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LORENZO DE LOS ANGELES

Lorenzo De Los Angeles’ vision is straight out of the cabinets of curiosities of the sixteenth century. As with those cabinets—filled to the ceiling by sculpted shells, taxidermy animals, and precious stones intricately carved with allegorical scenes—De Los Angeles interweaves nature and art in delicately-rendered colored pencil drawings and strange sculpture objects. I was awed...

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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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SHAWN ALLEYNE

This past weekend was the fourth annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomberg Center in Harlem, and it seems finally to’ve outgrown its space. Besides half-hour lines around the block just to get in, the aisles in-between the booths were so crammed with onlookers that it was difficult getting near much of the art. Eric...

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ANNA ZEMÁNKOVÁ

So while it’s true that this blog normally covers contemporary artists living in NYC, the new retrospective of work by Anna Zemánková (1908-1986), at the Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea, was just too good to pass up. Here’s why: First, Zemánková’s botanical drawings twist and sway like dancers; using delicate pastel, ink, pencil, and crocheted details, the...

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RITHIKA MERCHANT

At the center of Rithika Merchant‘s visual language is the issue of natality. Indeed, the umbilical cord is attached to a variety of life sources in her work, though each carrier—from winged goddesses to humanoid females, to the fabled Tree of Life—suggests a pseudo-scientific explanation for why things are the way they are. Merchant is not...

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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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