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Debbie Han: Here and Now

The work of Korean-American artist Debbie Han exudes a charisma and gravitas that are rare in contemporary art. Han has conjured up a realm populated by polysemous icons, beings that are lifelike yet otherworldly: isolated female figures (crossbreeds of flesh and rock existing in an elegiac virtual space [...]

June 15th, 2015|

MARTÍN RAMÍREZ FOREVER

Today, the United States Postal Service will begin issuing five forever stamps featuring leitmotifs from Mexican artist Martín Ramírez’s (1895–1963) ever-captivating drawings. If postage stamps—in their particular conjunction of the iconic and the ephemeral—reflect the progress of social history, [...]

March 26th, 2015|

A Tribute to Sam Farber

Sam Farber was a man who got things done. When he saw something that could be improved on, he would start a company and solve the problem. A Harvard graduate and a WWII Army Air Force veteran, his business ventures began in 1960 when he founded Copco, a housewares company known [...]

February 8th, 2015|

Visionary Tattoo

Bound to a limited visual lexicon for over a century, tattooing has sprung free in the new millennium, liberated by artists who combine fresh concepts, holistic design, and masterful technique in thrillingly original styles. They draw inspiration from historical genres spanning Pointillism, Expressionism, [...]

September 27th, 2014|

Martin Thompson

Martin Thompson, with his matted beard and long hair, was a well-recognized character in the neighborhood of upper Cuba Street in Wellington, New Zealand. The area, once known for its Victorian shops and villas, is now run-down and desolate as a result of being zoned a motorway. Nevertheless, it has served [...]

June 19th, 2013|

Schützenhöfer’s Smile

Untitled, 2010, pencil and color pencil, 20 x 28 in. The Gugging House of Artists was founded when psychiatrist Leo Navratil began to notice an unexpected high-quality of art being produced through diagnostic drawing tests and decided to open a residential house for mentally-ill artists in Gugging, Austria near [...]

June 18th, 2013|

The Geography of Loss

A Conversation with Curator Laurel Reuter and Artist Rebecca Norris Webb Badlands, 2012, type-c print , 30 x 40 in., 76.2 x 101.6 cm Award-winning curator Laurel Reuter is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, N.D. Born and raised on the Spirit Lake [...]

May 22nd, 2013|

Floating Bodies: Q&A with Marcos Bontempo

Both images: Untitled; 2012; acrylic, iron and ink; 44 x 30 in. Artist MARCOS BONTEMPO lives in Ronda, a city in Andalucia, known for its spectacular landscapes and rich history. The city’s raw energy and inescapable beauty leaves no one indifferent. Because of the force of these surroundings, Bontempo’s [...]

May 21st, 2013|

WILLIAM HAWKINS: MAKING ITSELF

In 1982, Roger Ricco visited and filmed the painting studio of William Hawkins in Columbus, Ohio. William Hawkins was born in Kentucky on July 27,1895; his big block letter signature informs us of this in nearly all of his paintings. In 1916 he moved to Columbus, Ohio where he became an urban jack-of-all-trades, working relentlessly [...]

April 13th, 2013|

HENRY DARGER

Very few artists have done more to define and transcend the parameters of Outsider Art than Henry Darger. Admittance into important public and private collections paralleled by soaring market values, has made him one of the eminent American self-taught figures of the 20th century. Along with this [...]

January 28th, 2013|