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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

After visiting about 15 different museums, galleries and public art sites around NYC, we narrowed down a list of our favorites.  Tadashi Kawamata’s playful “Tree Huts” in Madison Square Park are juxtaposed perfectly with Manhattan’s modern skyscrapers.  Another major highlight was Kehinde Wiley’s “Down” paintings at Deitch Projects, which consist of seven beautiful monumental paintings of African-American gangsters in classical fallen warrior positions.  Catherine Opie’s show of photographic work at the Guggenheim is an interesting documentary of lesbian families in their daily lives.  Marlene Dumas’ sensitive paintings at the MOMA challenge the viewers to look deeper.  And lastly, Alexander Calder’s jewelry show at the Met and “Circus” at the Whitney continue to surprise.

Tadashi Kawamata’s “Tree Huts” in Madison Square Park

Kehinde Wiley’s “Down” paintings at Deitch Projects

Bing Lee’s public art mural at Canal Street subway station

Janet Zweig and Edward del Rosario’s “Carrying On” public art piece at Prince Street station

Chalayan Hussein’s airplane dress at the Met

New Museum of Contemporary Art

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