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For art enthusiasts, the spring months positively teem with things to do and see. In Manhattan alone, the Armory Show, the Whitney Biennial, and Frieze New York will all jostle for attention between now and June; and that’s to say nothing of high-profile exhibitions like “Camp: Notes on Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But there are quieter (and more immediate) delights to be had, too—not only in New York, but

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Urvanity Art opened its doors for the third time, presenting new languages of New Contemporary Art. This year, the fair inaugurates a new section dedicated to solo shows by selected artists. The section aims to put a spotlight on both emerging and more renowned artists, who for the quality and complexity of their work, deserve to be presented to the public in a more complete way to the public. In collaboration

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The proponents of the first half of the 20th-century avant-garde movements drew their inspiration from various sources and were generally dazzled with unconventional practices of art-making. Dadaism and especially Surrealism slightly later embraced amateurism as a way to overcome the boundaries proposed by the academia, so the artworks produced by self-taught peasants, children or mentally challenged people were welcomed with great excitement. Just after the end of WW II, the French artist Jean Dubuffet coined the term Art Brut in

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Throughout the second half of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, artists have been dealing with the concept of memory. Whether it is the popular culture, scientific progress or any other aspect of human activity that is explored, the perception of the final result e.g. an artwork differs from the way memory is interpreted. A fine example of the explorations of memory can be found in the artistic practices of Lizzie Gill and Hope Kroll;

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The frozen textiles in the outdoor installations of Nicole Dextras appear as reflections of the natural world. In her “IceShifts” series, her process has a particularly Victorian effect, as she replaces the head and extremities of a human with plant matter. The result is both haunting and elegant. On the piece “Bouquet,” in particular: “This outdoor installation of ice-covered dresses was created to resemble an alluring bouquet of fantastical plant life summoned

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In the personal work of illustrator Andrew Fairclough, the artist’s cerebral explorations are infused with comic and pop influences. Stylistically, his work has a kinship with the drawings of Charles Burns or other Lowbrow luminaries, while also showing Fairclough’s love of vintage spot illustrations, retro science fiction, and “the textural wonders of degraded print.” Much of the work below is part of a body of work titled “Total Control,” described as

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Jérémy Demester’s paintings carry both vivid movement and spontaneity. In his current show at Galerie Max Hetzler, titled “FTW,” the artist offers new paintings and sculptures that are part of a poetic narrative surrounding all of the works in the show. And the sculpture is at the center of it all. “The sculpture representing a hermit is at the origin of the exhibition ‘FTW,’” the gallery says. “A vagabond dressed in

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For several years artist Kevin Peterson (previously) has created paintings that occupy the same fictionalized world. His imagined environments are occupied by children and animals— individuals band together as they navigate depleted urban environments. The works pair the innocence of its subjects against a broken and crumbling world, addressing the various journeys we each take through life. Recently, Peterson has begun to paint just the animals in these scenes, rather than

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Glass artist Simone Crestani uses borosilicate glass with a lampworking technique to create detailed glass sculptures. Each piece imitates imperfect organic forms such as twisting Japanese bonsai trees or lopsided coral. Bonsai is an ongoing theme Crestani often returns to, and views as being a base of his studio practice. “The bonsai is a concentration of life, it overcomes the barrier of size and expresses strength and energy; it is

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