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JASON LEINWAND

The current resurgence of psychedelic art in America should give some indication of the socio-political climate these days. In short: there seems no good news for the sobriety of centrism anymore; the left leans ever further left in counter-balance to the extremism on the right. Pop culture remains the reductive index of it all. Jason Leinwand‘s work lands...

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FEATURE: GEORGE COCHRANE

It should surprise no one when an artist tries to capture lightening in a bottle. NYC artist George Cochrane sure can’t help himself. The Buddha once taught that the mind is as restless as a monkey. “Who you are,” said the great sage, “and what you think of as your ‘self’ is constantly changing—like a...

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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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GARY PETERSEN

Gary Petersen is originally from Staten Island, has a studio now in Bushwick, and lives full-time in Hoboken, NJ. Yet the artist’s statement on his homepage states an interest in forging a “California/pop sensibility.” He’s done it. A few new works recently showed at the Madelyn Jordan Fine Art Gallery‘s “Survey of Brooklyn Art” in Scarsdale,...

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KEVIN SAMPSON

The Andrew Edlin Gallery in Chelsea ends its summer with another group show. This one—titled Anthems for the Mother Earth Goddess—feels much bigger than the city’s normal seasonal fare. For one, it’s made up of seven murals created specifically for this show. The artists range from graffitists, to dramatic social commentators, to abstractionists, to outsider...

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