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JJ Brine Will Let You Into His Back Room, But the Price Is Your Soul

JJ Brine at Vector Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

JJ Brine at Vector Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

JJ Brine, founder of the Lower East Side’s only Satanic art gallery, is not your typical interview subject. Straightforward questions simply do not work on the curator and artist-in-residence of “the Official Art Gallery of SATAN.” There were several times during our talk when Brine stared back at me — amidst imagery of Charles Manson and Baphomet the Sabbatic Goat — as if to say, “What the hell are you talking about?”
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Babycastles’ 11-Year Old Intern Is Resigning (Not Because of the Hezbollah Video Game)

Liam the 11-year old intern.  (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Liam the 11-year-old intern shows off his ID card. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Liam Walsh is leaving his internship at Babycastles, where, three days a week, he fires up the gallery’s indie video games and shows visitors how they work. He’s resigning to attend summer camp in Maine.
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Umbrella Arts Wants Your Photos of Kids, the Creepier and Uglier the Better

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This could be the antidote to all the tot shots that have been flooding your Facebook feed lately. Umbrella Arts is putting on a show called “Kids (Not Cute)” — as the title implies, it’ll be dedicated to photographs of yung’uns that are “a bit out of the ordinary, not the conventionally cute and sentimental images that are often seen.”
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Life of Pie: Food For Thought at an Event and Exhibit in DUMBO

Tonight in DUMBO, a quartet of creatives (including Michael J. Cirino of a razor, a shiny knife, the pop-up dinner rapscallions known for serving rogue luncheons on the L train and such) will present some food-focused work and performances. The event, put on by Kind Aesthetic, aims to “showcase artists, thinkers and makers who use food as their medium” — much like an art exhibit that, coincidentally, is currently on view nearby at Smack Mellon gallery.
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25 Images From New Museum’s Arresting Survey of Contemporary Arab Art

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For the last fifteen years, Massimiliano Gioni has enthusiastically observed the increased presence of the work of artists of Arabic origin at various biennials and international exhibitions. “And I started getting worried and suspicious,” says the Associate Director and Director of Programming of the New Museum, “because many of these great artists—who we would see everywhere else—were not being shown in New York.”
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Feature, Inc. Closes After Hudson’s Death, But His Legacy Lives On

LetsgoletgoeviteFeature, Inc. has left its home on Allen Street, according to an announcement from the family of its beloved late owner, Hudson. The gallery opened in Chicago in 1984 and bounced around in New York City before settling into its Allen Street location in 2009. It was among the first to exhibit the art of Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Kern, and many others. In an obit penned shortly after Hudson’s death in February, Jerry Saltz called him “one of the last of his kind, and among the smartest, wittiest, and most visionary gallerists I’ve ever known.”
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Shamans, Vermin, and a Campy Slasher Flick: This Week in Art

Ragnar Kjartansson at the New Museum

Ragnar Kjartansson at the New Museum

Apparently some dude named Jeff Koons will be squeezing a bunch of vacuums and enormous balloon creatures into the Whitney over the next few weeks. But boys and girls, it’s not time just yet to put on your Ewwww-Koooons snarl. So get out there this week and see some “real art” before you trek uptown to see the Whitney collapse under the all that vacuous weight. See below for our recommendations of ongoing shows and openings happening this week.
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Hey, John Kerry! Look What Happens When NYC and Tehran Swap Street Art

Icy and Sot's exterior mural. (Photos: Sara Afzal)

Icy and Sot’s exterior mural. (Photos: Sara Afzal)

Iranian exiles Icy and Sot brought together the two communities they know best by organizing two simultaneous gallery openings on Friday night, one in Brooklyn featuring 10 Iranian street artists and the other in Tehran, showcasing 35 NYC-based graffiti artists.
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Hear Jack Ridley of Drowners Play While Your Mind Is Flooded With Photos of NYC

(Photo: Pete Voelker)

(Photo: Pete Voelker)

When photographer Pete Voelker first arrived in New York, he found the city overwhelming—and immediately began to document the constant movement and shifting surfaces of the urban streets. Now, six years in, he wants others to be similarly overwhelmed during his one night-only exhibition (and first ever solo show) Might As Well Enjoy It, which collates over 600 photographs in a projection video just under 5 minutes long. That’s 120 photographs a minute, or 2 every second.
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