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Big Small Paintings

Marlene Steele reviews the exhibition Small is Big at Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, on view through April 5, 2013. The show features paintings by Catherine Kehoe, Tim Kennedy, Ken Kewley, Eve Mansdorf, and EM Saniga.

Steele writes: “Any artist who undertakes the assignment of smaller works realizes immediately that every mark counts in an informational sense. Power is derived as much from what is left out as what is included. The character and design of mark-making as well as the assignment of real estate in a reduced format are all part of the ‘game’. Scale of execution is both intimate and magnified in the small format. Several of these pieces illustrate that the artist chose ‘constructing’ as opposed to rendering while working through the painting process.”

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Ruth Abrams: Microcosms

Caleb De Jong reviews the exhibition Ruth Abrams: Microcosms at Yeshiva University Museum, on view through January 6, 2012. De Jong writes: "Sometimes measuring only a square inch on either side, these paintings, if such a big word can be used…

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Mughal Miniatures

Pecay photo blogs a beautiful selection if images from a "small, unnamed ~18th century album of pencil and watercolour sketches [from] the digitised collection at Bibliothèque nationale de France." read more

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Henry Samelson: Interview

Valerie Brennan interviews painter Henry Samelson about his work and process. Samelson notes: "Drawing is important to my painting. But there is reciprocity between them with ideas/influence flowing back and forth. I work on a lot of paintings…

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