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FEATURE: THE ART OF TIKI

The precise stages of the revival of tiki culture are not easy to reconstruct. For instance, does the 20 Jazz Funk Greats album, by Throbbing Gristle, with its mix of kitschy arrangements and exotic instrumentation, mark the beginning of the genre’s rediscovery? It did beget 1980’s Greatest Hits compilation by the same band, which boasted...

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JUSTIN AMRHEIN

Barring a nuclear or environmental holocaust—both of which seem more plausible with each passing day—our reliance on machines will only deepen in the future. Ideologies may reject them; individuals can try and unplug from them; but their place in society, as an example of either human ingenuity or folly, is a foregone conclusion. One of...

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TAMMY WOFSEY

When art and society lose their points of congruence, there poses a problem to the art of almost any medium—a conflict between the culinary process and the actual ingredients. Where much is made in critical circles of process these days, printmaker Tammy Wofsey is interested instead in content, or the ingredients, as it were. Last month,...

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DAVID LANTOW

Full disclosure: I am a current grad student at Brooklyn College and David Lantow is an adjunct art instructor there. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never run into him—myself being an art history major—yet there is something distinct about his work that reminds me of other artists associated with the school. (See previous blogs...

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MSHINDO KUUMBA

Depending on who you talk to, afrofuturism has either arrived full-force in the last few years, or is experiencing something of a second wave. Early progenitors include space-jazz guru Sun Ra, ’70s soul-hippies Funkadelic, ’80s graffiti visionary Rammellzee, and electro-funk pioneers the Jonzun Crew. In the ’90s, culture critic Mark Dery put an umbrella over...

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TOM BURCKHARDT

In honor of this week’s Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1, I thought I’d direct your attention to an artist who has done paintings on discarded book covers. A whole series, in fact. His name is Tom Burckhardt and my favorite of his is titled The Church at Home (see below). The painting transforms an old book...

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