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Last Chance To See LES Gallery Shows Before They Close On Valentine’s Day

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A whole slew of gallery shows will be closing this  weekend. The first show, “Undressed” by Jessica Lichtenstein, was extended at  Gallery Nine5 (24 Spring Street),  and ends today. The sexually charged figurines in the show depict women in various, and sometimes explicit, poses that offer a dialogue about female empowerment and self-confidence.

A four person show, “Babin/Cave/Medvedz/Kupferschmidt” featuring primarily black-and-white works,  will end on Saturday, February 13th at Eleven Rivington Gallery. This show should be interesting since the gallery admits that the palette is the only binding agent in the show, where each of the artists employs remarkably different methods and materials from one another.

On Valentines Day, the Lower East Side can expect to see many more shows close in preparation for new shows this Spring. This could present the perfect  Sunday excursion.  To start off the list appropriately, Vagabond Gallery (13 Stanton) will be closing their show “Certain Rhymes” by Marysia Gacek, whose work is actually based in part on the theme of love, and includes a variety of mediums including video and drawing.

Envoy Enterprises Gallery (131 Chrystie) photographer Thomas Dozol‘s show “Entre Temps” is also closing on Sunday. The show features photographs of people  caught in those in-between moments, betwixt a contemplative shower and the real world. The show was written about in the New York Times here.

Dispatch Bureau Gallery’s (127 Henry Street) Tom Holmes’ show  “Silly Rabbit-a gravestone and an urn” follows suit and also closes Sunday. Anne Doran wrote a review of this show, which revolves around strange ideas for all things funeral,  in Time Out NY. A letter, “My Dearest Kings…”, featured in the show can be viewed here.

Los Angeles artist Zoe Crosher‘s much talked-about show “The Unraveling of Michelle duBois” is coming to an end on the 14th at DCKT Gallery (195 Bowery). Crosher’s images focus on Michelle duBois, who was a working prostitute in Asia in the 70’s and 80’s. Crosher has retaken the photos, placing herself in duBois’s place.

Gallery OneTwentyEight (128 Rivington Street) will close their show “Abstract Gardens” by painter Sandy Straus on the 14th. Straus was inspired  by Irish gardens, and specifically vine imagery, for her paintings in this show.

“Point to one end, which is always present” a group show at Small A Projects (261 Broome Street) will also come to a close on the 14th. The title for this show was taken from a T.S. Eliot poem, and the works in the show try to represent non-descriptive connotations of time and place.

The last gallery closing on February 14th is Robin Graubard‘s show, The Hold Up at Participant Inc. Gallery (253 East Houston). This show seems to capture images  that document a sort of fragile human spirit. Gaurbard, who has been nominated in the past for two Pulitzer prizes,  was once a teen runaway in Eastern Europe.

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