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I’m looking at photographs of the Black Panthers: men in formation wearing black leather jackets, with buttons featuring Huey P. Newton’s image fixed to their lapels.

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Post image for The Southeast Asian Artists Who Searched for a Regional Identity After Colonialism

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — For far too long, and to this day, Southeast Asia has been aestheticized, largely by the French, as a means to advance the role of the colonizer.

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Post image for A Weighty Rashid Johnson Show that Doesn’t Take Off

The dream embedded in the hymn “I’ll Fly Away” is rest — a cessation of struggle, labor, drudgery.

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Post image for Encyclopedias Transformed into Dazzling, Dada-Inspired Sculptures

The title of artist Brian Dettmer’s Dodo Data Dada, showing at PPOW, sounds like cute alliterative nonsense until you realize it’s a clever description of the work on view: Sculptures made of old encyclopedias, a medium nearing extinction, with their pages of data carved into intricate photomontages reminiscent of Dada artists like Hannah Hoch.

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Solid and Perilous

by John Yau on September 25, 2016

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Gary Petersen’s skewed geometric paintings call forth analogies to music and architecture, a realm of vertical intervals and diagonal supports spliced into a precarious balance.

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Light Shining through Sharp Edges

by John Yau on September 25, 2016

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The Austrian painter Tillman Kaiser does something unexpected and frankly welcome. Rather than accept that painting is used up or on life support, Kaiser opens up the discourse through the use of egg tempera (a medium dating back to Egyptian mummy portraits) on photograms (a 20th-century invention) mounted on wood.

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Knowledge About a Thing: Carroll Dunham’s Drawings

by Dan Nadel on September 24, 2016

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Drawings 1982-96 is a modestly titled but very revealing exhibition of drawings by Carroll Dunham, the bulk of which had been owned by Illeana Sonnabend, the artist’s New York gallerist from 1988 to 1994.

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Fred Sandback could be considered, and not without reason, as the purest and most unsparingly geometric member of a rigorously formalist generation, a cohort that included Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, and Sol LeWitt.

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Torpedoing the Masculinity of Military Power

by Seph Rodney on September 23, 2016

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Marianne Vitale’s exhibition at Invisible-Exports, Equipment, cannily alludes to the preening masculine vanity that comes to the surface through the machinery of military power.

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The Captivating Choreography of Emergency Drills

by Claire Voon on September 23, 2016

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Emergency evacuation drills, though necessary, are a pain.

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