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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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