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Shell Game: Beyond the Political Cartoon

by Lori Zimmer
Translating politics into art is tricky. One false move, and a poignant statement can become overreaching or worse, preachy—its message trounced by the annoyance of the opposition or apolitical. It is a magic moment when an artist brings politics into art in a manner that is both visually stunning and conceptually provocative, which is the case with Molly Crabapple’s exhibition of new paintings. "Shell Game" does this beautifully. In these works inspired by the birth of Occupy Wall Street, Crabapple's "Shell Game" takes on the tradition of massive satirical painting, focusing her attention on... [more]
Posted by Lori Zimmer on 4/23/13
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Crossing Houston at Smart Clothes Gallery

“Crossing Houston” at Smart Clothes Gallery is a fascinating look at the artists who created the East Village Art Scene in the early 1980’s. “Crossing Houston” refers to the journey these artists took from first exhibiting in the East Village, moving over to Soho, up to Chelsea, then showing internationally before returning to the Lower East Side where a new art district is burgeoning. It is curated by Gracie Mansion, the first important gallerist in the East Village and Hal Bromm who pioneered these artists from their beginnings. The East Village in the early 1980’s had many comparisons to the As... [more]
Posted by Nina Sheffield on 9/22/12