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THE RAMMELLZEE

The Rammellzee has been gone just over five years now, though his influence on both hip-hop and street-art has just started being assessed. He worked with ’80s art phenom Jean Michel Basquiat and was a contemporary of crossover graffitists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Ramm was also featured in cult NYC b-boy films like...

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BRIAN WOOD

There are two contemporary artists named Brian Wood (maybe more), whose work could not be more different. And while this blog regularly covers comic book illustrators, the Brian Wood of interest here is the abstract painter, currently living and working in NYC. He is originally from Saskatchewan and claims his childhood amidst the harsh weather of...

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JIM D’AMATO

For over a decade now, NYC artist Jim D’Amato has been articulating the subtle variances in design between plant-life, paisley textile designs, reptiles, and deep sea urchins, by merging these elements in expansive paintings, drawings, and silkscreen prints. Each D’Amato work is produced with a menacing, heavy metal color palette and there is a definite omnivorous...

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LOU PATROU

Lou Patrou is an artist that recently came across our radar. He lives in Westchester County, though his work could just as easily fit in at the Coney Island Museum. Patrou is a painter and printmaker who exhibits in gallery spaces—his last NYC show was at the Chelsea 27 Gallery—and also creates licensable patterns for the...

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SARAH WALKER

Sarah Walker‘s abstracts stand out for their willingness to go in esoteric directions that most blue-chip artists dare not. Perhaps that is why the artist’s two works—titled Voyager and Outpost (see below)—felt slightly mismatched within the status-quo-ish new group show “The Transportation Business” (at the Jane Lombard Gallery). Walker’s examples also inadvertently make the case...

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FEATURE: FAILE

When Gelett Burgess wrote the famous line, “I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one,” he was practically begging for a dose of reality amidst the onslaught of technology that had blurred the 1890s. That his words have lost little of their power in our present age is no surprise. Most...

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