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RockCenter-Houseago2RockCenter-Houseago9RockCenter-Houseago10British artist Thomas Houseago’s mask installation opens at Rockefeller Plaza April 28, 2015.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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NYIFF2015NYIFF2015aNYIFF2015cAroon Shivdasani, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council (top photo), briefed the press recently on the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival, May 4-9, 2015.

As in past years, this year’s festival will be presenting films (27) that are topical and poignant, including award winning Daughters of Mother India and Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw, the Gala Opening Night Film at the Paris Theatre, May 4.

Tickets are still available.

AIPAD2015cAIPAD2015eAIPAD Photography Show — Day 2

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AIPAD2015-LincolnAIPAD2015-Lincoln2Chinese artist Zhang Wei’s “artificial theater” hero portrait of the 16th President of the United States is being scooped-up at AIPAD.

Ironically, today’s Lincoln worshipers are acting more like Confederates — pushing rebellions and slavery in various parts of the world. In the “Hero” series write-up, Zhang Wei suggests that the “recessive violence” and “loss of reason” of hero worshipers has “destroyed the consciousness of independence and freedom of individuals, and makes human civilization go back to slavery, only with transformation of face.”

AIPAD2015AIPAD2015bAIPAD2015aAIPAD2015ErwittThe Association of International Photography Art Dealers is holding their annual fair at the Park Avenue Armory through April 19, 2015.

This year’s show features 89 leading photography galleries from around the world.

Eminent American photographer Elliott Erwitt was on hand for the preview (bottom photo), as was Japanese photographer Ayano Sudo (top right).

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Hrbacek1HrbacekNew York artist Mary Hrbacek’s recent work, “Life Before Life”, a solo exhibition of drawings and acrylic paintings at Creon in NYC, runs through April 29, 2015.

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WilliamKleinPhotographer William Klein’s recent work: William Klein + Brooklyn (2013) is on display at Howard Greenberg Gallery, through May 2, 2015.

Born in New York, Mr. Klein, 86, now resides in Paris.

DelhiArt-NYCDelhiArtGallery-BPrabhaDelhiArtGalleryDelhiArtGalleryNYC2015Delhi Art Gallery, with locations in New Delhi and Mumbai, is now open in the famed Fuller Building on 57th Street.

The gallery’s debut exhibition: India Modern features paintings and works on paper by 40 modern Indian artists (born before 1947), including K.H Ara, Krishen Khanna, and B. Prabha.

The modern project and its quest for the “essential” has often led to a revolt against being itself — with egoism and algorithms producing emptiness and death for individuals and society.

B. Prabha (1931-2001), one of two female artists in the show, in a painting done in 1964 (second from top) “evokes a bare desert landscape where one has come upon a small clump of dried trees, the survivors of a grove, the only vestiges of life in a wasted landscape of miles of sand or salty marsh.”

Hopefully contemporary Indian artists will inspire in their countrymen progress rooted in being, rather than the non-being so prevalent in the West.

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ASDT2015eASDT2015fAmandaSelwynDanceTheatre2015aThe Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre began their fifteenth season with a World Premiere of Renewal at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, March 13-15.

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