Constructing Paradise

There has been a long history of Western artists discovering and re-discovering the exotic. At the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, a remarkable cultural space in Midtown, the show “Constructing Paradise” examines the impulse to romanticize foreign cultures, landscapes, and points of view. Artists as well known as Paul Gauguin, Oskar Kokoschka, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas and Mark Dion are included.

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Crossing a Porous Boundary: AM DeBrincat

Speculative Fiction, a solo show of paintings by AM DeBrincat now on view through March 27th at the Martin Art Gallery of Muhlenberg College, poses many thought-provoking questions.  The eleven works on display highlight the unique visual lexicon that DeBrincat has created: a mixed-media technique which combines painting with the manipulation of digital photography to underscore the complexity of identity in the Digital Age.

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Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965

“Inventing Downtown” at the Grey Art Gallery is a densely-packed, archival-based group show that charts the beginning of artist-run galleries following World War II.  The exhibition opens in 1952, a murky year when American Abstract Expressionism continued its decade-long mainstream popularity while gradually waning from public’s interest.  

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