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"War is Over"

Sideshow
2006-01-01

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right this way to see the most fantastic, the most outrageous, the most inclusive, the “Biggest Show on Earth” (at least for Williamsburg.) Richard Timperio and a crew of recently unemployed elves undertake what has become a local holiday tradition. War is Over is this year’s episode of the biggest open call art exhibit anywhere. Last year there were over 180 participants, and this year they’re on track to hang even more. This is a virtual Whitman’s Sampler of art with something for everyone from the undiscovered to the overexposed. See works by the likes of Larry Poons, Kathy Bradford, Bill Jensen, Ronnie Landfield, Stephen Maine, Lori Ortez, Phong Bui and a cast of hundreds. Though the sheer number of works might seem overwhelming, Timperio orchestrates the placement with an eye towards interesting juxtapositions that enhance each piece by way of association, while providing a democratic leveling that encourages new appreciations without too much art world intervention.

—James Kalm
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