackburn was an inspiring teacher. He spent the summer before senior year at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and had a firm footing in the arts before college. By chance Vassar had one of the best art history departments in the US and he studied with Linda Nochlin, Susan Kuretsky and in his rookie year, Ken Silver.

He is a proud father of three grown kids ages 29,29 (twins is the way to start) and 24. 
Like so many today he is divorced.

Barry has a strong passion for all things arts related and his love for cooking and eating run a close second. 
 

 




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The art world is large and has many subsets, satellites and stellar moments. Few are brighter than the light from children's art work. You will not read much about kiddie art in the larger art world today that is focused on money, madmen and monstrosities. Even though Kindegarden Klay is all the range in the contemporary ceramics world not much homage is paid to today's micro masters. Many great artists that fill the art world's canons realized the firepower of these young maestros. Often imitated and praised by the likes of Picasso, the German Expressionists and many others, what is that these pre-teens and pre-self conscious mini men and women seem to possess that so many try and unleash in their own work and why?

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There is so much wrong with the Whitney Biennial I hardly know where to start. The every two year show of American artists is anything but that. I asked someone if the last biennial was two or three years ago and they quipped back it is a biennial, it was two years ago. Actually it was three years ago. The museum truthfully tells they were not ready for the show in the new building and gave themselves an extra year. lyingly they say it took the curators a long time to visit all the studios across the country. The exhibit is suppose to be of American artists. What is an American artist these days? Indeed a good 30% don't live nor work in the US. I don't find much use for national cheering in exhibitions but if you claim to be American have only American cheese, no matter how inferior it is to Gruyere. And what is the title of the exhibit? There is none. Indeed such a disperse group of artists makes a title hard to stick to many of the members, maybe a good title would be,' Politically, Financially and Socially correct enough to make it here'.

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Why only interview the living? This is an interview with Dan Asher who passed several years before I wrote this. It is an attempt to channel his spirit and to reveal how he would respond and give depth to this great artists complexity while hinting at explanations of who he really was.

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Through a series of questions with the founder of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, a relatively young Catinca sheds some age old wisdom and her vision that governs her gallery in the heart of the LES at 250 Broome street. I learned new things about an old friend that makes me understand better how she has come so far so quickly in the art world and just how impressive she is. Taughted as a gallerist to watch in the past she is now a gallerist to be heard and followed. She relaxes and answers in a very personal way a few important and a few silly questions about the art world and her practices.

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One painting does not make an exhibit. With the help of 50 other institutions and collectors from around the world the MET has assembled a host of preparatory drawings, paintings by peers including Paul Signac, an early work by Pablo Picasso and some Honore Daumier's, as well as vintage posters and film footage enriching the allure in an attempt to spell out and reveal the themes addressed in the Circus Sideshow painted by Georges Seurat from 1887-8 in a unique post-impressionist style.

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I remember the Herzog Video at the WhitneyBiennial 2 rounds past but forgot the name of the Dutch artisthe portrayed. Now theMET has the definitive exhibition of Hercules Segers......Who? Yes, that artist.In the way only the MET can do with the help of the RijksMuseumand a few others you can see a very rare relatively completemoment in history 400 years ahead of itself.Most existentprints are here as well as several paintings and like a comet they will not cross our path in NY or anywhere for that matter for another 100 years.

Marisa Merz at The MET Breuer
By Barry KostrinskyMarisa Merz at The MET Breuer By Barry Kostrinsky
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Marisa Merz at the Metropolitan Museum's still new Breuer location on Madison and 75th reveals itself when elevator doors open on the second floor to sculptures from 1967 as the MET Opera hopes to when the curtain rises at Lincoln Center. This is a bravo moment for the curators and the artist. Marisa now in her 90's is so much more than the wife of Mario Merz and the only female member of the Art Povera clan and is both enigmatic and a deep and powerful artist

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Today it is too easy to get down on our frail featherless friends. We are birds of a unique ability to fly. It is easy to dis, but deserves much more that's not to missed from our fellow monkeys who have elevated our canopy to reach closer to our internal gods above and inside. I will celebrate the best of humankind and try to write a pictorial story with no direction in sight. It will be an image game.

BWW Blog: Intolerance in the Art World TodayBWW Blog: Intolerance in the Art World Today
November 25, 2016

Who would have thunk it? The all excepting art world ready to hang shit on a wall or in a can, Piss on paper, have someone wank off under the platform of an exhibit or watch a dog get killed in a gallery has become intolerant. It is a strange sort of funny that shakes my bones when I see the liberal left, the intellectuals of the world and great thinkers show blatant disregard for the principals they preach.

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Art has needed it for a long time and of all things, it comes from the political realm. The tipping point has dropped with Donald Trumpeting a New Order unlike Joy Division. The new Don's deal will play out in the arts like a match to gunpowder.

The Accessible Art Fair Opens at the National Arts Club - Brussels Fair Makes NYC DebutThe Accessible Art Fair Opens at the National Arts Club - Brussels Fair Makes NYC Debut
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The Accessible Art Fair Opens at the National Arts Club. Brussels Fair makes NYC Debut. The Vision of Stephanie Manasseh to give access to artists directly to collectors for exposure, connections and sustainability is the fulfillment of a daughters dream for her mother.

Kazu Mori: Photography Beyond and Inline with SkatingKazu Mori: Photography Beyond and Inline with Skating
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Kazu Mori: Photography Beyond and Inline with Skating By Barry Kostrinsky What makes a photographer a photographer? Is it a certain number of shots with a camera, is it a certain quality of the images? What of all those pictures you have taken with your iphone, are they photographs, have you printed them? The definition of photography has been changing over the last 10 years. When Kazu Mori takes his camera in hand with a fixed wide angled lens that seems to have been beaten and battered by some street tricks, is he an inline skater or a photographer?

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It was odd watching the pre-memorial segment on 60 minutes a week ago about a soon to die Morley Safe. It felt like a Monty Python sketch and I expected Morley to blurt out, ' I'm not dead yet.'

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BWW Review: Art Amongst the Manure by Barry KostrinskyBWW Review: Art Amongst the Manure by Barry Kostrinsky
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A Vermont getaway, or for that matter, any getaway helps to bring perspective to the daily lives we lead. Everyone becomes myopic in time and so these trips away from ourselves are critical for grounding our views, opinions and feelings about life and art. The MET, MoMA, The Morgan Library and Chelsea are great fun and places to see the best culture has to offer that has not been destroyed by irate terrorists of late. Yet Vermont's rolling hills, cows at every pass, cheese made from goats and maple syrup speak of a quieter, simpler time without monumental statements, paintings or understanding of man. Or is there something in the stillness, the quiet of time that Vermont possesses that we New Yorker's brush off our shoulder as if dandruff when in essence it may be the pixie dust of gods?

BWW Reviews: The Bronx Museum, Sze It Now and Burcaw's Street MuralBWW Reviews: The Bronx Museum, Sze It Now and Burcaw's Street Mural
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Hop on the 4 or the D train and travel north young men and woman to see art in the South Bronx. No, that's not a typo, I did not mean to say go see the Yankees. Like many inner cities including Detroit, the Bronx is best known for high crime, poor health condition and low test scores; However these inner cities are also the breeding ground for countless innovative film makers, music makers, visual artists and thought provoking thinkers. The why and how the tough conditions of these neighborhoods breeds an aesthetic flourishing is perplexing to figure out.

BWW Reviews: Clay in a Blaze of Glory at the Clay Arts CenterBWW Reviews: Clay in a Blaze of Glory at the Clay Arts Center
August 12, 2014

Sometimes art is not about Museum blockbuster exhibits, 50 minute interviews on Charlie Rose and opening night attendence by a who's who list of celebrities from coast to coast. Most times art is about artists making art in isolation and occaisonally communing with a small group of cohorts. At the Clay arts center in Portchester 'Two Vigiles: Bruce Dehnert and Shawn O'Conner ' opened Saturday August 2nd and runs through September 20th. The 2 person show gathered a small grouping of some of the over 50 clay artists that are associated with the center. What was so memorable about this small show and a quiet opening for an exhibit behind the Don Bosco Prep School and adjacent to the Firehouse in Portchester?

Mid-Year Highlights in the Art World: Koons, Donovan, Minkisi and MoreMid-Year Highlights in the Art World: Koons, Donovan, Minkisi and More
July 17, 2014

Half of 2014 is behind us. What was new and different, exciting and outrageous, unpredictable and surprising in the NY art world? That's right, not much. Like a large yacht the art world turns slowly. As usual, it seems like money is at the helm captaining the course of art history. This is not new; Leo and Peter Paul worked for the moneyed men of the day. In the past this would mean Princes, Kings and Popes. Now, money has let go of it's need for a title ( except for Sir Paul) and huddles around businessmen. Entertainment and luxury good CEO's, corrupt hedge fund a-holes that pay almost $2Billion in fines and drug dealers dress up their persona with art, cocktails parties and world class trips to stay firmly footed as the top dog in the art world.



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