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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Summer in the City

by Michael Anthony Farley on June 21, 2016
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When I started compiling a list of art events for this week, I thought “this is going to be slim pickings.” There’s a stereotype that New York in the Summer sucks because everyone’s gone to the beach except tourists who stupidly vacation in Manhattan instead of also going to the beach. But that’s totally not true!

There’s plenty of cool stuff to do in New York this week, including a storefront installation from Jeff De Golier that opened today at FOUR A.M. Wendy White (pictured above) has a solo show of California-dreamin’ surf-inspired paintings (for those of you who are thinking longingly of the seashore) at Eric Firestone Loft. Wednesday, Xaviera Simmons unveils a new series of body-centric work at The Kitchen and Booth Gallery is (by happy coincidence) hosting a panel discussion on the future of figuration right afterwards. We’re looking at two group shows with big-name, smart artists at Team Gallery and Pace. Friday, The National Sculpture Conference kicks-off its three-day fest of all things sculpture, from figure sculpting classes to a supplies vendor fair on Saturday and 3D printing on Sunday. Friday night, take in a show all about children from Trevor Shimizu (there’s a Jessica Alba tribute!) and a group show at Lehmann Maupin featuring French-Algerian wunderkind Kader Attia alongside Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and Mickalene Thomas.

Saturday the Queens Museum promises to be “overrun by hoards of punks” for a celebration of all things Ramones, including a flea market. Then bounce down to Brooklyn for a group show at American Medium. But the real party happens Sunday, when a mysterious fest thrown by some very arty queers takes over a secret loft in Gowanus. If you’re not exhausted after that, be sure to check out Nancy Shaver’s solo show at Derek Eller—she makes diorama-like assemblages that make boxy grids fun again. And really, fun is the name of the game this week.

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We Went to No Man’s Land: Women Artists from The Rubell Family Collection

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on December 21, 2015
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At the Rubell Family Collection, dozens of contemporary women artists working in every conceivable medium left us very impressed.

Michael: Here, the blue-chip market and a private collector managed to accomplish something many institutions or independent curators haven’t—presenting an all-female show that feels as if it has nothing to prove.

Paddy: I still can’t get over how many monumental art works in this show so effectively dominated the space that you’d literally feel awestruck by their presence.

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Artforum Finds Racism at Art Basel Miami Beach

by Corinna Kirsch on December 9, 2014
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“He doesn’t like black people,” said Blanco, just once. “He likes black culture.”

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This Week’s Must See Events: The Biennials Are Upon Us

by Paddy Johnson on March 4, 2014
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If fair overload doesn’t kill you this week, the events will. Get ready for the Whitney Biennial, the Last Brucennial, and a throwdown show by Anthony Antonellis at Transfer this weekend. Don’t count on sleeping this week.

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Today! Creative Time and PS1’s New “Art Breaks” Series Go Live on MTV

by Whitney Kimball on November 15, 2012
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MTV’s gonna get hip again! Today, Creative Time and PS1 present the second round of MTV’s Art Breaks revival, a video series from the 80s which once featured artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Richard Prince. Though you wouldn’t know it, the channel also featured artists like Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, and the East Village performance icon Matthew Courtney.

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Watch a Fat Man Die: MTV Premieres Art Breaks 2.0

by Corinna Kirsch on April 3, 2012
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If watching MTV programs like Jersey Shore and Sixteen and Pregnant makes you feel dirty, MTV has a pill to relieve your pain. MTV Art Breaks, a collaboration with Creative Time and MoMA PS1, debuts short video clips made by artists including Rashaad Newsome, Mads Lynnerup, and Mickalene Thomas, with more artists to be announced soon. Starting this week, these clips will play during MTV's commercial programming, both online and on cable TV.

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