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The Assemblage of a House of Dolls

Most people don’t associate found materials with doll creation, but that is partially what makes Art Moura’s creations so intriguing. These collections of fabric and found materials- colorful rags, cloths, and other detritus are woven, dreaded, tied, and stuffed into each other to create each finished work. But while the building blocks that make up […]

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Hardboiled: Gil Batle’s Debut in New York

The few blocks of West 20th Street between 8th Avenue and the Chelsea piers on the Hudson hosts one of the highest concentrations of art galleries in Manhattan. On a cool, misty November evening, most of these galleries on the ground level were brightly lit. In one, an attendant sat unmoving at her desk, sculpture-like […]

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Tireless: The Self-Portraits of Lee Godie

For Lee Godie, the sacred space behind the curtain of a photo booth was not a place for candid snapshots documenting random moments as they are for most people. As the exhibition Lee Godie: Self Portraits—on view now at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center—illustrates with over 50 self-portraits, Godie saw this space as sacred, […]

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Joyful Voyeur: John Kayser’s Playfully Intimate Photography

After John Kayser’s death in 2007, stacks of home-developed black and white photographs and cheap drugstore prints surfaced among his personal effects. Kayser retained few negatives; Chase Martin, gallery manager at Christian Berst Art Brut, speculates that the artist may have deliberately destroyed some of them. It is evident that the photographs, all originals, had […]

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May Red Shoes Blaze the Trail: Reflections on an Art Brut Retrospective

In 2011, the American Folk Art Museum in New York relocated when the Museum of Modern Art acquired its building on 53rd Street. Luckily, its new storefront is no less glamorous: located on a busy Manhattan intersection, the museum’s concrete facade is bathed in the bright lights of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts at […]

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Hope for the Best

AVAM’s new exhibition spotlights the defiant tenacity in the human desire to connect Herman Wallace’s dream house is a two-story, wooden A-frame wonder. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a hobby room because he likes to build things, a wraparound porch, and a swimming pool in the backyard. He thinks the kitchen pantry should be […]

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Lonnie Holley’s Object Lessons

A brilliantly resourceful artist’s timely exhibition at Charleston, South Carolina’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is the latest development in a remarkable career Like most solo exhibitions by widely known contemporary artists, Lonnie Holley’s “Something to Take My Place” was scheduled more than two years before it opened. But its timing and location turned out […]

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The Lyrical Landscapes of Joseph Yoakum at Carl Hammer Gallery

Carl Hammer Gallery in the River North arts district of Chicago is exhibiting several unique works by Joseph Yoakum. These works solidly speak to the impetus that drove him to create his prolific body of work. The exhibition, Spiritual Unfoldments, showcases several drawings he created while living on the South Side of Chicago during the […]

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Examining l’Art Brut: Outsider Art Fair, Paris 2015

“I’m not an artist.” We’ve certainly all heard these words, a plaintive excuse. But can we ever really draw the line between what is art and what is not? The question of whether formal training gives you a leg up in credibility is raised. The Outsider Art Fair argues the contrary. Founded in New York […]

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Recognizing a Century of Folk Art in New York

The first exhibition of American folk art took place at the Whitney Studio Club in February 1924. Under the banner “Early American Art,” the exhibit aimed to elevate the perception of folk art, marking its first true foray into the American—and more specifically, New York— public’s eye. The diverse range of work on exhibit included […]

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