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The Death of the Gallery? Part Two

The brick-and-mortar establishment is challenged on a number of fronts. What does that mean for galleries? And for artists? As reported a few weeks ago, mid-level brick-and-mortar galleries face a multitude of pressures, so much so that the mainstream press is...

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Encaustic: An Overview

In three days in Provincetown, MA, this June, our intrepid reporter hit the ground running and offers a succinct guide to some of the many ways this seductive medium is in use among artists By Anna Wagner-Ott The art of encaustic has been around for centuries: it was...

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How to Talk to a Reporter

How to Talk to a Reporter Yes, believe it or not, it can happen to you—or maybe it already has. A writer from a local newspaper, an arts magazine, or perhaps, one day, even The New York Times will give a call or send an email, saying she wants to talk to you for a...

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Leslie Kerby

Though not overtly political, many of Leslie Kerby’s projects have addressed social problems with sly wit and a cast of characters who might be the direct descendants of George Grosz. A sampling of works on paper and one video were recently on view at Project ARTspace...

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Gwen Gunter

Among the many adventurous abstract painters who are members of this site, Gwen Gunter has perhaps the most unusual CV. She has worked in public relations, as a sign painter for grocery stores, and as the graphics director for a wholesale radio company and a Big Eight...

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The Death of the Gallery? Part One

Hey, not so fast! But first the bad news…. In the last year or so, there have been several alarming reports about the demise of the mid-level, or mid-tier, gallery—those stalwart spaces that show new art and support artists who may never achieve superstar status but...

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The Next Step

Landing a show at a small museum or university gallery Let us suppose you’ve been hard-working and fortunate enough to have a slew of gallery shows, group and solo, on your CV. You’ve built up good connections and can perhaps even claim a following of dedicated...

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Ilona Pachler

Ilona Pachler Ilona Pachler’s new show at 5. Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, is titled “Zeitbrechung,” a German word meaning “time refraction.” It’s a motley assortment of artworks: 34 crudely modeled clay boats, most on plinths of wood or bricks, cruise the floors of the...

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Marina Cappelletto

Marina Cappelletto Marina Cappelletto’s haunted spaces are bound to remind you of moments in earlier art. De Chirico’s mysterious piazzas with their ominous shadows and abruptly receding arcades. Magritte’s strangely misplaced patches of sky and water. Even...

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Fantasy Curating: Big Things Have Small Beginnings

By Ed Grant "Big Things Have Small Beginnings" So many of the things around us are small, or at least start off small. Stalactites form one drop at a time. Viruses and bacteria evolve new ways around our defenses to become full-blown pandemics. Slime mold is used to...

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The Other Art Fair

A Report from the Front Lines By Adria Arch A few weeks ago, for the first time, I exhibited my work at The Other Art Fair, a marathon exhibition that runs biannually in spring and fall in the creative heart of New York City at Greenpoint's Brooklyn Expo Center....

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Gendron Jensen

With his full beard and flowing corona of snow-white hair, Gendron Jensen looks a little like a poet from another century. Sometimes he sounds like one, too. “Nature is dispassionately nurturing at its heart,” he intones at one point during an interview. “I can reach...

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Savage Studio Visits

Be careful whom you invite As readers know from my adventures with a material called Dura-Lar and “Confessions of a Closet Painter,” I spend about ten hours a week in a corner of my friend TJ Mabrey’s studio, messing around with paint and affixing bits of the...

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Ripe for Rediscovery: Mary Lee Bendolph

One of the most radical abstract artists of the last 50 years is scarcely a household name, or even well known outside a small group of collectors, connoisseurs, and art historians. But Mary Lee Bendolph is a standout in the group of quilters from Gee’s Bend, a tiny...

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Christopher Rico

Although they are not overtly religious, Christopher Rico hopes his subtly explosive black and white paintings convey a spiritual quality—“whatever that means,” the soft-spoken painter hastens to add in conversation. The son of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force,...

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