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WILLIAM MORTENSEN

The art world is always pulling creators from the margins into the center—both as a way of revitalizing interest in the market and as a means of clearing away stagnating trends. Historical artists long relegated to the shadows can also sometimes emerge into the light when we realize that their marginal status has been a grotesque...

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ALESSANDRO KEEGAN

My greatest regret in assessing the newest artwork by Alessandro Keegan is that I have to fall back on comparing it to other artists and movements of the past. Not that I’m alone in this. Critic Sasha Frere-Jones just name-dropped two genres of art and two pop culture references in the span of a single paragraph in...

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JEN HITCHINGS

The din of partisan rhetoric being what it is these days, the one thing everyone seems to be able to agree on is that the system works for a privileged few, to the exclusion of everyone else. Whether a new exhibition by artist Jen Hitchings, titled “Cry Me a River” (at the MEN Gallery in Chinatown), deals...

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JOSEP BAQUÉ

While even the most rigid art critic would have to concede the role of the beholder in matters of taste, rarely has a body of work addressed this concept so directly as that of Josep Baqué’s oeuvre. Comprised of 1,500 numbered illustrations of imaginary creatures, the Catalonian artist (1895-1967) assembled them in a bound bestiary sometime before...

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DISCUSSION: MATT MARELLO

For regular followers of this blog here is something brand new. We the editors (Brian Chidester and Alessandro Keegan) were given first access to artist Matt Marello‘s new series of works, which may or may not comprise his next solo exhibition, but which as of this writing has no firm date established. As such Marello personally...

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FEATURE: THE ART OF TIKI

The precise stages of the revival of tiki culture are not easy to reconstruct. For instance, does the 20 Jazz Funk Greats album, by Throbbing Gristle, with its mix of kitschy arrangements and exotic instrumentation, mark the beginning of the genre’s rediscovery? It did beget 1980’s Greatest Hits compilation by the same band which boasted...

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