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LAURA MCPHEE / HIROSHI WATANABE

LAURA MCPHEE / HIROSHI WATANABE
McPhee’s big, engrossing studies of Calcutta façades and interiors are in the main space here, but Watanabe’s small portraits of Kabuki performers in the gallery’s Red Room are even more seductive. Thirty of these subtly toned black-and-white images—busts, profiles, and several rear views of very young actors in some of Japan’s amateur companies—are hung in grids on the blood-red walls. Photographed backstage between performances, Watanabe’s subjects present masklike but hardly inexpressive faces to the camera, and their combination of distracted selfconsciousness and defiant self-possession is hard to resist. Through Nov. 26. (Benrubi, 41 E. 57th St. 212-888-6007.)
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