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Esoteric Art
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WILLIAM MORTENSEN

The art world is always pulling creators from the margins into the center—both as a way of revitalizing interest in the market and as a means of clearing away stagnating trends. Historical artists long relegated to the shadows can also sometimes emerge into the light when we realize that their marginal status has been a grotesque...

By: Brian
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ALESSANDRO KEEGAN

My greatest regret in assessing the newest artwork by Alessandro Keegan is that I have to fall back on comparing it to other artists and movements of the past. Not that I’m alone in this. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones just name-dropped two genres of art and two pop culture references in the span of a single paragraph in...

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ATI MAIER

Ati Maier is one of the favorite artists of this website as seen by glowing reviews here and here. Her work skirts the line between the liberal (bourgeois) arts and the conspiracy-filled world of subculture by virtue of its mix of action-painting technique and an openness to the mysteries which lie beyond the purview of...

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JEN HITCHINGS

The din of partisan rhetoric being what it is these days, the one thing everyone seems to be able to agree on is that the system works for a privileged few, to the exclusion of everyone else. Whether a new exhibition by artist Jen Hitchings, titled “Cry Me a River” (at the MEN Gallery in Chinatown), deals...

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ART EPHEMERA TV: EPISODE 3

Apologies to our loyal followers for not posting the below video prior. It is Episode 3 of “Art Ephemera TV” and has been available online for over a year now. Ooops! The video is a seven-minute documentary about the life, art, and process of Matt Marello, a mainstay of this website’s coverage. Check it out and let...

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JOSEP BAQUÉ

While even the most rigid art critic would have to concede the role of the beholder in matters of taste, rarely has a body of work addressed this concept so directly as that of Josep Baqué’s oeuvre. Comprised of 1,500 numbered illustrations of imaginary creatures, the Catalonian artist (1895-1967) assembled them in a bound bestiary sometime before...

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