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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Nightmares Before Christmas

by Michael Anthony Farley on December 12, 2016
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This week there’s not a lot of art stuff happening beyond holiday parties and craft fairs. One could say NYC’s taken an unexpectedly Middle-American turn in that regard, were it not for how morbid so much of the week’s happenings are. Tuesday night, scholars Sam Tanenhaus and Richard Wolin perform a post-election autopsy on the American Republic and speculate about its afterlife (hint: It’s not looking good) at CUNY. For a slightly less depressing evening, head to Ubu Gallery where German artist Heide Hatry is opening a new series of drawings made with the ashes of human remains. If that’s not enough mortuary holiday cheer for you, Con Artist Collective is throwing a fake memorial art show for the comedian Bill Murray (one of the few national treasures that hasn’t died in 2016). Thursday night we’re looking forward to a subversive holiday group show at Kate Werble Gallery, and a six-hour night of discussions about Art After Trump at Housing Works.

Friday night, things get a little less bleak city-wide. P! and Beverly’s are hosting events for a Bard CSS project that sprawls across Chinatown and continues with satellite events all weekend. At Brooklyn’s Orgy Park, a group show invites painters to make something collaborative, and in Queens, MoMA PS1 is throwing a holiday party for artists that looks totally bonkers. Have some spiked hot chocolate. After a week of thinking about Trump and death, you’re going to need it.

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: 5 Art Stars You Need To Know

by Will Brand and Paddy Johnson on March 28, 2012
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This week at The L Magazine, Will Brand and I teamed up to chose our picks for their annual feature Five Art Stars You Need To Know. This year, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artie Vierkant, Christopher Chiappa, Sarah Braman, and Virginia Overton topped our list. We then spilled over 1200 words on each artist, and peppered them with questions over email.

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AXE as Art : “Performance Anxiety” at Stadium

by Christopher Schreck on November 28, 2011
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When artists mine consumer culture for materials, the results often add up to little more than a thin variation or “update” of Pop Art. “Performance Anxiety,” currently on display at the Chelsea-based Stadium gallery, is notable for taking a different approach. Whereas many young Pop artists work with a near absurd reverence to products and branding, the sculptors in this exhibition instead use the synthetic colors and odors of drugstore items like deodorant, mouthwash, and energy drinks to engage inventively with materiality and form. They focus on what artist Steve Bishop described in a recent interview as “the visual and personal language of produced things.”

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