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The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition sure wasn’t kidding when it named its new exhibit the “Really Big Art Show” — the biggest piece of art in the Red Hook gallery space will measure six feet tall and 70 feet wide.

“We have this great big space in a 25,000-square-foot Civil War era warehouse, and we thought it was time to make use of it by showing works consistent with its size,” said BWAC President John Strohbeen.

The show also marks another milestone for BWAC — the highest price ever slapped on a piece of BWAC art: the $22,000 pricetag affixed to Mel Smothers’s “I Painted Over Andy Warhol.”

A big payday might not be in the cards, though. “I’d say the chances of someone buying it are less than one percent,” said Strobeen.

“The Really Big Art Show” runs weekends from 2–6 pm through August 19 at the Red Hook Pier (499 Van Brunt St., at Beard Street in Red Hook) For information, visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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