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6082486-standard Aimless Un-Commercialism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kasper Akhøj, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Mariana Castillo Deball, Cristóbal Leyht, Jarbas Lopes, Manuel Raeder, Judith Raum at Ludlow 38 May 23rd, 2010 - June 27th, 2010
Posted 6/11/10

The modus operandi of Ludlow 38, the downtown satellite for contemporary art of the Goethe-Institut New York, is to organize shows in collaboration with other European art institutions, largely in the Kunsthalle tradition.  Committed to non-commercial art, they often present lesser-known European artists in their cozy and compact Lower East Side space. For their latest show, in typical Ludlow 38 fashion, Abstract Derive presents a visually spare group show whose works are grounded in a kind... [more]

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Eric Baudelaire, Rita Sobral Campos, Claire Fontaine, Lisa Kirk, Sylvère Lotringer, Walid Raad at Invisible-Exports May 14th, 2010 - June 20th, 2010
Posted 6/6/10

Similar to Abstract Derive at Ludlow 38, Vernacular of Violence is a group show that uses one artist’s work as a provocation. In this case, it is conversations with the artist Lisa Kirk and her work, whose interdisciplinary practice investigates the aestheticization of formerly radical political signifiers.  For Vernacular of Violence, violence in our everyday lives – as it is embedded in the cultural fabric around us – becomes the source material to investigate mutability in the cont... [more]

Whispering_pines_7 Signs' Language   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Momenta Art March 5th, 2010 - April 19th, 2010
Posted 3/28/10

While ostensibly the recent works that comprise the group show, The Arbitrariness of Signs, all point to that art historical juncture where realism was rejected in favor of abstraction, curator Sara Reisman pleads with the viewer to abstain from thinking about such theoretical and historical determinations: “In organizing this exhibition, I hope it is possible to set aside theoretical elaborations and absolutes and receive the artworks according to your personal visual language and codes.” In he... [more]

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Jim Torok at Pierogi March 19th, 2010 - April 19th, 2010
Posted 3/28/10

      Jim Torok – and interchangeably Jim Torok’s work – has been described as being schizophrenic, or having a split personality, or simply, insane. And indeed, these are all apt ways of talking about his latest show at Pierogi.  Consisting of – yes – portrait and clown paintings, his show Portraits and Clowns, is funny and sad, and not in a shallow way. While this duality might seem simplistic or too easy, in Torok’s work, it succeeds as a dialectical but well rehearsed narrative of contem... [more]

Foodswings Foodswings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/7/10

Foodswings295 Grand StreetBrooklyn, New York718-388-1919     Vegans love their grease just as much as their hamburger-eating counterparts, and the place to get our fill is just a few blocks from Parker’s Box on Grand Street. Foodswings has been serving up their diner-food fare for almost six years, and while prices can get steep, they are one of the few places that truly offer the vegan equivalent of fast food. Their extensive, all vegan menu includes typical heart-attack delights such a... [more]

Violet_hopkins Moving Forward   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Southfirst Gallery January 29th, 2010 - February 28th, 2010
Posted 2/7/10

          In lieu of a traditional press release, curator Sean Dack offers an oblique, rather smug short story: He wakes up in a cloudy haze of last week’s numbers and the after-image of an empty bottle of Patron in collusion with some designer amphetamines. The high-end speed cost what most people make in a week but these pills really were at the forefront of pharmaceutical technology and imported from Russia and it seemed important to be at the vanguard of such things…He thinks about t... [more]

Dvd__slideshow_with_sound East European Union   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jean-Christophe Couet, David Rothenberg, Chloe Salembier at Parker's Box January 15th, 2010 - February 14th, 2010
Posted 2/7/10

        In this loosely themed but visually tight exhibition of works dealing with Europe as its subject matter, Getaway finds its rhythm and balance in three pared down approaches to talk about the changes that have and are currently taking place in the social and political landscape of formerly Eastern Bloc nations, post Iron Curtain. In various yet equally powerful tactics, Jean-Christophe Couet, David Rothenberg, and Chloé Salembier use structurally minimal formal devices in their use of the... [more]

Babycakes Babycakes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/13/09

Babycakes NYC248 Broome StreetNew York City, NY 10002       I can’t help but plug the best vegan delights you can find in the city, and it turns out that LES is one neighborhood that vegans have no problem finding places they can indulge in. Babycakes NYC is a bakery that specializes in the kind of baking that used to be associated with cardboard taste and hippie nut-cakes: sweets that are free of refined sugar, gluten, wheat, casein, and eggs. But despite what gluten-free, dairy-free, e... [more]

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TOMMY HARTUNG at On Stellar Rays November 1st, 2009 - December 23rd, 2009
Posted 12/13/09

We know that any contemporary art exhibition entitled “The Ascent of Man” is not really going to be about the ascent of man, not in any classical sense, and in fact, we know that it will most likely be a critique of such a concept. And so one approaches Tommy Hartung’s solo show at On Stellar Rays with some expectation that the work might dabble in sarcasm, irony, or tongue-in-cheekiness. But surprisingly, while Hartung’s video installation does contain elements of irony, it also has a... [more]

Simon_preston_install_1 Legible Labor   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christian Capurro, Mary Kelly, Klaus Mosettig at Simon Preston Gallery November 7th, 2009 - January 4th, 2010
Posted 12/13/09

In a show that connects three disparate artists through a kind of spare visual aesthetic, Simon Preston Gallery presents works by Mary Kelly, Christian Capurrro, and Klaus Mosettig. Exploring various material processes that create a kind of residue or trace, the show alludes to the possibilities of transforming materiality into abstraction, to a concept of evidence through material remains, and to the idea of labor and value in types of ‘work.’ The most abstract in both content and execut... [more]

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Posted 10/12/09

Videology 308 Bedford Ave # 1 Brooklyn, NY 11211-4260(718) 782-3468 - videology.info‎     Having recently betrayed my south Brooklyn loyalty and moved to Williamsburg (“I can’t believe you’re a Bedford stop girl now,” one friend said in disbelief), I must confess that I love it here. And one very wonderful reason is Videology, my neighborhood video store (which is also three blocks from Momenta Art).  Remember that Michel Gondry movie with Mos Def last year about an old VHS rental shop... [more]

Nurtureart_1 Plan B is sometimes Plan A   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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F.E.A.S.T., Secret School and the K.I.D.S., Jess Levey, OurGoods, Lynne Pidel, Double A Projects, Mark Stafford, Tattfoo Tan at NURTUREart Gallery September 11th, 2009 - October 24th, 2009
Posted 10/12/09

While the economy was in the midst of free-fall last year, the New York art world – from galleries to museums to artists – felt its stomach drop. Commercial galleries began closing, endowments started disappearing, and public funds for artists were shrinking. But as museum board members, collectors, and gallery owners hold their collective breaths, waiting to see where the bottom is, some artists have moved on – and perhaps even moved on a long time ago. Plan B, currently at NurtureA... [more]

Momenta_art_1 The Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness: Less Me More Z   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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The Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness at Momenta Art September 18th, 2009 - October 26th, 2009
Posted 10/12/09

Over the last seven months, the ten to fifteen members of the collective The Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness conducted a series of workshops for themselves based on the four states of community-building outlined in American psychiatrist M. Scott Peck’s The Different Drum (pyseudo-community, chaos, emptiness, and true community). During the workshops, they used various activities culled from different sub-and-popular cultural sources such as recovery group pr... [more]

Interview with Franklin Evans  
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10/5/09

New York, Sept. 2009 – Franklin Evans’ first solo show at Sue Scott Gallery in the Lower East Side was developed over a year-long residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in DUMBO.  The show is an obsessive articulation of the gallery, as Evans utilizes watercolors and everyday studio materials such as tape, bubble wrap, sheets of canvas, and dozens of gallery press releases to transform the space into a wonderland that narrates partial stories of the New York art world and his own studio... [more]

1commesdesgarcons Comme des Garcons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/13/09

  Comme des Garcons520 West 22nd St.New York, NY 10011 212-604-9200     Speaking of Chelsea and what it has become over the years, I have been down 22nd Street dozens of times, but have never ventured into the Comme des Garcons store – until this week.  I have always been intimidated, and conflicted, about going in, despite the fact that I do harbor some strong desire for them, and the fact that the label is understood as embodying notions of ‘anti-fashion.’  Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo... [more]

Luke_fowler X Marks a Spot in Chelsea   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Keren Cytter, Luke Fowler at X Initiative September 13th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009
Posted 9/13/09

      Launched in April of this year in the old Dia:Chelsea building, X is a terminal, year-long, non-profit initiative. It is the collaborative effort of a long list of global heavyweights in the art world, ranging from commercial gallerists like Elizabeth Dee (X’s founder) and Paula Cooper, to artists like Cindy Sherman and Ryan Trecartin, and multi-taskers like Matthew Higgs. In an economy where ‘pop ups’ seem to be the most marketable approach to any venture, X Initiative seems to be cap... [more]

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Maya Lin at Pace Gallery 508 W. 25th September 10th, 2009 - October 24th, 2009
Posted 9/13/09

    In contradiction to the exhibitions at X Initiative, across the street is Maya Lin’s latest grand installation, Three Ways of Looking at the Earth. While not typically a diehard fan, I have to admit I was seduced. Leaving the X space on 22nd Street, I could see one of Lin’s large, minimal landscape sculptures through the massive windowed walls of Pace Wildenstein.  I was compelled to go in. Launched into the public eye after submitting the winning design for the controversial Vietnam Vetera... [more]

190_bowery A Lesson in Real Estate   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/9/09

    190 Bowery         Ever wonder about that massive, graffiti-covered, neo-renaissance relic of a building down the street from the New Museum, on the corner of Bowery and Spring Streets? While it looks abandoned, it is actually occupied. The entire building, built in 1898 as the Germania Bank, was bought by the photographer Jay Maisel 43 years ago in 1966 for a song. The massive building is still Maisel’s home where he lives with his wife and kids.  Read about Maisel and the building... [more]

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David Goldblatt at New Museum July 15th, 2009 - October 11th, 2009
Posted 8/9/09

        Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt is an excellent show paired with Emory Douglas. The show features Goldblatt’s photographs created over the last fifty years in South Africa.  The images feature portraits, landscape, and architecture of every day life in South Africa through the politically charged times of apartheid and its legacy that continues to scar the country’s political and emotional landscape. In contrast to Douglas' overtly political propaganda, Goldblatt's photographs are understated but... [more]

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Emory Douglas at New Museum July 22nd, 2009 - October 18th, 2009
Posted 8/9/09

          If you're tired of carefree summer group shows, head over to the New Museum for a history lesson.  Emory Douglas: Black Panther, curated by LA-based artist Sam Durant, presents Douglas' work beginning from his time as the Revolutionary Artist of the Black Panther Party. As the designer of the Black Panther, the Party's weekly newspaper, which at its height reached a circulation of over 400,000 internationally, Douglas created the iconic political imagery for the paper between 196... [more]

Murraysbagels_v1_460x285 Murray's   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/5/09

Murray’s Bagels242 8th AvenueNew York, NY 10001    In last week’s TimeOut featuring the best brunch spots in NYC, they taste-tested six classic bagel and lox sandwiches at some of the most adored bagel shops around town. While they didn’t include Murray’s, it’s understandable, since they included two of my other favorite bagel places, Ess-a-Bagel and La Bagel Delight – and let’s face it – there are lots of amazing bagels in the city.  I abstain from declaring an absolute number one fav... [more]

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Aziz + Cucher, Karen Gunderson, Christopher Harris, Mark Jaremko, Lori Nix, Olaf Otto Becker, StanGaz, Arthur Tress, Stephen Wilkes, Frank Yamrus, Marc Yankus at ClampArt June 11th, 2009 - August 14th, 2009
Posted 7/5/09

  Another lovely summer group show is just downstairs from Arario Gallery. ClampArt’s iteration is a show entitled Arcadia, after the ancient Greek province of the same name that evokes pastoral landscapes, dryads, nymphs, and other spirits of nature. The show consists mostly of photographic works that explore the notion paradise and includes works by James Bidgood, Aziz + Cucher, Olaf Otto Becker, Stan Gaz, Karen Gunderson, Christopher Harris, Mark Jaremko, Lori Nix, Arthur Tress, Stephen... [more]

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Cui Fei, Minette Mangahas, Aakash Nihalani at Arario Gallery (New York) June 26th, 2009 - July 24th, 2009
Posted 7/5/09

Arario Gallery’s summer group show brings together three young artists – Aakash Nihalani, Cui Fei and Minette Mangahas – whose works approach writing and language through form and abstraction. While the show’s title, Paraphrase, suggests the ways in which text can be restated or re-interpreted, Nihalani, Fei, and Mangahas' works expand the notion of paraphrase by challenging the ways in which text and language are imbued with meaning through spare and simple installations. Filling... [more]

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Posted 5/31/09

Rizzoli Bookstore 31 West 57th StreetNew York, NY 10022 (212) 759-2424    Located just two doors down from The Project is Rizzoli Bookstore, the shop of the famed Italian publishing house of the same name. Known for being a purveyor of upper crust books in the fields of fine art, architecture, interior design, photography, haute couture, and gastronomy, its New York shop lives up to its stuffy history. But the shop covers three floors of a beautiful historic townhouse, and its cozy corners a... [more]

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Anri Sala at Marian Goodman Gallery May 6th, 2009 - June 20th, 2009
Posted 5/31/09

An appropriate follow-up to experiencing Aernout Mik’s installations at The Project is Anri Sala’s solo show across the street at Marian Goodman Gallery. The show, entitled Purchase Not By Moonlight (2008), brings together several of Sala’s work spanning the last five years as a kind of culmination of his own exploration of video, sound, and spatiality.  The show is comprised of four distinct films, Answer Me, After Three Minutes, Time After Time, and Lak-kat, and two kinetic sculptures, one... [more]

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Aernout Mik at The Project May 7th, 2009 - June 26th, 2009
Posted 5/31/09

Aernout Mik’s latest show at The Project is a continuation of this Dutch artist’s exploration of the spatio-temporal relationship between video and architecture, this time examining notions of authority and control within it.  The show includes two recent projects, Touch, Rise, and Fall (2008), a two channel projection, and Plywood Dwelling (2009), created in collaboration with Dutch filmmaker and steadfast directorial assistant to many of Mik’s videos, Marjoleine Boonstra.  In Mik’s videos, someth... [more]

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Posted 3/29/09

Court Square Diner4530 23rd StLong Island City, NY 11101(718) 392-1222 On your day of museums in Queens, take a break at the Court Square Diner, a homey, no-frill diner that still has diner prices. They bake all of their own pastries and desserts on the premises, and their coffee is an endless cup.  Enjoy breakfast any time of the day – this diner’s open 24/7!     [more]

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Yael Bartana at MoMA PS1 October 19th, 2008 - May 4th, 2009
Posted 3/29/09

Yael Bartana’s solo exhibition at PS1 Contemporary Art Center features five video installations that span the last six years. Bartana, an Israeli artist who is now based in both Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, focuses her work on the place that she grew up, exploring social rituals and activities in Israel in stark relation to the constant presence of the State, war, and insecurity.  With a roving and afflicted eye of an anthropologist, Bartana uses her camera to create poetic investigations into the militarization of everyday life, and notion... [more]

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CARA JUDEA ALHADEFF, HEIDI BOISVERT, Omar Chacon, THE ANTI-FASCIST CULTURE CLUB, COREY D'AUGUSTINE, Alejandro Diaz, Eteam, Lars Fisk, GREGORY DE LA HABA, TOMMY HARTUNG, KAROLYN HATTON, Daina Higgins, ODED HIRSCH, SIN-YING HO, Ryan Humphrey, Janelle Iglesias, Las Hermanas Iglesias, LISA IGLESIAS, Darren Jones, CECILIA JUARADO, Jayson Keeling, HA NA LEE, Jia-Jen Lin, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Yasue Maetake, Derick Melander, BRENDAN MULCAHY, Kirsten Nash, Kymia Nawabi, Douglas Paulson, JONAS OLSON AND CAROL PEREIRA, DOMENICK DI PIETRANTONIO, JUSTINE REYES, Jaye Rhee, FUTURE SHOCK, DARIO SOLMAN, SP WEATHER STATION, OKAMATO STUDIO, TIM THYZEL, Nicole Tschampel, Jovan Karlo Villalba, Chin Chih Yang, Amy Yoes at Queens Museum of Art January 24th, 2009 - April 26th, 2009
Posted 3/29/09

In New York, location is everything. It’s a city where neighborhoods in which commercial art galleries flourish are quickly gentrified, and the relationship between center and margin behaves more like a lawless traffic intersection rather than a two-way street. The Queens Museum of Art, located pretty much at the end of the line on the 7 train, is both literally and figuratively on the periphery. Its current exhibition, The Queens International 4 (QI4), is a celebration of that space on the edg... [more]

P1040303 Desmond Tutu Lives in Chelsea (Sort of)   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/28/09

The Desmond Tutu Center180 10th AvenueNew York, NY  10011           Did you know that Manhattan’s Most Exciting New Destination is located in Chelsea, and is the namesake of the still kick-ass South African cleric and social justice activist, Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid work in 1984? It’s true. If you have ever wondered what that piece of charming, 19thcentury Gothic architecture was on the corner of 10th Avenue and 20thStreet, you now know.... [more]

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