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Anton van Dalen

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Anton van Dalen is a 50-year-old Dutch-born artist who emigrated to America in 1966. For the past two decades he has lived on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and made art that addresses the changes in both his own life and the neighborhood’s. Not surprisingly, as someone who moved there and addressed the place in his work long before it became either a fashionable place to live or acceptable subject matter, van Dalen has gained a certain stature among a generation of younger artists.

This exhibition, titled “The Memory Cabinet: Paintings, Drawings, Objects 1950–1988,” was a retrospective survey covering the whole range of van Dalen’s art—paintings, drawings, sculptures, dioramas, stencils, notebooks from various periods in the artist’s life, toy cars he made for his two children, a decorated rabbit hutch, a large dollhouse, and a large sculpture/pigeon coop in the shape of a car. The exhibition

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