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Prepare for the recently dormant yet typically quite lively art gallery circuits in our fine town to get jolted back into activity this week with hundreds of openings scattered around the boroughs. There are about 20 shows opening in the Lower East Side alone this Wednesday, for instance, and another 50 in Chelsea on Thursday. Yes, 50. Just in Chelsea. Just this Thursday. And that's a low-balled estimate. So is the 20. Friday, then, will feature...
I posted the first part of my Fall Museum Preview several weeks ago. It was a roundup of then-current and soon-to-open exhibitions at The New Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, and MoMA. All of those shows are on view now, so have a look here for links and descriptive notes. As for Part 2, below are some verbal trailers for a half...
Just outside the entrance to “Madeline in New York,” the New York Historical Society’s Ludwig Bemelmans show, sits a Madeline doll in a glass case. A bright yellow hat and boxy, red-yarn hair frame her round face. Her smile is a curved red line, slightly askew. Out of her chic, long blue coat peeks her scarf and, below, her black shoes. As soon as I saw her, the tears began. I had that Madeline doll;...

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