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Strip poker art exhibit wraps up in NYC

Nov. 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- New York artist Zefrey Throwell wrapped up his latest performance art piece that featured poker players stripping down for passersby on the street.

The installation project, titled "I'll Raise You One," was staged at Art in General's storefront project space in Tribeca, the New York Daily News reported.

For seven days from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., people on the street were able to watch project participants playing a game of strip poker.

"I asked players to show up with whatever they wanted -- clothes equal currency," Throwell said. "Wear layers, that was the advice they were given."

The project, which ended Saturday, was Throwell's latest attempt at social commentary through an artistic medium.

"I see it as an economic and social critique of how society has its wealth distributed," Throwell told ArtInfo.com.

Throwell is best known for "Ocularpation: Wall Street," another performance piece that featured nude actors mimicking Wall Street workers.

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