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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...

By: Brian
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MAX RAZDOW

In times of global unrest and confusion, such as our current moment, there is an impulse to turn to myth, spiritual traditions, and the realm of dreams—a place where both wisdom and escapism can be found. This impetus toward finding the invisible underside of the world is the driving force of New York artist Max...

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MATT MARELLO

In Roman mythology, the labyrinth is the stage on which a man of destiny proves his worth, and in so doing changes his life. Matt Marello’s art—an expression of his own labyrinthine journey—acknowledges the personal evolution, but questions the destiny part. Are we really going somewhere specific? I first met Marello in 2012, having seen his...

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JARED DEERY

When Blake wrote “To see a World in a Grain of Sand/And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,” he could have been describing the work of Brooklyn-based painter Jared Deery, whose cosmic floral still lives deploy a simple, direct approach to challenge the head-scratching world of contemporary art. Indeed, there’s a temptation to lace one’s work these...

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NICHOLAS ROERICH

The Upper West Side—the antithesis of counter-culture, as far as neighborhoods go—may be an unlikely place to find a museum dedicated to the life and work of an obscure Russian painter and occultist. But that’s where the Nicholas Roerich Museum is situated. Now you know! Go ye and discover! Housed in a elegant early twentieth-century brownstone, the...

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BRIAN WOOD

In the past I compared New York artist Brian Wood’s painting style to that of the late surrealist/West Coast oddball John Altoon. On a recent visit to Wood’s studio—in midtown Manhattan—I saw a painting that made me think instead of Philip Guston’s last works. Take a look at that pair of worn-down shoes above and...

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