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Duane Michals Targets Trump in New Art Show, But Does He Hit the Mark?

“The Lyin King” (c) Duane Michals.

Political art is easy to create but hard to pull off. The election of President Trump has spurred much talk among the chattering classes about art’s potential as a weapon of activism and satire. Unfortunately, as we’ve noted before, that political impulse often comes up short. The cultural left has an unfortunate tendency to bring butter knives to gun fights; but satire, like knives, only works when it has a real edge.

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What’s Up With the Giant Spikes Outside of Cooper Union?

Jan Palach Memorial at Cooper Union (Photo: Anaka Kaundinya)

Cube, meet spikes.

The Alamo returned in November and now another piece of monumental art is being installed outside of Cooper Union’s Foundation Building. The sculpture, a nine-foot-by-nine-foot cube with spikes mounted on top, is by John Hejduk, an artist, architect and former Dean Emeritus of Cooper Union.

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Flakonkishochki’s Absurdist Art Show Is For the Dogs

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Moscow-born artist Andrey Kasay says his first New York show is “targeting animals, and first of all dogs.” Which might explain his animation of a crazy subway-train-esque canine chasing its own tail. Or the killer whale beached on top of a fridge. Or the cow atop a pair of bicycle wheels.

Rest assured, there’s plenty for humans to love in the batty, psychedelic world of Andrey Kasay, who goes by the name Flakonkishochki. But there’s also a fair amount of “Discomfort” — the name of the show happening tomorrow through Sunday at 272 Seigel Street in Bushwick.

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Member of Pussy Riot Returns to Her Roots in Recycling Religion

"Punk Prayer" at WhiteBox Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Punk Prayer” at WhiteBox  (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It was nothing short of surreal seeing Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot — blonde curls, deadpan blue eyes and all — milling about by the wine table at WhiteBox this past Sunday. Alyokhina was not the only artist participating. In fact, there was a large group of artists, a number of them also Russian, participating in the group show, Recycling Religion, at the Lower East Side non-profit gallery. But she was certainly the most eye-popping of the lot.

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There’ll Be an Epic, Tie-Dyed Goodbye to Activist Adam Purple

(Photo: Nicole DIsser)

(Photo: Nicole DIsser)

While he was showing me around the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space yesterday, Bill Di Paola, founder of the environmental non-profit Time’s Up and this place as well, told me all about Adam Purple– the radical environmental activist was known for his colorful personality, a lifelong dedication to direct action, and passionate advocacy for community gardens on the Lower East Side.

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Death By Art: A Band Of Artists Takes Over DBA

(Photo: Death By Art)

(Photo: Death By Art)

It pains us each time we have to bring up the closing of Death By Audio, but we can at least be comforted by the fact that the venue is truly making each and every last night count up until the final show on Saturday, November 22.

Not only has the venue shifted into overdrive and is hosting some truly incredible shows, but they’re taking advantage of some of the otherwise closed-off space in the building. The people at DBA have handed over “The Ranch” to more than 100 artists who have transformed it into a gallery and living shrine to DIY.

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Guerrilla Art Show On a Subway Platform? Now That’s Worth an Exclamation Point!

Bashful Bags on display at the old Apostrophe gallery (Photo: Raspberry)

Bashful Bags on display at the old Apostrophe gallery (Photo: Raspberry)

Apostrophe, the underground art space/party den that was shuttered last September, may be temporarily between galleries but that doesn’t mean it’s out of action.
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