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Brian Calvin’s Dewy-Eyed Girls: The Same Is Not the Same

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 10, 2014
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Whitney: Despite lack of original subject matter, this was, surprisingly, one of the best shows we saw all day.

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We Went to Petzel: We May Never Return

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on September 10, 2014
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Our takes on Allan McCollum and Walead Beshty’s shows at Petzel.

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Here and Elsewhere: A Portrait of the Global Art Economy

by Corinna Kirsch on September 8, 2014
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It’s unfortunate, then, that the lessons I got out of Here and Elsewhere, the New Museum’s current exhibition of art from the Arab World, weren’t the least bit challenging. We’re told contemporary art should look like other contemporary art and exhibitions, and that if that art is political, it should reference past events. That’s not much of a lesson plan.

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Chicago Then and Now: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists

by Robin Dluzen on August 26, 2014
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This film documents the history of Chicago’s most famous art movement that introduced the world to artists like Ed Paschke, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum, and brings to light the lasting effects of the city’s 1960s-era avant garde on contemporary practitioners. In short, you should watch the movie.

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Kink Doesn’t Stink, But It Does Border On Banal

by Marc Boucai on August 19, 2014
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James Franco is constructing himself as a 21st century PT Barnum/Andy Warhol, taking viewers on a tour of our culture’s current sexual oddities.

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Communal Curiosity in the Suburbs of Chicago: Heidi Norton at Elmhurst Art Museum

by Robin Dluzen on August 12, 2014
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Initially, Heidi Norton’s Prismatic Nature at the Elmhurst Art Museum looks very trendy—live plants are all the rage. However, Norton is arguably one of the reasons why there is a plants-in-the-gallery trend in the first place. With the addition of all of this literal and literary content to peruse, Prismatic Nature has a distinct emphasis on research—though not the dry, didactic kind…

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We Went to Bushwick: Inmates and Artists

by Whitney Kimball and Andrew Wagner on July 30, 2014
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A former inmate and a former corrections officer make art.

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Lower East Side Roundup: UNTITLED, 47 Canal, and Lisa Cooley

by Andrew Wagner on July 25, 2014
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Not much connects the Lower East Side’s current crop of summer shows, except maybe for a shared inclination towards some (much-needed) weirdness. 47 Canal brings a seaweed-covered TV to DTR, while those looking for their fix of visual hallucinogenics should head to Lisa Cooley’s Eric’s Trip. UNTITLED’s The Husk, meanwhile, has the creepiest thing you’ll see all summer in the form of Josh Kline’s disembodied FedEx worker heads.

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