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Studio Visit: Zachary Armstrong
Zachary Armstrong has found a universal truth in his artwork—that a yearning for the open mind of childhood connects us all. Sitting in his light-filled studio in Dayton, Ohio, Armstrong is surrounded by relics of his own childhood, objects and drawings...
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Asante Phenix: Nameless
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
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Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Tkay Maidza: U-Huh
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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Beatenberg: Rafael
Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ's South African Showcase, the outfit's lead single "Rafael" embodies the band's unique blend of Cape jazz and...
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This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed...
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Guns & Rain Brings African Art to the World
Creativity exists throughout the world. Global centers like Paris, London and New York have long served as geographic and cultural gatekeepers for the fine art world, but the internet is gaining momentum on democratizing the international scope of...
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Jennifer Abessira: We Live as We Dream—Alone
by Ross Belfer It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise inspiration behind Jennifer Abessira's artwork. Collagist, observer, anachronistic collector, photographer, mixed-media artist—Abessira is influenced by and works with almost everything and anything...
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Stuart and Your Gallery
If you missed the launch last year of powerful art collector Charles Saatchi’s foray into the online networking, don’t worry you are not the only one. We only recently learned of the growing phenomena that are...
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Altoids Curiously Strong Collection at the New Musem of Contemporary Art
Who: 22 young artists What: A touring exhibit of their work (one per artist). Highlights include the incredibly detailed, 2" pencil drawing by Randall Sellers (above left), a luxurious watercolor by Charlene Liu (above right), and the most...
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Absurdist Ammunition
Following the warm reception and unexpected success of their art book LE GUN, its editors have assembled more of Europe's budding talent to publish a second edition. LE GUN 2 is a large-format collection of paintings, drawings, collage, comics...
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The World Chico Exhibit
Exhibit", where they're featuring photos, designs and artwork from up and coming or already established artists around the world. This work is by Carole Debois from Biarritz, France. They're looking for submissions, so if you're...
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Destined Magazine
Destined is a new online magazine and collective featuring hot young photographers, illustrators and designers. Each week three artists will be featured, making Destined a new stop on my weekly tour. This week's featured artists include Johnny...
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Chuck Anderson
Did you notice the fantastical treatment to the images in the new nopattern.com.
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Be an Art Star
Artstar is. In the next couple weeks they will be having open calls for artists who are interested in participating in an unscripted television series about trying to make it big in the New York art world. Eight artists will be selected to put on...
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Destructed Magazine T's
Destructed has some very limited edition and top notch looking screen printed t-shirts for sale. Each issue of the magazine is downloadable, and a dozen or more artists collaborate to show their work together in each issue. It's a place of interaction...
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Look Look Magazine Launch
Tonight Look Look Magazine threw a launch party in Williamsburg for their first issue. The party was fun. The magazine is fabulous! It's a really nice collection of work from talented young artists, and an interesting glimpse of their lives and...