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    FIRST THURSDAY - 03.01.12 - Part I



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    Dolby Chadwick Gallery: Siddharth Parasnis - Wanderlust.

    Comment by AB: Bright optimistic blends of abstraction and architecture by Siddharth Parasnis. Wherever these places are, they sure look inviting. I'm there.

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    Art by Siddharth Parasnis at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

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    Art by Siddharth Parasnis.

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    Siddharth Parasnis and his art at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

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    Art by Siddharth Parasnis.

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    Siddharth Parasnis art at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

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    Art by Siddharth Parasnis.

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    Hespe Gallery: Ingénue - Erin Cone.

    Comment by AB: Idealized young women against empty indeterminate backgrounds, contemplative, immersed and just a wee bit mysterious. The nice thing about these finely painted figures is that all you have to do is look... and you're there. You might call 'em an aesthetic version of Zen meditation. Stop on by.

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    Art by Erin Cone at Hespe Gallery.

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    Erin Cone and her art at Hespe Gallery.

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    Art by Erin Cone.

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    Erin Cone art at Hespe Gallery.

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    Art by Erin Cone.

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    Marx & Zavattero: Liséa Lyons - Disbelief.

    Comment by AB: For me, it's adventures in feminine reverie. For Liséa Lyons, it's an ongoing essay on her relationship as a single mother with her daughter, currently on the cusp of adulthood.

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    Photography by Liséa Lyons at Marx & Zavattero.

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    Liséa Lyons photographs.

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    Photograph by Liséa Lyons at Marx & Zavattero.

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    Liséa Lyons photographs.

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    Photography by Liséa Lyons at Marx & Zavattero.

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    Attendance figures - Liséa Lyons photo show at Marx & Zavattero.

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    Patricia Sweetow Gallery: Zina Al-Shukri - The Long Brevity.

    Comment by AB: I ask Zina Al-Shukri who the subjects of her stark gouache and charcoal portraits are. She tells me they're students in an art class she taught in Turkey, mostly from underprivileged families. "So do they all want to be artists?" I ask. Nope. They want to be mathematicians and engineers. Where oh where did America fall off the rails? Aspirations like this are practically unimaginable here.

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    Art by Zina Al-Shukri at Patricia Sweetow Gallery.

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    Zina Al-Shukri and her art.

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    Art by Zina Al-Shukri at Patricia Sweetow Gallery.

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    Zina Al-Shukri art.

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    Gallery: Patsy Krebs - New Paintings; Nigel Poor - Remainders... God, Sex and Animals Talking.

    Comment by AB: Nigel Poor takes copies of banned and censored books with women's names in the titles, throws them in the laundry with her wash, symbolically cleanses them of their iniquities, and then artfully discourses with the purified aftermaths. Ever inquisitive, I ask Poor whether she ruined any of her clothes in the process. Her answer? No. For those of you keeping score at home, reasons for banning books include God, sex and talking animals. Nothing wrong with war, gore or violence, apparently. (Sex bad; war good.)

    Also on the docket, geometric ecstasy by Patsy Krebs-- abstractions so impeccably painted that you marvel at precision of it all. This double-header is definitely worth a visit.

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    Banned book photography by Nigel Poor at Haines Gallery.

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    Nigel Poor and her photographs in above image closer.

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    Laundered literature art by Nigel Poor.

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    Banned books included in the show - art by Nigel Poor.

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    Art by Patsy Krebs at Haines Gallery.

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    Patsy Krebs art closer at Haines Gallery.

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    Pinkie cam detail of art in above image by Patsy Krebs.

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    Art by Patsy Krebs.

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    Relative density - Patsy Krebs & Nigel Poor art at Haines Gallery.

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    Brian Gross Fine Art: Robert Arneson - Self-Portraits in Bronze.

    Comment by AB: It's hard for an artist to make self-portraits over and over again that anyone can appreciate. Robert Arneson was certainly among the most talented at that. His likenesses are so upbeat and entertaining that they can't help but brighten our lives.

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    Art by Robert Arneson at Brian Gross Fine Art.

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    Robert Arneson self-portrait sculpture.

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    Sculpture by Robert Arneson in above image closer.

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    Robert Arneson art at Brian Gross Fine Art.

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    Sculpture by Robert Arneson closer (my favorite).

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    Fraenkel Gallery: Adam Fuss - New Work.

    Comment by AB: In the front gallery, Adam Fuss lays animal intestines directly on photo-sensitive paper and allows light and chemical reactions to do the rest. I'm not sure I had to know that, but it certainly extends the range of interpretation. In the middle gallery, Fuss exhibits huge daguerreotypes, possibly the largest ever made, according to the gallery. This one's a must-see.

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    Photography by Adam Fuss at Fraenkel Gallery.

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    Animal intestines on photo-sensitive paper - art by Adam Fuss.

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    Photograph by Adam Fuss at Fraenkel Gallery.

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    Adam Fuss and his photography at Fraenkel Gallery.

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    Monumental daguerrotype by Adam Fuss at Fraenkel Gallery.

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    Adam Fuss photographs.

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    Demographics - Adam Fuss photography show at Fraenkel Gallery.

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