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In Review: American Realness at the Abrons Art Center

by Paddy Johnson on January 22, 2016
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Once a year “American Realness” takes over the Abrons Art Center to present two weeks of new and experimental dance-cum-performance. Last year, the pervasive theme running through the festival told a story of survival. It’s hard out there for an artist. This year, curator Ben Pryor assembled a group of performances focused on identity and institutional critique with a bit of self-reflexive formalism thrown in.

I saw too many performances to review, so what follows is a brief recap of my viewing, along with a few thoughts and reflections.

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This Week’s Must See Events: Bad Assery Abounds

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on January 11, 2016
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This week’s highlights include a performance by Yvonne Meier as a fur clad  baby-devouring witch, a show in a repurposed restroom and what we hope will be a lot of work by Alex Bag in a van.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Gallery Armageddon

by Paddy Johnson Michael Anthony Farley Rea McNamara on January 4, 2016
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Those who thought they’d ease into the work week after the holiday break will be sorely disappointed. Nearly every gallery in the city has an opening. Between the Abrons Art Center’s American Realness Festival opening this week and a rash of Chelsea and Lower East Side shows, your calendar will be full. And not just with the usual crap. Painter Jane Corrigan will debut fresh new figurative paintings at Feuer/Mesler—it’s her first solo show in two years. Grids, systems and minimalism take over The Kitchen, Cheim & Read and Lesley Heller, all in unrelated shows. And for those following all the climate change stories, Dana Sherwood’s exhibition at Denny Gallery focuses on our destruction of the earth. Assuming we survive long enough to see the show, it should be illuminating.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Sign of the Times

by Katie Waddell on March 17, 2015
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You got your art for poo-lovers. You got your art for flag-burners. And you got your art for astrology fans. Basically, it’s a special week for art. Viewer discretion advised.

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At Abrons, Avant-Garde With Bear Costumes

by Paddy Johnson on January 16, 2015
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By the end of this weekend, the AFC staff will have seen a total of 15 out of 21 performances at the “American Realness” festival at the Abrons Art Center– which, so far, has been defined by a mix of blow jobs, spray blood, DIY aesthetics, and self-referential institutional critique. On the messier fringes of these performances is Keith Hennessy’s “Bear Skin”.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Best Events of 2015 So Far

by Whitney Kimball on January 5, 2015
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Already, a couple art events have potential for our 2015 “Best of”s. The American Realness Festival returns with some of the best performers in town; Jayson Musson debuts a new web series; Angela Washko keeps pushing for feminism in gaming; some of our favorite Internet artists are on a new press release.

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The Ten Best Exhibitions of 2014

by Paddy Johnson on December 31, 2014
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With this job, you don’t always have a chance to write up all the exhibitions you saw and loved, so for me, the 2014 year-end review is a Godsend. It gives me a chance to give a shout out to everything I saw and loved. And this year, there was an awful lot of it. May 2015 be this bountiful and more.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: No Excuse to Miss the Creative Time Summit

by Whitney Kimball on November 10, 2014
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This week provides us with a couple good reasons to go to Bushwick, a couple good reasons to consider fucking (if needed), and no excuses to miss this weekend’s Creative Time Summit (it’s livestreaming). We’ll also be attending a seminar on erasing bad memories and a film on 1970s gentrification. It’s a strange week.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Newscasters Make Art

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on March 24, 2014
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This week leaves us with very little time: Roberta and Jerry do a rare public joint interview, professional newscasters perform a Liz Magic Laser piece, and artists do stand-up. More stars emerge from the Whitney Biennial, a Greenpoint horror film premieres, and Abrons Art Center hosts a day for disabilities.

But make sure to clear your schedule for the most important event of all, our co-hosted panel on studio affordability.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Red Hook Moves to Manhattan

by Corinna Kirsch and Whitney Kimball on February 19, 2014
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It’s a typical week in New York: psychedelic painting, Brooklyn criticism, feminist archives, the Yiddish cannon, Julie Ault, and a Red Hook gallery opens a Manhattan outlet.

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