Category Archives: Event
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10 Years in 1 Day on October 9

LAND Gallery at Christian Berst Art Brut When visiting LAND Gallery in DUMBO Brooklyn, you will invariably be greeted at the door by artist Michael Pellew who will say, “Hello, we are LAND. We are artists with developmental disabilities. I am Michael Jackson’s best friend. What is your favorite heavy metal band?” Now in its […]


A Melting Pot of Affordable Art

They say New York City is a melting pot—a city more diverse than almost any other in the world. If my recent visit to the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) was any indication of the validity of that statement, I’d say it’s a fact undeniable to even the harshest skeptic. From September 9th through September 13th, […]

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The Thin Line Between Nightmares and Reality

In Rithika Merchant’s “The Intruder” (Sleep Paralysis), the rooted appendages of a tree-like creature wrap themselves around a body. It’s a familiar enough nightmare scene, echoing the Morbid Anatomy Museum’s latest exhibition, “Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular.” Defined as “the transitional state between dreams and waking,” it is Hypnagogia that plagues […]

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Intercultural Exchange at the International Folk Art Market

Now in its twelfth year, Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Market (IFAM) is the largest event of its kind in the world. Since its inception, roughly 750 international artists from over 90 countries have made the journey to Santa Fe for the three-day fair, selling a broad range of work—from bird-shaped metal scissors from Afghanistan […]


California Handmade: The Masters of Craft

“There are no innovative artists who can afford to live in New York anymore. It’s ridiculous. If you want something that’s fresh and new and avant-garde, they won’t be in New York. In LA, you can have a massive studio space for a fraction of the cost.” This is Emily Zaiden, director of Craft in […]

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The Unconventional Beauty in Japanese Art Brut

Google Maps declares that my destination is on the left. I frantically lower the volume on my phone, anxiously press the home button to closeout the app, and pretend like I didn’t need any automated assistance getting to my destination. It’s Chelsea, after all—a trendy Manhattan neighborhood known as New York’s premier contemporary-art district—and I […]

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Folk Art Runs Through It

As far as North American cities go, Santa Fe is downright ancient. Though it was founded in 1610, New Mexico’s capitol city is located in the heart of a state that was once home to prehistoric indigenous populations. Two pueblo villages—Acoma and Taos—are among the oldest continually inhabited communities in the United States. It seems […]


The Strategy of Art and Other Tactics

“I remember being out in the field in Iraq. We’re getting constantly mortared and I looked across at a buddy of mine, and we just started laughing. Because there’s absolutely nothing you can do.” This is Thomas Dang. From 2004 to 2008, he served as a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant over two tours in the […]


Fully Rooted: The Industrious and Beautiful Presence of Outsider Art in Chicago

Intuit: Chicago’s Outsider Art Gem Tucked in the West Town neighborhood, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, is one of Chicago’s most democratic and unique museums. They are also the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to Outsider Art. Their permanent collection is an anthology of work that encompasses the history of the […]

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Found Objects and A Thumbs Up to Mother Universe

The entranced crowd sits tightly packed around a keyboard in the main hall of the American Folk Art Museum. Behind the keyboard, a man in a trinket-laden black beret seamlessly moves from regaling the audience with stories to tinkling with the keys of his Korg. The natural rhythm of his speech, a dense, melodic spoken […]