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Le Corbusier’s People and Places

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

Exposing the soul of a thinker at MoMA The MOMA’s exhibit of Le Corbusier opens on a defensive note. Jean-Louis Cohen, the show’s curator, wants to “re-skew Le Corbusier from his bad reputation of constructing generic buildings.” Cohen aims to prove that the Swiss architect, often blamed for the brutal, “towers in the park” style [&hellip
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Pop Meets Expressionism

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

Warhol and Munch: Outsiders together at last Andy Warhol was a great champion of the Outsider: is it any surprise that he eventually made his own version of that most alienated piece of art, The Scream? It’s all a little bit surreal, of course, but right now Scandinavia House is exhibiting a series of Warhol [&hellip
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Blink First

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

Luigi Ghirri’s photographs give new perspective A few of the images in Luigi Ghirri’s “Kodachrome” series (on view now at the Matthew Marks gallery) are unexpectedly religious. A wooden bench with a soft, curved back sits on a pink and white tiled floor in an old hotel. An arched brick doorway reveals a folded beach [&hellip
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Doing Time in Manhattan

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

New Museum_02_2013_NYC 1993_Benoit Pailley The New Museum’s 1993 show narrows the past The New Museum has put together a time capsule: a collection of dozens of works produced in New York in the year 1993. If you were a teenager in 1993, the exhibit “1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” will probably act on you like a [&hellip
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Asian Overtures

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

Four Pieces of White by Wah Nu Tin Win Aung New artists and new promise in Guggenheim overview It’s exciting to walk into the Guggenheim’s new contemporary South Asian exhibit “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.” There’s the glitter of silver, the sheen of gold, and the vibrant colors of a wall-to-wall mural: and there’s the promise of a show full of [&hellip
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Candid Humanity: Homai Vyarawalla’s Artful Histories of India and Politics

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

Candid600   The Rubin Museum is now showing the first American retrospective of Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first female photojournalist, in “Candid: The Lens and Life of Homai.” Vyarawalla started out as an outsider, taking furtive shots of Bombay street life. She ended her career photographing heads of state and dignitaries. Along the way, she may have [&hellip
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Chinese Riches Shortchanged at The Met

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

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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