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ANNA ZEMÁNKOVÁ

So while it’s true that this blog normally covers contemporary artists living in NYC, the new retrospective of work by Anna Zemánková (1908-1986), at the Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea, was just too good to pass up. Here’s why: First, Zemánková’s botanical drawings twist and sway like dancers; using delicate pastel, ink, pencil, and crocheted details, the...

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RITHIKA MERCHANT

At the center of Rithika Merchant‘s visual language is the issue of natality. Indeed, the umbilical cord is attached to a variety of life sources in her work, though each carrier—from winged goddesses to humanoid females, to the fabled Tree of Life—suggests a pseudo-scientific explanation for why things are the way they are. Merchant is not...

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DAVID LANTOW

Full disclosure: I am a current grad student at Brooklyn College and David Lantow is an adjunct art instructor there. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never run into him—myself being an art history major—yet there is something distinct about his work that reminds me of other artists associated with the school. (See previous blogs...

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AUREL SCHMIDT

Let no one say New York City hasn’t a low-brow scene of its own! Sure, compared to the West Coast, it’s small here. But its doyen—Aurel Schmidt—has been making quite the splash this last half-decade. Schmidt is an illustrator with a penchant for mixing anti-capitalist sentiment with ancient mythology. Her work is smart, sexy, and pop-obsessed. Illustrations...

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PANAYOITIS TERZIS

So Comic Arts Brooklyn (formerly Comic Arts Fest) was this past weekend and as usual there is plenty to report. Held the first weekend of each November, in a church on Havemeyer St. in Williamsburg, CAB boasts two floors jam-packed with artists hawking their latest wares. A number of tables stuck out this year, though winner...

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INTERVIEW: WEIRD LUKE

Luke Reich, aka Weird Luke, is into provocation. The 22-year-old Gowanus native has a special interest in toxic waste, having been situated so close to a river full of it since childhood and all. Perhaps he saw real-life versions of the Man-Thing or Toxic Avenger trudging around in dark corners growing up. Or maybe they were...

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