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The Brute Classicism of Joel Perlman

It’s been over twenty years since we’ve seen Joel Perlman’s large-scale sculptures on exhibition in New York City. The size and weight of his mighty works in welded steel can be a challenge to show, but Loretta Howard Gallery has pulled out all the stops rigging in five new large-scale works (four in welded steel and one in aluminum).

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Awesome Art in a Mall? Really?

DALLAS — Dallas. It’s a city, it’s a vintage television soap opera, and it’s the home of Bush 43. But it’s also a hub of contemporary art? Though this Texas-sized city has a reputation for big hair, football, barbecue, and twang, it also has a long history of support for the visual arts. From the Dallas Museum of Art to the Nasher Sculpture Centre, the Dallas Contemporary, and their rival Fort Worth (which boasts the Amon Carter Museum, the Fort Worth Modern and the internationally renowned Kimbell Museum), the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has it all. The area’s artistic holdings feature ancient Greco-Roman antiquities, Michelangelo’s first painting, and major exhibitions by contemporary artists like Olafur Eliasson and Kara Walker. Yet as great as these institutions are, one of the most interesting places to view art in Dallas is in a shopping mall.

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Missed the Pacific Standard Time Festival? Watch the YouTube Channel

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Standard Time, the major celebration of California’s artistic heritage, recently hosted the Pacific Standard Time Festival, a curated selection of performance and public art throughout Los Angeles. Fortunately for those of you not based in Los Angeles, there’s YouTube, and the group has put together a lovely series of videos that captures the performances in high resolution.

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OWS Arts Asks Sculptor to Urge City to Remove Barricades Around His Art [UPDATED]

We’ve covered the way members of Occupy Wall Street have grappled with the Mark di Suvero sculpture at the corner of Zuccotti Park. They’ve called it a “weird red thing” and some think of it as corporate art, but now the Arts and Culture Working Group of OWS is making an appeal to the artist to help remove the barricades surrounding the sculpture so that it continues to be part of the park and the activity taking part in it. And is the Metropolitan Museum sign on the barricade real? We’re not sure.

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#OccupyWallStreet Journal Map Calls Mark di Suvero’s “Joie de Vivre” Weird

Liza Eliano and I stopped by Occupy Wall Street yesterday and we picked up a copy of the first edition of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. A four-page broadsheet, the back had a funny map marking that made us laugh out loud. “Art / Signs” are marked with a ♥ but Abstract Expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero’s “Joie de Vivre” (2006?) is marked with the term “Weird Red Thing” — LOL!