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Nobuyoshi Araki Opens in NYC at Mana Contemporary

Nobuyoshi Araki opening party this Saturday, May 4, from 1-7 p.m.
**Free shuttles will run from Milk Studios starting at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit artmanafest.com.

Araki @MANAcontemp

The self-titled show in Mana’s first-floor gallery will feature more than 150 of Araki’s works selected from a distinguished private collection, as well as a unique installation of 500 Polaroids. Arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer—and certainly its most controversial—Araki’s work is charged with intense sexuality. Known best for his intimate, snapshot style images of women in bondage (also known as kinbaku, the Japanese art of erotic rope-tying), Araki is an artist who reacts strongly to his emotions and uses photography to express them more fully. Don’t miss this opportunity to view a rare selection of works by Araki!

Below is a preview of the work presented by this groundbreaking and controversial photographer.
Make sure you check out the opening party Saturday, May 4, from 1-7 p.m.
On view May 4 – August 16, 2013.

Also opening…

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Tom Fruin, Neon Noose, 2011. Hand-bent neon, wire, transformer. Dimensions variable.
Collection of Micha Ziprkowski.

Obsession
On Mana Contemporary’s 1st and 6th floors, in collaboration with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Obsession delves into the minds of five passionate collectors of contemporary art. Guided by internal forces, collectors, much like artists, are drawn toward a certain aesthetic. Whether in pursuit of style, medium, or conceptual thread, collectors play an instrumental role in the life cycle of art, helping to propel the careers of artists they ardently believe in.

The exhibition features selected works from the collections of Eileen S. Kaminsky, Gary Lichtenstein, Ysabel Pinyol, Steve Hanson and Micha Ziprkowski. From the seductive encased tar paintings of Daniel Turner to the intricate patchwork of Tom Fruin’s City Map, each collection is presented in a unique space and curated to evoke the collector’s taste and distinct practices.

MECA_Fatima_Abu_Romi_Exit_79a78a Fatima Abu Romi, still from Exit, 3:38 min., 2012.

Voices from the Interior
The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) will present films by six women artists, all members of the Palestinian minority living in Israel. The works reveal the multiple layers and complexities of the artists’ identities. Questions of nationalism, culture, and geography are prominent as the artists’ reflect on being ethnic and religious minorities in a Jewish state. But beyond the politics, the artists address issues of gender and womanhood, both within the Palestinian community in Israel as well as the larger Arab world.

Mana Contemporary provides a Free Shuttle Bus from Manhattan: Shuttles to the event can be taken from Milk Gallery (450 W. 15th Street-Corner of 10th Ave) to Mana Contemporary starting at 12:30 pm through 5:30 pm. Buses will return to Manhattan from 2 pm through 7 pm. 888 NEWARK AVENUE, JERSEY CITY, NJ 07306

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All Hail Lorde! And Have A Listen To ‘Royals’

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For your Friday listening pleasure, I bring you a beauty that goes by the name of Lorde. That’s it… LORDE. Hailing from New Zealand, she is bringing us Marina Diamonds meets Kate Nash meets Purity Ring meets Florence Welch realness. There’s a sort of raw innocence to her lyrics, and with the most recent track off her EP The Love Club called ‘Royals’ she is putting lame mainstream redundancy in check.

Listen to ‘Royals’ below and I guarantee you’ll instantly fall in love with her. All hail LORDE!

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SONG PREMIERE: Poliça – “Tiff” Featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon

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The latest single from Polica, “Tiff,” is a ghostly collab with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon that will take you on a steady emotional roller-coaster. Polica and Justin, who first teamed up in indie rock super group Gayngs, performed the song together this past Friday (4/12) at Coachella.

Listen to ‘Tiff‘ here
https://soundcloud.com/polica/tiff/

Watch Polica debut “Tiff” with Justin Vernon at Coachella
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Tour Dates
4/23 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
4/24 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
5/10 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre  – Atlanta, GA *
6/6 – Governors Ball – New York, NY
7/27- XPN Festival – Camden, NJ

*with Smashing Pumpkins