The works in the opening show at the new Institute of Arab and Islamic Art (IAIA), generically titled "Exhibition 1," and in most cases borrowed from the artists or their galleries, owe a debt to the very different approach to geometry in the Islamic world. The four women artists represented in the show hail from different Muslim majority countries and represent different generations. Read more
Because of prior commitments, Paris-based Chinese artist Chen Zhen is one of the first to complete his installation. Titled Prayer Wheel, it is surrounded by a crushed-paper temple which suggests nothing so much as a giant igloo. The exterior is eerily lit by a pair of upturned garbage cans covered with red light bulbs. Read more
The weather on Oct. 26, the date of P.S. 1's long-awaited reopening, wasn't very promising. Drizzling rain that turned heavier at times stymied plans for an open-air concert in the newly graveled courtyard, forcing musicians John Cale, Elliott Sharp and D.J. Lo-ki to retreat to the teeming indoor reception area. Read more
The Chinese-American artist Martin Wong (1945-1999) celebrated both his cultural heritage and New York's gritty Lower East Side in paintings rife with firemen, convicts, pop icons, graffitied walls and ASL hand signs. Read more
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