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View of “East ex East,” 2011.

“East ex East”

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View of “East ex East,” 2011.

Visitors to “East ex East,” a group show organized by the British critic and curator Jane Neal, could not fail to be drawn in by the kaleidoscope of signs that characterize the artistic expressions of an idea of the East seeking to free itself from cliché. The very concept of “East” was articulated in a surprising way: The exhibition’s first room featured Asian artists living in the West, while the following spaces were dedicated to artists from Eastern Europe, Israel, and Russia.

Near the entrance, a tripod supporting a truncated pyramid, like some sort of telescope or binoculars, aroused the curiosity of the viewer, who of course could not help but approach the slotlike opening in hope of discovering its contents: Music Man, 2009, an animated video by painter Tala Madani. It shows a muscular, bearded man who harasses another, skinny man whose vomit and spit gradually pile up on

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