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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 The 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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FEATURE: GEORGE COCHRANE

It should surprise no one when an artist tries to capture lightening in a bottle. NYC artist George Cochrane sure can’t help himself. The Buddha once taught that the mind is as restless as a monkey. “Who you are,” said the great sage, “and what you think of as your ‘self’ is constantly changing—like a...

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MARJORIE CAMERON

First off: Marjorie Cameron is not a contemporary artist; she died in 1995. Secondly, she’s not a New Yorker, which would normally exclude her from appearing on this blog, which covers contemporary NYC artists, but a retrospective of Cameron’s work—opening next week at Deitch Projects in Lower Manhattan—is worth mentioning for several reasons. (1) She...

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