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Azealia Banks Jumps Up and Down

by Lucas Fagen on January 31, 2015

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A sizzling keyboard riff slides out of nowhere and bounces around for a few seconds before a metallic snare drum comes in and a woman starts rapping.

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Anne Tabachnick,

We usually describe seeing an object by using the past tense: “I saw.” The emphasis on its foreclosed quality can make us forget how open-ended seeing is. The dynamism of a seen object is every bit as charged as our bodies’ initial physiological responses to it.

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LOS ANGELES — There are few events in the art world that allow the “little guys” to shine the way Printed Matter’s art book fairs do, and last night’s opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary in LA’s Japantown was a perfect example.

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The expressive quality of collage across all manner of media, from literature and music to the visual arts, came to mind while viewing Rough Cut, an exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery.

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“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings,” Macbeth famously mused. Centuries later, this tenet is borne out in countless horror movies.

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BRUSSELS — 7 Square Metres (2013) didn’t set out to explore the subject of failure. Belgian artist Karl Philips’s first documentary film was supposed to record the complex implementation of a site-specific action at a 2011 summer music festival.

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Museums

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle

by Joseph Nechvatal on January 29, 2015

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PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation.

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A supposedly and in fact fun thing I did this month was attend A (Radically Condensed and Expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, an experimental performance at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival.

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In a recent interview, the Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso proclaimed: “I depict the condition of humans who are often divided by complex, multilayered political, ethnic, racial, and religious systems: they co-exist yet their communication is limited and indirect.”

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PARIS — Niki de Saint Phalle was half French, half American, and bilingual, but who was she? Certainly not merely the sculptor who made those fat girls, the Nanas, though they remain her most famous works.

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