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So Percussion + Joshua Light Show — River to River Festival

posted on 29 Jul 2013 17:15 by Sara Spink

A concert featuring So Percussion, to be accompanied by an improvised light show administered by a collective that provided visual support to the Doors, the Grateful Dead, and the Who—yup, that pedigree had me raring to go. I knew So Percussion from an intimate concert given in a private setting in Maine about five years ago, but this performance differed from my memories. Joined by special...

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Punk: Chaos to Couture — Met Museum

posted on 25 Jun 2013 03:19 by Sara Spink

Richard Hell, Adam Ant, Sid Vicious at the Met? That's right. And Dior, Givenchy, Versace Yes, all in the same place. The premise of this show as it is smartly set out in the initial wall text intrigues: that couture fashion draws inspiration from the punk aesthetic, and moreover that the one-of-a-kind made-to-measure concept of couture is closely aligned with the highly individualized,...

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El Anatsui - Brooklyn Museum of Art

posted on 04 May 2013 21:54 by Sara Spink

Freedom. Freedom of movement, of shape, of materials, of process, of interpretation. Freedom is a central theme manifest in all the myriad facets of El Anatsui's work, which is so well presented at the Brooklyn Museum's Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. The show does a marvelous job of highlighting the conceptual complexities of Anatsui's art, as well as the continuities that...

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LES Gallery Walk

posted on 12 Mar 2013 03:25 by Sara Spink

Another installment from Armory Arts Week, which wrapped up yesterday. My biggest takeaway is that NYC art galleries—at least those on the lower East Side—do not value highly visible signage. This can be troublesome. Second: I had no idea there was such a concentrated population of such galleries in this area of the city. Moreover, I felt pressed to take advantage of the publicized gallery...

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Independent art fair 2013

posted on 09 Mar 2013 03:21 by Sara Spink

All images by the author unless otherwise noted. The stairwell smelled like gingerbread. This only added to the surreal sensation permeating last night's opening of the Independent art fair, one of many occurring during this year's Armory Arts Week in New York City. Free and open to the public, it showcases over 40 international galleries. Holland Cotter of the New York Times declares it the...

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