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BEN SNEAD

At first glance, Ben Snead‘s paintings of fish, frogs, and insects in appealing patterns seem readymade for nature trail guides. His specimens are drawn with the kind of exact hand known to early biology textbooks in the pre-camera era. Snead quickly moves beyond them, however. His patterns recall similar sketches done by M.C. Escher some seventy...

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JACK KIRBY

The late Jack Kirby (1917-1994) remains, in my estimation, one of the true 20th century visionaries to come out of New York City. To comic book cultists and illustrators alike, Kirby is the medium’s doyen. To the larger art world, however, his work is mostly unassessed. His many comebacks also rivaled that of Frank Sinatra....

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KIRSTEN HIVELY

Handmade signage, storefront windows, and the informal design of local mom-and-pop emporiums have been elevated to the aesthetic for decades now. Robert Frank’s landmark photo series The Americans (1958) was as much about vernacular architecture as it was the people who owned and frequented it in the postwar years. Simply put: signs tell stories. Far...

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AGNES DENES

The Hungarian-born, New York-based Agnes Denes hardly needs our little blurb to draw attention to her work. Lauded since the early Eighties, the artist has filled NYC’s urban landscape with some of its most puzzling and transcendental public sculptures, including the 1982 installation of a two-acre golden wheat field in the Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park....

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ANNE PERCOCO

Did you know that, when an organ inside the human body is replaced, the native cells will commix with the non-native part to make the synthesis work fluidly? The prosthetic doesn’t always take, but the point is: nature is resilient and cooperative, even when humans re-direct its course. Local artist Anne Percoco has created a number...

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TOMAS IVES

During the 1920s, Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky was amongst the few still clinging to a spiritual vision of art. All around him, the fascination was with primitivism, science, psychology, and populist ideals. Kandinsky, however, was neither a cubist nor a constructivist, though he ran along-side both with his colorful abstract paintings. Today, spiritualism in the arts...

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