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ALESSANDRO KEEGAN

From the view of contemporary art, which revolves around movements and historical groupings, Alessandro Keegan‘s seraphitic paintings belong to the past. Read any review on painting or painters these days and it is sure to include some sort of declaimer on the obsolescence of the medium itself. And yet we keep writing about it. Buyers keep...

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KEEGAN MCHARGUE

No doubt about it: young people love the word “meta.” Just like we Nineties folk used to apply the suffix “esque” to everything. For instance, were it 1997 and Keegan McHargue‘s new show Topical just opened at the Fredericks and Freiser Gallery in Chelsea, I might say: “The paintings evoke post-WWI colorists like Matisse, employing figural...

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MSHINDO KUUMBA

Depending on who you talk to, afrofuturism has either arrived full-force in the last few years, or is experiencing something of a second wave. Early progenitors include space-jazz guru Sun Ra, ’70s soul-hippies Funkadelic, ’80s graffiti visionary Rammellzee, and electro-funk pioneers the Jonzun Crew. In the ’90s, culture critic Mark Dery put an umbrella over...

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TOM BURCKHARDT

In honor of this week’s Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1, I thought I’d direct your attention to an artist who has done paintings on discarded book covers. A whole series, in fact. His name is Tom Burckhardt and my favorite of his is titled The Church at Home (see below). The painting transforms an old book...

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JASON LEINWAND

The current resurgence of psychedelic art in America should give some indication of the socio-political climate these days. In short: there seems no good news for the sobriety of centrism anymore; the left leans ever further left in counter-balance to the extremism on the right. Pop culture remains the reductive index of it all. Jason Leinwand‘s work lands...

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CHRISTIAN MARCLAY

Christian Marclay is a collector. For over four decades now, the California native has used his personal collection of damaged junk to bridge the gap between sound art, assemblage, video, and performance. His latest show—opening at the Paula Cooper Gallery next week—may be Marclay’s loudest yet. The artist is best known for shows in the 1980s...

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