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Sarah Kay - “Private Parts”

“I never wanted to hide my body from him. If I could have, I’m sure I would have given it all away with the rest of me. I did not know it was possible to save some things for myself.”

Sarah Kay, performing at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles.

thru Sept 6:

Leighton’s Flaming June
 Frederic Leighton

The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St., NYC

This nineteenth-century masterpiece embodies the modern philosophy of “art for art’s sake,” the belief that the value of art lies in its aesthetic qualities rather than in its subject matter. The sensuously draped figure — freed from any narrative context — is integrated into a harmonious ensemble of rhythmic lines and radiant color. On loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, Flaming June makes its first public appearance in New York City in more than thirty-five years, exhibited alongside the Frick’s four full-length portraits by James McNeill Whistler, another major proponent of “art for art’s sake.”

last day Aug 30:

Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-15

The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., NYC

includes all artists in the “Open Sessions” program, giving the first floor of the museum over to an exploration of contemporary drawing, encompassing performance, video, sculpture, and installation, as well as traditional drawing forms.

pictured: Jimbo Blachly, Drawing Wagon, 2015, Paper, ink, wood