Reviews

Books

Someone Made a Book of #artselfies

by Alicia Eler on March 2, 2015

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The selfie exists everywhere that people own smartphones. DIS Magazine’s #artselfie, published by Jean Boîte Éditions, attempts to freeze one aspect of this cultural moment — the art selfie — by parlaying its meaning into a gleaming, print-only book

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Looking at Marcia Kure’s watercolors and collages, the word that comes to mind is “torque.”

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MusicWeekend

Physical Spiky Funk

by Lucas Fagen on February 28, 2015

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Put on the new D’Angelo album and you’ll discover fifty-six minutes of music completely hidden behind a veil of static.

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MuseumsWeekend

Quickly Aging Here: The 2015 Triennial

by Thomas Micchelli on February 28, 2015

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After six years and three installments, is the New Museum’s Triennial entering middle age? An odd question for an exhibition devoted to “early-career artists,” as the museum’s press release describes them.

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Galleries

The Intimate Duality of Human Behavior

by Faheem Haider on February 27, 2015

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HUDSON, New York — Surrounded by Thomas Micchelli’s works in the John Davis Gallery yesterday, with my back to the gallery’s back wall, I became transfixed by two paintings that throbbed with a rich purple that glowed as if lit by the winter dusk.

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Post image for An Experimental Performance Captures Prison, Neglects Inmates

ALBUQUERQUE — Carlos Contreras glares down from the stage at Tricklock Performance Laboratory, animated and preaching into the mic like the National Poetry Slam champion that he is.

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Post image for From Creepy Kids’ Books to Puckish Erotica, an Illustrator’s Improbable Oeuvre

French illustrator Tomi Ungerer has worn many hats, none of them obviously compatible with any of the others. A cartoonist, political satirist, and illustrator of both children’s books and sadomasochistic erotica, he has designed a cat-shaped kindergarten for a German school and condoms for a French safe-sex campaign.

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Post image for Robert Moses’s Two-Faced Legacy Gets the Comic Book Treatment

Robert Moses was never elected to a major office in New York City, but he completely altered the topography of the metropolis through three decades of construction projects.

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Just two days before the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) released its report “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” I sat in the audience at JACK in Brooklyn for a reading of playwright Mary P. Burrill’s 1919 anti-lynching play Aftermath.

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LOS ANGELES — Benjamin Lord’s grossly delectable photographs, on view in his exhibition The New Retail Mycology at Monte Vista Projects, invite viewers to closely consider the social construction of a landscape.

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