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Buying Brooklyn: The Art Edition

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For the style set that insists on local food, local booze, and locally sourced designs, here’s local art. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) kicks off its eighth annual BAMart Silent Auction tomorrow, and honorary curator Beth Rudin DeWoody selected pieces made by artists either based in Brooklyn or who have previously collaborated with BAM. They include Nate Lowman, Richard Prince, and Terence Koh. Polaroid portraits of Dolly Parton, Keith Haring, and Bianca Jagger may go quickly, but we’re told that a few other artists’ works are set to be the big-ticket items here. Among them, a piece (pictured) by Mickalene Thomas (whose portrait of Michelle Obama was the first painting of the First Lady to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery), an ink and graphite work by Matthew Ritchie, and an etching (Plate Distortion II) by Tauba Auerbach. The works are currently on display at the Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby of the Peter Jay Sharp Building at BAM and viewable online. The auction, supporting BAM initiatives, launches tomorrow on Paddle8.com and runs through April 22.

Art: Mickalene Thomas

What Do Pina Bausch and Cartier Have In Common?

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With first-world economies in a steep slide, India is becoming an increasingly important market for luxury companies. But lest we forget, it’s long been a place of inspiration for creative souls. Before the holidays, I caught the last Stateside performance of Pina Bausch’s Bamboo Blues at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, her new work rooted in many visits to the subcontinent over three decades. One of the show’s most striking elements are the delicate, jewel-toned, draped and pleated dresses by costume designer Marion Cito that subtly echo traditional Indian dress. In the audience I spotted a few of Bausch’s boldface fans: Rachel Weisz, low-key in a button-down oxford and jeans; and art stars Helen Marden and Alba and Francesco Clemente, the latter dapper as always in an impeccable wool overcoat and scarf. Fans of Bausch’s work need not fret if they missed the sold-out Brooklyn run, though they will have to be somewhat patient. Bamboo Blues will appear next in St. Petersburg in July. And if your appetite for Bausch’s unique brand of contemporary dance, performance art, theatre, and set design is still not satisfied, you can plan a visit to her Wuppertal Tanztheater in Wuppertal, Germany, where her company stages celebrated pieces from her multi-decade repertoire. It’s the kind of trip that makes sense these days, as cultural tourism seems more apropos than over-the-top luxurious getaways.

Photo: Richard Termine