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Michael Cline, That's That, 2007-2008

Oil on Linen, 95 x 75 inches. The artist currently exhibits paintings at Daniel Reich Gallery and Mark Jancou Contemporary.Oil and pastel paintings by New York-based artist Michael Cline include a great deal a narrative about the arcane, the sickly, and the chaotic in Americana. His current exhibition coincides with the release of a book, with essays by Kathy Grayson and an interview by Matthew Higgs. Art in America has asked him below to take apart one painting for us:Says the artist, "I consider myself a storyteller. I think to make art, is to tell stories, regardless of what you end up with. Whether they be religious illustration, institutional critique, or highlighting some sort of undervalued or unexpected thing that artists tend to do, artists are telling stories. So yes, narratives are imagined. And yes, I do think something fable-like appears from time to time—but I think more often my paintings take on the character of parable."

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Sabine Hornig

Berlin-based Sabine Hornig titled her exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar “Transparent Things“ after Nabokov's 1972 novel of the same name; both the show and the book address the overlap and interaction of time, memory and reality. Hornig’s large-scale...

Luther Price: #9, 2012

Two slide carousels, 80 slides each, approx. 9-minute loop. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York. Though he's been shocking the experimental film world with his Super 8 films about his mysterious family history, gruesome medical procedures,...

B Wurtz, Untitled, 2010

Collage and acrylic on paper, thread, string, plastic lid 48 x 30 ¼ in.New York-based artist B. (Bill) Wurtz has been making delicately poetic sculptures for more than four decades, often incorporating everyday household objects into his work. For...

Joe Fig, Inka Essenhigh, 2005

Currently on view in the group show "Redux" at New York's Cristin Tierney Gallery (through Feb. 4) are two works by Joe Fig, both related to his 2009 book on interviews, Inside the Painter's Studio. He's also included in the exhibition "Small...

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