Reviews

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The Abrons Arts Center hosted the Forest Fringe Microfestival over the weekend of October 3. Forest Fringe originated at the Edinburgh Festival, a fringe within the Edinburgh Fringe, and has become internationally mobile as an independent entity.

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MusicWeekend

Bland in an Interesting Way

by Lucas Fagen on October 19, 2014

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If the War on Drugs’s Lost in the Dream is a brilliant soft-pop masterpiece, a theory I am perfectly willing to entertain, it is brilliant in a way more suited to a platinum bestseller than to a critics’ record.

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GalleriesWeekend

Rainy Day Woman: Jane Wilson Re-Visions Reality

by Tim Keane on October 18, 2014

Jane Wilson in her studio, 2095 Broadway, New York. January 8, 1999

Some sixty years ago, when she was a young artist involved in the downtown New York City scene, Jane Wilson stopped trying to be an Abstract Expressionist.

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Robert Gober. “Untitled” (2005-2006)

The sprawling, high-ceilinged contemporary art gallery on the second floor of the Museum of Modern Art might have been built for Richard Serra, but Robert Gober owns it.

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Jude Tallichet,

It’s a full-size Hyundai Accent, circa 2000, collapsed in the middle of the gallery floor. Or rather, the shell of one, bone-white and cracked apart, like a melting iceberg or a flash-frozen relic from the next ice age.

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Sam Durant's Invisible Surrealists at Paula Cooper Gallery

In 1945, Andre Breton traveled to the Haitian capital of Port au Prince to deliver a lecture on “Surrealism and Haiti.”

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Galleries

Photographs of Urgent Wilderness

by Jeremy Polacek on October 17, 2014

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Flush with riveting, enigmatic color and luxuriant depth of field, David Benjamin Sherry’s monochrome photographs radiate beauty, urgency, and a certain humanness — as if their sublime scenes of mountains, forests, and rock formations had been blasted and dyed by a human detonation.

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Museums

Drawing the Face of the War Machine

by Melissa Stern on October 17, 2014

Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War

The Drawing Center has mounted a strange and surreal show of drawings by Xanti Schawinsky, an underrated artist whose 50+ year career spanned the from the 1920s to the late 70s.

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The colorful history of toy cameras, those affordable film cameras in plastic boxes, is being celebrated in a new book.

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Theaters

Performing the Rituals of Rebellion

by Tara Sheena on October 16, 2014

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In our increasingly digital world, live performance still manages to bring us together, away from the keyboard, for a period of time, however brief. Attending a performance is a kind of ritualistic act, which I have been thinking about since witnessing DEBUT, a new performance work by choreographer Emily Terndrup and filmmaker Derrick Belcham.

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