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Articles, reviews, studio visits and interviews by Samantha Levin:

The Odd Accessability of the Art Book

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Art On View, Featured | 0 comments

The Odd Accessability of the Art Book

I am one of many people who largely views the world through my computer screen. My excuse is that there is an incredible amount of things to learn and discover through this tiny portal to the World Wide Web. Ironically, I live in New York City, which itself holds an incredible amount of things to learn and discover, but in real space and time, which would serve to stimulate all my senses and further delight my brain. Last weekend it was time for me to get off my sorry ass and go to the New York Art Book Fair. ABOUT THE IMAGE ABOVE: Not the...

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Controlling Copyright

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Copyright, Featured, Intellectual Property | 2 comments

Controlling Copyright

As I wrote about in my previous post, I’m in the midst of a graduate degree program at Pratt Institute’s School of Information, which will provide me with the tools to work as a cataloger for an art library. My primary goal is to work with the art image collection at one of New York’s cultural institutions. One of the subjects I’m focusing on is something that somewhat contradicts my artistic creative past: Rights Management. There are a few reasons why I chose to explore this subject, all of which have strong...

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Upgrade Commencing. Please Hold.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

It takes a long time to go through grad school, especially when you’ve decided to stretch a two-year program into three. How cool is it that the Information Science program I’m a part of is at Pratt Institute, which is predominantly an art university? I think it’s amazing because it’s allowing me to gain a strong body of knowledge about how cultural institutions, including art libraries and art museums and art archives, make all their collections findable online. My goal is to find myself a position either in one of...

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The Salubrious Nature of Art Creation

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Art Critiques, Art Shows, Artist Spotlight, Featured, Gristle Art Gallery, Visual Literacy | 0 comments

The Salubrious Nature of Art Creation

I’ve recently asked some of the artists with whom I’ve often worked to interpret the fantasy world imagined by outsider artist Henry Darger. The resulting show, Realms of the Unreal, exhibits an eclectic combination of styles and personalities in addition to beautiful work.   at left: Robert Kraiza | The First Color of the Rainbow   Most of the artists with whom I work see the world through a dark lens. We admire this quality and are attracted to each other’s aesthetics and ideas. It’s often said...

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Wherein Sundry Artists Try On Henry Darger’s Shoes

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Announcements, Art Shows, Events, Featured, Gristle Art Gallery | 0 comments

Wherein Sundry Artists Try On Henry Darger’s Shoes

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve curated a new exhibition entitled Realms of the Unreal, wherein sundry artists try on Henry Darger’s shoes. As the new works that the artists have created trickle in, I’ve been stunned by the talent and effort that will grace the walls of Gristle Art Gallery and Tattoo while this show is up. Image at left: Little Lamb by Zoë Williams A full gallery of images can be seen here. Please contact Gristle Gallery for purchases. Opening reception: September 12, 7-9pm @ Gristle Tattoo + Art...

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Realms of the Unreal

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Announcements, Art Shows, Events, Featured, Gristle Art Gallery | 0 comments

Realms of the Unreal

I’m excited to announce that I’ve gathered a bunch of artists together for a group show that will explore the fantasy world called the Realms of the Unreal, imagined by the famous outsider artist, Henry Darger. Darger created his art to make his own fantasy worlds come to life in a way which, to him, was visceral. I’ve invited the artists mentioned below to join him in his world by interpreting his fantasies in their own ways. I’ve already been seeing some stunning works in progress that I can’t wait to...

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Babble Report 2014

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Babble Report, Featured | 0 comments

Babble Report 2014

Here’s a quick snapshot of what SLFA published in 2014. Happy New Year to all!!!! December, 2014 You’ve Got New Fans, Now What? on Redbubble A little advisement on what to do to keep new collectors engaged with your art throughout the coming year. December, 2014 Interview: Chris Mars on Beinart Art Collective Interview with Chris Mars about how the plight of his brother’s struggles with schizophrenia spurned the subject matter of his paintings as well as upcoming projects and interests. November, 2014 In Memory on...

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30% Off Caitlin Hackett’s “In Memory” Print

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Announcements, Featured, Prints | 0 comments

30% Off Caitlin Hackett’s “In Memory” Print

November 1 – December 1   30% off Caitlin Hackett’s print “In Memory”   Use the code RememberNovember  from SLFA’s Big Cartel Page   Starting November 1st, the quiet day after Halloween, use the code RememberNovember at check out to get 30% off of what remains of Caitlin Hackett’s limited edition print of her painting, In Memory. This offer will last throughout the month and end at 11:59 on Cyber Monday, December 1st. This is a gorgeous print in a limited edition of 20, signed and...

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The Elusive Key

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Anagnorisis Picks, Announcements, Art On View, Art Shows, Events | 0 comments

The Elusive Key

My latest curated art show, The Elusive Key, was named for the rumor that Houdini's wife snuck him a key in a kiss that allowed him to open handcuffs that "could not be picked by mortal man," but I told the artists that they could choose any aspect of Houdini's life to interpret. The works are stunning - take a look!

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It Was Only a Rumor…or Was It?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Announcements, Art Shows, Events | 0 comments

It Was Only a Rumor…or Was It?

I’m excited to announce that I’m curating another exhibition that will be opening this coming March 15th for Gristle Tattoo. The group exhibition, entitled “The Elusive Key,” is about Houdini and his Mirror Escape that took place 110 years ago. The title is based on the romantic rumor that Houdini’s wife smuggled him the key that freed him from the cuffs that had shackled his wrists together for almost an hour. Participating artists have been asked to explore the mystery behind this event as well as the mystique...

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