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Michelle Vaughan presents forty conservative women

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Walking into Michelle Vaughan’s show at Theodore:Art, visitors are confronted with a small oak bookcase, desk, and chair in the center of the gallery. The walls are lined with forty framed portraits of notable conservative women, meticulously rendered in faded pastels on gray paper, that […]

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Art and TV: L’Art du Crime

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / France produces some superb television, but you could be forgiven for entertaining skepticism about L’Art du Crime, which at first blush scans as one extended meet-cute: a tough, dyspeptic, and uncultured flic is in the doghouse and gets assigned to the “cultural property” investigative unit […]

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The painterly photographs of Jan Groover

Contributed by Patrick Neal / I’ve been thinking a lot about the work of photographer Jan Groover. This started a few months ago when the artist and critic David Ambrose mentioned her, and I learned she had been a long-term faculty member at SUNY Purchase and teacher of the wildly […]

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Studio visit with Larry Greenberg

Contributed by Rachel Youens / I recently visited Larry Greenberg at his gallery Studio 10, which he has turned into his own studio space since the pandemic hit, allowing him to focus on his painting practice with renewed commitment. For several years Studio 10, at 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick, […]

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Anywhere Out of the World: Chagall and me

Contributed by Susan Bee / The early paintings of Marc Chagall are a recent inspiration. It’s a strange turn. For years I thought I disliked his work, especially the late paintings: too saccharine and repetitious. But I became enamored by his early efforts when I saw Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The […]

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Kristen Mills: Plausible hope

Contributed by Zach Seeger / Kristen Mills’s “Believability” is a richly constructed, well-meaning, humorous-but-not installation of videos, sculpted environments, and cacophonous formal musings on the difficulty of personal and professional perseverance in an uncertain time. Just prior to our current collective crises came a burgeoning Chicago Imagist-inspired painting moment, formal […]