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32 free exhibition openings in New York City (NYC)

Gallery Openings in New York City (NYC, NY, Manhattan)

It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in New York City art galleries. There are so many galleries, and so little time! Here is a good sampling to start with.

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Juror Matthew Leifheit chose Dannielle Bowman, Sacha Vega and Jenna Westra to be included in the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 16
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, 2018 Annual Juried Competition: New Photography

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Do you ever see a stranger and wonder...“What’s it like being you?” Someone's been asking that question for the past nine years and have received more than 30,000 hand-written, true, and anonymous answers. Whether about love or loss, joy or fear, what they all have in common is an honest voice of the human experience. The Strangers Project returns for the fifth time with a space to read and explore hundreds of anonymous, handwritten stories—and maybe even share your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 16
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, The Strangers Project: Anonymous, Handwritten Stories

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Found in Translation focuses on shedding light on the concept of literacy and translation, more specifically, on the cultural similarities and differences between Korean and Western countries via the use of language through typography and art. 19 Korean and 19 American/Western artists, both renowned and up-and-coming, have created typographic artworks that are based on expressions that the two cultures share in common.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 16
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, Found in Translation: Group Show

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A solo gallery exhibition by Dan Alva. The Miami-based street artist utilizes his marketing and advertisement background to create satirical works that aim to challenge the messages of recognizable ad campaigns and comment on the excesses of materialism and lifestyle marketing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 16
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, Con Art: Challenging the Excesses of Commercialism

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An exhibition consisting of photographs by German photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931). Throughout Von Gloeden’s career, he captured pastoral nudes of young men in Sicily. Upon his 1877 arrival to Taormina, he saw young men as vestiges of a Greco-Roman golden age when male homoeroticism was relatively tolerated. Inspired by the liberalism and Arcadian landscapes he saw in Sicily, Von Gloeden reappropriated classical culture through his nude sitters, accessorizing them with Greco-Roman motifs of skimpy togas, olive wreaths, and amphorae.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Aug 17
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Marvellous Boys: A Photography Retrospective

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At the beginning of 1968, the so-called rebuilding process began in Czechoslovakia. It was based on the utterly misconceived idea that the regime established and maintained by brutal methods can be democratized and humanized by moderate reforms. If successful, it would probably lead to the loss of the power monopoly of the Communist Party, the re-acquisition of full political sovereignty of Czechoslovakia, and, in its consequence, to the collapse of the Soviet bloc. An army of half-a-million soldiers of five Soviet bloc states - the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and the German Democratic Republic - invaded the country with heavy military equipment including tanks. People were horrified and took to the streets to protest the occupants. The exhibition includes photographs by Vladimír Lammer, Libuše Kyndrová, Dagmar Hochová, Miloň Novotný, Jiří Všetečka, Miroslav Martinovský, Václav Toužimský, Jaromír Čejka, Bohumil Dobrovolský, Jiří Stivín, Gustav Aulehla, and Jan Reich, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Aug 21
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, August 21, 1968: Photographs of the Crushing of the Prague Spring

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The 2018 MFA photography thesis exhibition Now features photographs, video installations, photographic installation, and printed works.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, August 23, 2018, 08/23/2018, Now: College Photography

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Works by Los Angeles-based Aiko Hachisuka and John Williams. This first two-person project with the artists presents new wall-based assemblages by Hachisuka and recent paintings by Williams, highlighting their respective, unfettered approaches to material based and chromatically-arduous abstraction. Hachisuka and Williams are innovative and uninhibited colorists, who both move their works to the edges of extreme physicality, intuitively challenging conventions of contained beauty.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 5
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 05, 2018, 09/05/2018, Works by 2 Los Angeles-Based Artists

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A solo exhibition of new paintings by Amy Hill. Hill’s artistic career and developed style have been cultivated through her intense investigations of art historical references. Through portraiture, she relates common circumstances within cross relationships in time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 5
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 05, 2018, 09/05/2018, Back to Nature: Portrait Paintings

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Sixty-five international artists explore our duty to protect and sustain the earth for future generations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 6
5:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, Terra inFirma: 65 Artists on Caring for the Earth

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An exchange of graphic ideas between China and the Western world, this is a juried biennial highlighting the the highest level of Chinese design. The exhibition aims to contextualize contemporary Chinese design within the country’s broader culture, commerce and daily life. It features award-winning typography, illustration, information visualizations, animation, new media and environmental design from over 150 top international designers to underscore China's creative force and flourishing graphic design industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 6
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, Graphic Design in China: 150 Top International Designers

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Connotations of union workers, along with denotations of art, has led Local #1 Ironworker and artist Anthony Adcock to create works that generate experiences similar to that of a job-site, mimicking specific moments of the construction process via Trompe l'oeil painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and video. The illusionistic quality of his artwork allows viewers to consider the work as found objects or ready-mades, generating questions of authorship and production. His hyperreal paintings and sculptures may be easily overlooked despite the hundreds of hours required to create.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 6
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, Foundation: Hyperreal Paintings and Sculptures

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Featuring: Alexander Krohmer Pingkan Lucas Allan Markman Thom O'Connor Linda Sandow Christopher Sheils Bruce Wodder
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Thu, Sep 6
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, 7 Solo Photography Shows

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Hunter Gatherer marks Julie Heffernan’s eighth solo exhibition with the gallery and her first New York presentation in five years. With this exhibition, Heffernan continues her practice of bringing the viewer directly into contact with her interior world through a series of virtuosic self-portraits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 6
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, Hunter Gatherer: Virtuosic Self-Portraits

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An unprecedented solo exhibition for Hong Kong-based artist Chow Chun Fai will feature 21 works. Fai perfectly recreates scenes from notable international films and paints English translations as subtitles. Each piece has a unique Hong Kong viewpoint which reveals the continued dilemmas that Hong Kong people face in regard to their identity. Fai’s works exhibit the local culture of Hong Kong, and more specifically the heightened social tensions caused by the socio-political turmoil dating back to 1997.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 8
5:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 08, 2018, 09/08/2018, Painting on Movies: Recreation of Film Moments

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Through her art practice, internationally celebrated Dublin artist Bernie Leahy picks apart visceral human connections, finding and laying bare the vulnerability in each chosen subject matter. In this exhibition, Leahy has created an evocative series of stitched drawings and small sculptures, embodied with a variety of media including gold leaf, uncut diamonds and acrylic on linen and canvas. Fragments of the human form—eyes, mouths, glances—capture Leahy’s personal moments and stories and imbues them with a sense of passion and energy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 10
5:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 10, 2018, 09/10/2018, Why Are We: Drawing and Sculpture with Stitching

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An exhibition spotlighting three mid-career photographers over the age of fifty, who were provided grants by WeTransfer to realize new work. The three photographers come from different continents, contexts, and professional backgrounds, but all use photography as a way to explore and understand the world around them, providing a fresh and nuanced perspective on space, relationships, and the effect of the built environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 11
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 11, 2018, 09/11/2018, Refocus: Spotlights Work of Under-Represented Photographers

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The Un-Heroic Act is a concentrated survey of works by a diverse roster of artists representing three generations – and including Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker – which aims to fill a gap in the history of art, where the subject of rape has been represented by countless historical depictions by male artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 12
5:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.

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Dorian Gaudin (b. 1986 in Paris, France) is a New York-based artist who works in sculpture and installation. His installations often include masterfully engineered machines that lack any explicit purpose, yet move spontaneously, animated from within. These autonomous and unpredictable works of art allow us to question the nature of objects and whether we can engage with machines as active users or are in fact passive viewers. Gaudin’s work has been shown at Palais de Tokyo, Zurich and Paris; ISEL Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; and DUMBO Arts Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 12
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Site-Specific Installation and Wall Works

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Joshua Lutz’s third solo show at the gallery points to the physical and psychological gap one confronts in daily life. It is a reference to the gap between thoughts as well as the gap between comprehension and confusion. Caught between thinking something is one thing and the reality of what it actually is, Mind the Gap functions as a reminder of the effort needed to let go of the stories we tell ourselves and to rest for a brief moment in the here and now. Joshua Lutz has received many prestigious awards and grants, including The Aaron Siskind Fellowship; The Tierney Fellowship; and the Hudson Year Fellowship. Lutz has exhibited his work internationally in numerous shows over the past fifteen years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 13
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, Mind the Gap: Black-and-White Photographs

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Lines Thicken: Stuart Davis in Black and White is an exhibition of black and white paintings and works on paper by Stuart Davis (1892-1964). As Barbara Haskell notes in the catalog for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2016 Davis exhibition, “Stuart Davis has been called one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century and the best American artist of his generation.” Mural Studies brings together eight of Lee Krasner’s rarely exhibited small-scale, gouache-on-paper studies for an unrealized Works Progress Administration mural painting. Created in 1940 (the same year Krasner produced, in her own words, her “first abstract work”) the gouaches investigate varying configurations of geometric and biomorphic forms alongside linear elements reminiscent of Jean Arp and Joan Miró.
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Thu, Sep 13
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, 2 Art Shows: Stuart Davis / Lee Krasner

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A solo exhibition of the New York-based photographer Yojiro Imasaka.   Developed over several sojourns on the island of O'ahu, Imasaka's newest series captures a vision of Hawai'i far removed from its postcard-perfect beaches. Instead, his photographs transport us to an overgrown landscape, where the crispness of each leaf, frond, and branch is sporadically disrupted by moments of blurry focus, a result of the wind that inhabits the forest.These "trade winds" gently course through every corner of the island all year round, affecting its temperature, air quality, evenocean currents by their presence or absence. Imasaka reflects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 13
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, Trade Winds: Hawai'i in Photographs

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Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger is recognized for his rich and complex body of work, spanning painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, video, performance, and photography. This exhibition features new paintings and two large-scale sculptures presented for the first time to an American audience. The works on view extend Wallinger’s career-long engagement with ideas of power, authority, artifice, and illusion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 13
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, Study for Self Reflection : Painting and Sculpture

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This exhibition presents a series of exquisite, recent works by master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar. The central theme of the collection is the Medicine Buddha, and Jamyang explores various paths to elaborate the extraordinary and precious healing nature of the Medicine (Blue) Buddha, who comes from the eastern Pure Land, also called the Lapis Jewel Land. The Medicine Buddha is the supreme healer in Tibetan medicine and holistic healing tradition, a refuge in times of illness, and helps put an end to the three poisons: attachment, hatred, and ignorance.
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Thu, Sep 13
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, Mantra in Motion: Masterful Calligraphy

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This exhibition explores the aesthetic dialogue between Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) and Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), two of the most inimitable and innovative artists of the twentieth century. Bringing together over 80 sculptures, objects, photographs, films, and drawings from an international array of public and private collections, as well as a selection of rare archival documents, this exhibition is the first of its kind in any American museum or gallery. Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue aims to enrich our knowledge of the personal and creative conversation that sustained these two utterly singular artists for years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 20
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue

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A muse to Jean Paul Gaultier and the greatest fashion photographers of her generation, artist Claudia Huidobro has developed an aesthetic practice that probes the cult of beauty and femininity. Through powerful images and performances, she chips away at the myth of perfection that she once helped perpetuate. Her third show in New York brings together photographs, collage, and work in various mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 22, 2018, 09/22/2018, Faite Main (Hand Made): Photos, Collages and More

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Since 2015, artist Guadalupe Rosales has been building an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera connected to Latinx culture in Los Angeles. Her projects exist as both archives of physical objects and crowd sourced digital archives, assembled on her widely followed Instagram accounts: Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz. Guided by an instinct to create counternarratives, Rosales tells the stories of communities often underrepresented in official archives and public memory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 25
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Legends Never Die: A Collective Memory: Photos of L.A. Latinx Culture

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Driven by the desire for adventure and discovery, Cobi Moules latest series of paintings document his journey across America not only to explore the country's natural beauty and diversity, but also to reflect upon his position within it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 4
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 04, 2018, 10/04/2018, That's All They Really Want: Paintings from a Journey Across America

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The gallery’s first exhibition with multimedia artist Hew Locke will continue Locke’s investigation into the role public statues play in the way national identity and history are formed, an element of his practice that he has been exploring since 2002. The exhibition will take as its starting point a series of contentious sculptures in the US, including of Peter Stuyvesant, George Washington, J Marion Sims, Alexander Hamilton, and Christopher Columbus, among others, several of which have been the subject of debate for removal over the past several years.
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Thu, Oct 11
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 11, 2018, 10/11/2018, Patriots: The Role of Public Statuary

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This is the first United States exhibition dedicated exclusively to the artist’s cycle of very small human figures created in France and Switzerland during the Second World War. Evolving against a backdrop of unprecedented socio-political upheaval, this unique body of work represents a profoundly transformative phase of Giacometti’s career: at no more than three inches tall and as thin as nails, these works reveal the path that led the artist to the elongated figures for which he became famous in the final two decades of his life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 17
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 17, 2018, 10/17/2018, Intimate Immensity: Alberto Giacometti Sculptures, 1935-1945

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This retrospective will present the artist’s work in cut paper, ranging from traditional ketubot (elaborately decorated marriage contracts), pieces inspired by Biblical texts and prayer, to more recent work that considers the traditional as a starting point to explores themes and concepts in exciting and very contemporary ways.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 8
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 08, 2018, 11/08/2018, Releasing Words: The Cut Paper Art of Deborah Ugoretz

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Featuring new and historical works, Will She Ever Shut Up? is Betty Tompkins’ second solo exhibition with the gallery. While Tompkins is best known for explicit paintings of the female body, this exhibition will focus on her decades-long engagement with language, which she first explored in the 1980s. The exhibition’s title is sourced from the artist’s email contacts. This familiar and offensive cliché is a cheeky and poignant lens through which to grapple with the sheer volume of words and phrases commonly used to praise or deride women’s lives and bodies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 15
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2018, 11/15/2018, Will She Ever Shut Up?: Words of Praise and Derision for Women's Bodies
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