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Here, you’ll find a regularly updated selection of news reports, notices about notable events, critical articles, love notes, heads-up advisories, and first looks at the subjects that seize our attention and rock our boat. Hop in!
THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL
Images from a conflict zone: The British artist J.P. Lux has visited the Israeli-controlled West Bank many times and is writing a book about the street artist Banksy’s involvement with that occupied territory. Here, he shares a report about and vivid photos from his latest trip, focusing on public Palestinian protest art. Lux notes that it “has become a visible tool of resistance.”

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MONICA SJÖÖ: THE TIME IS NOW!
The Swedish-born artist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005) spent much of her life in England, where she developed a body of art and writings that expressed her interests in women’s rights, the environment, feminism, and humanity’s relationship with nature. brutjournal’s artist-correspondent Cathy Ward reports about a rare exhibition of Sjöö’s paintings in London.

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THE “SPIRIT PHOTO,” REIMAGINED
Finding inspiration in experimental — and dubiously convincing — “spirit photos” of the late 19th century and early 20th century of the kind John Foster presents elsewhere in this issue, our visual director, Bill Westmoreland, employs blurring techniques as he conjures up some vivid spirit images for our time. Free access to this article.

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HENRY FLYNT: ON SPIRITUALITY & ART
Upon the arrival of Ruinous Spirituality, a new book by the artist-philosopher Henry Flynt, we look at this new volume and also back at his 2020 work, Three Essays on Spirituality & Art. In the 1960s, Flynt coined the term “concept art” and became known for his anti-art demonstrations and philosophical writings. Coming soon.
RATTLIN’ THE TABLE IN THE DARK: WHAT WAS “SPIRITUALISM”?
brutjournal contributor Daniel Wojcik, who specializes in the study of myths, folklore, and religious cultural practices, examines the history of the phenomenon and the beliefs that informed it. See ya at the séance!

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THE MAKING OF SPIRITUAL IMAGES
Now being offered as premium items with brutjournal’s Option 3 subscription package: abstract paintings in Cathy Ward’s 16-part “Rite of Passage” series. Here, the artist describes their genesis and spiritual themes. They represent, she says, “evocations of animals and childhood toys,” as well as “a lot about the human spirit and psyche that we do not understand.” Free-access article.

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ISABELLE JUSSEAUME: A YOUNG DESIGN MAVEN’S OBJECT LESSONS
Sarah Fensom, brutjournal’s U.S.A. West Coast bureau chief, catches up with a collector-entrepreneur whose new online shop offers a curated selection of unusual objects, items that feel familiar and novel at the same time, and that represent a range of expressions in various materials. Free-access article.

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VIEW THE FILM: “VALTON TYLER: FLESH IS FICTION”
The self-taught artist Valton Tyler (1944-2017) lived and worked in Dallas, Texas, and its environs. He created remarkable works — oil paintings, ink drawings on paper, complex etchings — that remain hard to classify according to existing style or genre labels. In 2017, Edward M. Gómez (brutjournal’s founder) and cinematographer Chris Shields made the first-ever film about Tyler’s life and art, which the artist saw before he died. 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. Free access to the article and the film.

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