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Publishers Weekly Review

Publishers Weekly has written a wonderful review of Devil’s Paintbrush!


Devil's PaintbrushMythical and magical, this debut collection from painter and poet Alvarez portrays human behavior as an interconnected aspect of nature’s kingdom. Alvarez slowly, steadily peels back onion-skin layers of history in order to uncover elements of the sublime. Often structuring her poems as series of declarative statements, she utilizes sharp language that never distracts from the central mood or atmosphere. She recounts history, whether personal or cultural, …read more

“Word up! Artists reopen gallery in ‘novel’ fashion” – The Villager

the villager
October 4, 2013
Article and Photos by Bob Krasner

“Word up! Artists reopen gallery in ‘novel’ fashion”

Artists wore their books on their sleeves when Central Booking gallery, on Ludlow St., held its reopening bash on Thurs., Sept. 12.The Lower East Side gallery, which is dedicated to the idea of the book as art, hosted hundreds of guests, who packed the new 2,700-square-foot space for what Maddy …read more

Desiree Alvarez’s “Peaceable Kingdom” – Housatonic Times

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010

By Jaime Ferris
Photograph: Jaime Ferris

As powdery snow dances in blustery whirlwinds across Connecticut’s monochromic landscape, all many residents can think about are warmer temperatures, green grasses and fragrant blossoms.

gallery view

Such a landscape seemed far from the mind of artist and poet Desiree Alvarez, who was hiking the region’s trails with her dog last Saturday morning, hours before the opening reception for her exhibition, “Peaceable Kingdom,” at the Minor Memorial Library Community Gallery in Roxbury. Rather, she was …read more

Solidly Ethereal

t_press_woodwardby Catherine Woodard

The poems, paintings and fabric art of Desirée Alvarezare solid and ethereal at once: solid because all her art reflects the rigor of her literary and visual training, and is grounded in the specific details of the world; ethereal because the specific details of her poems and paintings are suffused with contradictions and longings, and seem to reach into other realms for all those elusive feelings and qualities and constructs that we can never pin down or fully grasp: loss, truth, love, self, what it means to …read more

The Lonely Life of a Free Spirit – New York Times


Sunday, April 30, 2000
Coping/Peter Edidin

“The Lonely Life of a Free Spirit”

“Art isn’t easy,” goes a line in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in he Park With George”; but sometimes the artist’s life can look that way. Most weekday mornings around rush hour, for example, an attractive woman can be seen rollerblading the length of TriBeCa with a bounding black-and-white dog.

Her route takes her past the Greenwich Street headquarters of Citigroup, the financial giant; among the masses of soberly attired men and women streaming into the building, …read more