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“Coming Out of Somebody’s Hell”: Greg Bottoms and The Art of American Trash

In February of 1992, Greg Bottoms’ older brother, Michael, who suffered from schizophrenia, drizzled gasoline in the hallway of his family’s home in Tidewater, Virginia. His mother, his father, and his youngest brother were sleeping. Mr. Bottoms, age twenty-one at the time, had already moved out. When the floor was covered, Michael lit a match, […]

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Sitting Down With Suzanne Isken of Craft And Folk Art Musuem

Three and a half years ago, when Suzanne Isken took over as the Executive Director of Los Angeles’ Craft and Folk Art Museum, she wasn’t trying to make history. In fact, she was trying not to. “I really don’t believe that [creating art history] is our mission. The Craft and Folk Art Museum is not […]

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An Interview With Phil Demise Smith

When I arrive at Phil Demise Smith’s apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens, I am immediately greeted by a small, long-haired and very excited Chihuahua named Kandinsky. His moniker is an obvious homage to Vasily Kandinsky,1 the twentieth century Russian-born painter, musician, and art-theorist. Through his large figurative and expressive works, Kandinsky—the artist, not the dog—sought […]

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Artist Perspective: Brian Petro

The following excerpt is from an interview with Brian Petro. Brian is a self-taught artist that lives and creates works in Washington D.C. To arrange a tour of his Washington D.C. studio, 1829 14th Street, NW, please contact Brian directly at (202) 270-7352 or email him at brianpetroartist@yahoo.com. I began creating art in the evenings […]

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Speaking With Maria Schlomman

Maria Schlomann first started painting on shoes when she was a teenager. At the thought, she is 2% sheepish, the rest matter-of-fact. “I used to paint on jeans, too. I had fun with that.” Her shoe art is sensitive and detailed, but wearable material is not Maria’s primary medium. She tends to draw in black […]

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Speaking with Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl entered her first art competition at the age of four. “Come to find out, I won first prize. The thing is, they didn’t know I was a little girl.” It was not, Ruby hastens to say, a children’s art competition. The winning piece was not a stick figure. It was a painting – […]

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Coverage of The 2014 New York City Outsider Art Fair

The interior of Chelsea’s Center 548 was abuzz with activity for the second day of the annual Outsider Art Fair, an event that is increasingly on the inside of must-see status in the NYC spring fair season. As guests wove through 3 floors of booths, passing through a maze of white walls lined with everything […]

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