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RODRIGUEZ CALERO

The idea of a gallery-based artist making saints and martyrs of recent hip-hop artists feels almost anachronistic these days. Walk into any t-shirt or poster emporium from here to the Wildwood Boardwalk and you’re sure to find a whole host of sanctimonious portraits of 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, and Bob Marley. Why then should we care about Rodriguez Calero‘s “Urban Martyrs...

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CHRIS UPHUES

Fruit is good for you. Mountains are pretty to look at too. Everyone has a heart and computer screens have personality, depending on how you look at them. Welcome to the anthropomorphic world of Chris Uphues! The artist has had a studio at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn since forever. A September-October exhibition of his work (along...

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ERIK PARKER

No one really expects much from the summer group show here in NYC. Though, as always, several manage to stand out from the fold and satiate non-traveling locals until the limelight returns post-Labor Day. The biggie this summer is without a doubt “What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present,” currently showing...

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GRACE LANG

For many decades, comics, posters, big eye prints, and hot rod art were relegated to the status of ephemeral art. Even worse were those garish deity prints sold in shops hawking cheap Indian and Nepalese wares. No more. Grace Lang joins the ever-increasing parade of low-brow artists interested in such kitsch as a valid form of...

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ANOKA FARUQEE

There is a design element to Anoka Faruqee‘s work that makes it easy to mistake for machine-generated art. Not that it matters. (They’re actually handmade.) Her last show in San Francisco saw the artist dub her work “moire” (after the effect created when two or more offset patterns are overlaid). She splits her time between...

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Matt Marello

FEATURE: MATT MARELLO

Matt Marello’s last exhibition at Pierogi Gallery was in 2012. I wrote then—in an earlier iteration of this website—that it “feels strangely like walking into a temple built to convert punk-rockers and disillusioned aesthetes from oblivion back to self-discovery.” I tried pitching a review of the show to the Village Voice and Juxtapoz magazine, neither...

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