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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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ELIZABETH INSOGNA

Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Insogna paints a world of goddesses and chimerical spirits set in vibrantly-colored natural landscapes and misty realms between dreaming and waking. She does so by making full use of water-based mediums (often ink, watercolor, and acrylic), applying the colors in thin, transparent washes. Hues of crimson, gold, turquoise, and cerulean blue glow...

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CLARENCE HAUSE

Full disclosure: Clarence Hause and I are in an Art History class together at Brooklyn College this semester and I, the historian, was assigned to create/present a talk about he, the artist (also Master of Fine Arts candidate). Before getting too deep into the presentation, we both thought it best if I wrote up a simple review...

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JENI SPOTA C

Dicey Fabulous Carnival is the new exhibit of paintings by New York-based artist Jeni Spota C., currently at Brennan and Griffin Gallery (Bowery), and it sees her furthering an investigation into magical imagery and generous materiality. Thickly piped with designs of subdued harlequin colors, these paintings evoke banners and Maestà altarpieces, teaming with faces, symbols, and decorative...

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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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