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A Beautiful Rage: The Disarming Collages of Richard Saholt

Observing just one Richard Saholt work has the potential to trigger a pool of primal and disturbing emotions. His collage work beckons fear, violence, chaos, and pain while it is a confessional space for him to navigate a darkness that enveloped him for most of his 89 years. But for 40 of those years, he […]

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Every Essence and Every Line: Andrew Hostick’s Handiwork

Andrew Hostick makes art from representations of art, skillfully and meticulously drawing pictures of photographs of both famous and not so famous works, revising and reshaping each image into his own colored-pencil renditions that somehow transcend mere appropriation. He uses the images he gleans from magazines to get to places he couldn’t go without the […]

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Drawing Circles: Hiroyuki Doi Wants You to Know That You Can Make Art

Hiroyuki Doi’s first drawing workshop in the United States is held in the Folk Art Museum’s Collections and Education Center, on a narrow industrial street in Long Island City, Queens. On my way, I realize why Suzanne de Vegh, the museum’s Director of Public Programs, insisted on giving me directions. The street is dominated by […]

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Wax On. Wax Off. The Carvings of Hoang Tran

“I liked art in elementary school. But as you progress in grades, art becomes less and less important.” That’s Hoang Tran. He’s a self-taught, professional artist known for the wax sculptures he carves on the tip of Crayola crayons. If you look through his Etsy store, called Wax Nostalgic, you’ll see sculptures he’s done of […]

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Cripta Djan: The Brazilian Artist Legitimatizing Pixação in the Arts

The Brazilian artist Djan Ivson da Silva, better known as Cripta Djan, creates works that transcend what is often called vandalism to the realm of fine arts by providing a critical narrative on the cultural, socio-economic and artistic value of pixação. Pixação is an untranslatable Portuguese word that most closely translates to tagging but stands […]


Consumption is in the Veins: The Art of Lincoln Townley

Lincoln Townley knows that cities have the power to intoxicate and destroy. The British painter spent the better part of his thirties running strip clubs in London’s Soho neighborhood, and he’s got the cocaine and alcohol addictions to prove it. So after a conversation with an actor friend who’d just returned from Los Angeles with […]

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Paper Wings through Open Doors

Laurene Krasny Brown has worn many hats and has discovered a great deal. That’s not to say the sprightly artist, who greets me all pigtails and smiles at the door to her charming West Village abode, has accumulated knowledge in a linear sort of way. Instead, Brown’s later-in-life venture into the world of fine art […]

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Wooden Ships in Chelsea: Kevin Sampson’s Unique Art Form

At Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea, two wooden ships can be found stationed on a large white pedestal. “The Madjet,” with its curving stern and sculptural ornaments raised high like royal standards, easily conjures associations with ancient Egypt, with the sleek vessels depicted ferrying deities up and down the Nile. Yet with its metal fastenings, its […]

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Surreal Recovery through Art: A Conversation with Jon and Melissa Meadows

Jon Meadows never considered himself an artist. It wasn’t until 2013, when he returned to the US from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that he decided to give a ceramics class a try. For some time, Jon had gone past the art workshops offered at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir. One […]


The Activist Edutainment of Felix Hampton Brown

Felix Hampton Brown calls himself an activist and a renaissance man. He sings, acts, draws, sculpts, and even designs his own clothing line. Taking a cue from rapper KRS-ONE, Brown’s been known to call his work “edutainment,” a style of art making that intends to inspire social change through educational entertainment. His paintings and drawings […]