In Detroit, a French Brasserie That Feels Like a Portal to Paris

The Brazilian artist Wanda Pimentel’s “Envolvimento” paintings (1968-84) are hard-edged domestic vignettes — kitchens, bathrooms, the insides of cars — rendered in a lean, almost festive palette of mostly reds, greens and yellows. In these claustrophobic spaces, feminine-seeming thighs, ankles, feet and hands make fetishistic cameos, jutting out at awkward angles or lingering near water puddles and toilet-paper rolls. Sometimes, they’re framed by thick, windowpane-like lines that cast the viewer as a peeping Tom. “The house is not only a space of intimacy but also of fear,” says Alexandre Gabriel of São Paulo’s Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel gallery, which will present Pimentel’s work at the Independent 20th Century art fair in New York City next month.

If Pimentel’s scenes deliberately suffocate, those of the American abstractionist Mildred Thompson, who died in 2003, catapult us outward. Her show at Independent 20th Century, curated by Mary Sabbatino of Galerie Lelong & Co., will be the first time the public sees her 1970s “Window Paintings.” Thompson’s best-known canvases are crammed with marks resembling confetti explosions and colliding tornadoes, meant to show what is unseen in our world — particles, energy, the vibrations of sound — as a great cosmic funk. The motifs in the “Window Paintings” are more easily recognizable: Made in Tampa, Fla., they seem to be psychedelic beachscapes. In one from 1977, a vast green sky and block of sand are framed by beach-towel-bright curtains. It’s an idyllic, open vista, without a person in sight. Independent 20th Century runs from Sept. 7 through Sept. 10,

Eat Here

On a sunny corner in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Suea and Carol Song have opened Dae, a space inspired by Korean cafe culture. With backgrounds in food and fashion, respectively, the duo wanted to create a casual meeting place for coffee, cocktails and small plates, while also highlighting their favorite housewares creators. A window seat in the entryway is cozy beneath a white pillow installation by the artist Terry Park that cascades from the ceiling. Music plays softly from transparent acrylic speakers that were created especially for the space by the Seoul-based designer Erika Cox. For refreshments, you can choose coffee from the Korean roaster Anthracite, teas harvested on Jeju Island by the company Osulloc or cocktails like the Maesil Spritz (fermented green plum liqueur and yuzu). Dae’s seasonal menu also currently includes milk bread and butter, and pita with kimchi labneh. And for those who want to take some of that serene aesthetic away with them, Dae sells a selection of home goods such as incense from the Toronto-based Korean bathing brand Binu Binu and hand-hammered metal coffee filters and forks hung with charms by Studio YeoDong Yu.

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