A Deluxe Act: Gallagher connects the dots at MoMA

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Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05. © 2012 Ellen Gallagher and Two Palms Press. by Melissa Stern   Museum exhibitions curated by artists are always an interesting journey into the artist’s brain. Sometimes we find out things we really didn’t want to know, like a hidden passion for paintings of big-eyed children or a love of the color beige. Sometimes, however, we get to peer deeply into the artist’s mind and actually connect the dots of [&hellip
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Burlesquing Media: Mel Ramos’s Sexy Variations

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Mel Ramos, Giant Panda (1971) oil on canvas, 52x60 in. By Maureen Mullarkey It is when a cigar is not just a cigar that it is really fun. Mel Ramos understood that from the get-go. The playful, bawdy, brash retrospective selection at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery testifies to the gamesmanship that has made Ramos—and pop art, for all its flaws—so popular. In material and cultural terms, [&hellip
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Cops and Blotters: Looking Behind the Scene of a Crime

Written by Kate Prengel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Lifestyle, Museums, Our Town, West Side Spirit

In 1972, the photographer Leonard Freed set out to document the daily lives of New York City police officers. He wanted to humanize the police force, arguing that “if we do not concern ourselves with who the police are—who they really are…we run the real risk of finding that we no longer have public servants [&hellip
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The Art of the Nomad at ISAW

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When the word nomad is mentioned, what usually comes to mind is a group of people moving from place to place to hunt or find fresh grass for their livestock.  On March 6, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), at 15 E. 84th St., kicked off a new exhibit called Nomads [&hellip
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Original Copies

Written by Kate Prengel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town Downtown, Museums, Our Town

orig Fu Baoshi adapts to revolution The title of The Metropolitan Museum’s new Chinese painting exhibit, Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), is misleading. The painter in question did live through the establishment of the Chinese Republic, the Sino-Japanese wars and the rise of the Communist party, but Fu is far more [&hellip
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The Blur of Modernism

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blur From Japan to Sarah Sze The advent and subsequent triumph of modernism did much to diminish the role of narrative in the visual arts, insisting, as it did, that the exigencies of craft should take precedence over anything smacking of literature. But modernism is an historical blip—a significant blip, mind you, but a blip all [&hellip
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Karma Komix

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komix Visitors entering the lobby of the Rubin Museum of Art are welcomed with soothing Eastern music played by live performers nestled in the curved foot of an elegant spiral staircase—the building is itself a landmarked structure created by the noted French architectural designer Andrée Putman for Barney’s, its previous incarnation—that rises six levels through galleries [&hellip
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City Arts: Turning Journalism Into Art

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djuna We may have been reading the wrong thing all along. Blame it on T.S. Eliot, who proclaimed Djuna Barnes’ stylistically avant-garde Nightwood equal to great Elizabethan tragedy—the novel was canonized by many in lesbian literature as a breakthrough: a lightly disguised version of Barnes’ breakup with her female lover. You can’t argue with those folks. [&hellip
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High Art

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06_See.High_.LineArt The High Line adds public art to its neighborhood offerings By Lonnie Firestone A great city is often marked by its confluence of architecture and nature. A century and a half ago in Manhattan, that combination created Central Park; today’s incarnation is The High Line, running from Gansevoort to West 34th Street near the West [&hellip
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