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Seven Things We Noticed at the Armory Show

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The ninth annual Armory Show opens at the West Side piers today, bringing 148 of the world's leading contemporary art galleries to Twelfth Avenue and 55th Street. (This is not to be confused with the Art Show, which is smaller and stodgier and opened yesterday at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue.) Yesterday was the press preview for the show, and New York art critic Karen Rosenberg was there. Her observations, in no particular order: 1. Stephen Shore's black-and-white photographs of Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, at 303 Gallery, have all the charisma that's missing from Factory Girl — and they were captured by an original Factory Boy. 2. There's the obligatory but effective protest piece: Thomas Hirschorn's sculpture at Arndt & Partner, combining grotesque bulges of newspaper and packing tape with unedited photographs of deformed people. 3. The BritArt Neon Wars rage on: Martin Creed's succinct "SHIT" faces off against Tracy Emin's confessional cursive "People like you need to fuck people like me."

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Comedian David Cross Likes His Peanut Butter and Pretzels With a Glass of Wine

When David Cross, whose comedic musings on the senselessness of electric kitchen knives are legendary, gave New York his advice on approaching a celebrity, he admitted, "I've always been (and always will be, until I need an operation) a big fan of the free beer." This week we caught him shortly after a dalliance with the South Beach Diet, which meant (operation be damned) he was free to consume succulent pork fat, three helpings of ramen, what he says is one of the best three pots of chili you'll ever have, and more than a few pints of beer. Whether or not the latter was purchased for him by one of his fans is unclear.

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