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The Gravity of the Situation 

If art represents the society that makes it, how has the ongoing Xtreme Depression affected modern art? Newtonland: Orbits, Ellipses and Other Planes of Activity, the new exhibition at White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442 or www.white-flag-projects.org), postulates that art has become untethered from the financial strictures of the collector's market and is now more free and playful. The Michelle Grabner-curated show features three-dimensional works inspired by mobiles, the inexorable force of gravity and the symmetry of balance. In addition to physical works by Danish artist Ib Geertsen, Americans Brad Killam and Michelle Grabner, and Anne Eastman, Newtonland features a selection of early films by Jean Painlevé, the French scientist who made beguiling and fascinating underwater documentaries. Newtonland opens with a free public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at White Flag Projects. Newtonland remains up through Saturday, April 3, and the gallery is open Wednesday and Saturday.
Wednesdays, Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 27. Continues through April 4, 2010

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