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KEVIN SAMPSON

The Andrew Edlin Gallery in Chelsea ends its summer with another group show. This one—titled Anthems for the Mother Earth Goddess—feels much bigger than the city’s normal seasonal fare. For one, it’s made up of seven murals created specifically for this show. The artists range from graffitists, to dramatic social commentators, to abstractionists, to outsider...

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RODRIGUEZ CALERO

The idea of a gallery-based artist making saints and martyrs of recent hip-hop artists feels almost anachronistic these days. Walk into any t-shirt or poster emporium from here to the Wildwood Boardwalk and you’re sure to find a whole host of sanctimonious portraits of 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, and Bob Marley. Why then should we care about Rodriguez Calero‘s “Urban Martyrs...

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CHRIS UPHUES

Fruit is good for you. Mountains are pretty to look at too. Everyone has a heart and computer screens have personality, depending on how you look at them. Welcome to the anthropomorphic world of Chris Uphues! The artist has had a studio at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn since forever. A September-October exhibition of his work (along...

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ERIC INKALA

This latest wave of street art continues to impact the mainstream gallery system. Once considered untrained illustrators and outsiders, these so-called “street artists” have proven their ability, time and again, to reduce, abstract, and conceptualize with the same alacrity as anyone else in contemporary art. Eric Inkala is emerging as one of today’s top crossover...

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TOMAS IVES

During the 1920s, Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky was amongst the few still clinging to a spiritual vision of art. All around him, the fascination was with primitivism, science, psychology, and populist ideals. Kandinsky, however, was neither a cubist nor a constructivist, though he ran along-side both with his colorful abstract paintings. Today, spiritualism in the arts...

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THE RAMMELLZEE

The Rammellzee has been gone just over five years now, though his influence on both hip-hop and street-art has just started being assessed. He worked with ’80s art phenom Jean Michel Basquiat and was a contemporary of crossover graffitists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Ramm was also featured in cult NYC b-boy films like...

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