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IN THIS ISSUE, DON'T MISS THESE FEATURES
What the heck is brutjournal?
by Edward M. Gómez
by Edward M. Gómez
Scott Ogden, a well-known dealer of art made by both schooled contemporary artists and their self-taught peers, owns and runs SHRINE, a gallery with branches in New York and Los Angeles. After many years in the outsider art field, he proposes that the terms “outsider,” “outsider art,” and “outsider artist” should be retired. How might they be holding certain artists back?
The Scottish artist Jack McLean’s art is offbeat, clever, and deeply rooted in keen observation and draftsmanship. Now he is exhibiting a painting that took years to make: “1000 Rockers and One F***ing Bike.”
Discovered in Pennsylvania
The painter Franz Josef Ponstingl (1927-2004) is little known but he created a singular modernist oeuvre: fantastical visions of ancient or otherworldly civilizations, often accented with geometric motifs or abstract passages. At home with the collector who has rescued Ponstingl from obscurity.
DONNA SHARRETT: MEDITATIONS ON NATURE, MEMORY, AND THE TOUCH OF THE ARTIST’S HAND
Based in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City, Donna Sharrett has used embroidery, antique fabrics, and cast-off materials to create commemorative works exploring a sense of memory, especially of places in the heart. Here, she presents her newest works.
MOMOKO SUZUKI: A PAINSTAKING METHOD — AND THE TEMPTATION OF AN EMPTY WALL
Momoko Suzuki, who is based in Tokyo, employs a meticulous drawing technique. Using only mechanical pencils and erasers, she spends weeks or months executing large-scale abstract works directly on interior walls. We caught her latest solo exhibition — in a most unusual location. Free-access article.
THROWING DOWN THE GAUNTLET, AN ART DEALER ASKS: “IS OUTSIDER ART DEAD? SHOULD IT BE?”
In Death of an Outsider, its inaugural presentation at its new Los Angeles branch, the New York gallery SHRINE proposed that the terms “outsider” and “outsider art” only serve to prevent certain artists and their creations from receiving the critical attention — and higher-priced sales — they deserve. An interview with SHRINE founder Scott Ogden.
EVERYDAY REVELATIONS: A PHOTOGRAPHER FINDS ART IN NATURE AND ORDER IN CLUTTER
Have camera, will travel: brutjournal’s visual director, the photographer Bill Westmoreland, has been making springtime outings in the city and in rural settings, where he has reveled in his discoveries of unwitting sculptural forms. A photo portfolio. Free-access article.
SHIRLEY COHEN: COLOR, HOPE, AND IDEALISM
The self-taught artist Shirley Cohen, who died in 2019, in her nineties, created abstract and semi-abstract paintings, murals, and experimental works on glass. Informed by the progressivism of the FDR era, her art conveys joy and optimism through bold gestures. Coming soon.
DO THE MATH: HAROLD GRANUCCI’S GEOMETRY = A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST’S PRECISE VISION
Born in 1916, Harold Granucci worked as an accountant and furniture-store owner; after retiring, he dedicated his time to creating compositions rooted in mathematically modeled patterns. Granucci, who died at the age of 90, left an artistic oeuvre that is still surfacing and was recently presented at the 2023 Outsider Art Fair in New York. Coming soon.