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10 Must-See Artists at "The Value of Water," a Conversationist Art Show in New York

"The Value of Water," a massive, well curated show just opened in Manhattan. Here's a handy guide to our favorites.

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10. Don Eddy, A River Called in Lumen Profero, 2008

This is perhaps the most explicit link between the subject of water and the Cathedral. Eddy, a pioneer of photorealism, painted a rounded triptych in the style of Italian Christian art of the 16th century. In place of Mary, Jesus and Joseph, though: two peonies atop tiny windows framing a gorgeous, lush look at a river. Past the windows—a church view—the river flows, suggesting God in the everyday of nature. And whether you believe in something or nothing, the point rings true: lush streams of water are as sacred as religion.

The Value of Water runs until March 25, 2012, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.