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GREAT EXHIBITIONS: Freud At The Pompidou, Marclay At The Whitney, Dr. Lakra At ICA Boston

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WHAT: Lucian Freud L'Atelier
WHO: Lucian Freud and his celebrated paintings
WHEN: March 10 - July 19, 2010
WHERE: Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris, France

WHY: "Composed of around fifty large-sized paintings, accompanied by a selection of graphic works and photographs of the artist's London studio from special collections (for the majority of them), the exhibition is organized around the theme of the artist's studio, a place behind closed doors which paved the foundations for Lucian Freud's painting and activity. (From the Centre Pompidou website.)

WHAT: Christian Marclay: Festival
WHO: Christian Marclay. Artist/composer
WHEN: July 1 - September 26, 2010
WHERE: Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021

WHY: Artist/composer Christian Marclay (b. 1955) is known for his distinctive fusion of image and sound. Celebrated as a pioneer of turntablism, Marclay transforms sound and music into visual and physical forms through performance, collage, sculpture, large-scale installations, photography, and video. This groundbreaking Whitney exhibition--activated by daily concerts and continually evolving--explores Marclay's approach to the world around him with a particular focus on his "graphic scores" for performance by musicians and vocalists. Visitors to the Whitney will be encouraged to mark up a wall-sized chalkboard, with musical staff lines, thereby creating a collective musical score which will be performed throughout the run of the show. (From the Whitney Museum's website.)

WHAT: Dr. Lakra
WHO: Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez, aka Dr. Lakra
WHEN: April 14 - September 6, 2010
WHERE: Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

WHY: Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez, also known as Dr. Lakra, is an renowned tattoo artist who lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under his pseudonym, loosely translating as "Dr. Delinquent," he draws over vintage printed materials and found objects rather than skin, manipulating images of pin-up girls, 1940s Mexican businessmen, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers. (From the ICA Boston website.)