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Editor's Picks include Tara Donovan: Drawings (Pins)

"Tara Donovan: Drawings (Pins)" at the Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, opening February 11, 6-8 p.m., through March 19, Since being featured in the Whitney Biennial in 2000, Tara Donovan has become a bona fide international sensation by using everyday materials — styrofoam cups, pencils, straws, paper plates, Scotch tape, and more — to create sculptures that invade larger spaces that one would think possible with biomorphic shapes, mini cities, and quotidian-made-fantastic vistas. Now, for her new show, she's tackled the field of painting for the first time, creating elegant wall-mounted abstractions — she calls them "drawings" — by embedding tens of thousands of nickel-headed steel pins in Gatorboard, a polystyrene material often used for mounting prints. The new series, which in fact arose from a stretch of print-making, is a perceptual delight, with light striking the pins in such a way that some clusters appear as inky black, others as gray, still others as shimmery silver, like a lake glancing in the setting winter sun.

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