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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!
ISSEI NISHIMURA, LAYER UPON LAYER
The artist Issei Nishimura is reclusive and prolific; since his young adulthood, at his home in the outskirts of Nagoya, a commercial-industrial city in central Japan, he has created a large body of work that includes paintings, works on paper, and sketchbooks filled with strange, psychologically intense images: female nudes, cats, mysterious mushrooms, and more. brutjournal caught his latest solo exhibition at Heartfield Gallery, in Nagoya.

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OBITUARY: SELF-TAUGHT CATHEDRAL-MAKER JUSTO GALLEGO MARTÍNEZ
The Spanish artist Justo Gallego Martínez, who spent nearly six decades almost single-handedly building a cathedral of his own design, died late last year at the age of 96. Jo Farb Hernández, who has long documented self-taught artists’ site-specific art environments in Spain, offers an obituary of a visionary whose thrill, she suggests, may have lain more in his enjoyment of his creative process than in the completion of his ambitious project.

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SCIENCE & ART: CAN YOU REALLY TELL COLORS BY THEIR WEIGHTS?
It might seem improbable or unlikely, but it's actually possible to tell the difference between various colors of paint according to their respective weights. brutjournal’s science correspondent, David Bjerklie, weighs in on this topic, noting that “color can be measured with colorimeters and spectrophotometers,” while the digital colors on our screens require “another technical vocabulary.” Is color light? Or material? It’s a heavy subject.

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REDISCOVERING THE WORK OF THE GERMAN CERAMICS ARTIST STEFAN HOLZMÜLLER
The German ceramicist Stefan Holzmüller died at the age of 61 in 2010, leaving behind a relatively large body of work that was under-appreciated during his lifetime. After his death, by chance, the collector Gregor Stehle discovered some pieces by Holzmüller, only to learn that his entire estate was about to be sold off in flea-market conditions. Now Stehle has produced big new book documenting the artist’s life and work — and recounting a rescue tale. Coming soon.
LUCIENNE PEIRY: IN ARMAND SCHULTHESS'S ART GARDEN
Le Jardin de la mémoire (The Garden of Memory), a new book by Lucienne Peiry, looks at the life and site-specific art environment of the art brut creator Armand Schulthess (1901-1972), a businessman who withdrew from society to concoct a garden that conjoined art and nature, bringing human knowledge out into the wild. Free access to this article.

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ANDRÉ ROBILLARD TURNS 90 YEARS YOUNG
The son of a gamekeeper who grew up in north-central France, André Robillard is a self-taught artist known for his fascination with outer space and his assemblages made with cast-off materials: metal cans, light bulbs, colored tapes, old chains, bicycle seats, and more. Today, at 90, he is still active and as inventive as ever. Free access to this article.

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SHIGEKO KUBOTA EXHIBITION AND BOOK
The Japanese-born artist Shigeko Kubota (1937-2015) is perhaps best known as the wife of Nam June Paik (1932-2006), the Korean-born artist who is regarded as the founder of video art. However, a new book, linked to a retrospective exhibition, reveals the scope of her own valuable contributions to that emerging art form. Coming soon.
TEATIME WITH HELGA ROTTERDAM GOUDA: AS I SEE IT
brutjournal’s resident aesthete is nothing if not wisely critical, offering her bons mots on the trends, debates, and curiosities in the fields we cover. This month, she seems to have had it up to her fine-lace collar with corporate and political jargon, double-talk, mendacity, and mumbo-jumbo. Coming soon.