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Enter The Visitors' surround-sound solace

Alone, but not solo.
Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York / Photo: Elísabet Davidsdóttir
Alone, but not solo.

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'The Visitors'
Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
212-206 9100, luhringaugustine.com
Through March 23

Despina Stokou: 'Bulletproof'
Derek Eller Gallery
615 West 27th Street
212-206-6411, derekeller.com
Through March 16

The 34-year-old Stokou wrestles with her own place in the market, scrawling currency conversions of the price of her creations directly onto the walls, artist as naked commodity. Still, her harsh themes are often at odds with lovely passages of paint, such as a gold, phallic slash hovering over plummy depths. Grabbing the eyes while poking the cortex, Stokou's canvases offer one antidote to the surfeit of decorative painting currently colonizing too many galleries.

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