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ART EPHEMERA TV: EPISODE 3

Apologies to our loyal followers for not posting the below video prior. It is Episode 3 of “Art Ephemera TV” and has been available online for over a year now. Ooops! The video is a seven-minute documentary about the life, art, and process of Matt Marello, a mainstay of this website’s coverage. Check it out and let...

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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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ANABEL LEINER

The SCOPE NYC Art Fair ended this past weekend and despite grabbing every flyer and press booklet (not to mention a thorough scouring of its entire website) I’ve still no clue why it is spelled all-caps. One assumes it is some sort of acronym, but what? (Serious Connoisseurs Of Personal Effort?) We critics always manage to find...

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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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ALEXIS PALMER KARL

Let’s be frank about one thing up front: magic, wicca, witchcraft, occultism… it’s all pretty domesticated at this point. Like those who make homemade jelly, or handcrafted bread, or soy candles or pickles, there is no shortage of sensitive, think-outside-the-box individuals living in cities and college towns who also make crystal jewelry, oracle bowls, and bottled...

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