The Shell Game: An Art Show by Molly Crabapple

In (or near by) New York City? Want to see some amazing art by an incredibly talented woman? Consider the Shell Game by Molly Crabapple:

Shell Game is comprised of nine, 6’x4′ paintings and one 3’x3’ painting about the revolutions and crises of 2011 (six of which have already been sold to collectors) including the mortgage bubble, the Greek anti-austerity protests, and Occupy Wall Street, filtered them through the artist’s distinctive lens of surrealism, satire, and symbolic animals and, for eight of nine paintings, informed by travel to the settings, including Spain, Greece, and the United Kingdom, during which she interviewed activists for her reported illustrated journalism pieces and participated in demonstrations. For Tunisia, she interviewed members of Nawaat, the dissident blogger collective, via Skype. Nine preliminary watercolors, all sold, will also be exhibited.

Molly Crabapple will host a public opening reception on Sunday, April 14, from 7-10pm. Contact Lauren Cerand at for details on the press preview, which will take place on April 12th. Private showings for journalists may also be arranged by appointment. Public viewing hours for the exhibition are Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6:30pm.

“It was the year when everyone sat down in the main squares of their cities and said the old machine is broken,” observes Crabapple. “2011 freed me to do the best work of my career, and it was amazing to see my protest art wheat-pasted on walls and carried by activists around the world.”

Smart Clothes Gallery
154 Stanton Street
New York, NY

You can RSVP and find more info on Facebook. You can also check out some of Molly’s pieces on her Tumblr and her website. If you love her work, as I do, she has an Etsy store. And her writing and politics are spot on — see, for example, and interview with her in Boing Boing here, and her writing at Vice here.

Go check out her art show.

About Jill

Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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