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Graham Collins Stitches Found Paintings To Create Something Bigger Than the Sum of Its Arts

“Unmeltable Antebellum” by Graham Collins.

A few years ago, Graham Collins landed on a GQ list of 10 artists to watch when he bronzed pedestrian items like toothbrushes and potato chips and showed them at Art Basel. Some of those works are now on display at The Journal Gallery, along with others that are substantially more monumental.

“Unmeltable Antebellum” is a striking giant. To create it, Collins took strips and segments of nearly a hundred found paintings and meticulously arranged them and stitched them together. It’s one of many similar pieces, created over several years, that will be on display through Nov. 4 as part of the artist’s latest solo show, “Western Shade.”

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New Museum Tackles Gender in ‘Trigger’ Show

The display Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s photographs. (Photo by Diego Lynch)

The New Museum is taking a deep dive into the role of gender in contemporary art. With an emphasis on the word “contemporary.”

The vast majority of “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” opening today, consists of pieces from after 2010, with a sizable contingent from this year. The exhibit was curated with the goal of creating a snapshot of the current moment of “political upheaval and renewed culture wars,” a seeming reference to the increased prevalence of right-wing populism.

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Rockaway’s Riis Park Beach Bazaar Opens New Off-Season Restaurant, The Dropout

It’s going to be an endless summer in Rockaway. The Riis Park Beach Bazaar is set to unveil its new off-season restaurant. Starting this weekend, The Dropout will take over the Bay 9 pavilion, the beachside spot in Riis Park that last winter was occupied by Rockaway’s “Pizza Nazi”, Whitney Aycock. (The National Park Service gave him the heave-ho over the summer.)

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Reissue Fever to Tell, Play Brooklyn For First Time in 4 Years

It’s been four years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played NYC (surprise Bowie covers don’t count), but get ready to make a date with the night, because they’re coming back for a show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Nov. 7.

The YYYs announced today that on October 20 they’ll celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary of Fever to Tell (yes, it’s really been that long) by reissuing the album on vinyl. Preorder it and, while supplies last, you’ll get a code for the Kings Theatre presale, happening now. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Sept. 29, at 10am.

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Two Exhibitions Illuminate Queer NYC Subculture During the AIDS Epidemic

Image: © Estate of David Wojnarowicz, Democracy, 1990, Black-and-white silkscreen print, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

A black-and-white illustration by David Wojnarowicz, on view last week at Chelsea gallery ClampArt, shows a grim reaper descending with a large scythe. The reaper claims to be “Democracy At Work,” but freely slices through individuals and activists voicing concerns like “No healthcare,” “Killer cops,” “Corrupt politicians,” and “Unemployment.” Though the piece was created in 1990, this so-called democracy keeps on wounding today.

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Art This Week: Miyazaki Tribute, 1,000 Pigeons, And More

Photo: Siebren Versteeg, Daily Times, 2012, courtesy of the artist (via BAM)

2017 Next Wave Art
Opened Monday, September 25 at BAM, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 22.

If you are involved in media or even know someone involved in media, you have probably heard frequent mentions of the phrase “pivot to video.” This typically means deciding your digital media company is going to focus on making videos instead of producing written editorial content, and frequently means writers getting fired. Many argue that this new focus on short-form video content that’s prone to autoplaying all over Facebook is happening because it’s an easier way for advertisers to make money in an unstable industry. It could also signal a change in how people want to consume content. Keep Reading »

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Bouncing Around Bushwick Open Studios

Near the Jefferson stop this past weekend, chalk arrows on the sidewalks pointed to “art and beer,” leading the way to small gatherings in Ridgewood community gardens and parked moving vans filled with art. This could only be one thing: Bushwick Open Studios had returned for its 11th annual installment.

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Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon Remember the Pre-Louie CBS Sitcom That Never Happened

Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon. (Photo by Ben Gabbe,Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

Pamela Adlon heckled Louis C.K. from the aisle as he introduced her at the Tribeca TV Festival on Friday. There was indeed something ridiculous about him donning reading glasses to recite a lengthy bio about her career as a child actress turned voiceover artist turned writer-director-producer, given how well they know each other. They co-created Better Things, the show that had just screened, and played romantic partners on the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie and the FX show Louie.

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At Home With Amy Sedaris Is a Treat For Strangers With Candy Fans, Colbert and All

Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris attend the Tribeca TV Festival series premiere of At Home with Amy Sedaris (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

If you were watching back in 2006 when Amy Sedaris showed David Letterman how to make googly-eyed peanuts during one of her many Late Show appearances, you know she’s long dreamed of doing a TV version of her whimsical how-to books about cooking and crafts. At Home With Amy Sedaris is finally coming to TruTV on Oct. 24, and on Friday attendees of the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival got a sneak peek at the premiere.

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