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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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AUREL SCHMIDT

Let no one say New York City hasn’t a low-brow scene of its own! Sure, compared to the West Coast, it’s small here. But its doyen—Aurel Schmidt—has been making quite the splash this last half-decade. Schmidt is an illustrator with a penchant for mixing anti-capitalist sentiment with ancient mythology. Her work is smart, sexy, and pop-obsessed. Illustrations...

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PANAYOITIS TERZIS

So Comic Arts Brooklyn (formerly Comic Arts Fest) was this past weekend and as usual there is plenty to report. Held the first weekend of each November, in a church on Havemeyer St. in Williamsburg, CAB boasts two floors jam-packed with artists hawking their latest wares. A number of tables stuck out this year, though winner...

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INTERVIEW: WEIRD LUKE

Luke Reich, aka Weird Luke, is into provocation. The 22-year-old Gowanus native has a special interest in toxic waste, having been situated so close to a river full of it since childhood and all. Perhaps he saw real-life versions of the Man-Thing or Toxic Avenger trudging around in dark corners growing up. Or maybe they were...

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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 The 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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