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Warriors in the Garden Debuts Tonight!

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“Better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.” An ancient proverb that rings true even in modern times, the words are a testament to maintaining peace while also being prepared to protect that peace when necessary. It is an existential duality that we all grapple with. Conflict is not to be glorified or normalized …

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MEANWHILE… A Celebration of Resilience.

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As the world sputters and stalls, the creative engines of 2020 still roar with an unrelenting fervor. Even beneath the momentary rubble, seeds of change grow and break new ground, giving birth to new life and new ideas.  Curated by Akeem K. Duncan of Quiet Lunch and Jillian Mackintosh of Brilliant Champions, MEANWHILE…is an expansive group exhibition that focuses not …

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Nostalgia, Excess and the Warholian Theory of Identity.

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The symbiotic duo of Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song presents I’m Not Afraid to Die, a photography exhibition exploring existential pop identity, curated by Milk + Night. Featuring a selection of 20 photographs, I’m Not Afraid to Die delves into Warholian theory about identity, as well as society’s fixation with nostalgia, excess, and self-portraiture. The photo series is inspired by …

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Sweet Megg Walks Us Under the Moonlight.

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There is an air of nostalgia surrounding Sweet Meg’s Under the Moonlight. The album extends a hand and invites you for a stroll back in time through a warm soundscape rich with the sonic scents of love and wistfulness. Under the Moonlight is immersive. Steadfast but easy on the ears. It feels vintage without committing the sin of being outdated …

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Homecoming: A Journey to the Source. | A Ventiko Story.

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Phos Hilaron: From the Masses Rise the Saints by Ventiko debuted in 2018 at Chinatown Soup. The show was an exaltation of togetherness countering the current socio-political landscape in which she took photos of 100 people, or saints, where each saint write a prayer during the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. She then created prayer candles of each saint …

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Last Days of Hell Yes! by Tara Lewis at Lyons Wier Gallery

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If you are in the Chelsea area this weekend we highly recommend that you make your way over to Lyons Wier Gallery to see Tara Lewis‘ solo exhibition, Hell Yes! Featuring dynamic portraits teeming with youth and vitality, this exhibition truly does pop. However, underneath all the teen spirit Lewis has embedded an underlying message in Hell Yes! that addresses …

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Nichole Washington’s Rebellious Black Girl.

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Hailing from Minnesota, painter Nichole Washington has been cutting her teeth since deciding to take a bite out of the Big Apple and is currently on the verge of debuting her first New York solo exhibition at Untitled Space in TriBeCa. Aptly titled Rebellious Black Girl, the exhibition is a milestone for Washington and a well-deserved opportunity to show Gotham’s …

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VIDEO PREMIERE: YUS Asks “Do You Still?”

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VIDEO PREMIERE – It’s been a year and change since YUS released the revised version of El Yunque and the project looks to be a gift that just keeps on giving. “Do You Still?” is a succinct love letter from the future that is addressed to a past love. The song and video have been well-aged, their concepts taking on …

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Congruency at The Gallery.

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“…a person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.” Carl R. Rogers THE GALLERY is pleased to present Congruency, an exhibition that explores the attempt to achieve congruence in an unwieldy world. Objects have …

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Shantell Martin Debuts First Artbook.

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British artist Shantell Martin has been experiencing much success lately and has reached yet another milestone with the release of her first art book, Lines. A collaboration with Heni Publishing, the hardcover book is 240 pages long and contains up 175 illustrations. Lines will be available in March but is available for preorder now on the Heni website. A special …

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Gelah Penn on Uneasy Terms

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Undercurrent is pleased to present Uneasy Terms, a solo show by mid-career artist Gelah Penn. The exhibition will feature a 33-foot-long site-responsive installation, as well as monumental constructed drawings and small collages from two of the artist’s ongoing series, Stele and Notes on Clarissa (Volume I). Throughout her career, Gelah Penn has challenged artistic conventions and the traditional concept of …

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Federico Guarascio: Mining the Senses through Film

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Film Producer Federico Guarascio seeks to make the hidden apparent. His intuitive style of film production spans across both his art films and short documentaries, linking the human experience to a higher philosophical worldview. From his art film projects to his work as part of the Brooklyn Film Festival-winning team behind The Fourth Kingdom, Guarascio explores the diverse range of …

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Kwesi Abbensetts Publishes Poems.

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The multifaceted Kwesi Abbensetts recently released Poems. A film about a couple traveling through Jamaica, Poems is a far cry from your average artsy cinematic offering. Poems doesn’t break the rules, it simply ignores them. Poems possesses an enduring but delicate dichotomy that teeters on the edge while still remaining tethered to a safe, warm place that could only exist …

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Breaking Down Gender Biases Through Interdisciplinary Means: A Q&A with Bri Cirel & Andre Veloux

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Through their joint exhibition ‘Deluxe’, contemporary artists Bri Cirel and Andre Veloux examine how gender influences perception and creates bias standards in art, media, and life. On view at Krause Gallery in the Lower East Side through November 14th, the show features a series of recent works by each artist, addressing feminist themes through radically different mediums. Cirel’s oil paintings …

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Contemporary and Mastery: An Interview with artist Anh Ta

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What does it mean to have mastery in today’s culture? In a time where interdisciplinary art dabbles rather than develop in a highly skilled art making field, how does mastery service the artist? The narrative in the contemporary arts, challenges and creates new context for how we derive its function.  New York based artist Anh Ta, embraces that challenge creating …

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Flexing on Commercialism: “Re-Engineering Humanity” Featuring Marjan Moghaddam

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“On the other hand, the rampant privatization of intellectual content, along with online marketing and commodification, also enable piracy and appropriation; it gives rise to the circulation of poor images.” – Hito Steyerl, In Defense of the Poor Image In Re-Engineering Humanity curated by Lady PheOnix (sic) and organized by yesuniverse, at 836M gallery in San Francisco, art on view …

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Beccs Debuts By The Sea.

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beccs debut as a music producer and filmmaker, By The Sea, is a soundtrack to a warm, and mellow day. Her paradisiacal voice describes personal growth from a relationship with a distant feeling. Although the project emerged from the emotions of losing someone close, it sparked the collaboration of two close friends with a mutual passion for cinematography. The photographer …

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Going Through a Phase with Synead.

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After a series of enchanting singles, the artist, performer, singer-songwriter, and activist Synead is making tremendous moves with an intensity incomparable to her previous work. Her latest single is called “Phase” which encapsulates her transitions through life. Brooklyn born and based, she has utilized the benefits of arts education and community building to move about in multiple facets of art, …

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“May You Live In Interesting Times” Venice Biennale National Pavilions: On Empathy

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The human body with its presence, absence, and agility define the most visceral and accessible national pavilion presentations at the 58th Venice Biennale. Titled “May You Live in Interesting Times” and curated by Ralph Rugoff, this biennale was split between Rugoff’s curatorial conceit and the various country’s presentations at both the Giardini and Arsenale sites of the Biennale. This year’s iteration met with several own challenges: for example, despite committing to the biennale both Algeria and Venezuela failed to open …

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Breaking Glass – A Material Comeback at La Biennale di Venezia

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Glass has become the perfect metaphor for the preservation of knowledge in an increasingly fragile world. Without collaboration, everything is lost. http://glasstress.org The island of Murano is synonymous with the history of glass. First perfected in the Middle East – Syria, Egypt and Palestine – the art of glassmaking came to Venice along Marco Polo’s trade routes. It is believed …

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Creating Art For Change: Multi-disciplinary Artist Indira Cesarine

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It’s a rather wet and drowsy Thursday. A message comes in summoning me to Manhattan’s Soho district. The reason? The opening festivities of this year’s SuperFine! Art Exhibition–a rather low key, unobtrusive, yet refreshing art show held as a precursor to the Frieze Art Show. The person doing the summoning? None other than the notable multi-disciplinary artist and doyenne of …

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live in peace or leave the galaxy

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Mary Bauermeister, live in peace or leave the galaxy is at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery from 5 April – 8 June, 2019. This exhibition marks the beginning of the artist’s official representation by the gallery and the show highlights Bauermeister’s use of text in diverse materials including linen cloth, gesso, ink, straws, printed paper and the classic works that are …

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A Frieze Week Q&A with Marc Scheff at Superfine! Fair

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Contemporary artist Marc Scheff. In short, Marc creates multi-dimensional resin portraits, examining the formation of individual identity and consciousness. Anchored in figurative draughtsmanship, he employs a complex layering process for each piece, incorporating poured resin, gold leaf, pencil and paint, offering viewers a literal window into the human psyche. Fresh off the heels of a successful run at Superfine LA, …

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Worlds Without Rooms: Otherworldly Vignettes by Alannah Farrell

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Perspectives and dimensions dissolve, disappearing into the shadows before re-emerging into the picture plane in Alannah Farrell’s highly stylized, emotive “Worlds Without Rooms.” This exhibition, on view at The Painting Center in New York City’s iconic Chelsea neighborhood through April 20, features Farrell’s recent works which shift from allusion to representation and back again. Portraits of creative juggernauts fill the …

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French Artist Philippe Halaburda Finds the Light in America

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  The French artist and expat, Philippe Halaburda, arrived in the United States on November 6, 2016, looking to take his artistic career to new heights and clearly, new places. This was, of course, just two days before Donald Trump would shock the world and win the presidency. As if moving to an entirely new country isn’t stressful enough. Halaburda …

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Welcome To KABINETT: No Food Pics Allowed.

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On any given day, one seems to expend an incredible amount of valuable time trolling through Instagram–that ridiculously famous (and addictive) social media dragon which beckons us to eavesdrop on the daily lives of our nearest and dearest, as well as strangers near and far–all the while wondering if one’s life is as interesting, as fun or beautiful, or simply as happy as …

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Francis J. Greenburger + ART OMI

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The founder of Art Omi Francis J. Greenburger believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming a community with creative expression as its common denominator, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art. Having a similarity …

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Ricardo Brey’s Doble Existencia/Double Existence at Alexander Gray Associates.

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A brooding and covertly confrontational exhibition, Ricardo Brey’s Doble Existencia/Double Existence sits with you well after you leave the gallery. The exhibition is rich with symbolism and plunges its audience into a murky reservoir of poignant pigments, fragmented literature and found objects. The audience either willfully drowns or threads lightly. Brey is no stranger to evoking emotion and addressing life’s innerworkings. The …

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ARAKAWA-GINS + the Arrows of Time

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Diagrams for the Imagination will be on view at Gagosian uptown at 980 Madison Avenue and 77th street, from the 5th of March through the 13th of April. The seventeen room-scale canvases and six large format works on paper are the marvelous fruit of a profound collaborative engagement between Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins that began when they met in …

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NEW VIDEO: “Give It Up” by Salomon Faye Feat. Nas Leber.

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Salomon Faye just released visuals for the single, “Give It Up.” Teaming up with fellow Illuzionist, Nas Leber, “Give It Up” is aggressively self assessing, triumphant and rhythmic. The video matches the rawness of the song perfectly. Shot by Dakota Blue Harper with visual effects by Alex Halbert, the video is a captivating glitchy one take featuring a dangerous looking …

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The Fairytale Protesters: A Q&A with Ana Wieder-Blank.

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Ana Wieder-Blank’s recent solo exhibition ‘The Fairytale Protesters’ at Honey Ramka Gallery immersed viewers in a riotous intermingling of color and texture. Utilizing painting, ceramic sculpture, installation, and performance, the artist tackled issues of identity, sexual assault, marginalization, and women’s empowerment. We spoke with Ana about the inspiration behind her exhibition, her great love of creating alternate universes, and her plans for a sequel …

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Re-Orientations: Femmes to the Front

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Re-Orientations, a group exhibit of works by contemporary women artists, remains on view from Feb 6 through March 17 at La Esquina NYC. Co-curated by Audra Lambert and Natasha Stefanovic, the show features four women artists sharing a contemporary perspective on immigration and the cultural divide between the Near East/South Asia and the US. Photography and mixed media works works by Camille …

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In “Thoughts And Prayers” English Artist Sarah Maple Becomes A Voice Of The People

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When viewing the TedX talk featuring the award-winning avant-garde artist Sarah Maple, one is instantly transfixed by her commanding, statuesque presence and attention-grabbing syncopations in her speech pattern. Born to a Muslim mother from Kenya and a British father, Maple attended a Catholic school in her youth, making her the personification of someone constantly investigating questions of identity and its …

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5 Shows That Made White People Move to NYC.

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Let us start by addressing the term “white people.” In no way are we attempting to be derogatory when we use this term. We are simply referring to migrating caucasians. But beware! This article will not kowtow to white fragility and will, in all, be an observant joyride of pop culture and sociogeographical trends. In New York City, as well …

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Julia Sinelnikova Opens Ice Pores at Lazy Susan

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Multifaceted artist Julia Sinelnikova recently debuted a brand new solo exhibition at Lazy Susan Gallery in the Lower East Side. Appropriately titled Ice Pores, the sculpture heavy exhibition is based around a new iteration of her celebrated “Fairy Organs” series and also builds on ideas from a previous solo exhibition, Organ Farm, which took place earlier last year. Per usual, Sinelnikova did …

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The Others: What Really Happened to Charles Stewart?

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The Others is a classic horror film with an famous twist that never gets stale. Although The Others partly mirrors the groundbreaking twist of M. Night Shyamalan’s Sixth Sense, the film’s nuanced narrative and neoclassical pace has made it a standout not only in the horror genre, but in cinema overall. Alejandro Amenábar’s third large film, The Others won eight …

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Trembling Thinking @ The Americas Society

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Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking opened at the Americas Society mansion at 680 Park Avenue and 68th Street on the 9th of October and remains open through the 12th of January 2019; this is too short notice but try to see this important and subtle exhibition.  The extraordinarily inventive installation involves several wall projections, writing on the wall, …

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Constance Edwards Scopelitis Embraces The “Tech Effect”

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“I have returned to the scene of the crime, as I call it… That’s Indianapolis, Indiana. But I’ve lived in New York, California, London… I’ve ventured out a lot.” Constance Edwards Scopelitis.  Though Scopelitis finds the political climate in Indiana, where she grew up (“I mean hello, we gave you Pence”) really interesting to “rub up against,” especially from, as …