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THINK piece about P I N K @ The Museum at F.I.T.

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Really_! If you have a feeling for fashion, its beauty, complexity and panache, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, is another must see exhibition @ The Museum at F.I.T. located at 227 West 27th Street and Seventh Avenue, the show runs from September 7, 2018–January 5, 2019  Admission is free. The Museum at F.I.T. has a remarkable …

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Gertrude Abercrombie & the Jazz Men of Chicago

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That’s Gertrude Abercrombie, I’m visiting her house on the South Side. She to me is one of the most taken-for-granted artists and originals around the scene for years. Gertrude, well, a friend of jazz people for many years way back in the early days. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie early days. I was thinking in mentioning Gillespie, the current issue …

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POSEN’S THREADS – A Process of Drawing

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“Think of Stephen Posen as Theseus paying out his line, traversing his labyrinth knowing and not knowing what awaits him. Perhaps Posen shares Paul Klee’s ambition of 1908 “to note experiences which could translate themselves into line even in absolute darkness.” The tacit question is: can a line still be fictive – that is to say, imaginative – in a …

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The FRIEZE Phenomenon New York 2018

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One arrives at the North or South entrance to FRIEZE, and once past security has the immediate sensation of light-soaked space in airy white tents, where walls sparely installed with wonderful artworks are high planes that seem to stand without support. While this spacial euphoria may be lost fairly quickly when one begins to circumambulate the color-coded divisions of the …

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A Bird’s Eye View of FRIEZE New York

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FREIZE New York ran for 5 days from Tuesday the 2nd through Sunday the 6th of May. The fair was founded in London in 2003 as a philanthropic project to promote contemporary art, an offshoot of the eponymous magazine, it has taken place annually in London in October. In 2012 FREIZE New York was opened in “bespoke” white tent structures, …

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Alfred Hitchcock meets Edward Hopper in 3D

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Susan Leopold has been mesmerizing her audience with miniature visions of rooms and architectural spaces for decades. Intersections is a show of recent works, illuminated box constructions present dreamlike interiors conveying recollections of places commonly used. An attic, a backroom, a rehearsal space that is also used for weekly worship. Inspiration comes from places Leopold notices for their commonality, and …

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Robert Filliou, Seule la Fête est Permanente: Works 1962-1984

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Seule la Fête est Permanente, is a phrase that the artist gives in English as, “The Eternal Network is Everlasting” but in French it carries several additional readings including, only the party is permanent, or, alone the celebration continues… Filliou with the artist George Brecht, ran a collaborative space for three years, a “Center for Permanent Creation” in Villefranche-sur-Mer, a …

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Surveying Zoe Leonard @ the Whitney

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The appearance of simplicity in this mid-career installation is a relief from the plethora of overtly expressionistic, mercilessly overwrought libidinal and self centered work that is choking gallery and museum exhibits these days. The exhibition travels to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and it is by no means ‘understated’ the Leonard exhibition creates a subtle field for encounter …

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Robert Lobe + Nature

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Robert Lobe’s recent sculptures are “like field reports from adventures of discovery in a forest lab doubling as studio, canvas and text.” Lobe is committed to a practice that requires his being in nature, walking and hiking in the woods and mountains. Lobe seeks certain combinations of trees and rocks that inspire him. The relation between a growing tree and …

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DAVID BOWIE IS @ The Brooklyn Museum

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What can anybody say but that David Bowie is a phenomenon. While Blockbuster shows are now a regular feature for museum goers, the exhibition devoted to David Bowie @ the Brooklyn Museum is an intense, immersive and very advanced last stop in an eleven venue trajectory that began in 2013 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the V&A. Visitors …

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About The Kiss

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Kiss Off is an exhibition about kissing that just opened on the upper east side at the Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, 64 East 77th Street just off Madison Avenue. The museum quality of exhibitions at this gallery, which has a branch in London, is impressive. While the spaces are not grand by industrial standards they are comfortable, consummately installed and have …

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Gordon Parks: I AM YOU (Parts 1 and 2)

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What I want. What I am. What you force me to be is what you are. For I am you staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom. Look at me and know that to destroy me is to destroy yourself. Born in 1912 in rural Kansas, Gordon Parks and his siblings were orphaned when …

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Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away

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Vietnamese-Danish artist Danh Vo (pronounced ‘Yan’) opened the Guggenheim museum’s skylight to allow direct sunlight to come in. The light from the oculus falls through the building and nurtures a selection of semi-tropical plants that are dispersed throughout the building and on the ground floor by the eye shaped pool. Some are placed in the spiral ramps in Mexican pottery …

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Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white

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Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white February 24th – April 14th @ David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street, New York The brilliance of this work is in Flavin’s permutational use of light itself. His process took a long time to mature over a period of many years before he finally discovered his formal language. In an autobiographical text published …

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The Projective Drawing at the Austrian Cultural Forum

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A jewel of the midtown area, the Austrian Cultural Forum is to be found at 52nd Street just off Fifth Avenue; one block from the Museum of Modern Art. Housed in a building designed by architect Raimond Abraham and across the street from Cartier, the exhibition of terrifically inventive and entertaining works on paper ranges across three levels in the …

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Unveiling the Obamas at The National Portrait Gallery

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Barack and Michelle Obama were present at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Monday for the unveiling of their official portraits by Kahinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. Twenty-first century style and poses project the personalities of the Obamas; a relief from traditional presidential portraiture this work does not repeat settings and symbols from the past, but sets the …

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Rita McBride, Particulates and Douglas Gordon, back and forth and forth and back

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Simultaneous installations in Chelsea this winter warrant our attention and consideration. At D.I.A.:Chelsea a work by Rita McBride and at Gagosian, Douglas Gordon’s environment of projections and video objects. Both are set in darkness which in itself alters the viewer’s consciousness and introduces a subtle effect of entering a semi-conscious state. Inside 541 West 22nd Street behind a sign that …

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Computer Virus 1.0 and the Return of Lazarus.

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Galerie Richard – 121 Orchard Street – New York November 8th – December 10th 2017 A retrospective view of Joseph Nechvatal’s sensual works is at Jean-Luc Richard’s gallery on Orchard Street, located just above Kenmare in the LES. These soft richly textured surfaces and images are not hand made but conceived visually in digital territory. Three works from 2017 are …