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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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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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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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MARJORIE CAMERON

First off: Marjorie Cameron is not a contemporary artist; she died in 1995. Secondly, she’s not a New Yorker, which would normally exclude her from appearing on this blog, which covers contemporary NYC artists, but a retrospective of Cameron’s work—opening next week at Deitch Projects in Lower Manhattan—is worth mentioning for several reasons. (1) She...

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ALISON SILVA

The Queens-born artist Alison Silva has a new website. Minor news perhaps, but for those of us who love her fairy tale paintings, it’s a chance to see more of them, at least over the internet. Silva is a self-taught artist whose early paintings bore distinct characteristics of outsider and folk art, with highly personal,...

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