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Something Fishy Going on Here: Takashi Murakami Debuts ‘Jellyfish Eyes’ Movie in New York

Murakami at the screening.

Takashi Murakami, the Japanese mega artist, loves the new Godzilla movie, but Jellyfish Eyes, his first feature film, which is touring with support from Mr. Murakami’s L.A. gallery Blum & Poe, is more akin to Pokémon: we get a kid hero who saves the day with his cooing animated friend, a cutesy, pink and white imp called Kurage-bo (think Pikachu with tentacles). After a sold-out screening of the film at Lincoln Center on Sunday, the bespectacled director explained through a translator that he had been thinking of marginalized creatures, and originally conceived of the boy’s animal as similar to an emaciated old man, but eventually settled on a more cloyingly childlike companion. Read More

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‘Pussy Pouches’ for Pussy Riot Founders at Frieze Talks

Maria "Masha" Tolokonnikova and Nadezhda "Nadya" Alyokhina. (Courtesy Frieze New York)

“It’s so dreary at art fairs talking about art fairs and collections. You know what I mean?” said Tom Eccles, the executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, who co-organized this year’s program of Frieze Talks. “It’s normally sort of very self-congratulatory, it’s the usual subjects.”

He was standing outside the Randall’s Island tent on Friday, stealing a quick cigarette, after the most-talked-about talk on his roster wrapped up: Pussy Riot cofounders in conversation with New Yorker editor David Remnick. Read More

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On Getting Kicked in the Balls at Frieze New York

Jonathan Monk at Nicolai Waller. (The New York Observer)

Art fairs may be existentially painful, but rarely do they cause much bodily harm beyond headaches and blisters. At the booth of Copenhagen’s Galleri Nicolai Wallner, however, the hazards are higher. Four sets of robotic legs, mounted on the wall in a row and wearing colorful stockings, take turns Can-Can-ing skywards. “A guy got kicked in the balls,” Mr. Wallner told a thoroughly startled looking man, who had nearly met the same fate. Read More

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Mitchell-Innes & Nash Now Represents Nancy Graves Foundation, Shows Works on Paper at Frieze


A brightly colored gouache painting by Nancy Graves, the first female artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Whitney, is in the corner of Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s booth at Frieze New York. The gallery just began representing the late artist’s foundation, after Lucy Mitchell-Innes and Robert Grosman, a director at the gallery, made some unexpected discoveries there. Read More

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More Than ‘Sell, Sell, Sell’ at P.P.O.W.’s Booth

Sarah Oppenheimer at P.P.O.W. (The New York Observer)

Prepare for a double take while striding past P.P.O.W.’s display at Frieze New York, where artist Sarah Oppenheimer has continued her exploration of architecture by cutting a slanted hole in the wall of her gallery’s booth. “Tons of logistics went into the okay to actually do this,” said Anneliis Beadnell, a director at the gallery. “We built this wall. The fair didn’t build this for us.”

Within the window, Ms. Oppenheimer has embedded a sheet of double-mirrored glass, so passing viewers simultaneously see themselves, and the reflections of people on the other side of the wall and behind them. It’s disorienting—a perfect complement to the dizzying experience of navigating the fair’s VIP hour.  Read More


12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 11

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WEDNESDAY | Opening: Assume Vivid Astro Focus, “Adderall Valium Arivan Focalin (Cantilevering Me)” at Suzanne Geiss


Opening: “Andrew Kuo: My Bad” at Half Gallery
The prolific Queens-born artist serves up a fresh show of paintings that look like a figurative departure from the hyper-geometric works he exhibited at Marlborough Chelsea, his gallery, last year. Can’t wait! —Zoë Lescaze
Half Gallery, 43 East 78th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m. Read More