Alexis Smith

'Jim Shaw: The End Is Here' taps public's id in a weird, humorous way

'Jim Shaw: The End Is Here' taps public's id in a weird, humorous way

The retrospective exhibition "Jim Shaw: The End Is Here" fills three floors at the New Museum on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

And you read that title right. According to the show's twist on a cartoon doomsday warning, the end is not near. It is here.

That turns out to be a good thing. If apocalypse was only near, then a space, a gap, a final chance for grasping at salvation might open up between our ordinary if crushing daily predicaments and impending but certain doom. Inside that gap, trouble always brews. 

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