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  • Eastern Exposure - Curator Gao Minglu Brings the Chinese Avant-Garde West


    Eastern Exposure - Curator Gao Minglu Brings the Chinese Avant-Garde West

    Globalization is the buzzword of the art biz in the 1990s. Istanbul and Sydney, Kwangju and Hong Kong, have become must-see stopovers for cell phonetoting curators and jet-setting dealers who would not be caught dead in Williamsburg in the name of m...

    by Barbara Pollack on September 29, 1998
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    In the Black

    When host Doug Elkins walked up the Joyce aisle in a tuxedo, bearing flowers for his consort (the fabulously endowed gender bender Varla Jean Merman), we knew the New York Dance and Performance Awards--founded in 1983, and familiarly known as the Bes...

    by Elizabeth Zimmer on September 29, 1998
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    Drag King

    Richard III lurks amid the stage's rough-hewn boards, makeshift throne, and frolicsome courtiers. With a wry smile, she (yes, she) slips into her opening monologue. Surveying her shape, which she terms, "cheated of feature by dissembling nature," the...

    by Alexis Soloski on September 29, 1998
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    Youssef Chahine

    In Youssef Chahine's autobiographical Alexandria, Why? (1978), set during World War II, the young protagonist could not care less about the threat of Rommel's army closing in on his port city. Yehia's a Hollywood musical freak; his dreams are of goin...

    by Elliott Stein on September 29, 1998
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    Indian Corn

    The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Provincetown Playhouse, September 25 through 27) brings to an Iroquois creation legend the naive charm and visual imagination that are the hallmarks of master puppeteer and mask-maker Ralph Lee, designer and director ...

    by Francine Russo on September 29, 1998
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    Drawing Room

    Stay-at-home artists, introverted, obsessive, and a bit batty, are stepping into the limelight, with work that harkens back to a handmade era and looks forward to an increasingly digitized world. John Morris appears to be one of their number. This s...

    by Leslie Camhi on September 29, 1998
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    Black Market Babies

    No one wants you if your memories dominate your every activity. No one wants a rememberer," Claire Phillips muses in her first book, Black Market Babies, as though she were ashamed at the very condition of being a writer. Where does the novel's urgen...

    by Joy Katz on September 29, 1998
  • The Mud Club


    The Mud Club

    Samuel Beckett left no descendants. The steady diminuendo of his dramaturgical style from Waiting for Godot to the seven pages that make up What Where provides little in the way of future direction for his followers. Nowhere else to go, it seems, but...

    by Charles McNulty on September 29, 1998
  • East Side Story


    East Side Story

    It's not about knishes, chow fun, cuchifritos, or cannoli. There's no paean to pushcarts, no elegy to Ellis Island. Indeed, The Secret History of the Lower East Side steers clear of those simple, sentimental signifiers of scrappy immigrants hell-bent...

    by Alisa Solomon on September 29, 1998
  • Purple Nipple


    Purple Nipple

    Lisa Yuskavage is an extravagantly deft painter in oils of cartoonish, often anatomically impossible bimbos, nymphets, and other female travesties with hypercharged libidos and the self-esteem of cat litter. Most are young, but even the more adult on...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on September 29, 1998
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    Puppet States

    Puppets: The word summons up joy, animation, and magic when it means us watching them, humiliation and confinement when it means someone else watching us. We'd all like to be as enchantingly free as the wood and canvas creatures onstage apparently ar...

    by Michael Feingold on September 22, 1998
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    Cooking in Chelsea - At the Kitchen, a New-Style Chef

    At a little before 10 a.m., Elise Bernhardt, executive director of the Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature, is trying to unlock the building. Fitting key after key into a daunting array of locks, she grins at the...

    by Deborah Jowitt on September 22, 1998
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    Another Bow - Some Simple Clues for Not Quitting the TheaterMaybe

    I got so much mail about "Bowing Out" (Voice, August 4) that I thought I'd better expand on it. Nothing's scarier, for a critic, than the realization that people might actually agree with him, and most of my correspondents did: Like me, they see our ...

    by Michael Feingold on September 15, 1998
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    A Deep Brecht - Can Poor B.B. Still Affect Our Alien Nation?

    He was born 100 years ago (February 10, 1898), and in the U.S. the celebrations have been minimal: If the Drama League hadn't elected to fund seven Brecht productions by young directors for this year's Fringe Festival, New York would have taken virtu...

    by Michael Feingold on September 8, 1998
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    Global Swarming - Is It Time To Move Beyond Multiculturalism?

    Early in this decade, an arts administrator from Baltimore whispered to me, "Multi-culti will be the buzzword of the '90s." I wondered then if this was a good thing, and I am wondering it now. Multiculturalism is certainly here to stay. The NEA Fo...

    by Chris Dohse on September 8, 1998
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    Gehry in Gear

    The uptown Guggenheim's big-bang motorcyle showthe most publicly successful offering in the museum's history, we are toldraises two hot issues. Three if you count motorcycles, which I don't. Motorcycles do only a little for me, and that little is k...

    by Peter Schjeldahl on September 1, 1998
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    Fringe Binge - A Consumer Guide to the New York International Fringe Festival

    By producing 144 shows in 12 days, the New York International Fringe Festival acquires the scope of a vanity press publication, giving artists the feeling of achievement without accomplishing very much. Most of the work I sampled in my semi-random tr...

    by James Hannaham on September 1, 1998
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    Graham Cracker - Mark Dendy Celebrates His Inner Drag Queens

    Poised to launch into a scene from his autobiographical choreoplay Dream Analysis, Mark Dendy has his legs wrapped around a wooden chair at Dance Theater Workshop's rehearsal studio in Chelsea. The piece weaves the story of a budding female impersona...

    by James Hannaham on September 1, 1998
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    Telling Actions

    Things you'd never guess if you didn't already know them: Uta Hagen's turning 80, and Collected Stories isn't being presented for the first time. Barring her white hair and an occasional flicker of age-related frailty, Hagen onstage looks a feisty 63...

    by Michael Feingold on August 25, 1998
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    Writ in Water

    If you thought you'd missed Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, you'd be wrong; its run has been extended until the end of the year (maybe into the next millennium, jokes the euphoric press agent). If, on the other hand, you thought that watching lu...

    by Deborah Jowitt on August 25, 1998
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