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IN THIS ISSUE, DON'T MISS THESE FEATURES
Editors Letter
What the heck is brutjournal?
by Edward M. Gómez
Musings:
Let’s Go Get Stone(henge)d
with Jeffrey Vallance, Martha Bayless, Wendy Snyder, and David Bjerklie
St. Louis, Missouri:
An experienced collector has his eyes set on some art filled with beguiling eyes
by John Foster
New York City:
A street artist’s middle-of-the-avenue self-expression provokes controversy
by Jon Waldo
EXCLUSIVE ART PORTFOLIO: THE EYES HAVE IT!
This month, all eyes are on works of art featuring eyes and eyeballs as prominent motifs in their compositions. A wide range of artists have shared their eye-catching creations with us, from paintings whose ocular subjects stare out probingly at their viewers to odd folk art offering eyefuls of quirky charm. On the BIG PAGE, see, too, collector John Foster’s selections of eye-filled art. Hands down and shoulder to shoulder, the eyes have it!
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RON’S PLACE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JAN WILLIAMS
Ron Gittins (1937-2019) was an eccentric self-taught artist who lived in a semi-detached, Victorian-era house in Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, not far from Liverpool. He filled it with frescoes, papier-mâché sculptures, and many odd knickknacks. Now, his niece, Jan Williams, and her collaborators are trying to preserve this art environment for posterity. Cathy Ward interviewed her for brutjournal about this ambitious project.
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RON’S PLACE: A VISITOR SURVEYS THE SCENE
The phenomenon of self-taught artists’ art environments — houses, gardens, or other architectural or outdoor spaces constructed and filled with their own creations, often over periods of many years and almost always for deeply personal reasons — is one of the most intriguing in the annals of any place’s cultural history. Cathy Ward was both moved and puzzled by what she found when she visited Ron’s Place in northwestern England. Here is her firsthand report.
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TODAY’S EYE ART
This month, brutjournal celebrates the optical with a big portfolio of eye-themed art. Above: Ferrell Crawley, “Parts of Another,” 2021, oil on canvas , 12 x 24 inches (30.5 x 61 centimeters). Crawley, a student at Pratt Institute’s PrattMWP campus in Utica, New York, says: “A common theme in my work is an emphasis on eyes. People’s eyes tell truths that their mouths cannot.” See the article here on the magazine's home page for more big, beautiful, all-seeing eyes!
LUCIENNE PEIRY, EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPTS: ART BRUT WRITINGS, EXTRAVAGANT GRAPHOMANIACS
The Swiss art historian and curator Lucienne Peiry’s latest big, insightful, illuminating book examines art brut creators who integrated real or imaginary writing into their distinctive compositions in various media. It serves as the basis of a new exhibition opening on October 20 at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland. Now, read excerpts from the book in English — a brutjournal exclusive. Free access to this article.
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ART-MAKING: KNOWING WHEN TO DRAW THE LINE
Nowadays, studio-art departments in many art schools are still dominated by postmodernist critical thinking; in them, there is little emphasis on what used to be called the fundamentals of art-making — developing technical skill in drawing and the handling of materials. For some artists, though, drawing is the very starting point of what they have to say, and their appreciation for line-making is profound.
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GALICIA, SPAIN: ESCUREDO’S ART ENVIRONMENT
The self-taught artist José Escuredo Vega (1917-2004), who was also known as “Pepe de Barrio,” was born and brought up in a tiny village in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain and remained closely tied to his native land throughout his life. In a second exclusive report for brutjournal based on her on-location research, Jo Farb Hernández describes Escuredo’s site-specific art environments, which he called his “museums.”
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MARTHA WILSON, ALL OVER PARIS
 

Martha Wilson is best known as the founding director of Franklin Furnace Archive in New York, a former alternative-space arts venue that is now an online research resource and sponsor of artists’grants. She is also an influential performance and visual artist. This month, her solo exhibitions will open in Paris at the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Pompidou Center) and at mfc-michèle didier. It will also be seen at the new Bourse de Commerce/Pinault Collection. Mais oui!
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HERE, THE FILM “VALTON TYLER: FLESH IS FICTION” FINDS A HOME
The self-taught artist Valton Tyler (1944-2017) lived and worked in Dallas, Texas, and its environs. He created a remarkable body of work — oil paintings on canvas, ink drawings on paper, and complex etchings — that remains very hard to classify according to existing style and genre labels. In 2017, brutjournal’s founder, Edward M. Gómez, and the cinematographer Chris Shields made the first-ever film about Tyler’s life and art, which the artist saw before he died. Now, this 42-minute-long film will reside permanently here, on the magazine’s website. It may be viewed in its entirety, free of charge. Watch it and get to know the bright, bizarre world of a techno-baroque visionary.
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