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Continuing on our list of things to do, build and see in New York city for Makers, “Lots of Things Like This” just opened at apexart (a block or so away from the surplus, art, electronics & plastic stores we wrote about). It was curated by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s, Once Upon a school & 826 National, 826 National is a family of seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, with expository and creative writing, good stuff).

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If you like art from R.Crumb and more text-ish based / cartoons, this free show is a good stop if you’re following our Maker tour of the Canal street area…

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Lots of Things Like This, organized by Dave Eggers
April 2 – May 10, 2008

“Why is it important to many of the artists that the drawings appear casual, even rushed? Is the loose draftsmanship part of its appeal, in that it seems more intimate and disarming? Is absurdity more appealing when it comes across as humble?

What is the line between a doodle, a cartoon, a gag, a work of fine art, and will there ever be a time when someone doesn’t insist on writing a similar kind of silly and rhetorical sentence in an art catalog?”

With works by: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Cohen, David Berman, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Georges Braque, Jeffrey Brown, R. Crumb, Henry Darger, Marcel Duchamp, CM Evans, Shephard Fairey, David Godbold, Alasdair Gray, Philip Guston, Paul Hornschemeier, Jay Howell, Chris Johanson, Maira Kalman, Kenneth Koch, David Mamet, Quenton Miller, Tucker Nichols, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, Raymond Pettibon, Dan Perjovschi, Amy Jean Porter, Steve Powers, Royal Art Lodge, Peter Saul, George Schneeman, Olga Scholten, David Shrigley, Shel Silverstein, Nedko Solakov, Ralph Steadman, William Steig, Saul Steinberg, and Kurt Vonnegut

More photos here.


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