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Art Break: News Coverage as Art—’Richard Mosse: Heat Maps’ at Shainman Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 27, 2017

Art has the ability to enable us to see life in a different way. This is how it can make a difference: by reframing a topic in a new or more accessible way, the artist can help the viewer make sense of it all and spark discussion for practical activities and results. ZEALnyc recommends Richard Mosse’s Heat Maps in Chelsea as a starting point in understanding how a big news story can be explained in ways other than traditional reportage. As always, admission is free at all venues.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street

When: Now through March 4, Tues – Sat: 11-6

Who: Kader Attia: Reason’s Oxymorons

What: Eighteen videos discussing mental health issues and treatments in Africa and Europe

Why: An open and frank discussion of mental health and its impact around the world

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street

When: Now through March 11, Tues-Sat: 10-6

Who: Richard Mosse: Heat Maps

What: Panoramic photographs documenting the refugee crisis in Europe

Why: Framing this social and political issue in a new manner

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street

When: Now through April 24, Sun-Sat: 10-6

Who: Constructing Paradise

What: Group show of Austrian and United States artists reinterpreting notions of the ‘exotic’ as described by previous generations of Western artists

Why: Compare and contrast views of the past and present. You may be surprised how much or little things have changed.

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Taylor|Graham, 32 East 67th Street

When: Now through March 16, Mon-Fri: 10-5:30

Who: Dennis Powers: Assemblage

What: Found objects aesthetically arranged

Why: The whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, even if the parts are discarded items


Cover: Still from Incoming #97, 2016 ©Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


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