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Smith Brothers On the Apostrophe Bust: ‘The Whole Thing Was Pretty Dramatic’

Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

It was around 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, when a dozen officers — including a smattering of cops, fire men, and building department officials — found their way into Apostrophe. The police had come by before, but owner Ki Smith, 21, knew this wasn’t one of their “normal trips.”
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It’s the End of Fuse Gallery as We Know It, and Erik Foss Feels Fine

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit earlier this week. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

On Wednesday, Fuse Gallery held its last regular opening after 11 years as a hub of downtown cool and creativity. Guests like Lower East Side graphic designer Kenzo Minami and Lobster Joint owner Tommy Chabrowski gathered in the little room behind Lit Lounge to play with Aliya Naumoff’s photos of musicians who, in some cases, have shown at Fuse Gallery themselves (e.g. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha).
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Sky’s the Limit For the Brothers Behind Apostrophe (Unless They Buy That Plane)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
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Another Chelsea Gallery Is Moving to the Lower East Side

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

(Photo: Emily Colucci)

In what’s quickly becoming the art-world trend of the summer, another Chelsea gallery is heading downtown.

Following in the footsteps of Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., Monya Rowe Gallery is leaving its second-floor space on West 22nd Street. Rowe says she was looking to “increase the visibility of the gallery by moving to a ground-floor space, and this one on the Lower East Side became available at the right time.”
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‘I’m Kind of Over New York’: It’s the End of Beginnings Gallery in Greenpoint

Artwork by Matt Leines.

Artwork by Matt Leines.

On Monday evening, Beginnings Gallery in Greenpoint will hold its final show, appropriately titled (cue Jim Morrison voice) “The End.” The owners have decided to shutter the gallery after being open just shy of a year.

“It was always going to be an experiment, and that’s why we had a one-year sublease,” said Caroline Hwang, one of the space’s seven curators. “Because it’s so expensive, it’s difficult to do without so many people, and some of us want to do other things.”
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Magic Flying Carpets and Late Night Openings: Art This Weekend

Artwork by Sara Schneckloth

Artwork by Sara Schneckloth.

Between the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival taking over galleries and venues across the borough and Williamsburg Every 2:ND going down tonight, it’s a big weekend for art. Here’s what’s worth checking out — just in case you hadn’t been scouring our events calendar).
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Deborah Brown Is Showing on the LES While Going Big in Bushwick

Tonight, some of Deborah Brown’s bright, surreal, almost abstract paintings — inspired by the Bushwick landscape — will be featured in the opening of a group exhibition at the Lesley Heller Workspace on the Lower East Side.

Though the artist shows downtown (she’ll be back at Lesley Heller for a solo exhibition in February), few things represent the explosion of the Bushwick gallery scene more dramatically than the big move she’s making there.
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