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Julia Clift
Julia Clift is a Philadelphia-based artist using a traditional language in painting to talk about topics relevant today. She earned her BFA in Painting and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, and she is a student of the painter Odd Nerdrum. She has taught various painting and drawing courses through non-profit spaces in North Carolina and currently teaches in Pennsylvania. She has participated in numerous exhibitions nationally and was recently selected for the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency in Brittany. For more information about her work, please visit

Entries by Julia Clift

Expanding the Grid: Barry Nemett at Denise Bibro

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Barry Nemett's recent paintings and drawings are a testament to a lifetime of uncompromised practice and ceaseless development. His solo show Expanding the Grid: Italy and France, currently on view at Denise Bibro in New York, reflects a deep investigation within tight parameters. Despite sameness in material, methodology, and subject...

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Along Came Another, presented by CFEVA

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Along Came Another features the work of two current fellows from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists: photographer Johanna Inman and sculptor Heechan Kim. The theme "along came another" loosely ties Kim and Inman's content--both artists broadly deal with multiplicity and group dynamics. The show's impact lies in each artist's...

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Alchemy and Star Stuff: The Work of Adam Lovitz

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Last winter, at a group exhibition in Wilmington, Delaware, I encountered and promptly fell in love with a group of small paintings by Adam Lovitz. Luckily I've been able to see more of his work in recent shows, including most notably a two-person exhibition with Sarah Peoples titled Who Say...

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Andrew Brandmeyer

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 3:39 PM

I met Andrew Brandmeyer at a gallery exhibition in St. Louis, in 2009. Brandmeyer was attending Fontbonne University for his MFA, and he was working that night at the gallery. Something in his demeanor -- or perhaps a tell-tale stain on his shirt -- prompted my suspicion that he was...

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In the Clouds

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 11:35 AM

In a community arts center just outside Philadelphia, tucked away on a verdant, winding road in the town of Wallingford, there is a great show. In The Clouds features the work of 11 artists who use cloud formations as subject matter, mostly in a literal, depictive way. As easy as...

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Bridging the Divide: Lauren Gidwitz

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 5:11 PM

It surprises me that in today's art world, over a century since the traditions of realism were first challenged, one can still sense a friction between two camps: painters working un-ironically within a realist tradition, and those working in a reactionary paradigm. It's a gulf that's been forged throughout history;...

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Refreshingly Real Women: The Portraiture of Catherine Prescott

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2013 | 1:49 PM

Recently, a friend shared with me a painting by Catherine Prescott. The caption simply included the artist's name and a title, Legacy: Portrait of Val. Lacking any further clues as to artistic intention or historical context, I was immediately drawn to the uncommonly honest depiction of a real woman. It...

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A New Nude: Aleah Chapin's Aunties

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Editor's note: The photographs below contain nudity.

I discovered the work of Aleah Chapin while perusing the New York Academy of Art's MFA show in 2012, and I was instantly moved by her painterly skill and subject matter. Throughout her recent "Aunties" series, Chapin wields nudity in a novel way...

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