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O / U at P! And Room East

by Rob Goyanes on August 11, 2016
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Two galleries, P! and Room East—located about five blocks from each other, respectively in Chinatown and the Lower East Side—came together for a group show titled O / U. That’s shorthand for “over-under,” which may refer to the sports wager where you bet on the combined score in a game. The text for the exhibition suggests it may also refer to “a complicated sexual position, a type of double barrel shotgun,” or the formal qualities of overprinting or undercutting. Of course, overall, it suggests that the conceptual layering is heaavy, though the two galleries are spare and clean and contemporary looking.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Hacking Dystopias

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 22, 2016
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This weekend’s must-see events include a lot of AFC’s friends and favs, from Friday’s discussion on hacktivism as part of Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s project FIREWALL Internet Cafe to fundraiser events featuring the work of AFC’s own Matthew Leifheit and F.A.G. Bar artist Macon Reed on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. But during the week, do check out solo shows from Leanne Shapton (Tuesday) and Sherrie Levine (Wednesday). Thursday’s all about dystopia, with sci-fi cityscapes by Romain Erkiletlian and found hyper-generic product packaging from Maryam Jafri. Hack on, New York. 

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Project Projects Co-Founder Opens a “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle” in Chinatown

by Will Brand and Corinna Kirsch on August 31, 2012
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If you have any interaction with the art world whatsoever, you’ve come across a book, website, or exhibition designed by Project Projects: they’ve worked with everyone from MoMA and the Whitney to Paper Monument and Bard CCS. Now one of the firm’s co-founders, Prem Krishnamurthy, will open P!, a gallery in Chinatown, at 334 Broome Street.

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