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James Stephens “Improvisations” review @ Hyperallergic

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — The concept of “improvisational painting” might evoke the idea of loose compositions with abstract shapes — Kandinsky-like squiggles and half-formed images, or a visual jazz of color and texture. However, the paintings in James Stephens: Improvisations, the inaugural show for the new gallery ArtNxT, which opened in […]

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Symphony in D @ Knight Arts Blog

What does Detroit sound like? This seemingly basic question yielded complicated answers, as composer and MIT Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover discovered once he began work on “Symphony in D”—a collaboration between himself, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and innumerable people in Detroit, all funded by Knight Foundation. Machover, having executed a […]

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Tod Machover’s Symphony in D @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — The sounds of the city have long been an inspiration to composers — think of iconic soundscapes from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to Bernstein’s West Side Story score. There is a difference, however, between creating music inspired by a city — but still wholly executed within the context […]

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EDITION/15 opening this Saturday @ Simone DeSousa Gallery!

For all those looking to break up their holiday shopping weekend with a high culture infusion, consider dropping in to Simone DeSousa Gallery this Saturday, November 28th, for the opening of the new group show and first-year holiday tradition, EDITION/15. The exhibition furthers the gallery’s mission to engage and nurture […]

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Olayami Dabls “Normal Nudity” @ Knight Arts Blog

Artist Olayami Dabls is best known for the African Bead Museum and its surrounding sprawling sculptural installation, for which he received a $100,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant. Relatively unknown were a series of figurative watercolors, all depicting nude figures, that he began painting in 2011, creating as many as 75 […]

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Jon Sasaki’s Rightsized Limo @ Hyperallergic

DETROIT — A limousine can be many things: transportation of choice for prom, a status marker, and a bit of a paradox. Look at me, limo clientele seem to be saying, but don’t look at me. Regardless, a limousine certainly serves as a handy metaphor for material excess and the […]

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