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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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ANABEL LEINER

The SCOPE NYC Art Fair ended this past weekend and despite grabbing every flyer and press booklet (not to mention a thorough scouring of its entire website) I’ve still no clue why it is spelled all-caps. One assumes it is some sort of acronym, but what? (Serious Connoisseurs Of Personal Effort?) We critics always manage to find...

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DISCUSSION: MATT MARELLO

For regular followers of this blog here is something brand new. We the editors (Brian Chidester and Alessandro Keegan) were given first access to artist Matt Marello‘s new series of works, which may or may not comprise his next solo exhibition, but which as of this writing has no firm date established. As such Marello personally...

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ALEXIS PALMER KARL

Let’s be frank about one thing up front: magic, wicca, witchcraft, occultism… it’s all pretty domesticated at this point. Like those who make homemade jelly, or handcrafted bread, or soy candles or pickles, there is no shortage of sensitive, think-outside-the-box individuals living in cities and college towns who also make crystal jewelry, oracle bowls, and bottled...

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MYZTICO CAMPO

As if any further evidence of our failed institutions were needed, the presidential debate of two weeks ago summarily closed that case. What now? If you’re a self-taught artist, born in Cuba, raised near Times Square, living currently in Brooklyn, with a taste for the visionary, for hallucinogenic drugs and conspiracy theory, then you paint...

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IRENA JUREK

Sex, though it may sell products, is an uncomfortable topic for most Americans. No matter how scantily clad, accessible, or celebrated the industry of sex becomes, our ability to have a civil conversation about its relationship to power, identity, and the naked human heart remains just beyond grasp. As such, the many conflicting sides of sexual...

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