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The Art of Wooing

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Friday 23 October 2009

The perfect example of art at it’s most raw and honest, The Art of Wooing: An Email Tale of Modern Courtship by Kaz Brecher is an intense distillation of the twisted eighteen month romantic saga between herself and her poet/kick-boxing instructor.

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Andreco’s Fake Religion animation

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Thursday 22 October 2009

Presented only with stills from Italian artist Andreco’s stop-motion animation Fake Religion, I was really loving it, purely based on its stark, surreal imagery. I was pretty disappointed not being able to locate the actual video, but that aside, I simply adored the images. I really would have loved to have seen the video presented in the breathtaking setting of the Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna. Such a beautiful contrast of aesthetics between the dramatic murals and vaulted ceilings of the Palazzo and the stark graphic imagery of Andreco’s animation.

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Illest of Ill illustration book

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 21 October 2009

Those amazing illustration seniors from The Ringling School have outdone themselves with their beautifully designed book, Illest of Ill. The book was created with the intention of selling it to raise funds for their senior show. They contacted various illustrators and asked them to contribute an illustration based on the classic Gibson Girl or Arrow Shirt Man (myself included). The book includes some fantastic work from illustrators Sam Weber, Nathan Fox, George Pratt and Sterling Hundley, among so, so many others.

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Ghost stories at the Merchant’s House Museum

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By Ilana Kohn in Cool Travel on Tuesday 20 October 2009

Next time I find myself on my fifteen minute walk to the C train, I plan on cramming a little Halloween in. New York’s Merchant’s House Museum has a new hotline where you can call up and simply listen to the cell phone audio tour, Tales Of The Strange and Inexplicable, featuring some of the […]

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Tea Seduction at the New York Food & Wine Festival

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By Ilana Kohn in New Events on Tuesday 20 October 2009

Finger sandwiches, tea and a burlesque dancer in pasties dancing with a two foot tea cup and tea bag. What more could anyone possibly want on a Sunday afternoon? I had the pleasure of attending the Food & Wine Festival’s event, Tea Seduction with Tracy Stern, recently and it was definitely a treat. Being seated, we were immediately presented with ginger scones served with the most incredible made-that-morning raspberry jam, orange marmalade and clotted cream. I can’t say I wasn’t in love with a single thing placed before me for the duration of the event. Earl Grey Tea with Sherry, delicious salmon and creme Fraiche finger sandwiches, cut out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and some of the most amazing Chai tea — Tracy Stern’s own Salontea Chocolate Chai Tea. Nothing beats a Sunday afternoon spent being entertained by a burlesque dancer and sipping on endless cups tea.

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Roman Klonek

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Monday 19 October 2009

German illustrator Roman Klonek sucks you right into his topsy-turvy world of smiling cartoons and graphic woodcuts. I particularly enjoy his use of type to create images reminiscent of vintage eastern European ads.

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Meatpacking Uncorked at NY Food and Wine Festival

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By Ilana Kohn in New Events on Thursday 15 October 2009

When I found out I was going to have the opportunity to cover the Food & Wine Festival’s Meatpacking Uncorked event I was beside myself. Not really sure what to expect, I skipped lunch. I wanted to leave every square inch of gut vacant and ready to accommodate delicious food. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised by the street fair slant of the event. I had expected to be corralled into a tight area, pressed shoulder to shoulder with other enthusiastic foodies, gasping for air between gulps of wine. Not at all.

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Didier Blondeau

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 14 October 2009

There is something almost apocalyptic about the intense black and white decimated, chaotic landscapes that French artist Didier Blondeau lovingly depicts.

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Barter for art at SVA’s Outpost exhibition

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Thursday 1 October 2009

What a fascinating idea. An art show organized around the principle of bartering. No talk of money allowed. What a brilliant concept regarding the current state of the economy and art market. BFA students from New York’s School of Visual Arts [SVA] will be holding Outpost, ‘an artistic experiment in which the public is invited to barter goods and services for works of art. The works on view include paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by students in the BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department. We’re asking the question: what is this painting worth? A cupcake? Ten cupcakes? A TV? What if someone wanted to clean your apartment in exchange for a work of art? What sort of value do we place on the things that we make?’ The show runs between October 15 and November 9.

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Bats Langley

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 1 October 2009

Bats Langley. What a fantastic name! With some fantastic work, as well. I would love to see his detailed paintings or drawings grace the pages of a childrens’ book.

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Keith Shore’s folksy artwork

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 30 September 2009

As a long time fan of the folksy paintings of artist Keith Shore, I was really happy to hear from him that he’s just updated his site with some amazing new paintings. I can never get enough of the loose, dreamy way that he treats his subject matter, as well as the medium in general. In fact, several of these paintings will be dressing the set of the upcoming movie, The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. I’ve never been a huge Mel Gibson fan, but I might have to check this one out.

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Michael Rytz

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 24 September 2009

I’m so digging the work of Copenhagen illustrator Michael Rytz, with his spontaneous, sketchbook-like work. Characters, like vintage cartoons, parade around, fleshed out through glorious textures and scribbles punctuated with the occasional clean, bold, illustrator-like element for contrast that hits the spot.

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Sophia Martineck

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 23 September 2009

German illustrator Sophia Martineck’s own description of herself as ‘The Sophisticated Pencil Girl’ is actually rather fitting. Colored pencils were always one those materials the professors always tried to steer us illustrators away from, but Martineck has me rethinking all of that. I really enjoy her flat use of the pencils and the subtle texture […]

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Fujita Minako

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By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 17 September 2009

The moment Japanese artist Fujita Minako’s site comes up, and I get a load of that adorable floating island, I think Howl’s Moving Castle! I’m hooked. Diving into the rest of her site, I’m even more won over. She has such a way with landscape vignettes and little buildings. This stuff is straight out of my most pleasant day dreams.

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Pete Morelewicz

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By Ilana Kohn in New Design on Wednesday 16 September 2009

Washington DC artist and designer Pete Morelewicz really likes Bob Ross. No, I mean, he REALLY likes Bob Ross. So much so, he’s created an entire series of prints bearing the TV painting icon’s bushy face. I have to say I’m pretty partial to Phreno-Bob with his ‘happy accidents’ and ‘puffy clouds’.

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