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Wagging the dog

Written by Melissa Stern 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

Wagging600 Wegman Throws Sincerity A Bone Irony is one the most overused conceits in contemporary art. So much so that the term “ironic hipster” has become part of our current lexicon. I’m tired of ironic hipster art, minimal drawings coupled with what are meant to be pearls of wisdom encapsulated in a tagline.  The current show [&hellip
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Painter Renee Radell’s Renaissance in the East Village

Written by Melissa Stern 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

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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Martin Puryear’s Exhibition at the McKee Gallery Reflects Movement

Written by Melissa Stern 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

Martin Puryear’s universe By Melissa Stern Martin Puryear is a man on the move. In his current exhibition at McKee Gallery, almost all of the pieces refer in one way or another to an act of movement, whether literal, as in the pieces “The Rest” and “The Load,” which are on wheels, or metaphoric, like [&hellip
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Douglas Florian at BravinLee Programs

Written by Melissa Stern on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

What goes on in the mind of a children’s book illustrator. Rainbows and ponies and the sweetness of childhood? The exhibition of drawings by Douglas Florian (at BravinLee Programs through June 5) begs to differ. The exhibition peers into the far more complicated mental musings of an artist best known for his whimsical and gentle [&hellip
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