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WILLIAM MORTENSEN

The art world is always pulling creators from the margins into the center—both as a way of revitalizing interest in the market and as a means of clearing away stagnating trends. Historical artists long relegated to the shadows can also sometimes emerge into the light when we realize that their marginal status has been a grotesque...

By: Brian
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ALESSANDRO KEEGAN

My greatest regret in assessing the newest artwork by Alessandro Keegan is that I have to fall back on comparing it to other artists and movements of the past. Not that I’m alone in this. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones just name-dropped two genres of art and two pop culture references in the span of a single paragraph in...

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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 for hallucinogenic drugs and conspiracy theory, then you paint visions. Myztico Campo...

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JJ MANFORD

Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit the studio of Brooklyn-based painter JJ Manford just as he was finishing new work for his current solo show at John Davis Gallery, in Hudson, NY. His most recent series dwells at that odd juncture between nineteenth-century Romanticism and twentieth-century psychedelia. For instance, Manford’s figurative, expressionistic, and polychromatic world strikes...

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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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