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Seal Chen's Mixed Media Art
Mixing medias and construction methods with varying themes of religious, historical and moral matter, the work of Shanghai's self-made artist Seal Chen conjures up images of Hieronymus Bosch’s darkest symbolic creatures with a wave of steam-punk...
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Studio Visit: Aakash Nihalani
Passing by one of Brooklyn artist Aakash Nihalani's fluorescent installations, it's hard to not take a second look. Then a third, and likely after that, a few photos. Nihalani uses simple materials like tape, plastics, magnets and wood to create...
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Nightmare and the Cat + Gary Baseman
When artist Gary Baseman was asked to collaborate on the album cover art for the band Nightmare and the Cat, he did more than art direct the band’s photo shoot, captured within his interactive museum exhibition "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball...
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Nina Bentley's Assemblage Sculptures
For its grand opening at the end of May 2014, Westport, Connecticut's newest art hub, the Worrell Smith Gallery housed an exhibition of local creatives, appropriately named "Home." It was there that we discovered the marvelous world of Nina Bentley...
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Interview: Gary Taxali
Art and commerce are traditionally thought of as opposing forces. Of course, this is especially true for artists who's work lands on both advertisements and gallery walls. Finding inspiration from commercial work while maintaining a sense of integrity...
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Shoplifter's Solstice Installation
The summer solstice is the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. It's also a time to get together with friends and family for food, drinks and—in the higher reaches of the northern hemisphere—bask in the midnight sun. Nobody celebrates...
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Ellen Gallagher: Don't Axe Me
by LinYee Yuan Those familiar with the work of American artist Ellen Gallagher often view her delicate works on paper and canvas through the lens of racial and gender politics—Gallagher's "DeLuxe" series famously abstracted African-American beauty...
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Art Basel 2013: Paint, Zippers and Partnering
With the history of art stretching back to the earliest stages of humanity, it can be difficult to enter unexplored frontiers. The following artists presented work at this year's Art Basel that, whether by means of innovation or refreshing clarity...
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Secret Art Show
Keren Richter—who last year had us reading Space is the Place, a psychedelic art zine inspired by the eponymous film by Sun Ra—has teamed up with designer Nanse Kawashima to present "Secret", an art exhibition dedicated to the many faces...
STYLE
Eleven Silk Scarves
When the bleak winter months really hit full swing, a scarf becomes an essential element for staying warm. Rather than walk around with your eyes poking out of a massive knitted muffler, we've found wrapping a silk scarf around your neck before zipping...
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Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty
In the forthcoming group show "Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty," art critic and curator Sarah Schmerler brings together four talented artists for a cohesive display of works surrounding the play on words that the title implies. Turning guilt instead into a...
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Hisham Bharoocha
Sponsored content: Brooklyn-based visual artist and musician Hisham Bharoocha blurs the boundaries of artistic medium, creating multi-sensory anthems that deftly move between a daydream quality of images and sound. The skateboarding scenes in...
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The Listeners / These Train Tracks
For a child, the ritual of bedtime reading is as important as the story. They enjoy the togetherness, the feel of the pages and the imagination that the illustrations inspire. It's refreshing to hold something that looks and feels like a family treasure...
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Susan Hiller
Both intimate and cosmic in scope, as described by critic Lucy Lippard, Susan Hiller's ruminative multimedia works are the result of a career change from anthropology to art forty years ago. The U.K.-based artist, thinking of her discipline as "value...
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Rashid Rana
Working across mediums—sculpture, video installation and large-scale photography among them—Pakistani artist Rashid Rana explores the singular issue of South Asia's struggle between tradition and modernity. Typically he uses a pixelated...
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The Cemetery of Reason
Owner and art director of Toy Machine Skateboards, Ed Templeton's work has been most widely-seen on boards under the feet of thousands of skateboarders around the world. For fans of his skateboard graphics or those already familiar with his art...
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Louviere + Vanessa
A designer friend recently tipped us off about a husband-and-wife photography duo in New Orleans whose fine art creations blend state-of-the-art innovations with old world crafts by developing monochromatic film on Gampi—paper texturized with...
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Holograms
Artist Candice Lin's new exhibit "Holograms" uses video and sculpture to challenge the distribution of power among races and genders, exploring the concept of authentic identity. In her ceramic sculpture "The Moon," Lin challenges understandings...
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Hell's Half Acre
There was a lot of competition for the artistic limelight during London's recent Frieze Art Fair 2010. Each year the art festival throws up more and more peripheral shows that vie for attention with the great art behemoth, but this year the greatest...
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Friendly Game—Electronic Feelings
Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist's mesmerizing images often consume entire rooms, but at any scale her masterful manipulations of color, scale, and pacing draw viewers into dreamlike worlds. Her latest solo exhibition Friendly Game—Electronic...
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A Shallow Wade
Dutch artist Ron van der Ende beautifully transforms pieces of found wood into inventive examples of bas-relief, creating sculptures that span the traditional church to a Nascar Charger. Van der Ende displays his labor-intensive works in a new solo...
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Roberto Mollá: Tamatori
Spanish artist Roberto Mollá's latest work, a series of 15 compositions taking up the famous Japanese tale of pearl diver Princess Tamatori (showing at the upcoming Pulse art fair in NYC), puts the artist in the well-populated ranks of other cultural...
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Sangbin IM: Confluence
The mixed media of Sangbin IM's latest exhibition "Confluence" challenges its audience to see the world through the Korean artist's eyes—a view that teeters between reality and illusion for a unified glare at the perceptions held by contemporary...
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Federico Solmi: From the Uterus to the Grave with No Happy Ending
Combining luridly hand-drawn animations, paintings, mechanical sculptures and more, 2009 Guggenheim Video Art Fellow Federico Solmi continues to explore his controversial interests in sociopolitical affairs—last year his native Italy charged...
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