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  • Imitation Warhol

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    Imitation Warhol

    Takashi Murakami's life-sized female fiberglass figure looks like a Japanimation hologram come to life. Hiropon (slang for heroin) is an infantilized, petite running thing with tiny feet. Naked but for a teeny top, she sports a hairless pudenda with ...

    by Jerry Saltz on August 24, 1999
  • Heir Transplant

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    Heir Transplant

    "Sir," Dr. Johnson said to Boswell, "there is no trusting to that crazy piety." And Johnson, bear in mind, was a devout man and a staunchly conservative one himself. What, one wonders, would he have made of 1999 America, where groups of demented sou...

    by Michael Feingold on August 24, 1999
  • Welcome to Show World - Fringe '99  It's my penis and I'll cry if I want to

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    Welcome to Show World - Fringe '99 It's my penis and I'll cry if I want to

    Few theatrical menus are as big and bizarre as that of the current New York International Fringe Festival. With a 10-day schedule of 142 eccentrically titled productions from 15 countries spread out among 20 performance sites around Lower Manhattan, ...

    by Charles McNulty on August 24, 1999
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    Boom In Brooklyn? - Real estate explosion threatens downtown's dance ecology.

    After years of renting space in Manhattan, the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group is moving to Brooklyn: its new three-studio building, catercorner from BAM, should be ready in a year. Barry Alterman, Morris's general director, explain...

    by Odile Joly on August 24, 1999
  • Bourgeois Nights

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    Bourgeois Nights

    Verfremdungseffekt. No, it's not a gastrointestinal disease, but the word with which we will forever associate Bertolt Brecht. Brecht considered his famed and frequently misinterpreted experiments with the Verfremdungseffekt, which translates as "a...

    by James Hannaham on August 24, 1999
  • Teenage Tales of the City

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    Teenage Tales of the City

    Few cocktail-party disclosures in this town of transplants invoke the same degree of awe as the admission that one is a native New Yorker. "Wasn't it weird to grow up here?" goes the standard query. "Didn't you find it strange?" The obvious answer, o...

    by Hillary Rosner on August 24, 1999
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    Portrait of a Victorian Photographer

    If Clementina, Viscountess Hawarden, hadn't really existed, someone would have had to invent her. Given the wild subjectivity of Carol Mavor's theory-poem on this 19th-century Englishwoman, maybe someone has. Scarcely known in her own time and an eve...

    by Katherine Dieckmann on August 17, 1999
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    Down and Out in London

    Lights Out for the Territory invites comparison with Patrick Keiller's documentary London literally invites the comparison, since Iain Sinclair discusses at some length Keiller's "ethnographic home-movie." When novelist (and sometime filmmaker) Sinc...

    by Simon Reynolds on August 17, 1999
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    No Sex Please, We're Artistic - A group show in Connecticut gets a G rating.

    "The Nude in Contemporary Art" is the kind of show you go to with more than art in mind. Especially in summer. Everybody's naked under their clothes, so this exhibitionistic exhibition, about an hour north and a smidgen east of the city up in Connect...

    by Jerry Saltz on August 17, 1999
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    Baryshnikov Projects a Sharper Image

    In the New Victory Theater, a former XXX-rated porn-movie house restored to pristine condition by The New 42nd Street Inc. under the leadership of Cora Cahan, the cherubs perched around the ceiling's illuminated dome usually peer down on seats filled...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on August 17, 1999
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    Slow Dancing In a Portable Universe

    The custom-made black trailer, about the size of an ice-cream truck, will look pretty anonymous until around 9 p.m., when its doors are opened (eventually on all four sides), revealing the latest environment for an Eiko & Koma performance. The Japa...

    by Susan Reiter on August 17, 1999
  • Pure Pop for Now People - The Today Show: From 'Retail Sluts' to Backstreet Boys, Hyperhipster Marc Spitz Uses the Farce

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    Pure Pop for Now People - The Today Show: From 'Retail Sluts' to Backstreet Boys, Hyperhipster Marc Spitz Uses the Farce

    Playwright Marc Spitz is getting his ass kicked. Jonathan Lisecki best friend and erstwhile roommate slaps the flippers feverishly. The Cactus Canyon pinball machine has just awarded Lisecki a Gold Mine Multiball and he has Super Jackpots to collec...

    by Alexis Soloski on August 17, 1999
  • A Knack For Anagnorisis

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    A Knack For Anagnorisis

    Family reunions are so handy for dramatic construction that I suspect they were invented, somewhere back in the mists of antiquity, by a playwright. Centuries of scholars have beaten their heads over the apparent absurdity of Aristotle defining anagn...

    by Michael Feingold on August 17, 1999
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    Dividing By Pie

    Leave it to the surrealists to try to create beauty out of seemingly haphazard nonsense. Patricia Fox and Tal Yarden, modern-day practitioners of a (let's face it) long-dated avant-garde form, paint their whimsical unconscious visions onto three-dime...

    by Charles McNulty on August 17, 1999
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    My Breast Friend

    The Bust anthology reads like the literary equivalent of Girls Night Out: With no boys around we'll talk about them and sex, TV and sex, politics and sex, nail polish and sex, work and sex, music and sex. Altogether a very pleasant hang-out session w...

    by Karen Houppert on August 10, 1999
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    Polyverse

    Lee Ann Brown's Polyverse was selected by Language Poet Charles Bernstein to be published in the prestigious New American Poetry Series. That's noteworthy, given the sectarian nature of poetry scenesBrown's is hardly the sort of ironic, warily anal...

    by Thad Ziolkowski on August 10, 1999
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    Heat Beat - Dancing 10, Weather 0

    You can see the Manhattan skyline from Sunnyside, Queens, but a breeze works the aboveground subway station, and the only heat in the cozy Thalia Spanish Theatre is produced by the gemtlichkeit of the all-ages crowd, the purr and pounce of tango rh...

    by Deborah Jowitt on August 10, 1999
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    Lite Show

    Lighting designer Michael Mazzola walked away with James Canfield's cq (short for "charmed quark") at the Joyce last week, when Canfield's Oregon Ballet Theater debuted here. Powerful beams shot from the sky, the floor, and big searchlights wielded ...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on August 10, 1999
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    Fame Fatale

    We have all seen the power of fame. My most vivid experience of it occurred in the fall of 1978 when I saw John Lennon and Yoko Ono leaving the Guggenheim Museum. Dazzled by the sight, I couldn't stop looking, and fell into step behind them. I ended ...

    by Jerry Saltz on August 10, 1999
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    Wired

    Jeanne Silverthorne's art is about energy, utility, and futility. Her rubber "paintings," in rubber casts of old-fashioned frames, replicate microelectron photo enlargements of pores and sweat glands. Her sculpture magnifies debris sloughed off by t...

    by Kim Levin on August 10, 1999
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