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Three to See During Frieze Week: NADA, African Art, and a Design Fair

'Untitled,' photo by Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall on view at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Photo from 1:54 website and courtesy of Axis Gallery)

‘Untitled,’ photo by Bobson Sukhdeo Mohanlall on view at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Photo from 1:54 website and courtesy of Axis Gallery)

If there’s anything to say about Frieze that speaks to the massive annual art fair as a whole is that it’s wholly impossible to see everything. Last year, there were 190 participating art dealers from all over the globe. And that’s just at Frieze alone. What’s more the art fair brings so many art people into the city and out of their studios in “far-flung” neighborhoods to Manhattan, that several satellite festivities coincide with the event in places other than the Frieze tent. So take your pick and get ready for two parts shmoozing and feigning interest and one part legitimate enthrallment!

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Dev Hynes and Matthew Stone Took the Basel Crowd to ‘Other Worlds’

Matthew Stone's introducing the piece. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Matthew Stone’s introducing the piece. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Dressed in head-to-toe white, London-based artist Matthew Stone took the stage at Soho Studios in Miami on Saturday night to introduce what he promised would be “a momentary pause within ordinary life” – a new audiovisual installation, Other Worlds, featuring music by Dev Hynes.
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Dig These Fossilized Bics, Picks and Drumsticks

(Photos: Claudia Prat, unless noted.)

(Photos: Clàudia Prat, unless noted)

Let’s face it, CBGB is long gone — even if organizers of this month’s CBGB Festival are trying to bring it back in the form of a LES club and, um, a microdistillery. But across the street from its old location, rock and roll can never die — thanks to some ceramic microphones, drumsticks and bottles of Jack.
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Get Schooled in Future Feminism By Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson and More

The exhibition is the work of five collaboraters: Antony, Johanna Constantine, Kembra Pfahler, and Sierra and Bianca Casady of CocoRosie. (Photo: The Hole gallery)

The exhibition is the work of five collaboraters: Antony, Johanna Constantine, Kembra Pfahler, and Sierra and Bianca Casady of CocoRosie. (Photo: The Hole gallery)

The future has only just begun at The Hole. Through Sept. 27, the contemporary art gallery on Bowery will host Future Feminism, an exhibition featuring nightly performances and lectures led by some seriously influential artists and feminists. Marina Abramović, Narcissister, Anne Waldman, Bianca and Sierra Casady of CocoRosie, and the East Village’s own Kembra Pfahler are just a few of the performers hosting 13 nights of events.
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Turn to the Left: Fashion Events!

(Courtesy of LES BID)

(Courtesy of LES BID)

While so many New Yorkers succumb to the insidious “normcore” and “athleisure” trends, others are determined to stay fresh — and not just the drag queens. With Fashion Week coming up, it’s once again time to focus on the fabulous. Luckily, you don’t have to trek up to midtown (or wherever the shows are this year) to do so, since there are plenty of fashionable festivities in our hoods.
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Bruce LaBruce Made a Perfume Called (What Else?) ‘Obscenity’

10515191_752303521498697_2127219433983143213_oIf our perfume inspired by the stankiest block in NYC was just too subtle for you, then you may want to head to The Hole tomorrow for a whiff of Obscenity.

It’s not by Calvin Klein. It’s by Bruce LaBruce.

The out and outré filmmaker’s debut scent will be unveiled at the opening of a solo photo exhibition that riffs on sexual and religious ecstasy. LaBruce, whose memoir is titled The Reluctant Pornographer, is no stranger to blasphemy: his next film, Santo the Obscene, is about “a beggar saint who performs miracles and heals people through sexual acts,” he has said. The Toronto resident’s campy flicks about zombies, Nazis, and sex terrorists (Give Piece of Ass a Chance) have violated enough taboos (and featured enough gay hardcore) that his work, he says, is frequently seized by Canadian customs and labeled OBSCENITY.
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Didn’t Make It to NADA or Cutlog? Here’s a Fairly Comprehensive Tour

NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)

NADA photo op (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house

Cutlog: Jeremiah Johnson's pill house

"Art School Entrance Exam No 3," by Li Lin

"Metamorphic Garden," by Fanni Futterknecht and Marianee Vlaschits

"See God," by Mark L. Power

Participatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offs

Participatory art by Clara Feder: Sharpies and scratch-offs

Making full use of the Cutlog space

Making full use of the Cutlog space

Giant Moai Robots by Monstock!!

Giant Moai Robots by Monstock!!

Clemente classroom done up Cutlog style

Clemente classroom done up Cutlog style

New from prolific local street artist Robert Janz

New from prolific local street artist Robert Janz

Brooklyn's own Swoon

Brooklyn's own Swoon

Elle and Dain

Elle and Dain

Works by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at Cutlog

Works by Robert Montgomery and Shoplifter at Cutlog

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

The Hole bodega-booth at NADA

NADA stretch

NADA stretch

NADA photo-op

NADA photo-op

Waves at NADA

Waves at NADA

NADA Playboy

NADA Playboy

NADA:

NADA: "Eight Days a Weel," by Marko Maetamm

Chicken-headed canoe jockey at NADA

Chicken-headed canoe jockey at NADA

PSA at NADA

PSA at NADA

NADA:

NADA: "At the Juncture Of And In The," by Xaviera Simmons

Rope at NADA

Rope at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

Shoot the Lobster's car-booth in the parking lot at NADA

"Unbelievable!" at NADA

NADA:

NADA: "Cigarettes," by Katherine Bernhardt

Jess Stecklow hangs low at NADA

Jess Stecklow hangs low at NADA

Ezra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADA

Ezra Johnson fills Freight and Volume's booth at NADA

Happy butt at NADA

Happy butt at NADA

Churner and Churner's panelled booth at NADA

Churner and Churner's panelled booth at NADA

Sculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA

Sculptures by Tamar Ettun at NADA

"The Show Is Over," by Christopher Wool and Felix-Gonxalez Torres

Old-school Basquiat at NADA

Old-school Basquiat at NADA

There were at least a dozen art and design fairs all over the city this past weekend, anchored by the glitzy-beyond-belief Frieze NYC on Randall’s Island, home of the $40,000 slab of torn blue packing foam and $16 burritos from (holla!) Mission Cantina.
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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