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Red Giant, 2011, Trudy Benson.

Opening: Trudy Benson: Actual/Virtual, Mike Weiss Gallery, 520 West 24th Street, opening October 13, 6 – 8pm.

A solo exhibition of new work by Mana Contemporary artist-in-residence, Trudy Benson, opens at Mike Weiss Gallery on Thursday, October 13 and remains on view until November 13.  Benson makes large-scale abstract paintings exploring ideas of space and materiality through thick strokes of bold, saturated colors.  Using brooms, squeegees and other tools to apply paint, or squeezing it directly from the tube onto the canvas, she creates visceral textures with electric charges.

Exhibition: New Photography 2011, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, through January 16, 2012.

The MoMA’s New Photography 2011 exhibition features the work of six international artists -  Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen and Zhang Dali.  Lawson examines the African American experience through intimate portraits of friends and strangers, while Rickard documents people and economically distressed places in America using imagery captured from Google Street View.  Dali juxtaposes manipulated propaganda photographs used under Mao Tse Tung’s Communist regime with original source material to call attention to censorship and political intent.  Davey creates grids from photographs she has made and mailed to friends which bear the imprint of this exchange. Georgiou photographs modern-day Turkey as its traditions are confronted with development and Westernization, and Sassen portrays anonymous subjects in unidentified African countries.

Slide Show and Screening: An Evening with Diane Arbus and Marvin Israel, School of Visual Arts Theatre, 333 23rd Street, October 6, 7:30pm.

Aperture Foundation and the School of Visual Arts present A Slide Show and Talk by Diane Arbus (1970), the original audio recording of a slide presentation by Arbus, and a screening of Who is Marvin Israel? (2005) at the School of Visual Arts Theatre.  The short documentary on the life and work of Marvin Israel examines his influence on Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and Lee Friedlander, among others.  The event is free and coincides with the release of Diane Arbus: A Chronology and newly reissued Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph and Untitled: Diane Arbus on the 40th anniversary of her death.

– Tema Stauffer