“Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors”

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Jens Ziehe
Paweł Althamer, Venetians, 2013
This Polish artist is known for performance pieces (such as his contribution to the New Mu's 2009 "Skin Fruit" exhibition, consisting of a live Jesus on the cross) and figurative sculptures—which have run the gamut from a large inflatable naked man, resembling a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloon with an erection, to wraithlike ensembles of what appear to be life casts of faces resting atop "bodies" of unraveling bandages (Althamer uses friends, family members and neighbors as subjects). This show includes a reprise of his work Draftsmen’s Congress, a large whitewashed space in which visitors are invited to scribble on the walls and floors. Also on tap: a band of street musicians playing live on the sidewalk just outside the New Mu throughout the run of the show, with their tunes piped into the third-floor gallery.
Event phone: 212-219-1222
Event website: http://newmuseum.org
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