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At the Art Openings: Decadence, Decay and Dogs

Monday, September 13, 2010

WNYC

The arts season got off to a rip-roaring start this past week as the city's roughly 600 galleries opened their doors to a stampede of eager viewers. It was cheek-to-jowl in many galleries, especially on Friday at Gagosian, where it was stiletto-to-stiletto for Dan Colen's sprawling show of tipped-over-motorcycles and bubble-gum paintings.

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Datebook: Sept. 9, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

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Feminist painting at the Jewish Museum, J-pop at the Asia Society and a bajillion gallery shows in Chelsea. The arts season is officially in full swing. Here's your guide to what's happening now.

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Datebook: Sep. 2, 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

WNYC

Road trip pictures at the Whitney, propaganda at MoMA, and a monochrome wall of commissioned graffiti in downtown Manhattan. This week's Datebook is a guide to Labor Day weekend artsiness.

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End of Summer (Short) Movie Madness

Friday, August 27, 2010

WNYC

For almost four years, Chris Henderson, and the folks at Moviehouse, have been staging interactive video events around New York City—giving little-seen and emerging artists a platform to display their work. In addition to hosting regular viewing parties at the artsy Brooklyn center of 3rd Ward, Henderson also helps organize screenings at parks, handball courts and other public venues. In fact, this coming Monday at 8 p.m., he and Moviehouse will be at Sternberg Park in Williamsburg, screening a crowdsourced film put together by choreographer Zena Bibler. The movie pays tribute to movement and dance.

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Datebook: Aug. 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

WNYC

An Academy Award-nominated Peruvian film, exhibits about threads, and an outsider artist's private stash. It may be the end of summer, but there's plenty happening in New York City in the next week. Here is a guide:

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Datebook: Aug. 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

WNYC

Photographers depict states of transition at the Met Museum, another dose of reality TV art (this time in Manhattan) and a birthday party (with cake!) for abstract art in Brooklyn — not to mention a full menu of regular events on Governors Island. Get it while it's hot, because with summer coming to a close, some of these happenings won't be around for long.

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Now Open at The Met Museum: Stage Two of Big Bambú

Monday, August 16, 2010

WNYC

If Gilligan and the Professor ever decided to build a roller coaster, it would probably look something like the chaotic, bamboo structure that is currently sprouting on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Begun in March, this ever-evolving assemblage of more than 5,000 interlocking bamboo poles, held together by more than 50 miles of nylon rope, has been continuously gaining height over the last five months. This week, it gains a new foot path along its eastern edge, climbing a staggering 40 feet over the museum's roof.

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Reality TV at the Brooklyn Museum

Monday, August 16, 2010

WNYC

Sometimes it's the quietest pieces that are the most surprising. On the season finale episode of Work of Art, the cameras focused relentlessly on Abdi Farah's sculptures: two life-size male figures, crafted in resin, that emerged from the gallery floor. Certainly, these made for visual drama, of the sort reality TV adores. But, when I saw the works from the last episode in person, it was Farah's paintings that stood out. They showed a sure hand and a skilled use of color (he's inspired by the surreal tones of thermal imaging). His self-portrait Mirror, left, reflected a striking vulnerability.

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Work of Art: The Art Industry Makes It Through Season 1

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

After weeks of hilarious recaps and endless Tweeting, the Bravo network's Work of Art came to its conclusion last night amid an orgy of wine-sipping, cheese-munching and cell phone picture-snapping in the atrium of the Brooklyn Museum — where observers such as myself were treated to the totally surreal sight of watching TV cast members watch themselves on TV at the Brooklyn Museum while sitting inside the Brooklyn Museum. (It was, like, totally Twilight Zone.) 

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Datebook: Aug. 12, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WNYC

A summer group show in Chelsea lampoons our obsession with youth, torture memos inspire an installation at The Whitney, artists play with metal building blocks in SoHo, and a Weimar-era painter gets a long-awaited solo exhibit at the Neue Galerie uptown. A guide to what's happening now:

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Hidden City: The Sounds of Brighton Beach

Monday, August 09, 2010

WNYC

It isn't the average walking tour that asks you to observe silence for 90 minutes straight. Or pick up trash in a small park. Or listen to the rattle and hum of air conditioners while walking down entire city blocks with your eyes closed.

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Datebook: Aug. 5, 2010

Thursday, August 05, 2010

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Artsy books sales, Brooklyn art walks, and a Spanish-language film festival.

Here's your guide to what's happening now.

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Dean Radinovsky's Secret Chapel

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

Tucked inside a warehouse on the far west side sits a building inside a building.  It's a private sanctuary for one of the city's artists. 

This fall, it will be razed.

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Datebook: July 29, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Contemplative portraits of South African migrant workers, historic images of sculpture by renowned shooters, emerging artists get a break (and a very funny press release), and Chelsea gets ready for an art walk. Your guide to what's happening now.

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In Haiti: Rescuing Art Amid the Rubble

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC

The Cathedral of Sainte Trinité sits among the hundreds of ravaged structures that teeter dangerously on the streets of Port-Au-Prince. Built in 1924, on the site of an 1860s church that was founded by African-American Episcopalians fleeing slavery, Ste. Trinité housed an extraordinary series of murals, executed in the late 1940s and early 1950s by artists who made up what is known as the Haitian Painting Renaissance.

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Datebook: July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WNYC

A documentary that offers rare footage of '80s graffitist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist who walks the streets of New York dressed as a phantom, a little-known Cuban watercolorist and a Brooklyn festival that's all about beer. Your guide to what's happening now.

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Datebook: July 15, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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A sculptor's bizarre, home-made instruments, avant-garde concerts at the Whitney, sprawling land art in the Hudson River Valley, Henri Matisse's most adventurous paintings and a Brooklyn choreographer seeks your footage for a wiki-film. Your guide to what's happening now.

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Hidden City: WNYC Wanders Through Brighton Beach

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WNYC

In a city that is all sensory overload — teeming sidewalks, roaring trains, tricked out cruisers blaring reggaeton — it becomes practically a matter of survival to be selective about what we choose to see and hear. We put on iPods. We bury our nose in a book. We simply block it out.

But the artists of Elastic City — a Brooklyn-based outfit that leads experiential walks in search of art and imagery — wants you to do just the opposite. They want to get you to listen (closely) to the drone of air-conditioning units and the calls of street vendors. And to help debut their newest walk of Brighton Beach, they have extended a special invite to eight WNYC listeners.

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Datebook: July 8, 2010

Thursday, July 08, 2010

WNYC

Zombies, Facebook's most famous art critic and art in the Hamptons.  Your guide to what's happening now.

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