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A Shock of Color in the City

by Sarah Archer on June 19, 2014

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PHILADELPHIA — There are two public works on view in the Northeast right now by the Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. One, in Philadelphia, zips past as you ride a moving train; the other, in Brooklyn, inspires you to stand still and look closely.

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Post image for Is the Planet Screwed? Artists at Bushwick Open Studios Ponder Nature’s Future

It’s no secret that climate change and pollution are wrecking the planet. Many artists at the Bushwick Open Studios were internalizing the doom and visualizing the gloom.

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One of the group shows I was most anticipating during the 2014 Bushwick Open Studios was Communal Table, a group show curated by artist Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, and last night I attended the early opening to discover that it was most certainly worth the wait.

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SAN FRANCISCO — On a blustery, sunny Sunday afternoon, some 40 or 50 people gathered on a quiet road in nowheresville, 45 miles south of San Francisco in a quasi-industrial area of Fremont, to “celebrate the essence of NUMMI.”

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Never had a water tower — its silhouette ubiquitous to New York’s skyline — been examined so carefully. Each was elevated eight feet above the ground on black stilts, and locals and tourists approached them curiously, standing beneath and craning their necks upward to see the contents within.

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HONG KONG — Eighty-eight studios with over 250 artists participated in this year’s Fotanian Open Studios, which meant unless you wanted a marathon experience you could view only a fraction of what was on display.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In 2011, for the second Ghetto Biennale, artist Jason Metcalf hired a Haitian translator to translate the chapter on creolization from Nicholas Bourriaud’s The Radicant into Creole and distributed it throughout Port-au-Prince, the location of the biennale. When I read about that, after the fact, I became interested in visiting.

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Flowers on the Blue Line

by Alicia Eler on December 26, 2013

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CHICAGO — For two days in a row this past weekend, I boarded the train to Forest Park at the Damen Blue Line station. Dragging my feet up the snow- and dirt-muddied stairs, I looked up to see flowers — actually collages of images of flowers, cacti, and other foliage. They were, I soon learned, created by artist Stephen Eichhorn.

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MIAMI BEACH — Duct tape is an unlikely artistic medium, but Tirtzah Bassel makes it work. Down the street from Art Basel Miami Beach, Bassel has begun creating “Duct Tape Miami,” an installation that uses duct tape to replicate the people and environments of this week’s Miami’s art fairs.

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Reading the Rituals of Performance

by Chloë Bass on December 2, 2013

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PORTLAND, Oregon — On a trip to Portland last month, I encountered a number of artists who use writing’s structures and processes to order performance behaviors. But for Lisa Radon, it’s reading, not writing, that serves as the moment of performance.

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