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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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CASSEY KUO

I met Cassey Kuo at the MoCCA Fest this past April, where she shared a table with a handful of other upstarts in the illustration biz. Kuo sold me two square prints, which looked like animation cells from some lost 1950s Disney film, though, in fact, neither were. They weren’t, so says the artist, in service...

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John J. O'Connor: paintings and drawings.

INTERVIEW: JOHN O’CONNOR

John Jerome O’Connor is known as a painter, illustrator, sculptor, and photographer, though the mediums often blend into highly-processed, conceptual works which have made him difficult to pin down. Take O’Connor’s Sunspot series, for instance, from his last show at Pierogi Gallery (November 2013). The artist snapped a series of selfies that captured a variety of moods,...

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JACK KIRBY

The late Jack Kirby (1917-1994) remains, in my estimation, one of the true 20th century visionaries to come out of New York City. To comic book cultists and illustrators alike, Kirby is the medium’s doyen. To the larger art world, however, his work is mostly unassessed. His many comebacks also rivaled that of Frank Sinatra....

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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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