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Tantalizing Quilts Woven with Poetic, Political Messages

published March 13, 2018 in Hyperallergic The artists in Piecework embed intriguing, coded messages into their quilts. Vanessa German, “Delia Quilt 1” (2015), silkscreen on found quilt (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) Pavel Zoubok gallery is currently hosting … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Northern India’s Breathtaking, Disappearing Frescoes.

In Hyperallergic-January 23, 2018 The Shekhawati region covers almost 5,000 square miles and hosts an estimated 2,000 frescoed buildings built from the 17th to the early 20th century. A ceiling fresco in a haveli in India’s Shekhawati province (all photos by … Continue reading

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Corrected Version- Please ignore previous post!

Do to some technical weirdness only half of the review posted. Please ignore that- here’s the full piece. Sorry about that!!!   At MASS MoCA, sculptures by Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeaux reflect the environmental and political state of the … Continue reading

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Miniature Universes Constructed from Archaeological Fragments

In his current exhibition TERRAoptics at Sepia Gallery, Vivan Sundaram has created tableaux with ceramic pottery shards from an archeological dig at Pattanam, in the Indian state of Kerala. Melissa SternJune 13, 2017Vivian Sundaram, “Terraoptics Split Open” (2016), 30 x 30 … Continue reading

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A Photographer Captures the Sumptuous Loneliness of American Subcultures

posted on May 12, 2017 in Hyperallergic In his show at Garvey Simon Art Access, Timothy Hursley presents photographic investigations into Southern funeral homes, Mormon sects, and empty brothels. Timothy Hursley, “Joe and Sally Conforte Suite, Mustang Ranch” (1987/1991), dye … Continue reading

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The Inner World of a Man Who Taught Himself How to Draw

in Hyperallergic. March 6, 2017 The show at Kerry Schuss Gallery focuses on the later years of Ray Hamilton’s 14-year art career, the time period that he worked after suffering a serious stroke in 1990. Ray Hamilton, “Untitled” (1990), ballpoint … Continue reading

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Peace and Grief in the Art of US Veterans

Feb 13, 2017 in Hyperallergic The exhibition Not Alone provides access to a complicated and difficult subject matter that intends to open up and bridge dialogue between civilians and those who have served. Installation view, Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between … Continue reading

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The Chameleonic Cate Blanchett Brings 20th-Century Art Manifestos to Life

Dec. 16, 2016 In the 13-screen video installation Manifesto, Cate Blanchett plays sharply different characters while reading polemical 20th-century manifestos. Her transformation is astonishing. Installation of Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto at Park Avenue Armory (photo by James Ewing) I’ve been following … Continue reading

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This is only a Test!!!!

    Hey folks- Have had some trouble with this server and the blog was knocked off-line. So this is a test email. No need to respond ( unless you want to say howdy!) Thanks Melissa

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An Army of Female Power Figures Stands Against Injustice

in Hyperallergic 17, 2016 Vanessa German’s show packs a punch, and is especially powerful in the context of the national politics of the past year. Vanessa German, “The Boxer” (left) and “No Water Cleaner” (right) (all photos by the author … Continue reading

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