Art In America

Rachel Mason

at Envoy Enterprises,

87 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 

Rachel Mason knows how to dress for an event. Costumed for the epic video Filibuster in the harlequin suit and carnival face paint of her alter-ego FutureClown, Mason lip-synchs Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s March filibuster—all 13 hours of it. #StandwithRand, as Paul branded his gesture on Twitter, was an attempt to block the nomination of John O. Brennan for CIA chief. But the larger target was drone policy, and specifically Obama’s theoretical power to kill Americans on American soil. Taking a cue from the mise-en-scene of Bruce Nauman’s Clown Torture (1987), Mason offers a brilliant study of political theater. Her character is a pure performer; nothing that comes out of FutureClown’s mouth can be confused with authentic sentiment. Re-staged in this way, the filibuster’s weird rhetoric—Mason has compared it to a Gertrude Stein novel—comes into sharp focus, as soaring proclamations meld with petty political sneers, and paeans to human right

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Paul Kopkau

at Company Gallery,
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88 Eldridge Street, 5th Floor

Miles Coolidge

at Peter Blum,
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Group Exhibition

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at Paula Cooper,
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Pierre Chareau

at the Jewish Museum,
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Louise Bourgeois

at Cheim & Read,
through Feb. 11
547 West 25th Street

Heide Hatry

at Ubu Gallery,
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“Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America”

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2 Lincoln Square

Anthony Caro

at Mitchell-Innes & Nash,
through Feb. 4
534 West 26th Street & 1018 Madison Avenue

Duane Linklater

at 80 Washington Square East Galleries,
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“The Neighbors, part two, in two parts: Sanctuary: Andrea Bowers and Home: Andrea Aragón”

at the Bronx Museum of the Arts,
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Peter Voulkos

at the Museum of Arts and Design,
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Closing

Kerry James Marshall

at Met Breuer,
through Jan. 29
945 Madison Avenue

Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini

at The Center for Italian Modern Art,
through Jun. 24
421 Broome Street

Arlene Shechet

at Frick Collection,
through Apr. 2
1 East 70th Street

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