The Triumph of Obsession: Kusama Moves Beyond Pop at the Whitney

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Triumph600 By John Goodrich Kusama moves beyond pop What kind of pop artist “does battle at the border of life and death”? Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), who so described her art-making in 1961, suggests a Japanese Andy Warhol in terms of sheer energy, protean endeavors and fixation with publicity. But Warhol would never have professed such [&hellip
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NYPL’s Gallery Exhibits Moveable Feast

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Free-Lunch-In-Theory600 NYPL brings back a moveable feast By Caroline Birenbaum It’s always fun to see how the palatial Gottesman Exhibition Hall at the New York Public Library is transformed by the nature of the material on view. This summer it has become a vast food hall, where the social history of the lunch hour is presented, [&hellip
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Vintage Kodak Photos at Grand Central Show Idealized American Life

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In 1950, the Eastman Kodak Company launched a billboard advertisement campaign in Grand Central Terminal that would become a staple cultural component of the famous railway station for four decades. Now, 20 years later and with the centennial celebration of the terminal just months away, some of the images have returned to their original home. [&hellip
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Barbarian Art Mocks Religion At DC Moore Gallery

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barbarian-art Barbarian art mocks religion By Maureen Malarkey Is religion the new pornography? DC Moore Gallery, pitching its group exhibition of “American (ir)religiosity” in the exhibition Beasts of Revelation, hopes so. Censorship battles over sexually explicit imagery have been won. That old X-rated thrill is gone. Nowadays, organs and orifices are as transgressive as your parish [&hellip
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Chinese Riches Shortchanged at The Met

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guardian The sees itself as a teaching museum, which may be why its curators are trying to cram the entire history of Chinese printmaking into one exhibit: The Printed Image in China: 8th-21st Centuries. Ninth-century Buddhas, 16th-century peonies and 20th-century peasants are all lined up in the back rooms of The Met’s Asian wing for your [&hellip
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Painter Renee Radell’s Renaissance in the East Village

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Eventide-240x300 Paul Bridgewater was a seminal figure in the downtown art scene in the 1980’s. From his pioneering gallery in the East Village to his grown-up gallery in SoHo, Bridgewater brought consistently fresh and edgy artists to the public view. Stepping back from the spotlight for ten years and working as a private dealer, he now [&hellip
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Poster Art Goes Mobile

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london-transit-woman-204x300 by CAROLINE BIRENBAUM A terrific selection of original artwork for posters commissioned by the London Underground and its successor London Transport, is on exhibit at the NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex in Grand Central Station through July 8. Never before shown in the U.S., the works are on loan from the venerable London Transport Museum, whose [&hellip
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The MET Features Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Drawings

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plant Ellsworth Kelly’s plane beauty  At the Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, I was recently reminded of Ellsworth Kelly’s excellence in the realm of public art. Even with stacks of newspapers piled against the left panel of a green/blue arc and Service Changes taped to companion panels, his work seemed oblivious to the intrusion [&hellip
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History of Freak Flags Flies at Susan Inglett Gallery

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By Jim Long In early 1970, with the publication of Robin Morgan’s poem “Goodbye to All That” as its battle cry, WITCH (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) took over the daily operations of RAT Subterranean News, founded in 1968, and transformed it into Women’s LibeRATion. By then, New York City had become the East [&hellip
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