Sculpture Magazine - July/August 2003 vol.22 No.6

Reviews: New York - Deborah Masters at Maurice Arlos Fine Art
By Jonathon Goodman

Art in Armerica - February 2003

Deborah Masters at Maurice Arlos and Smack Mellon By Lilly Wei

New York Times - September 27, 2002

'Sacred Matter’
- Karen Dolmanisth and Deborah Masters By Holland Cotter - Smack Mellon Studios

Vie Des Arts - 2001

DEBORAH MASTERS - An American in New York By Paquerette Villeneuve

The Brooklyn Papers “GO”: January 13, 2003

Thinking Big - Sculptor Deborah Masters Talks about her ‘Angel’ in the Brooklyn Public Library
By Lisa J. Curtis

Art in America - March 1992

Deborah Masters at LedisFlam By Nancy Princenthal

Village Voice - January 23, 1990

“Women in Command”

By Arlene Raven

Art in America -June 2001

Public Art in New JFK Terminal By Cathy Lebowitz

The New York Times - The Arts -Thursday, May 24, 2001

Being Met At the Airport By New Art - Big, Bold Installations For a Rebuilt Kennedy Arrivals Terminal

Art in America - ART WORLD - April, 2002


Greenline- Revelations- Artist and Activist

Brigette by Barbara Schaeffer

Philadelphia Inquirer- In Sculptor's Figures, A Mysterious Gravity

NY Times- Dith Pran- Front Page Sunday Times

The New York Times - Friday, October 4, 2002

ART GUIDE - Last Chance

Newsday -City - Thursday April 26, 2001

Missing Cloth’s No Cover-Up

By Pete Bowles

CRAIN’S New York Business - Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2001

The Fine Art of Traveling

Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2001

“Artist Adds Loincloth to Jesus in JFK Mural”

By Warren Woodberry Jr.

The New York Times -The Metro Section - Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Blushing, Then Brushing, Artist Covers Nude Christ

DIE ZEIT - 4/6/2002 

Hipster auf Asbest
Nur eins stört den industriellen Charme im Szeneviertel Williamsburg: die Industrie
Thomas Fischermann

New York Times - Making ‘Dwell Time’ Fly Just a Little Faster

New $1.4 Billion Terminal at J.F.K. Aims to Ease Waits for Passengers
By Ronald Smothers

The North Brooklyn Community News-GREENLINE- January 6- Feb 27, 2003

Crossing Brooklyn: Angel in Crown Heights
Deborah Masters, April 24, 2001
Jesus' groin painted over after complaints

Above the Immigration Hall, Walking New York

Describing the theme of her narrative relief panels mounted on a 300-foot wide space above the immigration booths, sculptor Deborah Masters emphasizes the familiar, as well as the diverse in New York

Hemispheres - August 2001

Terminal Bliss
/ New York's JFK
By David Butwin

Interior Design - 9/1/2001

First Class - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designs a new international terminal at JFK. By Edie Cohen

Los Angeles Times - Sunday, May 20, 2001

“New York’s JFK Airport Opens a New Terminal”

Brooklyn Bridge - September 1996

“Casts of Thousands”

By Bonnie Schwartz

New York Times - LedisFlam
April 1, 1988

Blue Angel:
The Decline of Sexual Stereotypes in Post-Feminist Sculpture By Michael Brenson

New York Times - LedisFlam -
March 3, 1989

Beyond Slickness: Sculptors Get Back to Basics”
By Michael Brenson

Village Voice - March 9th, 1993

LedisFlam - ‘Covert Action’
By Elizabeth Hess

Chico Enterprise Record - August 17, 1990

“Garden of Statues Grows at Chico State”


A Publication of the Art Department of California State University at Chico
“The Monoliths Have Landed”

The Daily News-Wednesday April 25, 2001

Mural Modesty - After complaint, artist adds loincloth to nude figure of Jesus - By Paul Mose

Newsday Copy- Profile- Sheila McKenna

ARTLETTER 1989-1990 Edition

“Visiting Artists & Scholars”
- Deborah Masters
California State University, Chico

Style: The Washington Post -Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Forsaken Warehouse District Is New York’s Latest Art Home
By Blake Gopnik

Gracie Mansion Gallery - Arts Magazine

“New York in Review”

By Robert Mahoney

Art in America - LedisFlam

Women at War 1993
By Ruth Bass

The New Zealand Hereld, World News - Thursday, April 26, 2001

X-rated Jesus given face-saving Y-fronts

JFK Catalogue Copy

The Brooklyn Phoenix - October 1988

‘Trails of Showing Sculpture in Park’

Chico Enterprise Record - Friday, August 17, 1990

“Three Sisters and a Rose Garden”

The Orion - January 30, 1991

Sister, Sister: Masters’ Final Sculpture Project Looks Inward”
By Courtney Rastatter

The Orion - 1991

“Sculpture’s New Location Solves Controversy”

By Lauren Dodge

PennState Harrisburg Currents -
Fall 1990

“Sculpture Garden Receives an Angel”

Eureka Standard- Jesse

New Yorker, Nancy Ramsey, Loft Tenants

Brooklyn Magazine
Brooklyn Artists, The Newest Left Bank
Amy Virshup, 1986


Hemispheres - August 2001
Terminal Bliss / New York's JFK

By David Butwin

This 1940s aviation icon is the arrival and departure point for millions of international travelers to and from the United States. As a $10 billion makeover gains momentum, new terminals, stunning art, and tastes of the Big Apple are just the start of impressive improvements.Thirty or 40 years ago, it stood for all that was chic and desirable in international air travel. If you went to Europe, the Caribbean, or Latin America, you flew out of JFK (then Idlewild) and bragged about it. Alas, wear and tear, thickening highway traffic, and the rise of Newark International all took a toll. By the ’80s the bragging had long stopped. And then a funny thing happened: The airport began to grow and glow again.
Have you seen it lately? You wouldn’t know it—not because of ongoing construction or the soon-to-be-finished aerial tram that loops impressively about like a Roman viaduct, but because the old aerodrome is shining withpromise, once again representing the latest and sleekest in facilities. Suddenly, travelers are stepping into a new terminal with edgy artworks and Harlem-on-my-mind soul food. The once mighty airport that slipped to 20th-busiest in the world, with 33 million domestic and international passengers, is back. Bigtime.
JFK Airport, opened in 1948, was fitted with longer runways than LaGuardia so that prop aircraft of the day could carry enough fuel for transatlantic flights. It was christened New York International Airport, but everyone called it Idlewild for the old Idlewild golf club that had stood on this marshy tract in the southeast corner of Queens County. It was officially renamed John F. Kennedy in December 1963 in the wake of the president’s assassination. One by one, new terminals sprouted on an expansive oval, breaking new ground with their jet-age design. Most were named for their airline tenant, and the number grew to nine.
In the late ’90s, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which also operates Newark and LaGuardia, began a long-running $10 billion reconstruction. The terminals would have numbers instead of names, and terminal 1, the first to rise, in 1998, was an airy, soaring takeoff on a classic hangar. It was followed a few months ago by the bigger and even bolder terminal 4, a $1.4 billion structure with riveting artwork. There’s more ahead. Terminal 7, a class act in its original form, is undergoing major expansion.
Step outside and you see the concrete hulk of AirTrain, which will soon whisk passengers from terminal to terminal and beyond the airport to Long Island railroad connections with New York City. You may have to duck around a hardhat site, but there is no missing the fresh, can-do spirit of the place, symbolized by the ubiquitous red-jacketed customer service representatives who seem the embodiment of the Giuliani-era New Yorker—always refreshingly ready to help.
That’s Entertainment / With even just an hour or two to spare, take a gander at the new terminal 4, not only a shopping mall and restaurant row but an art gallery in disguise. If you need a light workout, you can hike there from the two United terminals, 6 and 7; otherwise, grab the frequently circulating red-white-and-blue terminal bus. The stroll passes another museum piece—terminal 5. Designed by the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the stunning white wafer with the soaring winglike lines was perhaps the greatest triumph of the man who also designed Dulles International and the St. Louis Arch. Today, you are struck by the modest size of the place. Renovation is nigh.
Terminal 4, as revolutionary in its own way as the Saarinen building was 40 years ago, is a soaring white eggshell with slanting white stanchions propping up the three floors like the struts of bygone aircraft. Looming above the departure lounge is Alexander Calder’s mobile Flight, a stylized flying machine that used to hang in JFK’s old arrivals building. The new arrivals hall sports a ceramic copy of an Arshile Gorky gouache drawing made by the surrealist-abstract expressionist (and christened by Amelia Earhart) in the 1930s as a study for his fantastic murals.
The real scene stealers are three new works meant to embody the New York experience. In Travelogues, created by the design team of Diller + Scofidio, a sort of postmodern cartoon strip strung along a sterile corridor shows flashing images of suitcase interiors. Curtain Wall, an abstract work by Harry Roseman, performs a kind of illusory magic—a wall of white curtains folds delightfully into clouds against a blue backdrop. In New York Streets, Deborah Masters has created a 100-yard panel of brightly painted relief sculptures depicting 28 scenes of city life.
If you have kids in tow, head for the waterfalls and big sculpture in terminal 1 or the Lego play station near gates 5 and 7. You’ll also find a kids’ play area in terminal 6. Or visit terminal 8 (while it lasts). Opened in 1959, the building with the red-white-and-blue window across the front landed in Guinness for having the largest stained-glass window in the world. Check out the two murals by Brazilian artist Carybe. Here kids can play Where’s Waldo by picking out the historical figures in the murals.
Going Shopping / Even in its first heyday, JFK was never confused with Fifth Avenue, but things are improving. Terminal 4’s retail hall, which is said to stretch for four New York City blocks, is a growing avenue of enticements. You descend via a grand staircase to a wide buzzing corridor lined with shopping and lounging outlets. On either side of a 10,000-square-foot duty-free emporium are shops like DKNY, with the latest women’s fashions, and I Santi, which lures you in with the rich smell of fine leather products. Terminal 1 also has the goods, with new outlets of the posh boutiques Ferragamo and Hermès. And terminal 7’s departure level has a spanking new concession area.
Dining / While it’s no match for New York City, JFK nevertheless tempts with a varied and satisfying roster of dining choices. In terminal 7, the plush restaurant Latitudes serves creative California specials—fish, steak, chops, a sandwich of grilled tuna with BLT on panini bread, and fried chicken with basmati rice. There’s a wine list of 30 to 40 half-bottles, and Latitudes has two cozy bars.
Chili’s in terminal 3 is a friendly branch of the Mexican chain. In ter-minal 9, T.G.I. Friday’s is another lively offshoot of the chain launched on Manhattan’s East Side 30-plus years ago.
Terminal 4’s dining and retail concourse offers two table-service restaurants: the gleaming Bar Avion, a cross between a Paris bistro and a chic first-class airport lounge, and Delancey’s, a classic old-time NYC saloon.
Scattered along the hallway are some novel variations on the fast-food mode, with clusters of tables and counters set out in the center. Sylvia’s Grill is a tiny branch of the illustrious Sylvia’s at 328 Lenox Avenue in Harlem, which will celebrate 40 years in business next year. Choose from fried pork chops, smothered pork chops, and fried chicken and ribs, but be sure to have peach cobbler for dessert. Belly up to Erwin Fried Glatt Kosher restaurant for knishes and corned beef sandwiches. Cucina Express features light Italian dishes and baked goods; Mesa Picante has tacos, burritos, nachos, and the popular Mexican drink aqua fresca, a blend of mineral water and fruit; and Souper Bowl Asiana serves up everything Asian in a bowl.
Another option is the upstairs food court in terminal 1. Three walkup outlets and a sit-down Greenwich Village Bistro (sandwiches, salads, New York steaks) are arrayed around a dazzling steel sculpture depicting flight. On the very fringe of JFK, a five-minute taxi ride or free shuttle bus ride away, Claudine’s at the Holiday Inn JFK serves American and Continental dishes. And if you have more time, hop a bus, cab, or subway to Manhattan. The city that never sleeps also never stops eating. You’ll fare well by just grabbing a New York Airport Service bus in front of any terminal and going directly to Grand Central Terminal for $13. Try the landmark Oyster Bar in the vaulted lower level or head up on the balcony to Michael Jordan’s Steak House.
Getting Down to Business / Every terminal at JFK sports a series of kiosks with computer monitors offering 5 or 10 minutes of free time; after that you just swipe a credit card. In terminal 6, retreat to a series of 10 three-sided booths and log on to free computers. In the refurbished terminal 7, a swank new business counter has been installed in the departure lounge with a slew of Internet connections. A business center has opened in the east end of the retail hall in terminal 4. It has two private work suites each with access to a computer hooked up to the Internet via DSL line, a laptop connection for your own computer, a phone, fax, and printer. There is customer service support at all times, as the terminal is open 24 hours.
Getting Grounded / With half a day on your hands, consider the cluster of hotels just outside the JFK grounds. At the just-opened Courtyard by Marriott JFK Airport (Tel: 718-848-2121), rooms come with high-speed Internet access and two-line speakerphones with voice mail and dataport. The airy gym has a half-dozen aerobic machines. Another winner is the 386-room Radisson JFK Airport (Tel: 718-322-2300); rooms are $90 for the day with all the business hookups. The Holiday Inn JFK (Tel: 718-659-0200) charges $110 for the day; there’s a full-service business center just off the lobby and a health club with the only pool in the area.
Step outside the terminal two years from now and the sleek AirTrain will sweep you to trains and subways headed for Manhattan. Meanwhile, you can hop a taxi to the big city for $30 (plus tolls), or grab a New York Airport Service bus in front of any terminal (Tel: 212-875-8200; $15 to designated hotels). Drive time can be 30 to 60 minutes or longer, depending on traffic.
Savvy travelers put their money (just $1.50) on the New York subway: Hop a 10-minute yellow-white-and-blue free shuttle outside any terminal to the Howard Beach stop, and then grab the A-train subway to the city. It’s a 30-minute ride into lower Manhattan and another 15 minutes to Midtown for Broadway and shopping.
Getting Gone / Some non-urban pleasures await on the fringes of JFK. Only a five-minute cab ride away, Aqueduct Race Track is the scene of thundering thoroughbred racing (end of October to the beginning of May; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday).
Anyone with an even passing interest in our feathered friends will be dazzled by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest and richest avian habitats (330 species) on the eastern Flyway, a short drive from JFK on Cross Bay Boulevard.
New York’s splendid beaches are well within reach of JFK. With four or five hours to blow, head for Jacob Riis Park in the Gateway National Seashore not far beyond the bird sanctuary; there’s a historic bath house, boardwalk, and beach. About the same distance east of JFK, Long Beach is a cozy suburban beach town with a boardwalk and some of the softest sand ever to tempt a toe. Traffic permitting, you’re only 15 minutes from the LaGuardia environs, which include the National Tennis Center (site of the US Open), Shea Stadium (New York Mets), and the Queens Museum of Art in the historic New York City Building, a relic of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Along with modern and contemporary art, there’s the "Panorama of the City of New York," a cool scale-model replica of NYC (Tel: 718-592-9700).
Details, Details, Details / For more information on JFK go to JFK’s customer service number is 718-244-4444.
David Butwin is a New Jersey writer and a regular at all New York area airports.
August 2001
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