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Christian Tomaszewski and Joanna Malinowska’s Mother Earth, Sister Moon, at Chashama 679 (at 43rd Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan), part of “Performa 2009”
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by David Coggins

Joanna Malinowska’s work is marked by obsession taken to logical or illogical limits. She spies on musicians, hires people to perform on the subway, and treks to the North Pole. Everything is fair game for this artist whose work ranges from performance to installation to sculpture. A Polish-born New Yorker, she is having a breakout year: she won a Guggenheim fellowship, masterminded an elaborate fashion show at Performa (which travels to Nottingham Contemporary), and currently has a solo show at Canada gallery on the Lower East Side.