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Here’s an Early Look at the New Museum’s Fantastic Pawel Althamer Exhibit

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

Polish artist Paweł Althamer — whose sculptural figures of himself, friends, family, and neighbors pull off the neat trick of being simultaneously friendly and slightly disturbing — has a big exhibition coming up at the New Museum later this month. “The Neighbors” will fill the museum’s three main gallery floors, and all the promo photos we’ve seen indicate this will be a must-go. So what a great surprise last night when we popped in for the New Museum’s weekly pay-what-you-want hours (for another look at the spaceship) and learned that they’ve opened up an entire floor’s worth of Althamer’s works some two weeks in advance of the official start date.
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Last Chance to Worship Dead Celebrities at This Freaky Pop-Up Reliquary

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

The celebrity cemetery on Broome Street has no headstones, graves or flowers. Through Sunday, the Whitebox Art Center will display 51 portraits from British painter Robert Priseman’s “FAME” series, depicting stars who “died prematurely from suicide or as a result of a self-destructive lifestyle.”
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These Purple Projections Are the Trippiest Thing You’ll See This Week

If you missed the installation that artist/illustrator Noémi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto (aka Nonotak) brought to Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint earlier this month, well at least don’t miss the video the Paris-based duo just unleashed, above. “Daydream V.03,” as the audiovisual piece is called, is a trip and a half. And is all the more impressive because it’s created using projectors and fabric, rather than LED lights. When you’re done watching, check out the below video featuring the 10 plexiglass pieces they sold — from a series titled “Masks.”
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‘The Room’ Is Now Showing (No, Not the One You Throw Spoons At)

Minjung Kim, The Room, 2008, mixed media on rice paper affixed to panel, courtesy the artist and Oko

Minjung Kim, The Room, 2008, mixed media on rice paper affixed to panel, courtesy the artist and Oko

What appears to be an infinite black vortex in the miniscule space nestled between the Asian restaurants on East 10th Street are actually the detailed paintings of Korean artist Minjung Kim. Entitled “The Room” (not to be confused with the Tommy Wiseau flick that’s always playing at Sunshine) the exhibit is the artist’s first solo show in New York in over a decade, and it could not have found a more appropriate home than Oko, the nondescript East Village gallery known for its immersive art experiences.
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Wanna See Jean-Michel Basquiat Naked?

Last night, it was naked girls reading. Tonight, it’s a naked guy drawing. But not just any naked guy. At 6 p.m., Suzanne Geiss’s Lower East Side gallery celebrates the opening of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: intimate photos taken by Interview contributor Paige Powell during her two-year relationship with the artist who made his home on Great Jones Street. You can read all about the couple’s tumultuous run (right down to vivid descriptions of Basquiat’s b.o.) in Warhol’s diaries, and here’s the gallery’s blurb about the exhibit.
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What’s a Gallery Opening Without Some Slam Dancing?

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

“Everyone’s pissed in there because people are dancing to punk rock,” said a frustrated slam dancer standing outside of Envoy Enterprises gallery on Rivington Street last night. Brooklyn band Raspberry Bulbs was grinding through a mangled but ratchet-tight set a floor below, at Macie Gransion — part of the opening of “Dull The Will,” a solo exhibition by Brooklyn painter Kelsey Henderson.
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See and Be Seen, and See Some Zines, at the 8-Ball Fair This Weekend

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

Lele Saveri is a busy, mustacheoed man: he helped open MuddGuts in November, just extended The Newsstand’s run into January and this Sunday he’ll put on the fourth installment of the 8-Ball Zine Fair.
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Action Bronson’s Graffiti Crew Is Doing Its First Group Show

"" (Courtesy Smart Crew)

“2013 Class Photo” (Courtesy Smart Crew)

Smart Crew, the underground graffiti group that came out of Queens in 1997, is teaming up with Adidas to put on its first public exhibition. But that doesn’t mean its members are revealing their identities. In the above cartoon portrait, even the familiar face of rapper Action Bronson is pixelated. And in the below video teaser for “Smart Fools,” opening tomorrow at Fool’s Gold in Williamsburg, there’s some serious cloak-and-dagger action going on.
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