Kara Walker and Ai Weiwei

I recently saw two shows currently on display in New York that are worth mentioning. Kara Walker shows new drawings and text works at the Sikkema Jenkins Gallery in Chelsea. The drawings are significantly different than her earlier cut out silhouette works, but are equally if not more powerful. They are bold and aggressive and very moving. Please see:
http://www.sikkemajenkinsco.com/karawalker_viewexh5.html
I also saw Ai Weiwei’s Chinese Zodiac sculptures opposite the southeast corner of Central park. They are playful and exquisitely sculpted bronzes.
Sadly the artist is now in Chinese custody for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government.

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