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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

WNYC's Arts Datebook: Dec. 8 - 14, 2011.

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 12:00 AM

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The intersection of Tibet and comic books at the Rubin, a Brazilian street artist at Jonathan LeVine, a (sort of) final showing at a Bushwick space and optical illusions in an empty West Village storefront. There's plenty of interesting stuff going down in New York this week. Here's what we're looking at:

Hero, Villain, Yeti at the Rubin Museum of Art In what should no doubt be an interesting intersection of art and concept, the Rubin Museum has put together a show that examines the ways in which Tibet has been portrayed in comic books of all kinds. This includes representations in comics featuring characters like Mickey Mouse, Lara Croft and the Dalai Lama — not to mention the toothy, fearsome Yeti (a.k.a. The Abominable Snowman). Opens Friday, in Chelsea.

Calma, New Asceticism, at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery The Brazilian street artist who goes by Calma (born Stephan Doitschinoff) will have his second solo outing at the LeVine Gallery in Chelsea this weekend. Expect more of the artist’s singular quasi-religious iconography, which harkens to baroque and vernacular traditions — but with a very contemporary vibe. Opens Saturday at 7 P.M., in Chelsea.

Round Up: The Final Show at Storefront Gallery For two years, this Bushwick space has featured artists working in abstract and figurative traditions in their small storefront space. This group exhibit -- featuring work by Austin Thomas, Kevin Regan and Hermine Ford, among many others -- will be the final show under founding gallerists Deborah Brown and Jason Andrew. Brown will re-open the spot next year in the same location under the new moniker Storefront Bushwick. Opens (and closes), this Friday at 6 P.M., in Bushwick.

Leslie Eastman and Natasha Johns-Messenger, XYZ: NYC 10 Downing, at 10 Downing Street. Organized by No Longer Empty, an organization that harnesses fallow real estate for the display of art, this site-specific installation in an empty retail space at 10 Downing features the optical illusion work of Australian artists Eastman and Johns-Messengers. A great way to mess with your sense of space. Through Dec. 22, in the West Village.

PLUS: The Whitney Museum is putting Alexander Calder’s “Circus” back on view. In addition, Jasper Johns’ "Three Flags" will also be going up in the permanent collection galleries. Starting Friday, on the Upper East Side.

Courtesy the artists and Conical Gallery, Melbourne
At 10 Downing Street, the group No Longer Empty uses an empty retail space to display a mind-bending installation by Leslie Eastman and Natasha Johns-Messenger.
Courtesy of the artist and Storefront
"Asian Rocks Gray" by Austin Thomas will be on view at Bushwick's Storefront Gallery, the last show under current management. (It will re-open next year under a different guise.)
Courtesy the artist and Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Chelsea is displaying the works of Brazilian street artist Calma -- an artist inspired by folk traditions and religious iconography.
Courtesy the Rubin Museum of Art
At the Rubin Museum: Tibet as portrayed in comics with names like 'Creepy,' produced by Nicola Cuti and Syd Shores in 1971.
Courtesy the Rubin Museum of Art
Yes: Bugs was in the Himalayas. The Rubin Museum's show should be an interesting examination of the exotic ways in which the region has been portrayed in popular culture.
Courtesy Eva van Dam
The show isn't all action-adventure. Some of the comic books -- like this copy of Milarepa -- reflect the spiritual side of Tibet.

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Lkie

I thought you might like to know that there is a new audiobook/radio theater ---> IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN, NEW STORIES FROM OLD TIME RADIO including the Green Lama http://goo.gl/JXeOF

Dec. 12 2011 06:01 PM

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