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Stephanie Berzon

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"What Is She Thinking?": Hiba Schahbaz Brings a New Voice to an Ancient Tradition   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Hiba Schahbaz at Thierry Goldberg Gallery October 1st, 2015 - November 8th, 2015
Posted 10/15/15
“I’ll persevere, I am not precious, over-daintyIn wifehood I will use mine instrumentAs freely as my Maker hath it sent.” —The Wife of Bath by Geoffrey Chaucer In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath argues against the primacy of virginity within the Church; someone is procreating to birth the virgin and therefore what is chaste is also ephemeral. She sees this as a flaw in God’s plan, and consequently, will reject purity and instead assume sexual po... [more]
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Evol Brings East Berlin to Chelsea, with Talk of Gentrification   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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EVOL at Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th June 25th, 2015 - July 25th, 2015
Posted 7/1/15
Gentrification is the big bad wolf in the modern day urban party. Never formally invited, it heard of the gathering by word of mouth and will restlessly attempt to enter even if it has to blow the entire structure down. No one likes it—neither the apologetic gentrifier nor the displaced community who lack enough financial clout or power to resist or keep up with the shift. It barrels forward as if it has no memory of itself, all history lessons completely erased. After it passes, the area... [more]
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A Clown for the Machine: Tony Oursler Takes on Surveillance   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tony Oursler at Lehmann Maupin - Chrystie Street April 29th, 2015 - June 14th, 2015
Posted 5/3/15
When Edward Snowden released classified information from the National Security Agency to mainstream media in 2013 he was globally marked as either a traitor or a patriot. The top-secret documents revealed that the NSA has been collecting data from anywhere and everywhere, including 55,000 quality images daily through social media and personal communications to use in facial recognition programs. The revelation confirmed civic anxieties that the dreaded future is here: your face can be used against... [more]
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Henry Taylor Filters Life Through Portraiture   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Henry Taylor at Untitled New York March 1st, 2015 - April 4th, 2015
Posted 3/24/15
Near the entrance of Untitled Gallery on the Lower East Side is a slab of concrete with a shovel stuck into it. Chair legs and wire sprout off the shovel, as do branches wrapped in stretched pantyhose like wings on an urban angel. The shovel’s handle fits into the mouth of a plastic bottle shaped like a fuel container, painted black to resemble an African mask. On the adjacent wall hangs an antique wooden mirror frame, which now holds a hand-drawn Confederate flag found by the artist. Two toy... [more]
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Titus Kaphar Pulls Back the Curtains on Racial Injustice Past and Present   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Titus Kaphar at Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street January 15th, 2015 - February 21st, 2015
Posted 2/10/15
If 2014 is to be remembered by one social narrative in America, it’s the involvement of law enforcement in the black community. The world was still mourning the death of Trayvon Martin when NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his promise to end the often abused, racial profiling police tactic known as stop-and-frisk; Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson by a cop—so were Rumain Brisbon and Ezell Ford—and the video of Eric Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe&... [more]
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Donkeys are stubborn, eagles are noble, and pigs are greedy. An Interview with Alessandro Gallo   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Alessandro Gallo at Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 529 W. 20th September 6th, 2014 - October 4th, 2014
Posted 9/10/14
The (m)animal clay sculptures of Alessandro Gallo present humans moving in form, doctrines and in space; whether it is depicted as a bipedal donkey in surrender (Surrender) or several human-animal hybrids in a more obvious state of transit in Metro. Animal heads rest on anthropomorphic bodies and suggest carrying more of the human role through their rendered posture, clothing and setting; the half-rooster, half-man is holding baguettes with a gaze off to the distance, the hybrid hare is sitting... [more]
New York, Jul. 2014: Zachary Armstrong welcomed summer to the new Robert Blumenthal Gallery in East Hampton with a lush-valley-on-an-island type of feeling, a tropical playpen for adults. Four canvases revealed the pattern spread across the artist’s childhood bed sheets: friendly primary-colored dinosaurs and shrubs. During the opening the bed sheets came to life with an assortment of reptiles—boas, pythons, lizards, and turtles—laying on and walking around plants spread across the gal... [more]
Los Angeles, Jan. 2014: The figurative sculptures of Los Angeles-based artist Ruby Neri appear as if they rose from the deep corners inside earth with exaggerated proportions and colorful surfaces. Some figures have stubby arms open wide in a welcoming gesture; others are more slender with long, tubular noses. A solid head rests alone and another stands limbless with a vase-shaped frame. Neri’s society is truly individualistic by anatomical distortion and there also exists an optimistic ai... [more]
New York, Nov. 2013: The digital age is currently facing certain adaptations that bring into question the modern’s faithfulness to understanding the past; texting incoherent typos being confused with Freudian slips was not considered by the original teacher and therefore could nullify the slip of the tongue theory. Psychological models in human development did not anticipate dualism in identity formation: the physical being and the digital projection of it via an online profile. Jacolby Satt... [more]