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I was fortunate enough to see, experience, ponder and absorb a great deal of wonderful artwork all around town this year, and I was happy to be able to write about quite a lot of it for The L and Brooklyn Magazine. Had I my druthers, though, and perhaps a few fewer part-time gigs—and maybe also the super power of ubiquity, likely wished for by many others who cover art in New York City—I would’ve...
At first glance, Adbul Abdullah's photography might conjure confusing feelings. The imagery is unfamiliar and, at times, morose: a man, ensconced in a monkey mask, embraces a chimp like one of his children; a husband and wife, are adorned in balaclavas and profusely colored wedding garb. It takes more than a passing glance to recognize their innate politicization. In fact, Abdullah's work attempts to distill the Muslim experience in a post-9/11 world: demonization, unprompted surveillance, and an unfair...

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