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Growing up in a “gray, industrial” part of Poland, the now Brooklyn-based textile artist known as Olek always felt that she was different. “If you wear bright colors there, everything gets dirty,” she says. “I was always dressed differently; that’s who I am." Today, Olek is a Brooklyn-based textile artist with innumerable works under her belt—colorful, crocheted installations that have popped up across the globe in Chile, India, Poland, Spain, and elsewhere, but also, of...
There's something going on in Brooklyn and you can't quite put your finger on it. Is it the barbershops-slash-coffee shops? The gallery shows with mangled underwear stapled to the wall? The tour groups walking around Williamsburg? The corporate ad campaigns telling you to be unique? The serious workshops on how to curate your Instagram account? Everyone has been talking about gentrification, but no one has been talking about this, whatever it is, until now. Four native...
"I've definitely needed an art lawyer in the past, but couldn't afford it and was always dependent on who the scheme-y person I was working with and how creatively they tried to abuse my rights," says Bushwick-based artist Regina Elliott. She's in her late twenties, hardworking, and has had a few gallery shows over the past decade. For many artists in Elliott's position, the pitfalls of the art world are great and the cards appear...
When genius struck Pablo Picasso and he pasted a patch of oilcloth with a chair-cane design to a work-in-progress, it was an historical moment—Picasso became the first oil painter to use the collage technique (his contemporary, Georges Braque, had been the first who had used it in his charcoal drawings, slightly before Picasso). The year was 1912, and Picasso was pushing modernism through its teenage years. Almost one hundred years later, there's a cadre of...

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