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  • School of Paris

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    School of Paris

    Ever since New York supposedly stole the idea of modern art from Paris, we've tended to think of that former center of the art world as a loser. It was, however, never really a matter of theft. Modernism more or less packed itself up and emigrated he...

    by Kim Levin on December 8, 1998
  • Going Gold

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    Going Gold

    On October 11, 1948, Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Society (two years old and boasting 800 subscribers) became the New York City Ballet. During its somewhat shaky first season at City Center half-filled houses at performances relegated to Monday and Tu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 8, 1998
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    War and Peace

    Hiroshi Sugito, 28, loves painting and painting alone. This makes him unique among the high-tech, hard-edge, Pop-oriented wizards who have emerged from Japan in the last decade. Sugito's depictions of a blissful, make-believe world marred by an alm...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 8, 1998
  • Days of the Dead

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    Days of the Dead

    For better or worse, my being was permanently altered by my adolescent encounter with the Grateful Dead in the early 1980s. Murky days for the band for sure, but the shows my teenage drug buddies and I caught throughout California poured psychedelic ...

    by Erik Davis on December 1, 1998
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    Diva-lution

    Sandra Bernhards one-woman show, I'm Still Here...Damn It!, reminds me of a comment a friend made about Nathan Lane after leaving Mizlansky/Zilinsky at intermission: "He's like a spice, not a meal." Bernhard also has the character actor's curse. T...

    by James Hannaham on December 1, 1998
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    Needlework

    Trainspotting (Players Theatre), director Harry Gibson's bleak adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel, drips with all the gritty gross-outs and drug- addled philosophies of its source. It even has all the plummiest linessays one character of his deale...

    by Alexis Soloski on December 1, 1998
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    Def Jam

    I don't define improvisation," says Sondra Loring, curator of the seventh annual Improvisation Festival/NY. "I leave that to the artists." More than 80 from around the world will appear in a two-week blitz of performances, jams, classes, workshops,...

    by Jody Sperling on December 1, 1998
  • Felt and Unfelt

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    Felt and Unfelt

    When Waiting for Godot arrived in America in 1956, even amid the glossy materialism of boom-time suburbia its barren landscape seemed a natural reflection of the barren spiritual landscape of the era. What made Godot's influence spread with such amaz...

    by Michael Feingold on December 1, 1998
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    Black Theater Honors

    With no Technicolor competition, there can be no multicolor progress," costume designer Marcel Christian reminded his fellow nominees, as he accepted a 1998 AUDELCO Award for his work on Julius Caesar in Africa. His lanky, double-breasted stride acro...

    by Charles McNulty on December 1, 1998
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    God of the Rodeo

    Louisiana's Angola penitentiary has become the Alcatraz of the '90s. Sister Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking and Life Sentences by inmate Wilbert Rideau number among several recent books that suggest Angola is the meanest, baddest patch of hell in ou...

    by Albert Mobilio on December 1, 1998
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    Follow the Leader

    While a number of African American women in the race movement have accused their male counterparts of sexism in recent years, few have done so as authoritatively as Hazel Carby in this groundbreaking book. Critiquing the role of masculinity in the wo...

    by Maurice Berger on December 1, 1998
  • Nude Awakening

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    Nude Awakening

    Fashion photographers have always flirted with nudity, partly for its uplifting echo of the classic ideal, partly for its transgressive kick in the midst of a magazine's usual expanse of overdressed flesh. But, at a moment when fashion photos seem to...

    by Vince Aletti on December 1, 1998
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    Rich and Strange - Three Women Ignite Asian Traditions

    Two men smooth their hands over each other's bodies. They slide into an embrace, interlocking as formally as the twin halves of a yin/yang symbol. What makes their actions startling on the stage of the BAM Majestica stamping ground, after all, of av...

    by Deborah Jowitt on December 1, 1998
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    Heaven Knows

    Wolfgang Tillmans's third exhibition in New York is his best. He's moving beyond one of the more ubiquitous aesthetics of the 1990s, one he helped establish: the anything-young-is-good school of photography, an outgrowth of the apotheosis-of-the-snap...

    by Jerry Saltz on December 1, 1998
  • Freeway Threeway

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    Freeway Threeway

    The gay-guystraight-woman friendship device is an unfortunately resilient clich. But Snakebit (Naked Angels), in which Michael and Jennifer are the platonic friends wondering what it is with men, deserves to be cut some slack, since author David Ma...

    by Sightlines on December 1, 1998
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    Natural Herstory

    I've seen the face of lesbian camp: she's the frumpy, obsessive museum guide who leads audiences through Sharon Hayes's meditation on American dyke cultures, The Lesbian (DTW). The mixed- media solo show is a delightful semi-autobiographical account...

    by Rachel Mattson on November 24, 1998
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    Making the Cut

    No one gets out of Kara Walker's world alive, not even the artist. In one of her characteristic, nearly life-size black silhouettes in cut paper, a naked black girl kneels to suck the cock of a white slaver. We're already in deep water. He has the cl...

    by Jerry Saltz on November 24, 1998
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    Elsewhere

    Tourism and photography grew up together in the 19th century, and since then have been bound in codependency. The camera became the traveler's constant companion, while in the new metropolises, photographs of far-off places fed people's desire to be ...

    by Leslie Camhi on November 24, 1998
  • Pick a Rescue

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    Pick a Rescue

    Broadway playgoers, unite. Throw away your overpriced tickets and head downtown to the Irish Rep; you have nothing to lose but your boredom. Next to the shabby, ugly, dreary procession of Uptown diversions, the works of Dionysius Lardner Boucicault, ...

    by Michael Feingold on November 24, 1998
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    Blight in August

    What do you get when a distinguished Southern novelist takes to playwriting? Feisty eccentrics and dreamy loners, down-home repartee, prophetic dreams and some of the clunkiest exposition this side of a French maid with a feather duster. Reynol...

    by Francine Russo on November 24, 1998
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