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Anton van Dalen, Self-Portrait with Pigeon Coop Looking North, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 × 64".

Anton van Dalen

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Anton van Dalen, Self-Portrait with Pigeon Coop Looking North, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 × 64".

A local artist and proud of it, Anton van Dalen has lived in the East Village since 1972, and his years there have generated his subject matter. This show largely focused on the neighborhood, and included not only recent and a few older paintings but also a one-evening enactment of Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre, a performance he first aired in 1995 and has developed steadily in the years since. In the past, Van Dalen has enjoyed flights of fancy—scenes of interplanetary travel, and spatial fantasies recalling M. C. Escher, and the like—and this show too had its Magrittean moments of rabbits jumping through computer screens and hens bigger than cars. But it concentrated on the East Village, properly emphasizing that community’s importance to Van Dalen. In doing so, the exhibition brought to mind recent presentations of artists such as Greer Lankton and Arch Connelly, or of

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