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Zombie Birdhouse

Keltie Ferris Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NYC Through October 17, 2015

A screenwriter bursts into his agent's office. "I have a great idea for a new picture," he enthuses. "We do a remake of The Wiz. Only with white people!" Clichéd Hollywood joke, sure, yet pretty much on point with regard to current trends in art and music. The mash-up, dub, remix, redux, or whatever you want to call it, has replaced the "appropriation" strategies of the 80s. It has morphed into something called Zombie Formalism that for better, or worse, is now seen as a legitimate art movement.

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is showing the paintings and works on paper of Keltie Ferris. These very large, high-keyed, color-filled canvases are warmly inviting on first viewing. Bright reds and blues dominate. The arching motif is brushy passages of paint, checkerboard squares, and general noodling around with the brush over airbrushed planes of color. The press release notes,
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Son Charged in Murder of Parents at South Carolina Resort

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Police have arrested the son of a couple found dead in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, hotel room on Friday and charged him with their murder. Carrie Daley Turner, 52, and Steven Gray Turner, 61, died from gunshot wounds, Horry County chief deputy coroner Tamara Willard told the News & Observer. Their son, Alexander Gray Turner, 23, was taken into custody on Saturday along with his girlfriend Chelsi Lelia Griffin, 19. They were each charged with two counts of murder, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Two other people, Grant Dollens and Roxanna Cumpan, were also arrested. They were charged with accessory after the fact in the case,
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Son Charged in Murder of Parents at South Carolina Resort

  • PEOPLE.com
Police have arrested the son of a couple found dead in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, hotel room on Friday and charged him with their murder. Carrie Daley Turner, 52, and Steven Gray Turner, 61, died from gunshot wounds, Horry County chief deputy coroner Tamara Willard told the News & Observer. Their son, Alexander Gray Turner, 23, was taken into custody on Saturday along with his girlfriend Chelsi Lelia Griffin, 19. They were each charged with two counts of murder, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Two other people, Grant Dollens and Roxanna Cumpan, were also arrested. They were charged with accessory after the fact in the case,
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Poetic License in Public Spaces

Siah Armajani: The Tomb Series Alexander Gray Associates September 4 - October 18, 2014

Iranian-born Siah Armajani, inarguably one of the finest sculptors in America to have emerged out of minimal and conceptual art, the main aesthetic strategies of the late 1960s, creates deeply affective rigorous and ruminative work. It appears to be at once elementarily simple and tautly complex.

The Tomb Series, Armajani's affective and whip-smart show at Alexander Gray Associates, reaffirms that no other artist doing public works has so richly mined the legacy of the Russian Constructivists with such complexity, finesse, and exalted depth of feeling. No other artist has been involved in creating a public art that provides a reminder of shared, communal values and does so without pandering or sentimentality. No other artist has invested so many years on an extended public meditation on moral excellence in relation to civic pride and civic virtue. In one of his early writings the artist stated,
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