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Here’s Who’ll Be Reppin’ Brooklyn and LES at Miami Art Week

ABMB2010In case you couldn’t tell from all the status updates about packing for 75 degree weather, it’s time again for Miami Art Week, when all the galleries that have been popping up in North Brooklyn and the Lower East Side pop down to Miami Beach. From the massive blue chip affair that is Art Basel to the almost entirely LES-populated NADA, mapping out an itinerary can seem overwhelming — and increasingly impossible, with more and more fairs appearing each year. But whatever, this is the opportunity to catch up on the downtown and Brooklyn art scenes while refreshing your tan. Here’s who to look out for this year.
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Ron Athey Puts Away the Torture Rack and Busts Out Some Pens and Typewriters

Like a descent into the cut-up mind of William S. Burroughs, a cacophony of typewriter and pen strokes filled Participant, Inc. as one of the world’s most extreme performance artists led a small group in his latest creation.
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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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Watch a Creepy Clown Reenact Rand Paul’s 13-Hour Filibuster (Yep, All of It)

When Rand Paul spoke for nearly 13 hours against the nomination of CIA director John Brennan and Wendy Davis railed for more than 11 hours against HB2, they weren’t clowning around.

Not so much with Rachel Mason. The artist and musician has turned Paul’s epic filibuster into political theater, as it were, by dressing up as one of her signature characters, FutureClown, and reenacting the 13-hour stand in a video now on view at Envoy Enterprises. And she’s not done yet: on Wednesday, FutureClown will perform a surprise filibuster from history in the basement of the Lower East Side gallery.
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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 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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Olek Swaddled a Car in Yarn, and That Was Really Just the Beginning of Open Canvas

This past weekend, North 6th Street exploded with energy as more than 20 artists chosen by Absolut’s Open Canvas Initiative transformed a Williamsburg block of storefronts, construction fences and bare walls into colorful, stunning murals. Prompted to “Transform Today,” the artists, who were mostly from the Brooklyn area, worked with a wide variety of materials and mediums — starting with yarn.

Click through our slideshow to see how the event unspooled.