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Karen Lederer was mid-move when I visited her, so all the good stuff was piled in a corner: a fried fish bag from Martha's Vineyard (unused), scraggly paint tubes, we-are-happy-serve-you Anthora cups (also unused) and some unavoidable, omnipresent LaCroix cans. Because Karen was born in New York City, she pronounces 'LaCroix' like it's French (la kwah). I'm from the midwest, where LaCroix was born (in the 80s, like me) so I know that this sparkling bev is actually from La Crosse,...
I don’t call them kids’ books," explains Oliver Jeffers, "I call them picture books because I don’t think they’re just for kids; they’re for anyone who wants to look at them." Since his first book, How to Catch a Star, debuted to critical acclaim in 2004, Jeffers has created over a dozen more—and for each one, he says, "my target audience when I’m making them is me." Recently, I caught up with Jeffers in his...
If you're new in town and you've never heard of Bushwick Open Studios, let me give you the short of it: BOS is the biggest art party in Brooklyn, hands down (especially now, since the DUMBO Arts Festival is no more). From Friday to Sunday this weekend, hundreds of artists will open their studios, scores of food trucks will line the streets around the Morgan/Montrose/Jefferson L train stops, and the public will come in...
Maia Cruz Palileo Palileo’s studio is located within the labyrinthine confines of the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. Part of a huge warren of studio spaces offered to artists at a reasonable rent by the Chashama Foundation, the space itself is intimate, made only more so by the intensely moving nature of Palileo’s paintings, whose subjects gaze out almost unnervingly at all who enter. Palileo—a 2008 graduate of the MFA program at Brooklyn College—paints,...

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