First Thursday highlights include two powerful exhibitions at John Berggruen. Maria Porges is back with a bevy of bombs in Bombast: Return to Dr. Strangelove, a witty and painful look at the state of the world and Enrique Martinez Celaya delves inward with his poignantly beautiful Recent Paintings. Doug Hall’s New Work at Rena Bransten Gallery is predictably gorgeously evocative and Flair, a group show of gallery artists at Heather Marx Gallery lives up to its name.

- amy berk [Sunday, January 12th, 2003]


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