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HENRY FLYNT: ON SPIRITUALITY AND ART
The artist-philosopher Henry Flynt has a new book, Ruinous Spirituality, which we’ll examine along with his earlier Three Essays on Spirituality & Art (2020). In the 1960s, Flynt coined the term “concept art” and became known for his anti-art events and philosophical writings. Coming soon
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO: CONCEPTUAL ART ICONS
An exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (known as “MOT”), which, upon opening in 1995, absorbed the modern-art holdings of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, re-examines its large collection of modern and contemporary Japanese art. In it, we find some conceptual-art gems worth getting to know. Free-access article. Go get it!
PHOTO ESSAY: THROUGH THE MOM-AND-POP LOOKING GLASS
David Ensminger is an avid observer, researcher, and collector of American vernacular visual culture. Here, he shares a portfolio of images of the display windows of small stores on dead or dying main streets in towns in the Deep South of the U.S., with their weird decorations and melancholy vibes.
DAVID DIXON’S LATEST SITE-SPECIFIC ART PROJECT: YOU CAN BANK ON IT
Carried over from last month’s special section on conceptual art: David Dixon, who runs Cathouse Proper, a gallery in Brooklyn, is an artist whose thematically multilayered works are often site-specific. Here, he describes a project he realized inside a former bank building, evoking a sense of history.
STEPHEN ELLCOCK: COSMIC DANCE
The image-essayist Stephen Ellcock is back with a new book, The Cosmic Dance, offering a bounty of drawings, paintings, maps, diagrams, and other eye treats that try to make sense, as does the author, of chaos and order, from subatomic particles to the vastness of outer space. See our in-depth review and interview with Ellcock, coming soon.
STEVEN FORSTER: INTO THE WOODS!
The British artist Steven FoRster has lived many years in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, where he has been inspired by nature, especially by trees. He makes trees integral parts of site-specific art projects and finds that his current surroundings remind him of the environment in which he grew up.
MEET THE “CROCHET CORAL REEF”
Coming soon: The Los Angeles-based artist and arts writer Doug Harvey’s look at the “Crochet Coral Reef,” a large, mixed-media work by the L.A.-based, Australian-born artists Margaret and Christine Wertheim, which calls attention to the ocean’s ecological systems. Harvey examines it in the context of outsider art.
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.
EXHIBITION IN LOS ANGELES: MODERN ART’S SMALL WONDERS
Some of the biggest names in modern art made some very small drawings, sculptures, and other works, which are on view in Modernism in Miniature at the Norton Simon Museum. From L.A., Sarah Fensom reports. Free access.