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The Very Best of NYC Art
by Mei Mei Chin
February 11, 2012
Brooklyn’s Kentler International Drawing Space presents The Influential Female, now showing through Mar 25. The human figure has been a subject for visual artists throughout history. With such expansive subject matter, this exhibition chooses to focus on contemporary artists drawing inspiration from the female form. Refined even more, these artists draw their inspiration from historic or specific female subjects to create fresh and challenging gender related artwork; creating new work that directly reflects on history while making history. Featured artists include Clarity Haynes, Meridith McNeal, Edward Monovich, Arlene Morris, Annysa Ng, K. Saito, Jacquelyn Schiffman, Vivianne Silvera, Lorene Taurerewa and Jono Vaughan. Kentler International will also host a special Curator’s Talk for the exhibition on Feb 19.

Retrospective of Francesca Woodman, the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work since Woodman’s untimely death in 1981 at the age of 22, will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum from Mar16-Jun 13. The exhibition includes more than 120 vintage photographs, artist books and a selection of recently discovered and rarely seen short videos, presenting a historical reconsideration of Woodman’s brief but extraordinary career. Woodman’s oeuvre represents a remarkably rich and singular exploration of the human body in space and of the genre of self-portraiture in particular. Her interest in female subjectivity, seriality, Conceptualist practice and photography’s relationship to both literature and performance are also the hallmarks of the heady moment in American photography during which she came of age.

Brooklyn Museum presents Keith Haring: 1978-1982, the first large-scale exhibition to explore Haring's early career Mar 16 through Jul 8. Tracing the development of the artist's extraordinary visual vocabulary, the exhibition includes 155 works on paper, seven experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects, among them rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings and documentary photographs. The exhibition chronicles the period in Haring's career from his time at New York's School of Visual Arts through the years when he started his studio practice and began making public and political art on the city streets. Immersing himself in New York's downtown culture, he quickly became a fixture on the artistic scene, befriending other artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.

Join the Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturdays, a monthly event featuring free programs of art and entertainment. The theme for the Mar 3 event is “Phenomenal Women” and celebrates the 5th Anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art by showcasing the rich culture of women and their influences. The event will feature live music, dance, artist talks, hands on art and readings including performances by Brooklyn-born artist Queen Godis, The Brooklyn Ballet and the Joan Ashley Percussion Ensemble.
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