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EVA PETRIC: SHADOWS & EMOTIONS
Based in Vienna and New York, the artist Eva Petric is interested in scents and shadows. Examining these subjects in her work, she has created a “periodic table of shadow emotions.” Here, Petric tells brutjournal about what she’s been up to in the laboratory of her imagination. Coming soon.
FRANZ JOSEF PONSTINGL: ONCE OVERLOOKED, NOW RESCUED
The painter Franz Josef Ponstingl (1927-2004) is little known in the annals of modern art but he created a singular body of work — fantastical visions of ancient or otherworldly civilizations, often accented with geometric motifs or abstract passages. We speak with John Munice, a collector who stumbled upon Ponstingl’s art and has saved it from oblivion. Coming soon.
JACK McLEAN HAS PAINTED 1000 ROCKERS AND ONE F***ING BIKE!
The artist Jack McLean is known for the offbeat sense of humor that wafts through his drawings of everyday scenes and objects, and real and imaginary characters, like his shrub man and unsinkably active, stylish skeletons. In Tokyo, a solo exhibition of a big, new painting and related, smaller works showcases their subversive charm. Coming soon.
SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS EXAMINE — AND CELEBRATE — THE CITYSCAPE
Tokyo Shibuya Kōen-Dōri Gallery, one of the most interesting art venues in Japan’s capital, specializes in presenting the work of self-taught artists. Its latest exhibition, Echoing Cityscapes, featured drawings, paintings, and objects made by artists who captured the spirit and visual textures of varied urban environments. Coming soon.
FOUNTAIN HOUSE GALLERY: IN ART, THE MAGIC OF MUSHROOMS
For Ella Veres, a Romanian-born performer, writer, artist, and all-around admirer and devourer of the life force, there’s something special about mushrooms. Recently, she curated an exhibition on the theme of these fungal wonders at Fountain House Gallery in New York featuring works by participants in the venue’s art-workshop program. Coming soon.
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VIEW THE FILM, FREE OF CHARGE: “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.